North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill offering a new way for voters to decide whether to keep a state Supreme Court justice on the bench. The “retention election” option was among 12 bills McCrory’s office said Thursday he had signed into law. It gives most sitting justices the option to be re-elected to additional terms in an up-or-down statewide vote, without a challenger. The option begins with Justice Bob Edmunds for 2016.
Another new law creates a new graffiti vandalism crime and a more serious penalty for repeated property defacing.
And the governor also signed legislation exempting opossums in North Carolina from state wildlife laws around each new year. The bill seeks to preserve the New Year’s Eve “Possum Drop” in the Clay County community of Brasstown.