KICKOFF COLLEGE SPORTS ACT. (NEW)

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Senate Bill 115 (Local) Filed Thursday, February 18, 2021
AN ACT TO ALLOW FULL CAPACITY ATTENDANCE AT STADIUMS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES.
Intro. by Johnson, Sawyer, McInnis.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (May 3 2021)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

House committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Original title was AN ACT TO PERMIT INCREASED ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPORTING FACILITIES IN 3 PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES

Bill History:

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Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 28 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute deletes the content of the 2nd edition and replaces it with the following.

    Enacts the following provisions, applicable to Cumberland County, Durham County, Forsyth County, Guilford County, Harnett County, Jackson County, Mecklenburg County, Orange County, Pasquotank County, Pitt County, Robeson County, Wake County, and Watauga County only.

    Authorizes stadiums located on the campus or property of UNC constituent institutions or private postsecondary institutions to operate at 100% of the occupancy limits established pursuant to the NC Building Code, notwithstanding the NC Emergency Management Act or any executive or secretarial orders or directives authorized pursuant to that Act, or any other laws. 

    Authorizes the Governor to order the closure, restriction or reduction of operations of any individual stadium authorized to operate under the act, by executive order, to protect the health and safety of athletes, staff, and attendees, with stated reasoning. Prohibits ordering statewide closures, restrictions or reductions of operations of the described stadiums under the act or the NC Emergency Management Act. 

    Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Feb 24 2021 - More information

    Senate committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows. 

    Now authorizes rather than requires all public and nonpublic high schools to allow spectators at outdoor sporting events for the remainder of the scheduled 2020-21 school year as specified by the act. 

    Adds that for outdoor sporting facilities allowing spectators to bring their own seats, individuals sitting in their own seats do not count toward the limit on the number of spectators so long as those individuals maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and anyone outside of their family. Make additional clarifying and technical changes. 

    Expands the scope of the act to also include Alamance, Haywood, Onslow, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, and Surry Counties. 


  • Summary date: Feb 18 2021 - More information

    Includes whereas clauses. Limits the scope of the act to Anson, Iredell, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Union, and Yadkin Counties only. Requires all public and nonpublic high schools to limit the number of spectators at outdoor sporting events for the remainder of the scheduled 2020-21 school year, as follows. Defines spectator to exclude athletes, school employees, entertainers, and event support staff. Caps spectators at 50% capacity of an outdoor facility's approved occupancy capacity under the fire code, or no more than seven persons for every 1,000 feet for those without an approved occupancy capacity. Requires high schools to comply with the requirements of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit as it existed on February 2, 2021, and the Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs as it existed on January 28, 2021, in allowing access to outdoor sporting facilities so long as the requirements are consistent with the act's provisions. Does not prohibit a school's implementation of stricter access to outdoor sporting events at that school. 


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