EDUCATION IN PRISONS. (NEW)

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 463 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 26, 2019
AN ACT TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR INDIVIDUALS INCARCERATED IN STATE PRISONS.
Intro. by Rogers, Brody, Hardister, John.

Status: Ch. SL 2020-54 (Jun 30 2020)

SOG comments (2):

Identical bill

Identical to S 561, filed 4/2/19.

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Original title was AN ACT TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND JOB READINESS SKILLS FOR INDIVIDUALS INCARCERATED IN STATE PRISONS AND LOCAL JAILS.

Bill History:

H 463/S.L. 2020-54

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jul 2 2020 - More information

    AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DIVISION OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY TO STRENGTHEN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM INTEGRITY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND PREVENTING CERTAIN PAYMENTS TO PRECINCT OFFICIALS FROM REDUCING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS. SL 2020-54. Enacted June 30, 2020. Effective July 1, 2020.


  • Summary date: Jun 10 2020 - More information

    Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.

    Deletes the proposed changes to Section 8.3(b) of SL 2010-31 which removed the prohibition on courses in local jails from earning regular budget full-time equivalents. Eliminates coordinating directives.

    Deletes the proposed changes to GS 115D-5, which required all community college course offerings approved for prisoners in local jails to be tied to clearly identified job skill and/or transition needs.

    Postpones the effective date of the act from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020.

    Amends the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Jun 11 2019 - More information

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

    Deletes the changes to GS 115C-499.2, which modified the requirement that the student must meet all other eligibility requirements for the federal Pell Grant by excepting any eligibility requirements related to whether an individual is incarcerated in a State penal institution from the requirement.

    Deletes the changes to GS 115D-40.1, which required that an incarcerated individual who is not eligible for federal education assistance on the basis of the incarceration is not disqualified from receiving financial assistance under the Need-Based Assistance program or the Targeted Assistance program for community college students.

    Deletes the changes to GS 116-25.1, which provided that an incarcerated individual who is not eligible for federal education assistance on the basis of the incarceration is not disqualified from receiving financial assistance under The University of North Carolina Need-Based Financial Aid Program if the individual otherwise meets the requirements of the program.

    Deletes the changes to GS 116-143.1, which established that an individual's incarceration in a State penal institution located in the State is prima facie evidence of the individual's legal residence in the State, and can be reinforced or rebutted by other evidence of legal residence requested of the individual. Also deletes the requirement that an individual qualifying as a legal resident under the subsection be (1) permitted to enroll and receive State financial assistance as a resident without meeting the 12-month durational requirement and (2) classified as a resident for purposes of receiving the in-State tuition rate. 

    Deletes the changes to GS 116-281, which modified the requirement that the student must meet all other eligibility requirements for the federal Pell Grant by excepting any eligibility requirements related to whether an individual is incarcerated in a State penal institution from the requirement.


  • Summary date: Mar 26 2019 - More information

    Amends GS 115C-499.2, which sets out the eligibility requirements for scholarships for a community college or constituent institution of the UNC System, modifying the requirement that the student must meet all other eligibility requirements for the federal Pell Grant by excepting any eligibility requirements related to whether an individual is incarcerated in a State penal institution from the requirement.

    Amends GS 115D-40.1, to now specify that an incarcerated individual who is not eligible for federal education assistance on the basis of the incarceration is not disqualified from receiving financial assistance under the Need-Based Assistance program or the Targeted Assistance program for community college students pursuant to the statute.

    Amends GS 116-25.1, to now specify that an incarcerated individual who is not eligible for federal education assistance on the basis of the incarceration is not disqualified from receiving financial assistance under The University of North Carolina Need-Based Financial Aid Program if the individual otherwise meets the requirements of the program.

    Amends GS 116-143.1, which sets out provisions for determining resident status for tuition purposes at community colleges and constituent institutions of the UNC System, to establish that an individual's incarceration in a State penal institution located in the State is prima facie evidence of the individual's legal residence in the State, and can be reinforced or rebutted by other evidence of legal residence requested of the individual. Requires an individual qualifying as a legal resident under the subsection to (1) be permitted to enroll and receive State financial assistance as a resident without meeting the 12-month durational requirement and (2) be classified as a resident for purposes of receiving the in-State tuition rate. Clarifies that the new subsection does not confer legal residency for any other purpose.

    Amends GS 116-281, which sets out the eligibility requirements for Need-Based Scholarships for students attending private institutions of higher education, modifying the requirement that the student must meet all other eligibility requirements for the federal Pell Grant by excepting any eligibility requirements related to whether an individual is incarcerated in a State penal institution from the requirement.

    Applies to the award of financial assistance beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

    Amends Section 8.3 of SL 2010-31, removing the provision that prohibits using funds appropriated for community college courses for prison inmates for Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of General Education degrees. Removes the provision prohibiting courses in local jails from earning regular budget full-time equivalents; maintains the provision prohibiting the same for courses in federal prisons. Makes conforming changes to GS 115D-5, modifying the statute to require all community college course offerings approved for prisoners in local jails to be tied to clearly identified job skills, transition needs, or both (as required by existing law for course offerings approved for State prison inmates). Applies current approval provisions concerning community college course offerings which apply to courses offered to State prison inmates to those offered to prisoners in local jails. Provides that beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, community college courses offered in local jails earn regular budget full-time equivalents.

    Effective July 1, 2019.


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