Bill Summary for S 127 (2013-2014)
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AN ACT TO (1) PERMIT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO CONTRACT WITH A NORTH CAROLINA NONPROFIT CORPORATION FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF CERTAIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNCTIONS; (2) MODIFY THE NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; (3) CREATE COLLABORATION FOR PROSPERITY ZONES; (4) REQUIRE CERTAIN LIAISONS IN EACH COLLABORATION FOR PROSPERITY ZONE; (5) STUDY COMMISSION ON INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION FOR PROSPERITY; (6) MODIFY REPEAL OF CERTAIN REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS; (7) AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO ISSUE PERMITS ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2015, FOR OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE STATE, INCLUDING THE USE OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TREATMENTS FOR THAT PURPOSE; AND (8) PROVIDE A TAX FOR THE SEVERANCE OF ENERGY MINERALS FROM THE SOIL OR WATER OF THE STATE, REPEAL OUTDATED OIL AND GAS TAX STATUTES, AND AUTHORIZE THE SUSPENSION OF PERMITS FOR FAILURE TO FILE A RETURN FOR SEVERANCE TAXES.Intro. by Brown.
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Establishes the Study Commission on Regionalization Conformity (SCRC) as well as seven geographical uniform administrative regions across the state, in which agency regional offices and services will be consolidated to create a one-stop source for citizens and businesses seeking services. Each county in the state will be assigned to a region.
Requires the following entities to conduct a self-study of how their processes and programs can most efficiently and economically be aligned with those of the other entities listed: (1) Department of Transportation (DOT), (2) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), (3) Western North Carolina Regional Economic Commission, (4) North Carolina's Northeast Commission, (5) Southeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission, (6) North Carolina's Eastern Region Development Commission, (7) Charlotte Regional Partnership, Inc., (8) Piedmont Triad Regional Partnership, and (9) Research Triangle Partnership. Study results must be reported to the SCRC no later than September 1, 2013.
Establishes the eight-member SCRC, with four Senators appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and four Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House. The SCRC will meet at the call of the appointed cochairs. SCRC members will receive per diem, subsistence, and travel allowances.
The duties of the SCRC will be to study and develop recommendations to implement the alignment of services and resources in the geographical uniform administrative regions and the regional divisions of the DOT and DENR. These recommendations must include (1) a suitable location, within each region, for a shared regional office; (2) a plan for shared regional facilities, staff, equipment, and support services, as well as a cost/savings analysis; (3) a plan for cross-training frontline and customer service staff; (4) a list of the services and programs of each entity that can be consolidated at the regional office; (5) a plan to enhance communication between the enitities; (6) the possibility of shared or cross-linked websites; (7) a plan for requiring local commerce entities to leverage private funding; (8) a proposed implementation timeline of each recommendation; and (9) other state entities with regional offices that should be aligned with the geographical uniform divisions. Requires the SCRC to study opportunities for those seeking services from the entities and whether or not there are activities performed by the entities that could be more efficient over the Internet or by other means.
Requires the SCRC to report the results of its study to the General Assembly. An interim report must be filed with the 2014 Regular Session of the 2013 General Assembly, with the final report being filed with the 2015 Regular Session of the 2015 General Assembly.
The SCRC will terminate on July 1, 2015, or upon the filing of its final report, whichever occurs first.