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New laws taking effect Dec. 1st in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC -

By Jon Evans - bio | email

Raleigh, NC (WECT) – A ban on electronic sweepstakes, tougher penalties for animal abuse, and more protection for victims of domestic violence are among nearly a dozen new laws that will go into effect in North Carolina this Wednesday, December 1st

Perhaps the highest-profile law will make electronic video sweepstakes machines illegal across the state. The General Assembly passed the law in July, after several local municipalities voted to put several new regulations on owners of cyber sweepstakes parlors. Several groups involved in the cyber sweepstakes industry filed suit looking to have the new ban overturned.

"Susie's Law" will increase the penalties for anyone caught maliciously abusing, torturing or killing an animal. The violation will become a Class H felony, punishable by ten years in prison or a fine, or both. 

To see the rest of the new laws, click here

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