Bill Summaries: all (2023-2024 Session)

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  • Summary date: Jul 10 2023 - View summary

    AN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA BUILDING CODE EXCLUSION FOR TEMPORARY MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION, AND THEATER STAGE SETS AND SCENERY TO EXEMPT THEM FROM USE AND OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATION UNDER THE CODE; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ESTABLISH AN APPROVAL PROCESS FOR RADON PROFICIENCY PROGRAMS; AND TO PROVIDE THAT EVIDENCE OF A LICENSEE HAVING MAINTAINED A LICENSE IN GOOD STANDING UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF CHAPTER 87 OF THE GENERAL STATUTES FOR AT LEAST FIFTEEN YEARS SHALL BE ACCEPTED AS EXPERIENCE FOR PLUMBING AND HEATING QUALIFICATIONS BY THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PLUMBING, HEATING, AND FIRE SPRINKLER CONTRACTORS. SL 2023-91. Enacted July 10, 2023. Section 3 is effective July 1, 2023. The remainder is effective July 10, 2023.


  • Summary date: Jun 27 2023 - View summary

    Senate amendments make the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Amendment #1

    Amends GS 87-21 to provide that evidence that a plumbing or heating licensee has continuously maintained a license in good standing for at least 10 years is accepted as experience for Class II plumbing and heating qualifications (was, evidence that a licensee has maintained a license in good standing for at least of 15 years is accepted as experience for plumbing and heating qualifications).

    Amends the act's long title.

    Amendment #2

    Amends Section 2(b) of the act by amending the requirements of the radon proficiency program approval rules by amending the radon proficiency program that is to be approved, to require that the program, in the alternative to establishing compliance and periodic reaccreditation with the international program approval standard through accreditation by a recognized accreditation body, demonstrate current approval by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a radon proficiency program.


  • Summary date: Jun 22 2023 - View summary

    Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

    Section 2.

    Requires the Department of Health and Human Services, through its  Division of Health Service Regulation (DHHS) to adopt temporary and permanent radon proficiency program approval rules that meet four listed criteria, including approval of a radon proficiency program that meets either of the following criteria: (1) establishes compliance and periodic reaccreditation with the international program approval standard through accreditation by a recognized accreditation body or (2) demonstrates to the satisfaction of DHHS in a manner it may specify that the program meetings the following requirements: (i) establishment of a board with members from various private and public sector stakeholders to make decisions regarding  curriculum, testing, instructor qualifications, quality assurance and control, continuing education requirements, and procedures for the handling of complaints; (ii) minimum training requirements for radon professional certification; (iii) examination requirements; (iv) continuing education requirements; (v) submission of instruction qualifications demonstrating relevant knowledge and experience; and (vi) submission to regular audits regarding proper handling of risk, impartiality, and candidate records. Provides for an approval process that includes time to engage in corrective actions before an approval is revoked or resubmission of an application for a new program is required.  Defines International Program Approval Standard, ISO/IEC, Radon professional, Radon proficiency program approval rules, and recognized accreditation body. Specifies that the rules required by the act are not subject to review by the rules commission under the APA. Applies the APA’s effective date provisions triggered when 10 or more written objections are received to the rule (GS 150B-21.3). Specifies that Radon proficiency programs currently operating and included in public listings of programs by DHHS at any time after January 1, 2020, are deemed to be an approved radon proficiency program under the act until DHHS has adopted permanent rules and has approved or denied approval of the program under those rules.

    Section 3.

    Amends GS 87-21(b)(3) (licensure requirements for plumbing and heating contractors) to require that the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors accept evidence that a licensee has maintained a license in good standing for a minimum of fifteen years in the State as experience for plumbing and heating as evidence of experience for plumbing and heating qualifications. Effective July 1, 2023.

    Makes organizational changes to account for new sections and conforming changes to the long title of the act.


  • Summary date: Apr 20 2023 - View summary

    Amends GS 143-138(b20) (exclusion for certain temporary sets and scenery under the State Building Code [Code]) to specify that buildings used for temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery are exempt from use and occupancy classification under the Code.  Deletes provision of the exclusion specifying that temporary sets and scenery are only excluded from the Code if they are being used for less than one year in one location and are inspected by the assigned fire code inspector. Deletes requirement that Building Code Council create a fire code inspection list for those inspections.