AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIVISION OF PURCHASE AND CONTRACT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION SHALL REVIEW PROTESTS ON CONTRACTS AND RECEIVE REPORTS ON EMERGENCY PURCHASES BY STATE DEPARTMENTS, INSTITUTIONS, AND AGENCIES IF THE DOLLAR AMOUNT EXCEEDS THE EXPENDITURE BENCHMARK ESTABLISHED BY THE SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; TO ELIMINATE OBSOLETE LANGUAGE RELATING TO FURNITURE CONTRACTS FROM THE GENERAL STATUTES; TO PROVIDE PROCUREMENT SIMPLIFICATION AND INCREASED ACCOUNTABILITY; TO CLARIFY PLAN REVIEW, CODE ENFORCEMENT, AND CREATE AN EXEMPTION FROM THE STATE PROPERTY FIRE INSURANCE FUND FOR CERTAIN BUILDINGS WITHIN NC GLOBAL TRANSPARK; TO CREATE A PRISON SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM; TO CLARIFY THE AUTHORITY OF OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS TO IMPOSE CHARGES FOR STATEMENTS OF UNPAID ASSESSMENTS; TO CLARIFY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DISCRETION IN REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT REVIEWS; AND TO PROVIDE LIMITED IMMUNITY FROM COVID-19 RELATED CLAIMS ARISING FROM THE REOPENING OF PRIVATELY OWNED COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOLS IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR DURING THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY.
Requires the Program Evaluation Division, in consultation with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to study the extent to which the provisions of GS 93B-15.1 (Licensure for individuals with military training and experience; proficiency examination; licensure by endorsement for military spouses; temporary license) have improved the ability of military-trained applicants and military spouses to become licensed by occupational licensing boards in the State. Specifies six issues to be considered, including whether the criteria in the statute should be expanded to allow for the licensure of more military-trained applicants and military spouses; the feasibility and effectiveness of including a question about military status, including status as a military spouse, on applications for licensure; and providing training for at least one employee in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on the licensure process in the statute and considering how to disseminate information about this employee's availability to applicants. Requires a report to the specified NCGA committee and to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs by February 1, 2020.
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