AN ACT CLARIFYING THAT CERTAIN CIVIL ACTIONS RELATING TO GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE TEN-YEAR STATUTE OF REPOSE SET FORTH IN G.S. 1-52.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends GS 15A-534 to clarify that the person who provides an appearance bond (surety)is automatically released from the obligation under that bond whenever any of the listed events occur. Enacts new subsection (h1) toclarify that the surety,as defined in GS 15A-531(8), would be automatically released from the obligation on the bond 36 months from the date of release of a bail bond where the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor. Provides that the obligation of the defendant on the bail bond remains until it terminates under other provisions of this section. Deletes subdivision (5), moving some of the content of that section to new subsection (h1) anddeleting provision that directs the judicial official to determine whether a defendant is again entitled to release and the conditions of that release when the obligation automatically terminates for the obligor in the specified circumstance.
Directs the Administrative Office of the Courts to modify the appearance bond and release form to provide a bond principal with notice of the provisions in GS 15A-534(h1). Requires professional bondsmen or insurance companies obligated on a bond subject to termination under theapplication of this act that was executed before the effective date of the actto provide written notice to the defendant that his or her obligation on the bond will terminate 36 months after the bond was providedor 30 days after the notice was mailed, whichever date is later.