Bill Summaries: S363 (2023-2024 Session)

  • Summary date: Mar 23 2023 - View summary

    Adds new Article 78A, Office of the State Fire Marshal, to GS Chapter 58, providing as follows. Creates the Office of State Fire Marshal (Office) in the Department of Insurance (Department), allowing the Office to exercise its duties independently of the Department. Requires the Commissioner of Insurance (Commissioner) to provide general administrative support. Specifies that the State Fire Marshal is the head of the Office and is appointed by the Commissioner by and with the Senate's consent. Prohibits the Commissioner from being the State Fire Marshal and sets the term of office at three years. Sets out the process for filling a vacancy that arises when the NCGA is not in session. 

    Makes a conforming change to GS 58-80-1 by no longer defining state Fire Marshal to be the Commissioner. Makes conforming changes to GS 14-410. 

    Requires the Commissioner to serve as the State Fire Marshall until the Senate confirms an independent State Fire Marshal.

    Effective January 1, 2024.