A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO CREATE THE NORTH CAROLINA MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMISSION.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Establishes the NC Military Affairs Commission (Commission) in the Office of the Governor (was, within the Department of Public Safety), with the Department of Commerce responsible for organizational, budgetary, and administrative purposes (was, responsibility of the Department of Public Safety). Expands the Commission's purposes to also include providing counsel and recommendations, in addition to advice, and expands on those to be advised by the Commission to also include the Governor and the Secretary of Commerce. Provides that the Commission is to advise on initiatives, programs, and legislation that will continue and increase the role that the state's military installations, the National Guard, and Reserves play in America's defense strategy and the economic health and vitality of the state (was, the Commission was to advise on five specified issues). Specifies 11 activities that the Commission is authorized to perform, including identifying and supporting ways to promote quality of life for military members and their families, lead the state's initiative to prepare for the next round of Base Realignment and Closure, and share information and coordinate efforts with the state's congressional delegation and other federal agencies. Adds that the Commission must report to the Governor on military affairs at least every six months, and to the General Assembly before the start of legislative sessions, or as required by members. Allows priority actions or issues to be submitted at any time.
Provides that the Commission will consist of voting members who are either appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or serve as nonvoting ex officio members. Specifies the required qualifications of the ten members appointed by the Governor, the five appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the five members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Removes reference to the Executive Committee. Amends the members listed as nonvoting ex officio members of the Commission to add the Commissioner of Agriculture and remove the Commanding General of the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point; Commander 4th FW, Seymour Johnson Airforce Base; Commander 43rd Airlift Wing, Pope Air Force Base; Commander of the US Coast Guard Support Center, Elizabeth City; and the Executive Director of the NC Association of County Commissioners. Specifies 10 commanding generals and officers who must be invited to serve as nonvoting ex officio members.
Requires that the Commission chair be appointed by the Governor from the voting members of the Commission (was, elected by a majority vote of the executive committee membership). Provides that the initial meeting is at a time and place to be determined by the Secretary of Commerce (was, Secretary of Public Safety), with the first order of business being the adoption of bylaws and establishment of committees (was, the election of a chair).
Makes conforming changes to GS 127C-3.
Changes the effective date of the act from October 1, 2013, to July 1, 2013.
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