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  • Summary date: Apr 26 2023 - View Summary

    Amends Article 2 of Chapter 143B by adding new Part 30B. Creates the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Commission (Commission) within the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for historical, art, and cultural purposes. Sets the duties of the Commission to include an advisory role to the Secretary of the Department, responsibilities relating to promotion of public awareness of relevant programs/materials, support of elementary and secondary school education, creation of a statewide group dedicated to the overall mission, and creation of a preservation program to manage relevant cultural materials, with direction from the Secretary.

    Establishes that the Commission will have nine members, serving staggered terms, and the first board will be selected on or before October 1, 2023. Requires the Governor to appoint four members, two serving three year terms, one serving a two year term, and one serving a one year term. At least one of these appointed members will be a member of the NC Historical Commission. Requires the General Assembly to appoint two members by the recommendation of the Senate President Pro Tempore, one serving a three year term and one serving a two year term. Requires the General Assembly to appoint two members by the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one serving a two year term and one serving a one year term. Requires the Secretary to appoint one member who will serve a three year term. Upon term expiration of these first members, each member is appointed for three years until a successor is appointed.

    Addresses procedures for vacancies, stating positions will be filled the same way as original appointments except for unexpired appointments by the General Assembly, which will be filled according to GS 120-122. Addresses removal for neglect of duty, incompetence, or unprofessional conduct.

    The Governor selects the chair of the Commission, and the Commission selects a vice-chair and other officers. Commission members receive no salary, but will receive compensation for expenses incurred in their duties, according to GS 120-3.1, GS 138-5, and GS 138-6.

    Appropriates $250,000 in recurring funds for each year of the 2023-25 biennium from the General Fund to the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, supporting the operations of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Commission, including a director, deputy director, and administrative services.

    Effective July 1, 2023.