RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislation making it a crime in most cases for someone to use GPS devices to track others against their will has cleared the North Carolina House.
The chamber voted 98-6 Wednesday for a bill the Senate originally approved in the spring. The crime would be considered cyberstalking, which is already a misdemeanor, with no active jail time on a first offense. Repeat offenders could get up to 60 days behind bars.
The House added more exceptions to the measure on the floor to exempt some activities performed by private investigators. But GPS devices couldn’t be used by the investigator simply to check on the honesty, integrity or character of a person.
The bill now returns to the Senate, which must decide whether to accept the House changes.