Bill Summary for S 127 (2013-2014)

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Jun 26 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 127 (Public) Filed Thursday, February 21, 2013
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THAT PURPOSE; AND (8) PROVIDE A TAX FOR THE SEVERANCE OF ENERGY MINERALS FROM THE SOIL OR WATER OF THE STATE, REPEAL OUTDATED OIL AND GAS TAX STATUTES, AND AUTHORIZE THE SUSPENSION OF PERMITS FOR FAILURE TO FILE A RETURN FOR SEVERANCE TAXES.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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House amendments to the 4th edition make the following changes.

Amendment #1 states the General Assembly's intent that state marketing and rebranding functions performed by regional economic development commissions be performed by the Department of Commerce or a North Carolina nonprofit on and after January 1, 2014, and that funds appropriated for those functions will be available to the Department on or after that date. Deletes the provision allowing the Department of Commerce to retain 50% of the appropriation for state marketing and rebranding if Senate Bill 402 becomes law and appropriates money to the regional economic development commissions.

Amendment #2 amends GS 143B-431A to clarify that members of the Economic Development Oversight Committee appointed by the Speaker of the House or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate may not be General Assembly members. Amends the Committees's duties to clarify that the complaints that they can receive, review, and refer are those regarding the contract or the performance of the nonprofit corporation, and allows the Committee to perform any other duties the Committee deems necessary (was, any other duties set forth in the contract). Clarifies that each member of the Committee appointed by the Governor must have expertise in the specified issue areas. Makes technical changes.

Amends the duties of the Revisor of Statutes concerning making conforming changes and corrections.

Amendment #3 amends GS 143B-431A to provide that if the Department of Commerce contracts with a state nonprofit corporation to promote and grow the travel and tourism industries, then all funds appropriated to the Department for tourism and marketing purposes  must be used for a research-based comprehensive marketing program directed toward consumers in key markets most likely to travel to the state and not for ancillary activities. Also amends the statute to require that the membership of the governing board of the NC nonprofit corporation include expertise in tourism, as jointly recommended by the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition and the North Carolina Travel Industry Association (was, recommended by the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition).

Amendment #4 amends GS 143B-472.81 to require one member of the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology, and Innovation be a member of a state or federally recognized North Carolina Indian Tribe.

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