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Public officials' families would be protected from false liens

Public officials would be further protected from people who file liens against their property to harass them or to make a political statement, under a bill approved in a committee on Wednesday.

SB584 would expand the law that currently makes it a felony to file false claims against public officials to include members their spouses or children.

Rep. Jonathan Jordan, a Republican from Jefferson, said there have been instances of people filing liens as part of their claim that they are sovereign citizens and don’t fall under the jurisdiction of U.S. law. At other times, liens are filed just to cause trouble, he said.

These are high-profile targets for this kind of harassment,” Jordan told members of a House judiciary subcommittee.

Morning Memo: Games, guns and a whole lot of bluster

Advocates for children for promise a 32 foot by 40 foot Chutes and Ladders game on Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building from 11 a.m. to noon today. Organizers — including Covenant with North Carolina's Children, Action for Children NC and the NC Pediatric Society — expect about 200 people to show up to help them lobby lawmakers on the importance of investing in children.

***And with that, Dome's Morning Memo says, let the games begin. Welcome to Wednesday, an action-packed day for politicians on Jones Street and beyond. Here's our look at the day ahead and a round-up of what's being said.***

Davis and Tucker to head local government committees

Senators Jim Davis of Macon and Tommy Tucker of Union will co-chair the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Information Technology.

"As former county commissioners, Sen. Davis and Sen. Tucker are able to recognize the unique issues faced by local governments during these trying economic times," said Senate leader Phil Berger, in announcing the appointments.

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