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  • Summary date: Jun 25 2014 - View Summary

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition:

    Deletes all of the provisions of the previous edition in their entirety.

    Changes the short and long titles.

    Enacts new GS 153A-303 providing that a board of county commissioners can, by ordinance, extend boundaries of any service district that provides fire protection to include any territory located in the same county and that has been located in a fire protection district and been in place for at least 30 years. Provides that prior to adopting the ordinance, a public hearing must be held with at least 10 days' public notice in a newspaper of general circulation. Sets out provisions for establishing effective dates of the ordinance. 

    Amends GS 69-25.11, concerning changes in the area of a fire protection district, making conforming changes. 

    Amends GS 90-2(b), providing that no member of the North Carolina Medical Board (Board) can serve more than two complete three-year terms (was, no more than two complete, consecutive three-year terms).

    Amends GS 90-3 to provide that a person cannot serve on the Board if that person has served more than 72 months on the Board.  Makes technical changes.  Provides additional language which allows the Board to issue confidential and nonpublic licensing and investigative information in its possession to the Review Panel.  Also provides that applications, records, files, reports, and so forth received by the Review Panel from the Board are not considered public records and are privileged and confidential and not subject to discovery or other means of legal compulsion for release. Further provides that the Review Panel is required to publish the names and practice information of applicants on its website within 10 days of the application deadline. Provides further provisions concerning the status of the Review Panel as a public body.

    Amends GS 90-5.2 to make clarifying changes regarding the requirement that Medical Board licensees report their email addresses to the Board and deletes a requirement that they also issue a fax number. Makes conforming changes. 

    Amends GS 90-13.1 to increase the application fee to practice medicine and surgery in NC to $400 (was, $350).  Effective October 1, 2014. 

    Amends GS 90-13.2 to change registration fees to register with the Board, requiring a $250 registration fee for most registrants (was, $175) and providing that those with a retired limited volunteer license do not have to pay a registration fee (was, $25). No other registration fees in this subsection were changed. Deletes a provision which allowed for an inactive status of a medical license if the physician does not actively engage in the practice of medicine.  Effective October 1, 2014. 

    Amends GS 90-14(n), concerning disciplinary proceedings, providing that the Board can serve orders to submit to an assessment or examination and orders following a hearing. Adds that all of the specified orders may be served to the licensee and the licensee's counsel. Makes technical and organizational changes. 

    Enacts new GS 90-14.2, which provides the process and procedure for discovery once charges have been issued.

    Repeals GS 90-16(d), concerning disclosure requirements for the Board during disciplinary proceedings.

    Amends GS 90-14.13(a1) to eliminate a requirement that hospitals must report specified suspensions for delinquent medical records.

    Amends GS 90-21.22 to update the enabling provisions for the Health Program for Medical Professionals (Program). Deletes several provisions concerning peer review activities for impaired physicians or physician assistants. Provides for agreements to be made for the purpose of identifying, reviewing, and evaluating the abilities of licensees to function in their profession. Amends the parties that may enter into those agreements. Requires the agreements to include guidelines and procedures for the assessment, referral, monitoring, support, and so forth of licensees and the assurance of confidentiality. Adds language that requires the Program to provide a participant/licensee with a summary of the Program's assessment and basis for any recommendations it proposes upon written request. Provides that any information provided by the Program to the participant is inadmissible evidence not subject to discovery in a civil proceeding. 


  • Summary date: Jun 24 2014 - View Summary

    The Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition is to be summarized.

  • Summary date: Apr 10 2013 - View Summary

    Creates new GS 160A-203 and GS 153A-145.1, both titled Certain ordinances prohibited, providing that no city or county can enact an ordinance, rule, or regulation that, (1) authorizes an employer to withhold any labor union or labor organization dues from an employee's pay, expense allowances, or other compensation and (2) requires an employer to assume financial, legal, or other responsibility for an employee's carbon footprint, which may result in the employer being subject to a fine, fee, or other monetary, legal, or negative consequences.

  • Summary date: Apr 9 2013 - View Summary

    To be summarized at a later date.