A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO FACILITATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE STATE.
Senate amendments make the following changes to the 3rd edition:
Amends the effective date of the act, providing that except as provided in Part VI of the act, nothing in the act can be construed to obligate the General Assembly to appropriate funds for the implementation of the act (previously, did not mention Part VI of the act).
Amends proposed GS 143B-437.02A, Film and Entertainment Grant Fund, to replace any occurrence of the word "rules" with "guidelines". Enacts new GS 143B-437.02A(g), requiring the Department of Commerce to develop guidelines in regards to the administration of the Film and Entertainment Grant Fund and the selection process for distributing such grants. Requires the Department of Commerce to publish any proposed guidelines on the Department's website at least 20 days before the effective date. Also requires the Department of Commerce to accept oral and written comments on the proposed guideline during the 15 busines days beginning on the first day that the Department has completed these notifications and publications. Makes a technical change.
Amends GS 150B-1(d) to provide that the Department of Commerce, in administering the grant program, are exempt from the rulemaking provisions and requirements of Article 2A of GS Chapter 150B.
Makes clarifying changes to the appropriations provision transferring $10 million to the Film and Entertainment Grant Fund from the Repairs and Renovations Reserve, to clarify that it is from funds appropriated to that reserve for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Makes technical and conforming changes.
Deletes language that required a $1,000 application fee in order to apply for a grant from the Film and Entertainment Grant Fund.
Requires that the study undertaken by the Department of Commerce (Department) to develop a plan for contracting with a North Carolina nonprofit corporation for the performance of economic development activities and duties of the Department, must include an analysis of all compensation levels for employees, officers, and other personnel of public-private partnerships for economic development activities in other states to aid in determining and reporting on average and appropriate levels of compensation.
Makes a technical correction.
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