AN ACT TO EXPAND THE MEMBERSHIP OF CERTAIN METROPOLITAN SEWERAGE DISTRICTS, AND TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES TO STUDY WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT, INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL, AND NATIVE HABITAT RESTORATION ON PROPERTIES MANAGED BY THE STATE. SL 2019-127. Enacted July 19, 2019. Effective July 19, 2019.
Summary date: Jul 22 2019 - View Summary
Summary date: Jun 27 2019 - View Summary
Senate committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.
Directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Plant Industry Division, to study wildlife enhancement, invasive species control, and native habitat restoration on properties managed by the State. Details requirements of the report, including identification of existing federal sources for wildlife enhancement on State-managed properties and missed match opportunities with State resources. Requires DACS to provide its report to the specified NCGA committee and division by April 1, 2020. Amends the act's titles.
Summary date: May 23 2019 - View Summary
House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.
Further amends proposed GS 162A-68.5 to specify that any territory of the requesting county (was, any requesting county) included within an existing sewerage district by resolution of the Environmental Commission adopted pursuant to the statute is subject to all debts of the district.
Summary date: Apr 29 2019 - View Summary
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends proposed GS 162A-68.5 to expand upon the items that the district board must send to the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and the requesting county upon receiving a resolution to expand a metropolitan sewerage district to include the requesting county, by including among the items in the proposed extension of sewerage services an analysis of the inclusion of the territory in the district. Provides that after the public hearing, the EMC must determine that the inclusion of the territory will not adversely affect customer service in the district and will preserve and promote the public health and welfare of the district before adopting a resolution expanding and defining the boundaries of the district to include the territory in the district. Deletes the provision which required the district board to be expanded by up to one member if either of the two triggering effects occurred after the expansion of the district, concerning increase in customers of the requesting county or increase in the amount of untreated sewage in the requesting county. Makes additional clarifying and technical changes.
Summary date: Apr 15 2019 - View Summary
Enacts GS 162A-68.5 to permit a county meeting three criteria to request by resolution to be included in a metropolitan sewerage district any time subsequent to the creation of a district. Requires that the county be contracting with the district for bulk service; have installed any portion of a sewage disposal system, sewerage system, or sewers, in the county; and the district serves customers in the county as of the date of the resolution. Requires the district board to send certain maps and descriptions of the current and proposed extension of sewerage devices to the Environmental Review Commission (Commission) and the requesting county upon receipt of the resolution. Requires the Commission and the requesting county to conduct a public hearing with 30 days' public notice, after which the Commission must adopt a resolution expanding and defining the boundaries of the district to include the requesting county if determined not harmful to public health or welfare. Requires the Commission's resolution to include the effective date of inclusion of the requesting county in the district. Sets out procedures for setting aside or obtaining relief from such an adopted resolution of the Commission, requiring commencement within 30 days of adoption before barred from any action, defense, or question of the resolution. Subjects a requesting county included within an existing district by resolution of the Commission to all debts of the district. Provides for the expansion of the district board by two members of the requesting county, with appointment and terms as specified. Provides for the expansion of the district board by up to one additional member from the requesting county if either of the two triggering effects occur after the expansion of the district, concerning increase in customers of the requesting county or increase in the amount of untreated sewage in the requesting county. Excludes any expansion under the statute from the provisions of GS 162A-67(a)(4) and GS 162A-68, regarding certain district board member appointment and election.
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