House bill that would have shielded IDs online for law enforcement scrapped for study

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina lawmakers have derailed a bill that would shield the identity of law enforcement officials online, instead voting to commission a study on the issue.

The state House voted Tuesday to change the bill to a study directing the North Carolina Courts Commission to explore how counties and municipalities would remove personal information of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judicial officers from records that are publicly available online.

The study would include the costs and process and under what circumstances removal would be necessary.

Wake County Republican Rep. Chris Malone sponsored the bill and amendment and now says a study should come first. He says the bill would give law enforcement officers protection when pursuing dangerous work.

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