AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE VETERINARY PRACTICE ACT AND TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES BUDGET PROVISIONS IN THE 2022 BUDGET.
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Revises the proposed changes to Article 11, Veterinarians, of GS Chapter 90 as follows. Adds staff to the Article's defined terms, defined as any person performing duties under the direction and supervision of a veterinarian. Further amends the Veterinary Medical Board's fees set in GS 90-186, increasing the fees under subdivision (6)d. for (1) an inspection of a veterinary practice facility from $125 to $150, and (2) an inspection of a veterinary facility from $125 to $150, and also limiting such inspection to inspections resulting from a serious inspection violation or as a result of a complaint (subdivision (6)d. includes two contingent versions due to provisions of SL 2019-170, which amends the subdivision to refer to a veterinary facility rather than a veterinary practice facility, with the second version including the changes only effective 60 days after the date the Board adopts rules as mandated by that session law). Adds a new fee of $150 for issuance of a veterinary facility permit; makes conforming changes to include this fee in the provision which states the fees are applicable for annual renewals.
Adds to the changes of GS 90-187.6, replacing references to veterinary employees with "staff." Eliminates provisions which prohibited employees from receiving fees or compensation of any kind for services other than any salary or compensation paid to the employees by the veterinarian or veterinary facility by which the employee is employed. Allows a technician, intern, and staff to participate in the operation of a branch office, clinic, or allied establishment to the extent allowable under and as defined by Article 11 or Board rules (was, limited to employees only). Deems staff (was, nonregistered veterinary employee employed under subsection (c)) practicing veterinary medicine except as permitted under subsection (c) of the statute guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Changes the effective date of the proposed changes to Article 11, GS Chapter 90 to October 1, 2022 (was, October 1, 2021).
Adds the following new content.
Amends House Bill 103 (Appropriations Act of 2022) as follows, conditioned upon House Bill 103 becoming law, effective July 1, 2022.
Enacts new Section 40.12, authorizing repairs and renovations intended for allocation by the Office of State Budget and Management to DACS for 2022-23 to include up to $3 million for renovations of the restaurant facility at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market as described.
Amends Section 10.1 of that act, to require the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) to use $500,000 in recurring funds appropriated to DACS to provide overtime compensation to employees of the North Carolina Forest Service (no longer limiting the provision of compensation to such employees who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act) who are involved in fighting forest fires for overtime earned while conducting fire suppression duties or while on-call.
Changes the act's titles.