Bill Summary for S 553 (2019-2020)

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Jul 8 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 553 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Intro. by Sanderson, Wells.

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Bill summary

House amendments to the 5th edition make the following changes.

Part I. State and Local Government Regulation

Amendment #2 further amends GS 143-215.107A to also exclude Rockingham County from vehicle emissions inspections (previously, excluded Onslow County only).

Part III. Miscellaneous Regulatory Reform Provisions 

Amendment #1 makes the following changes to Part III.

Amends the proposed changes to GS 83A-13 to exempt from architectural license requirements institutional or commercial buildings having a total value not exceeding $200,000 (previously, $175,000; $90,000 under current law). Makes conforming changes. 

Adds new Section 27.5 as follows. 

Amends GS 83A-2, making technical changes regarding the member appointments to the NC Board of Architecture (Board) to delete obsolete language. Additionally, requires public notice of the Board's annual meeting to be published for at least two weeks on the Board's website, rather than published at least once each week for two weeks in one or more newspapers in general circulation in the state.

Amends GS 83A-5 to require the Board to maintain and publish a roster of all architects and architectural firms holding current licenses from the Board, with copies filed with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General only (was, published at least once a year with copies also filed with other applicable State or local agencies and upon request, distributed or sold to the public). Now authorizes the Board to make the roster available on the Board's website.

Amends GS 83A-7. Modifies the qualifications for application for examination (rather than qualifications for registration) as a duly licensed architect, now requiring practical training and experience as specified by Board rules (previously, specified at least three years of such experience), and the successful completion of an accredited master or bachelor degree in architecture as specified by Board rules (previously, generally required professional education). Maintains the requirement for successful completion of a licensure examination in architecture. Concerning licensing by reciprocity, requires an individual to hold a certified record (was, a certificate of qualification) issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) in addition to holding a current architect license from another state or territory. Specifies that the Board's authority to waive the NCARB certified record requirement  is in the Board's discretion. 

Amends GS 83A-11 to specify that license renewal applications be transmitted, rather than mailed, as previously specified.

Amendment #3 modifies the proposed changes to GS 20-79.1A(a)(1) to require a dealer to notify a purchaser of any outstanding civil penalties, fees, tolls, and obligations owed that are of record and known to the dealer at the time the dealer applies for a title to a motor vehicle and a registration plate (previously, did not specify the outstanding obligations be of record and known by the dealer at the time of application).