Bill Summary for H 785 (2013-2014)

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Jun 12 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 785 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 10, 2013
AN ACT TO CREATE A STATEWIDE PILOT PROGRAM TO ENABLE COST‑SHARING FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS AND TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CREATE A STATEWIDE PILOT PROGRAM FOR CONTRACTED SERVICES COST-SAVINGS.
Intro. by Iler, W. Brawley, Torbett.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amends new subsection (j) to GS 136-28.6 to authorize the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a statewide pilot program for participation in cost-sharing for transportation improvements in connection with driveway permits (was, authorized the DOT to create a statewide pilot program for cost-sharing with private developers for transportation improvements under certain circumstances). Authorizes the DOT to create a fair share allocation formula and other procedures to facilitate the pilot program. Requires the formula to uniformly determine the value of transportation improvements and apportion these costs, on a project-by-project basis, among applicable parties including the DOT and private property developers (was, required the allocation formula to apportion costs equitably among the private property developers based on the value of the transportation improvement they have constructed). Provides that the transportation improvement projects developed under the pilot program may include the provision of ingress and egress to new private development prior to the acceptance of the improved portion of the roads constructed to provide access to the development by the state or local government for maintenance as a public street or highway.

Amends new subsection (k) to delete language limiting reimbursements to payments from a developer constructing transportation improvements at the timeof the driveway permit approval.

Provides that the bill does not require that DOT assume custodial responsibility for managing or distributing funds in the application of this program. Also provides that this act does not require a private developer to participate in the pilot program in order to obtain a driveway permit or other approval from DOT or any local government. Requires DOT to report on the pilot program to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Commission no later that the convening date of the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

Adds a new Section 2 to this act, which allows DOT to create and study a statewide pilot program for contracted services cost savings for the 2013-14 budget cycle. Requires DOT to make efforts to reduce their existing maintenance, repair, operation, and service costs by at least 10% by implementing cost-effective and streamlined procurement strategies, as the act provides. Specifies steps that DOT must take to obtain the required reduction. Specifies facility maintenance, repair, operation, and service contracts that may be subject to the section's requirements. Requires DOT to report to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee, the Fiscal Research Division, and the Governor by December 31, 2014. Provides that if DOT achieves the savings provided for in the act, DOT may retain the saved funds and use the funds for any authorized purpose.

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