Bill Summaries: S187 (2013-2014 Session)

  • Summary date: Mar 5 2013 - View summary

    Enacts new GS 14-34.4Ato makeit unlawful to conductresearch studies that intentionally expose human subjects to fine particulate matter, commonly known as PM2.5, at a concentration higher than 12 micrograms per cubic meter or the primary annual health national ambient air quality standard, whichever is lower. Specifies concentration level of PM2.5 at which such exposure is unlawful. Makes a violation of this section a Class F felony. Effective July 1, 2013, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

    Directs the Commission for Public Health (Commission) to study and make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding the exposure of human subjects to harmful or potentially harmful substances during the course of research. Includestopics and issuesto be specifically addressed in the Commission's study. Authorizes the Commission to exercise all powers provided for under GS 120-19 and GS 120-19.1 through GS 120-9.4 for the purpose of conducting its study. Declares that privileged medical information or protected health information received by the Commission in the course of its study is confidential andis not a public record under GS 132-1.

    Directs the Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services by January 1, 2015.