Bill Summary for S 615 (2017-2018)

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Jun 27 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
Senate Bill 615 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 4, 2017
AN ACT TO AMEND CERTAIN LAWS GOVERNING AGRICULTURAL MATTERS.
Intro. by B. Jackson, Sanderson, Brock.

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House amendments make the following changes to the 4th edition.

Amendment #1 further amends GS 153A-340, specifying that activities incident to the farm include existing or new residences constructed to the applicable residential building code situated on the farm occupied by the owner, lessee, or operator of the farm and other buildings or structures sheltering or supporting the farm use and operation. Makes clarifying changes to the header of Section 8.

Adds new Section 8.1 amending GS 106-581.1, which sets out the meaning of agriculture, agricultural, and farming as used in the Article, to include that those terms refer to the following when performed on the farm: the marketing and selling of agricultural products; agritourism; the storage and use of materials for agricultural purposes; packing, treating, processing, storing, storage, and other activities performed to add value to crops, livestock, and agricultural items produced on a farm (currently, produced on the farm); and similar activities incident to the operation of a farm. 

Amendment #2 further adds to GS 143-138(b4) to exempt from building rules farm buildings that are located inside the building-rules jurisdiction of any municipality that are therapeutic equine facilities. Adds that a therapeutic equine facility is an equine facility as described in subsubdivision (1)a of subsection (b4) operated by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that provides therapeutic equine-related activities for persons who are physically, intellectually, or emotionally challenged. 

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