AN ACT CONSISTENT WITH HOUSE BILL 966 OF THE 2019 REGULAR SESSION (1) APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DIVISION OF ADULT CORRECTION AND JUVENILE JUSTICE FOR PRISON SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY EQUIPMENT UPGRADES FOR PRISON MANDOWN TECHNOLOGY AND CAMERAS, (2) REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO REPORT TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY REGARDING THE DEPARTMENT'S PRISON REFORM INITIATIVES, (3) CLARIFYING THAT CERTAIN FUNDS IN HOUSE BILL 966 AND OTHER SALARY AND BENEFITS BILLS ENACTED IN 2019 ARE DESCRIBED AS DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS, AND (4) APPROVING THE 2019 TO 2022 TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES STATE PLAN.
House committee substitute to the 3rd edition deletes the content of the previous edition and replaces it with the following.
Changes the act's titles.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (Division), $4,471,149 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year for the costs associated with implementing the prison safety provisions of the act. Directs use of the funds to the following: $400,000 to purchase additional stab resistant vests and exterior carriers for certified prison staff; $730,937 to erect security netting over prison fence lines to deter and intercept contraband; $216,750 to purchase additional handheld metal detectors to reduce contraband in prison facilities; $675,360 to be used to purchase customizable key lock boxes throughout prison facilities; and $2,448,102 for Information Technology security equipment upgrades for prison mandown technology and cameras. Deems the departmental receipts appropriated for the 2019-20 fiscal year as provided.
Establishes a quarterly reporting requirement for DPS, beginning November 1, 2019, until the end of the fiscal biennium, to report to the specified NCGA committee on 11 specified prison reform initiatives, including staff training and retention efforts.
Amends specified sections of HB 966 (Appropriations Act of 2019), SL 2019-208 (Salary Increases/Adult Correctional Employees), SL 2019-209 (Pay Increases/State Employees), SL 2019-210 (Pay Increases/State Highway Patrol), and SL 2019-211 (Pay Increases/SBI & ALE), to refer to departmental receipts appropriated, rather than state funds appropriated as agency receipts.
Approves the identified State Plan for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) (State Plan), prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), covering the period October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2022, beginning October 1, 2019. Directs DHHS to submit the plan to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Designates Beaufort, Caldwell, Catawba, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon and Wilson counties as approved Electing Counties in the State Plan, as approved. Requires counties that submitted the letter of intent to remain as an Electing County or to be redesignated as an Electing County and the accompanying county plan for years 2019-22 to operate under the Electing County budget requirements effective July 1, 2019, and remain under their current county designation through September 30, 2022. Holds harmless, for each year of the fiscal biennium, Electing Counties regarding their Work First Family Assistance allocations for the 2019-20 fiscal year, so long as the remaining funds allocated for the Work First Family Assistance and Work First Diversion Assistance are sufficient for payments made by DHHS on behalf of Standard Counties. Allows DHHS to deallocate funds in the event such remaining funds are insufficient, subject to approval by the Office of State Budget and Management and reporting requirements.
Repeals Sections 9I.2 (TANF Benefit Implementation) and 18.15 (Prison Reform Report) of HB 966 (Appropriations Act of 2019) if that act becomes law.
Provides that if any provision of this act and GS 143C-5-4 (enactment deadline; procedures to be followed when the Current Operations Appropriations Act does not become law prior to the end of certain fiscal years) are in conflict, the provisions of this act prevail. Provides that the appropriations and the authorizations to allocate and spend funds set out in this act remain in effect until the Current Operations Appropriations Act for the applicable fiscal year becomes law, at which time that act becomes effective and governs appropriations and expenditures.
Effective July 1, 2019.
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