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Conner’s Law has momentum in Senate

By Charlotte Smith

North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill, House Bill 283, also known as Conner’s Law, in early March 2019. The bill was presented by District 46, House Representative, Brenden Jones in honor of the late North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner.

NC State Trooper Conner was a Columbus County residents and a Bladen County native. He was also a father, husband and son. Trooper Conner was shot and killed during a traffic stop in October 2018.

North Carolina Highway Patrol, Trooper Kevin Conner

The bill proposes legislation for an increase in penalties for people convicted of using a weapon to assault or kill any law enforcement officers. The bill would also increase the death benefits for families of fallen officers.

Conner’s Law passed the NC House of Representatives on March 20, with a unanimous vote (119-0). Yesterday Representative Jones posted on his social media the following statement.

“Had the privilege of presenting House Bill 283 entitled Conner’s Law, in honor and memory of my friend and former Trooper Kevin Conner, to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Conner’s Law passed the House unanimously in March and it now begins the legislative process through the Senate. The bill passed Senate Judiciary today and its next destination is to the Senate Committee on Pensions and Retirement and Aging. I would like to thank Senator Danny E. Britt for making sure this bill moved quickly and for all his help getting the bill through.”

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