AN ACT TO REQUIRE NOTICE AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT FROM COUNTY BOARDS WHEN PERMITS FOR LAND APPLICATION OF WASTE WITHIN THAT COUNTY ARE ISSUED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION; TO INCREASE THE THRESHOLD FOR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION INFORMAL BID PROCEDURES AND CLARIFY THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S POLICY CONCERNING PARTICIPATION BY DISADVANTAGED MINORITY-OWNED AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES APPLY TO CONTRACTS LET USING THOSE PROCEDURES; AND TO STUDY STATE PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES OF PUBLIC LANDS.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Changes the long title.
Amends GS 143-215.1 (Control of sources of water pollution; permits required), providing that prior to acting on a permit application for the land application of waste resulting from the operation of a wastewater treatment facility, the Environmental Management Commission must provide notice and an opportunity for comment from the governing board of the county in which the site of the land application of waste is proposed to be located (previously, the 1st edition referred to the land application of sludge and not waste).
Establishes that, in regards to the State Payment in Lieu of Taxes Study Commission (Commission), no action can be taken except by a majority vote at a meeting in which a quorum is present.
Makes organizational changes to the act.
Provides that the Commission can submit an interim report on the results of its study to the members of the Senate and the House of Representative at any time by filing a copy with the Office of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representative, and the Legislative Library. The final report of the study will be submitted to the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives prior to the convening of the 2015 General Assembly by filing a a copy of the report as specified above. The Commission will terminate upon the convening of the 2015 General Assembly or upon the filing of its final report, whichever occurs first (was, upon the filing of its final report or January 1, 2015).
Deletes provisions found in Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4 of the previous edition regarding the establishment and duties of the e911 Study Commission.
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