AN ACT TO ESTABLISH ALCOHOL LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A SEPARATE DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND TO CLARIFY THE JURISDICTION AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALCOHOL LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENTS AND ALSO TO MOVE THE BOXING ADVISORY COMMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, TO RENAME IT THE BOXING COMMISSION, AND TO GIVE IT RULE-MAKING AUTHORITY.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Adds to GS 18B-500 to grant the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) appointing authority and supervisory responsibility of the Director of the Division of Alcohol and Law Enforcement (ALE), as transferred to DPS by the act. Adds that the ALE Director can appoint and supervise assistants (was, appoint only). Additionally authorizes the ALE Director to appoint a regular employee of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC Commission) as an ALE Agent so long as the employee is employed by the ABC Commission and serving as an ALE Agent on January 1, 2019. Makes organizational changes and modifies ALE agents' primary responsibilities to include enforcement of GS Chapter 18B. No longer includes enforcement of the provisions of GS Chapter 143B (executive organization laws). Modifies ALE agents' subject matter jurisdiction (SMJ), now set out to include enforcement for any criminal offense:
Now specifies that ALE agents have full power and authority as peace officers to execute criminal process, respond to and take enforcement action for any crime of violence or breach of peace, and additional duties directed by the Governor or the Secretary of DPS when necessary for security at a public event, or protection of persons or property due to a disaster or state of emergency. Modifies the ALE Director's authority regarding shifting personnel from districts to no longer subject the action to rules adopted by DPS.
Amends the definition of ABC system set forth in GS 18B-101 to include the designated ABC law enforcement officers employed under GS 18B-501 rather than the ALE Division and all of its employees. Makes a clarifying change.
Amends GS 143-63.1 to authorize the ALE Division to sell, trade, or dispose of any surplus weapons it possesses to any federally licensed firearm dealers.
Amends GS 143-341 to exempt motor vehicles under the ownership, custody, or control of the ALE Division from the Department of Administration's scheduled transfer of ownership, custody, or control to that Department.