New Laws Take Effect Saturday

Sep 30, 2011

More than 50 new laws take effect this weekend in North Carolina.

Among the changes starting Saturday is a new provision in the medical malpractice law. People who file lawsuits will be limited to 500-thousand dollars in non-economic damages if they win a case. That includes compensation for pain, suffering and other injuries. There will not be a limit on payments for medical bills and lost wages.

Another new law classifies all hogs in the wild as feral swine. That means hunters must have a valid license and domestic hogs must have some form of an I-D tag to be transported.

Rules for all-terrain vehicles will also be looser starting this weekend. Adults driving on private property won't have to wear a helmet or eye protection.