Bill Summary for H 315 (2021-2022)
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AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT FOR CERTAIN ARSON OFFENSES; TO AMEND THE OFFENSE OF ARSON OR OTHER UNLAWFUL BURNINGS THAT RESULT IN INJURY TO A FIREFIGHTER, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, FIRE INVESTIGATOR, OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN; TO REQUIRE CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS OF APPLICANTS TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS; TO REQUIRE APPLICANTS TO DISCLOSE CERTAIN CRIMINAL CHARGES; AND TO PROHIBIT APPLICANTS CONVICTED OF CERTAIN CRIMES FROM SERVING AS VOLUNTEER OR PAID MEMBERS OF FIRE DEPARTMENTS.Intro. by McNeill, Boles, Saine, Carter.
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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Changes the effective date of the provisions of Part I., which amends and adds to the various arson statutes in GS Chapter 14, and Part II., which amends GS 14-69.3 relating to arson that results in the serious injury of a firefighter, law enforcement officer, fire investigator, or emergency medical technician, from December 1, 2021, to December 1, 2022.
Amends proposed GS 14-69.3(c) to make it a Class F felony to commit a felony under Article 15 of GS Chapter 14 and a firefighter, law enforcement officer, fire investigator, or emergency medical technician suffers serious injury (was, serious physical injury) while discharging or attempting to discharge official duties on the property that is the subject of the discharge of their duties.
Eliminates the provisions of previous Part III. of the act, which included proposed changes to GS 58-79-1, GS 58-79-10, GS 58-79-5, GS 58-79-15, and GS 58-79-40, to authorize the Commissioner of Insurance, rather than the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation, through the Office of the State Fire Marshal to investigate fires. Makes conforming organizational changes. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.