Bill Summary for H 959 (2015-2016)

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Jun 2 2016

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 959 (Public) Filed Monday, April 25, 2016
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE TRANSPORTATION LAWS OF THE STATE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Intro. by Iler, Torbett.

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House amendments make the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amendment #1 amends GS 136-18(2) (Powers of Department of Transportation (DOT)), adding new language directly after new provisions that provides that no agreement for use of a DOT right-of-way under sub-subdivision GS 136-18(2)c retracts the DOT ownership and control of the right-of-way as well as authorizing the DOT to adopt policies and rules as specified. New language establishes that affected entities, and not the DOT, must bear the cost to move utility lines, pipelines, or other infrastructure on State rights-of-way, pursuant to this sub-subdivision, except as provided under GS 136-27.1 (municipal and sewer water lines) and GS 136-27.2 (county-owned natural gas).

Amendment #2 adds new Section 2.5, DOT Surveying Changes, to the bill, which enacts new subdivision GS 136-18(46), giving the DOT the additional power to provide NC grid coordinates for at least one point for each parcel acquired by the DOT on or after January 1, 2017.

Amendment #3 adds new Section 3.1, Turnpike Authority Report on One-time Facility User Fees and Penalties, directing the NC Turnpike Authority to report to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee on October 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, concerning the number of one-time toll facility users who are charged more than $50 in processing fees and civil penalties under specified statutes. Also requires the report to include proposed statutory language to limit the charging of more than $50 in processing fees and civil penalties to one-time toll facility users as specified. 

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