AN ACT TO CLARIFY THAT QUALIFIED YOUTH FIFTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER MAY ENROLL IN COURSES IN FIRE TRAINING AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES, TO REDUCE THE REQUIRED AGE FOR BEER AND WINE WHOLESALER SALESMEN TO EIGHTEEN, TO MAKE A TEMPORARY CHANGE TO THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS OF THE WAGE AND HOUR ACT TO ALLOW FIFTEEN YEAR OLD WORKERS TO BE EMPLOYED IN CERTAIN ESTABLISHMENTS AFFECTED BY LABOR SHORTAGES, UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2023, TO ENABLE THE STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO STREAMLINE DELEGATION OF CERTAIN CAPITAL PROJECTS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES, TO ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION TO ASSIST COMMUNITY COLLEGES WITH PROJECTS UPON REQUEST, AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO PROVISIONS IN THE 2022 APPROPRIATIONS ACT RELATING TO THE USE OF FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE BROADBAND FUNDS.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition adds the following new content.
Amends GS 18B-1111, which authorizes the holder of a salesman permit to sell and transport malt beverages for a malt beverage wholesaler or sell and transport unfortified and fortified wine for a wine wholesaler. Reduces the age requirement for the permit from 21 to 18.
Amends GS 95-25.5 to allow holders of ABC permittees for the on-premises sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages to employ 15 year olds for any purpose (currently, limited to 16 year olds and older). Maintains authorization for employment of individuals at least 14 years old if two existing conditions are met. Sunsets these provisions on December 31, 2023.
Amends GS 115D-9, which authorizes the State Board of Community Colleges (State Board) to delegate the powers granted to it with respect to the design, construction, repair, or renovation of buildings, utilities, and other State-funded property developments of the System requiring up to $4 million of estimated expenditure of public money. No longer limits the State Board's delegation authority to a community college qualified under its guidelines and approved by the State Building Commission and the Director of Budget, now requiring only that the community college be qualified under the State Board's guidelines. Deems delegated projects of less than $2 million excluded from the architecture and engineering duties of the Department of Administration (DOA) under GS 143-341(3), if the State Board determines that the college has the expertise necessary to manage the project, so long as the Office of State Construction's assistance has not been requested assistance. Additionally, limits the reporting requirements for the State Board regarding projects governed by the statute to those which are funded with at least $2 million of public money.
Revises the architecture and engineering duties of DOA for community college buildings under GS 143-341 to require DOA to examine and approve all plans and specifications for the construction or renovation of all community college buildings for which the State Board has submitted a written request for a project requiring less than $2 million of public funds expended, prior to awarding the contract, and changes made after the contract is awarded.
Subject to HB 103 (Appropriations Act of 2022) becoming law, amends Section 38.4, which provides for the Department of Information Technology (DIT) to apply for funding under the federal Infrastructure and Investment and Jobs Act for grants in the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program (B.E.A.D.) and the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program. Authorizes DIT to use up to 3% of initial B.E.A.D. grant funds for planning purposes and up to 2% of initial B.E.A.D. grant funds for administrative purposes, with all other funds received under the federal Infrastructure and Jobs Act required to remain unexpended until legislatively appropriated (previously, did not authorize expending any federal funds received under the Act without legislative appropriation). Effective July 1, 2022.
Changes the act's titles.