Bill Summary for H 783 (2013-2014)

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Apr 12 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 783 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO MAKE TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE LAWS GOVERNING PYROTECHNICS DISPLAYS.
Intro. by Starnes.

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Amends GS 14-410 allowing the pyrotechnics display operator for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to appoint a representative to supervise any performances that include a proximate audience display, provided that the representative is 21 years old or older and is properly trained in the safe discharge of proximate audience displays.

Amends GS 14-410 adding subsection (a4) allowing pyrotechnics to be exhibited, used, handled, manufactured, or discharged within the State as a special effect for a motion picture production as long as the set is closed to the public or there is a minimum of 500 feet distance from the public.

Amends GS 14-410 adding subsection (a5) allowing the use of pyrotechnics for the purpose of pyrotechnic or proximate audience display instruction consisting of classroom and practical skills training as approved by the Office of State Fire Marshall.

Amends GS 14-413, adding subsections (1) and (2) enumerating circumstances for which no permits for concerts or public exhibitions are required.

Amends GS 58-82A-3 adding subsection (b1) allowing the Commissioner of Insurance to issue a Limited Pyrotechnic Operator license to an individual meeting all of the requirements in subsection (b) with the exception of the letter of clearance if the individual signs a statement affirming that they have not been convicted of a specified violation and are not prohibited from possessing pyrotechnic materials.  Makes a conforming change.

Amends GS 58-82A-3 adding subsection (e) excluding public exhibitions consisting of materials exempted by GS 14-414 from the operator license requirements.

Amends GS 58-82A-25(3) changing the on-site examination passing score to a minimum of 5 (instead of 5) questions testing basic pyrotechnic safety knowledge.

Amends GS 58-82A-25(4) prohibiting an event employee from being in the presence of pyrotechnic materials without signing a statement provided by the Commissioner of Insurance affirming that the individual has not been convicted of violating 18 U.S.C. Chapter 40, Section 842(i), or is not otherwise prohibited from possession pyrotechnic materials. The event employee will also not be allowed to discharge or be in the presence of pyrotechnic materials unless under direct supervision of a licensed pyrotechnic operator.

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