AN ACT TO CLARIFY WHEN A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS REQUIRED TO REQUEST A BLOOD SAMPLE WHEN CHARGING THE OFFENSE OF MISDEMEANOR DEATH BY VEHICLE, CLARIFY THE LAW GOVERNING PROHIBITED USE OF RED AND BLUE LIGHTS, REPEAL CERTAIN MANDATORY REPORTING REGARDING PSEUDOEPHEDRINE PRODUCTS, CLARIFY THE SUBPOENA AUTHORITY OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE SBI, PROVIDE FOR UPSET BIDS FOR LEASES OF MINERAL DEPOSITS ON STATE LANDS, INCREASE THE COST LIMIT ON WORK THAT CAN BE PERFORMED BY GOVERNMENTAL FORCE ACCOUNT LABOR, AND REPEAL THE DONATE LIFE NC MATCHING FUNDS REQUIREMENT.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amends the act's long title.
Amends GS 20-139.1(b5), making a technical change.
Deletes proposed changes made to GS 20-129(g) concerning the prohibition on the operation of motor vehicles or motorcycles without the specified number of brake lights.
Deletes proposed changes made to GS 20-129.1 concerning requirements for additional lighting on certain vehicles.
Amends GS 143-166.14 concerning salary continuation for certain state personnel, including state law enforcement officers, now requiring that a qualifying injury must result or arise out of an episode of violence, resistance, or other special hazards in the course of official duties (previously, injury had to be proximately caused by heightened risk and special hazards related to the violent nature of the official duties). Further provides that such benefits are deducted from the person's total eligibility under worker's compensation as well as requiring such salary to be ceased or equitably reduced when the person has returned to work for the same or different employer. Also provides that for the purposes of payment under this section, salary excludes overtime, shift premium, holiday pay, or other such enhancements.
Enacts new GS 20-185(j) authorizing the State Highway Patrol to appoint retired members as volunteer reserve officers and that they are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits for injuries incurred during service as such.
Amends GS 15A-298 concerning the subpoena authority of the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation, to no longer make it pursuant to Bureau rules.
Amends GS 126-35 to allow the separation of an employee that (1) is on workers' compensation or salary continuation and is unable to return to his or her previous position at full duty or (2) that is unable to perform all of his or her job duties due to a court order, due to loss of required credentials or other certification, even if the employee's vacation, sick, bonus, or compensatory leave is not exhausted.
Provides that Section 2, changes made to GS 20-130.1, is effective December 1, 2015, applying to offenses committed on or after that date.
Makes conforming changes.
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