Instead of casting the final vote to make illegal the secretive GPS tracking of another person, the State Senate put the bill in the Rules Committee.
The Rules Committee attorney and Senate counsel need to look over amendments made in the House, said Sen. Tom Apodaca, the committee chairman. He said that the bill is “not dead yet.”
The most notable change would include private investigators on the list of those who would be exempt from the law, but only when working certain cases.
There has been much debate about whether to exempt private eyes. Critics didn’t want individuals hiring investigators to circumvent the law.
The Senate ultimately took out the exemption for private eyes and sent Senate Bill 238 to the House.
In a House committee, Rep. Rick Glazier – a Cumberland County Democrat who is now NC Justice Center Executive Director – said that any amendments to the bill would threaten it for fear the Senate might not concur.
However, Rep. John Faircloth, a High Point Republican, ran an amendment on the floor to put an limited exemption for private eyes. It passed Wednesday.
Senate bill sponsor Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat, said he supports the amendment passed by the House.