Bill Summary for H 479 (2019-2020)

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Apr 30 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 479 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 27, 2019
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW COMMISSION TO STUDY MATTERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DECOMMISSIONING OF UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR PROJECTS, THE SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL TAX, THE PROCESS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND ADOPTION OF GENERAL PERMITS FOR ANIMAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, AND WAYS TO OPTIMIZE AND MODERNIZE NORTH CAROLINA'S RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS FOR DISCARDED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND TELEVISIONS; AND TO MODIFY THE SCOPE OF THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES TO SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE OVERSIGHT OF MARINE FISHERIES
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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Adds the following provisions to the act. 

Requires the Environmental Review Commission (ERC) to study the state's solid waste disposal tax, including examining six specified issues. Requires the ERC to report its findings and recommendations to the 2020 Regular Session of the 2019 General Assembly upon its convening. 

Requires the ERC to study the Department of Environmental Quality's process for developing and adopting general permits for animal waste management systems for swine, cattle, and poultry operations. Requires the ERC to seek input from specified entities. Requires the ERC to report its findings and recommendations to the 2020 Regular Session of the 2019 General Assembly upon its convening.

Amends GS 120-311 by giving the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources power to exercise legislative oversight over the management of marine fisheries in the state by: monitoring and evaluating the programs, policies, and actions of the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Division of Marine Fisheries; reviewing and evaluating existing and proposed statutes and rules affecting the management of marine fisheries; monitoring changes in federal law and court decisions affecting the management of marine fisheries; monitoring and evaluating marine fisheries related industries in the state and studying promoting these industries; and studying and other related matters necessary to fulfill this mandate.

Amends GS 113-182.1 to make the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources and the Fiscal Research Division responsible for reviewing fishery management plans, instead of the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

Directs the ERC to study ways to optimize and modernize the state's recycling requirements for discarded computer equipment and televisions. Specifies five considerations ERC must address, including the changing waste stream and opportunities for more efficient and effective recycling streams. Requires the Commission to report to the NCGA 2021 Regular Session upon its convening. 

Makes conforming changes to the act's titles. 

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