AN ACT TO STREAMLINE THE PREPARATION AND FINALIZATION OF NEW LEASES AND LEASE RENEWALS ON STATE PROPERTY TO EXPEDITE DEPLOYMENT OF BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE.
Amends GS 146-29.2(b1), concerning leases or interest in real property of the State for the purposes of the construction and placement of broadband infrastructure. Adds new provisions regarding determinations for dispositions made under the subsection. Requires the Department of Administration (Department) to prepare and finalize a lease agreement within four months of receiving a new, initial request. For renewals, requires the Department to prepare and finalize the lease agreement within two months of receiving the request, and if the Department fails to do so, provides for the current lease to continue until the lease is finalized. Requires the Department to coordinate with the Department of Information Technology to develop a streamlined lease development process. Requires all State agencies including the UNC System Office to cooperate with and participate in the streamlined lease development process.
Makes conforming changes to GS 116-31.12.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department $250,000 in recurring funds for the 2020-21 fiscal year to contract personnel to administer the communication lease review process. Allows the Department to use up to $90,000 to retain a licensed real estate appraiser who holds a MAI designation, and up to $160,000 to retain a licensed attorney who holds a current certification in real property law.
Effective July 1, 2020, and expires on January 1, 2025.
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