OK, if you would like to ride or at least have the option of riding helmet-free in North Carolina, this is for you. H. B. 109 has been introduced in the NC House. Please respectfully contact NC legislators to voice your opinion of this.
See this post on Buncombe County CBA - the bill info is in red after the first paragraph. At the end is contact information for NC legislators.
Matt Danielson from Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group reports a helmet law victory in Cherokee NC on Monday Dec. 4th. They represented a client wearing a helmet without a DOT label, and won their case against the State, with the court ruling that the State needs to articulate how the helmet does not comply with the standard. They also report they have two more cases pending in Carthage NC Superior Court.
If you are riding in NC and get a helmet ticket, first of all, don't volunteer to hand them your helmet, that is consenting to a search. Instead, state that you do not consent to a search. Consult your lawyer for specific advice, or contact Matt, as he teaches seminars on your rights about this issue.
Elizabeth Sorrell is handling these helmet cases pro bono.