AN ACT TO ENSURE RESPECTFUL TREATMENT OF THE AMERICAN FLAG AND THE NORTH CAROLINA FLAG BY STATE AGENCIES AND OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THE STATE; TO ESTABLISH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AS THE CLEARINGHOUSE FOR THE DISPOSAL OF WORN, TATTERED, AND DAMAGED FLAGS; TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROTECTION OF MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS COMMEMORATING EVENTS, PERSONS, AND MILITARY SERVICE IN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY; AND TO TRANSFER CUSTODY OF CERTAIN HISTORIC DOCUMENTS IN THE POSSESSION OF THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES AND TO FACILITATE PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW THESE DOCUMENTS.
Amends the caption of GS 144-5 to Flags to conform to law; display and handling of flag of the United States of America and the State of North Carolina by State agencies and other political subdivisions of the State (was, Flags to conform to law.). Adds language providing that flags of the USA and North Carolina that are possessed by state agencies or political subdivisions of the state must be handled, displayed, and stored in accordance with 4 USC 1, the US Flag Code. Provides that a violation is punishable as an infraction. Effective December 1, 2015.
Amends the caption of GS 144-9 to Retirement of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of North Carolina (was, Retirement of the State flag). Reorganizes the section and adds new language requiring flags of North Carolina or the U.S.A., in possession of a State agency or political subdivision to be delivered to the Division of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for disposal when no longer a fitting emblem for display. Requires DVA to accept the flags and to make appropriate arrangements for respectful disposition. Requires the DVA to do the same with such flags received from citizens of North Carolina. Requires DVA to establish a flag retirement program to encourage citizens to send in/drop off such flags at the DVA office in Raleigh or at other specified locations across the State. Requires the program to be advertised on the DVA website as well as by printed posters at all flag drop off locations. Requires the DVA to report on the number of flags received under the program to the Joint Legislative Committee on Governmental Operations on or before December 31, 2016, as well as annually after that. Effective December 1, 2015.
Amends GS 147-36, Duties of Secretary of State, making clarifying and technical changes. Also adds duties for the Secretary of State to transfer all previously adopted editions of the State Constitution and amendments to those editions to the Department of Cultural Resources for preservation and safe keeping in the State Archives. Effective December 1, 2015.
Requires the Secretary of State, on or before October 1, 2015, to provide the Department of Cultural Resources a written inventory of all records of historical interest in the Secretary's custody. Further requires the Secretary of State to transfer to the Department of Cultural Resources all original copies of specified historical records held by the Secretary of State, effective December 1, 2015.
Directs the Department of Cultural Resources, in 2016, to arrange for displays and programs for the commemoration of the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence as well as the same for the 240th anniversary of the ratification of North Carolina's first Constitution. Authorizes the acceptance of non-state funds to defray the costs of such exhibits.
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