House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends new GS 20-7(q3) by removing from the acceptable documentation of an autism spectrum disorder an affidavit executed by the person, their parent, or guardian attesting to the person's autism spectrum disorder. Amends the act's effective date to make it applicable to autism spectrum disorder designation requests made (was, to drivers licenses issued) on or after January 1, 2024.
Bill Summaries: H77 (2023-2024 Session)
Bill H 77 (2023-2024)Summary date: Mar 22 2023 - View summary
Bill H 77 (2023-2024)Summary date: Feb 8 2023 - View summary
Enacts GS 20-7(q3) requiring the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to develop a drivers license designation that can be granted to a person with autism spectrum disorder, as defined by statutory cross-reference, upon request. Requires consultation with specified agencies. Establishes nine criteria and requirements applicable to the designation, including (1) entering the designation into the electronic record associated with the person's license, (2) the requesting individual providing verification or documentation substantiating the diagnosis, as specified, (3) limiting use of the information collected for mutually safe interactions with law enforcement, and (4) developing a process for voluntary removal of the designation.
Amends GS 17C-6, concerning the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, and GS 17E-4, concerning the Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission, adding the following to the Commissions' powers regarding establishing minimum educational and training standards for employment and continuing education for criminal justice officers and officers, respectively. Now requires the minimum educational and training standards to include recognition and appropriate interaction with persons with autism spectrum disorder, and drivers license and vehicle registration identifiers of persons with autism spectrum disorder, including that the identifiers are optional.
Applies to drivers licenses issued on or after January 1, 2024.