Bill Summary for H 147 (2015-2016)

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Mar 3 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 147 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 3, 2015
AN ACT TO UPDATE THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE FIRE AND RESCUE COMMISSION TO REFLECT THE MERGER OF TWO ORGANIZATIONS, TO ADD REPRESENTATION FROM THE STATE CHAPTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ARSON INVESTIGATORS, AND TO CLARIFY THE POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.
Intro. by S. Ross, Saine, Boles, J. Bell.

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Amends GS 58-78-1 to clarify the membership of the State Fire and Rescue Commission (Commission) of the Department of Insurance (Department). Current law provides for 15 voting members of the Commission with 12 members appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance. Amends subsection (a) of GS 58-78-1 to clarify that one of the Commissioner's appointees is to be selected from nominations submitted by the North Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (Arson Investigators).Deletes requirement that one appointee was to be from nominations submitted by the North Carolina Association of County Fire Marshals.Removes prohibition that public members of the Commission may not be directly involved in fire fighting or rescue services.Amends subsection (b) to provide that the appointees from the Arson Investigators nominees are to serve two-year terms. Effective July 1, 2015, and applies to State Fire and Rescue Commission appointments made on or after this date.

Amends GS 58-78-5(a)(14b) to clarify the Commission's powers include the authority to issue, deny, suspend, revoke, or take similar actions regarding certifications issued by the Commission of minimal professional qualifications established under this subdivision.Amends GS 38-78-10 to insert gender-neutral language. Effective July 1, 2015.

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