Bill Summary for H 1023 (2019-2020)

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Oct 30 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 1023 (Public) Filed Tuesday, October 22, 2019
AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL AND REVISED USES FOR FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUNDS; TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOL NUTRITIONAL NEEDS; TO EXTEND THE ABILITY OF CERTAIN GOVERNMENTAL RETIREES TO ENGAGE IN PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT AFFECTING RETIREMENT; TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHOOL BUSINESS SYSTEM MODERNIZATION PLAN; TO WAIVE MATCH REQUIREMENTS FOR A CERTAIN COMPETITIVE GRANT PROCESS FOR NONPROFITS; AND TO MAKE OTHER CHANGES.
Intro. by Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

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

Amendment #1 deletes the proposed change to GS 166A-19.15 and GS 143-129 and instead amends GS 166A-19.15 as follows. Authorizes political subdivisions to award contracts for the repair, rehabilitation, or construction of private residential structures funded by State or federal funds provided to the political subdivision because of a disaster declaration by the Governor covering the political subdivision. Allows a political subdivision, for purposes of contracts awarded under this provision, to contract with contractors prequalified by the Division of Emergency Management for that disaster. Exempts the political subdivision from the procedures for prequalifying contractors under GS 143-135.8.

Amendment #2 increases the amount appropriated from the Savings Reserve by $5 million, to be allocated to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the Division of Soil and Water Conservation's Swine Buyout program.

Amendment #3 decreases the amount of the funds allocated to Golden L.E.A.F from the funds appropriated to the Savings Reserve by $5 million. Adds an allocation of those funds of $5 million to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, for stream debris removal. 

Amendment #4 amends Subdivision 2.1(10) of SL 2019-224 to allow the Wildlife Resource Commission to also coordinate with local governments in the inspection, investigation, removal, and disposal of abandoned and derelict vessels.

Amendment #5 amends the allocation of funds appropriated from the Savings Reserve to require that $30 million of the funds allocated to the Department of Transportation be used for current and future activities related to recovery from Hurricane Dorian such as debris removal and repair of highway infrastructure damage (was, for cash-flow assistance for federal disaster recovery activities such as debris removal, repair of highway infrastructure damage, and other recovery activities related to Hurricane Dorian).

Adds that for the purposes of subsection 3.1(a) (allowing any State agency that received funds under this act or any of the specified enactments to reallocate unexpended and obligated program funds to the same program or purposes for damage caused by Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Michael, Dorian, or future storms), the term State agency includes the Golden L.E.A.F, Inc.

Amendment #7 amends the allocation of funds appropriated from the Savings Reserve to require that $20 million of the funds allocated to the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency be used to assist distressed communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Michael, or Hurricane Dorian. Requires the Office to enter into agreements with local governments to ensure the proper use of the funds and the return of the funds to the State once the local governments have received federal reimbursement. Allows loans to be used for cash-flow assistance while awaiting federal reimbursement. Requires the program to be operated on a revolving loan fund basis. Also increases the amount appropriated from the Savings Reserve by $17.6 million and allocates those additional funds to the Department of Environmental Quality to match additional federal funds recently made available for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. 

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