AN ACT PROVIDING PATIENT VISITATION RIGHTS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF HEALTH SERVICE REGULATION, TO DEVELOP AND DISSEMINATE TO HOSPITALS FREE INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS EXPLAINING THESE RIGHTS, AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA POLICY COLLABORATORY TO CARRY OUT A STATEWIDE TESTING, TRACKING, AND TRACING INITIATIVE FOR COVID-19 RESEARCH AND BUSINESS REOPENING PURPOSES AND TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO BUSINESSES THAT CLOSED AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
House amendment makes the following changes to the 5th edition.
Adds the following provisions.
Directs the State Controller to transfer $100 million for 2020-21 from the Coronavirus Relief Reserve to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (both established in SL 2020-4). Appropriates the transferred funds to the Office of State Budget and Management to be allocated to the Department of Commerce for the following described grant program. Creates the COVID-19 Safe Business Program (program) to be administered by the Economic Investment Committee (Committee) to provide a one-time grant up to $50,000 to each qualifying business, defined to include an entity subject to income tax that ceased business operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during the COVID-19 period. Prioritizes businesses that did not participate in the Paycheck Protection Program, the Main Street Lending Program, or the Rapid Recovery Loan Program, and have not applied for the Job Retention Grant program created under SL 2020-4, as enacted, and employed no more than 100 full-time employees, or full-time equivalent employees, for the pay period ending on or about February 28, 2020. Provides for grant applications and requires submission of applications by September 1, 2020. Caps total funds granted under the program at $100 million. Sets forth defined terms.
Changes the act's long title.
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