Bill Summary for H 200 (2019-2020)

Summary date: 

Oct 31 2019

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 200 (Public) Filed Tuesday, February 26, 2019
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR DISASTER RELIEF FROM HURRICANE DORIAN AND OTHER NAMED STORMS, FUNDS FOR RESILIENCY MEASURES AGAINST FUTURE STORMS, AND FUNDING FOR THE RURAL HEALTH CARE STABILIZATION FUND; TO MAKE CORRECTIONS TO VARIOUS BUDGET RELATED BILLS; AND TO ENACT CERTAIN BUDGET PROVISIONS FROM HOUSE BILL 966, 2019 REGULAR SESSION.
Intro. by Hurley, Johnson, Horn, Elmore.

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Bill summary

Senate committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 2nd edition and now provides the following.

Part I.

Appropriates from the General Fund $70,812,336 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund to be allocated to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to provide State match for Florence federal disaster assistance programs.

Appropriates from the General Fund $31,673,258 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the State Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund to be allocated to DPS and used as follows: (1) $11,197,013 to provide State match for federal disaster assistance programs related to Hurricane Matthew; (2) $4,176,245 to provide State match for federal disaster assistance programs related to Hurricane Michael; and (3) $16.3 million to provide State match for federal disaster assistance programs related to Hurricane Dorian.

Appropriates from the General Fund $30 million in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to be used for current and future activities related to recovery from Hurricane Dorian.

Subject to SB 537 (ACH Pmt/Counselor-SA-SW Act Amend/ DHHS Rev.) or substantially similar legislation of the 2019 Regular Session establishing a Rural Health Care Stabilization Fund becoming law, appropriates from the General Fund to the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) $13,397,000 and $6,603,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years to be used for the Rural Health Care Stabilization Fund. Provides that the limitations set forth in Sections 2.1 through 2.7 of the act do not apply to these funds. Repeals these provisions if HB 966 becomes law.

Requires recipients of State funds to use best efforts to obtain alternative funds to cover losses and needs. Declares State funds paid to be in excess over funds received by a recipient from an insurance claim settlement. Requires higher education institutions and non-State entities that receive State funds to seek private donations to help cover the losses or needs for which the funds are provided. 

Sets forth limitations on expenditures relating to federal fund eligibility. Prohibits the Governor from using the described funds of the act to make reallocations under GS 166A-19.40(c) (authority of the Governor to reallocate department appropriations when certain conditions are met).

Encourages agencies to acquire goods and services from historically underutilized business vendors, whether directly or indirectly.

States the legislative intent to review funds federally appropriated for disaster relief and to consider necessary actions to meet remaining unmet needs, as well as review the adequacy of the measures funded by the act.

Prohibits State funds appropriated in the act from being used for the construction of any new residence within the 100-year flood plain, as defined, unless the construction is in an area regulated by a unit of local government pursuant to a floodplain management ordinance and the construction complies with the ordinance.

Requires homeowners in the 100-year floodplain who receive homeowner's housing assistance pursuant to the act to have in effect federal flood insurance, if available, as a precondition to receipt of State homeowner's housing assistance for losses resulting from future flooding.

Limits the use of funds loaned to small and mid-sized businesses to eligible purposes under the Small Business Administration disaster loan assistance program, designated as described. Limits payments for economic losses to documented business expenses necessary for the continued operation of the business.

States that appropriations and allocations made are for maximum amounts necessary and requires savings to be effected where total amounts appropriated or allocated are not required for implementation.

Deems funds received on or after September 1, 2019, for federal disaster assistance programs for State disasters as a result of Hurricane Dorian appropriated in the amounts provided in the award notifications. Requires OSBM and affected State agencies to report all award notifications to the specified NCGA committees and division.

Changes the act's titles.

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