Bill Summary for H 1025 (2013-2014)

Summary date: 

Jun 3 2014

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 1025 (Public) Filed Wednesday, May 14, 2014
AN ACT TO (1) AUTHORIZE CONTINUANCES OF DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES INSPECTION STATION VIOLATION CASES; (2) PROVIDE THAT AGRICULTURAL TOURISM SIGNS ON STATE HIGHWAYS ARE SUBJECT TO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LOCATION AND PLACEMENT RULES; (3) CHANGE THE DUE DATE FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY ANNUAL AUDIT REPORT TO OCTOBER; (4) REPEAL A REQUIREMENT THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNUALLY REPORT RIGHT TURN ON RED PEDESTRIAN CRASHES; (5) AMEND THE STATE DRIVERS LICENSE MATERIAL TECHNICAL STANDARDS; (6) APPLY ALTERNATE PRIORITIZATION CRITERIA UNDER THE STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENTS ACT FORMULA TO FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDS USED FOR EMERGENCY REPAIR WORK; (7) REENACT THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PARTICIPATE IN PRIVATE DEVELOPER CONTRACTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM, SUBJECT TO A LIMIT OF THE LESSER OF TEN PERCENT OR TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS; (8) TO EXCLUDE FEDERAL LANDS ACCESS PROGRAM FUNDS FROM THE STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENTS ACT FORMULA, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE; (9) UPDATE STATE LAW GOVERNING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT OF THE SAFETY OF RAIL FIXED GUIDEWAY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS; (10) AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INSTALL AND OPERATE RAMP METERS AND TO PROVIDE THAT VIOLATION OF A RAMP METER SIGNAL IS AN INFRACTION; (11) CLARIFY STATE LAW CONCERNING FERRY RECEIPT GENERATING ACTIVITIES; (12) SPECIFY PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF REQUIRED ETHICS REPORTING PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS AND RURAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS; AND (13) AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONTRACT FOR SPONSORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS FOR DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS.
Intro. by Torbett.

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

Changes the short and long title.

Amends GS 106-22.5(a) providing that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services must work with the Department of Transportation (DOT) in providing directional signs on major highways near interchanges to agriculture facilities that promote tourism. Requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to follow sign location and placement rules of the DOT Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs and Logo Signs programs.

Changes the due date for the NC Turnpike Authority's annual audit report, providing that the report is required to be submitted in October of each year (previously, was to be promptly submitted after the closing of each fiscal year).

Repeals the requirement that the DOT report annually to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee on right turn on red light crashes, including crashes that involved pedestrians and persons with disabilities.  

Amends GS 20-7 to require that driver's licenses include a color photo of the license holder applied to material measured by the industry standard of security and durability and that is resistant to tampering and reproduction (was, a color photo, or a properly applied laser engraved picture on polycarbonate material).

Amends GS 136-189.11 to exclude from the prioritization criteria under the strategic transportation investments act formula funds obligated in support of emergency repair work necessary to restore essential travel, minimize the extent of damage, or protect remaining facilities resulting from events that occurred during a declared emergency that significantly damaged the state-maintained transportation system to the extent that safe passage is jeopardized. Funds not subject to the prioritization criteria are (1) federal or state funds obligated for repairs for which federal Emergency Relief Funds are available and (2) state funds obligated for repairs to damage occurring as a result of an event declared to be a federal or state emergency.

Amends SL 2009-235, to provide that the DOT can participate in private developer contracts for improvements to the state highway system, subject to certain limitations, including participation limited to the lesser of 10 percent of the contract or $250,000. This authorization of participation expires on December 31, 2016.

Amends GS 20-158(c) and 20-4.01 to provide for the inclusion of ramp meters as a traffic control device in our state. Sets out the definition of ramp meter and GS 20-158(c) provides the procedures for the conduct of traffic in regards to ramp meters. Also provides that a violation of these procedures is considered an infraction with no points or insurance surcharges being assessed. Effective for offenses committed on or after December 1, 2014.

Makes conforming changes and updates statutory references.

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