Bill Summary for S 14 (2015-2016)

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Feb 2 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 14 (Public) Filed Monday, February 2, 2015
Intro. by Brown, Harrington, B. Jackson.

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Directs the State Board of Education to transfer $100,000 to the Office of Administrative Hearings so that the Rules Review Commission can pay for any litigation related costs associated with the defense of the North Carolina State Board of Education v. The State of North Carolina and the Rules Review Commission lawsuit filed November 7, 2014. Funds are to remain available during the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Directs the Department of Public instruction to transfer $275,000 to the Department of Administration (DOA) in order to support the operations of the Academic Standards Review Commission, established pursuant to SL 2014-78. Directs an amount equal to the total costs that the DOA incurred in supporting the operations of the Academic Standards Review Commission (Commission) to be credited to the DOA. Sets out and details three types of expenses that the remaining funds can be used for, as authorized by the Commission, including, (1) administrative assistance, (2) technical assistance, and (3) per diem, subsistence, and travel allowances.  Provides that the funds are to remain available for such expenditure until the Commission terminates on December 31, 2015, or when its final report is filed, whichever occurs first.  Any remaining funds revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2016. Establishes that none of the above funds transferred to the Commission can be used to conduct any survey related to the adoption of academic standards or to contract for such work due to the resources which have already expended to this end. Clarifies that the Commission is subject to the Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Law. Details and clarifies other duties the Commission must comply with. Prevents the State Board of Education, in meeting the required fund transfer, from making reductions to the operating budget of the Department of Public Instruction or making reductions in funding or positions to five specified programs/schools.

Amends GS 62-302.1 to provide that 26.5% of the moneys in the Coal Combustion Residuals Management Fund must be used by the Coal Ash Management Commission with any remainder to be used by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) (was, money in the Fund could only be spent pursuant to a General Assembly appropriation).  Effective July 1, 2014. 

Amends Section 15(c)-15(e) of SL 2014-122 to provide that up to twenty-five receipt-supported positions are to be created in DENR to carry-out specified duties related to the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 (previously, required 25 positions to be created). Provides for an appropriation from the Coal Combustion Residuals Management Fund to the Department of Public Safety in the amount of $630,000 to support the five positions in the Division of Emergency Management for the 2014-15 fiscal year (previously, appropriated any remaining funds in the Coal Combustion Residuals Management Fund, after the appropriation to DENR, to the Department of Public Safety for 2014-15 fiscal year). Enacts new Section 15(e) of SL 2014-122, renumbering the previous Section 15(e) to Section 15(f), and provides that if moneys in the Coal Combustion Residuals Management Fund are insufficient to support appropriations in Section 15(c) or 15(d) of SL 2014-122 for the 2014-15 fiscal year, said appropriations are to be reduced on a proportional basis. Effective July 1, 2014.