The Daily Bulletin: 2017-02-15

The Daily Bulletin: 2017-02-15

PUBLIC/HOUSE BILLS
H 3 (2017-2018) Eminent Domain (NEW). Filed Jan 25 2017, AN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT CONDEMNATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY EXCEPT FOR A PUBLIC USE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF JUST COMPENSATION WITH RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY IN ALL CONDEMNATION CASES, AND TO MAKE SIMILAR STATUTORY CHANGES.

House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition. Adds the following provisions. 

Amends GS 40A-3(a), (b), and (b1) to restrict private condemnors and local public condemnors to exercising the power of eminent domain for a public use (was, for a public use or benefit). Amends the list of private condemnors permitted to exercise the power of eminent domain to include corporations, bodies politic, or persons exercising eminent domain for communication facilities (was, specified telegraphs and telephones), facilities related to the distribution of petroleum products, coal, natural gas, and pipelines or mains (no longer required to originate in North Carolina) for the transportation of petroleum products, coal, natural gas (was, gas), limestone, or minerals.

Also amends subsection (c) to limit takings by political entities (other public condemnors) to the exercise of eminent domain for the public use (was, public use or benefit).

Enacts a new subsection (d) to GS 40A-3 to provide that private condemnors, local public condemnors, and other public condemnors in subsections (a), (b), (b1), and (c) of this statute, for the public use, possess the power of eminent domain and may acquire any property for the connection of any customer(s) via purchase, gift, or condemnation.

Applies to takings occurring on or after the date that the act becomes law.

Makes conforming changes to the act's short and long titles.

Intro. by McGrady, Lewis, Malone, Goodman.CONST, GS 40A
H 7 (2017-2018) LRC/STRENGTHEN SAVINGS RESERVE. Filed Jan 25 2017, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE SAVINGS RESERVE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION.

House amendment makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Revises the proposed language in GS 143C-4-2(b) to provide that, in each fiscal year, funds reserved to the Savings Reserve must be available for expenditure upon appropriation by a majority vote of the Senate and House of Representatives present and voting in an aggregate amount that cannot exceed 7.5% of the prior fiscal year’s General Fund operating budget appropriations, excluding departmental receipts (previously, did not expressly exclude departmental receipts). Makes conforming changes to proposed subsections (b1) and (e).

Further revises the proposed language in subsection (b) to allow the general use of the funds in the Savings Reserve under subsection (b) to cover the difference between that fiscal year’s General Fund operating budget appropriations, excluding departmental receipts and projected revenue (previously base budget needs and projected revenue).

Revises proposed subsection (d) to clarify that the transfer of 15% of each fiscal year's estimated growth in State tax revenues means those State tax revenues deposited in the General Fund. Makes conforming changes to proposed subdivision (6) of GS 143C-3-5(b).

Adds a new subsection to require the Office of State Controller to transfer to the Savings Reserve the estimated growth amount required by proposed subsection (d). Provides that upon calculation of the actual growth in State tax revenues deposited in the General Fund, the Office of the State Controller must adjust the amount of the transfer to the Savings Reserve to achieve an amount equivalent to 15% of the actual growth. Reletters proposed subsection (e) and (f). Makes technical changes.

Adds a new subsection to clarify that nothing in the statute is to be construed to apply to the Highway Fund or the Highway Trust Fund. Also clarifies that nothing in the statute prohibits the General Assembly from directing the transfer of additional funds (was, from depositing additional funds) into the Savings Reserve.

Adds new subsection to GS 142-15.4, concerning savings from refinancing of general obligation bonds to be placed in the Savings Reserve, to establish that the statute does not apply to general obligation bond indebtedness of the State serviced by the Highway Fund or Highway Trust Fund or other transportation related debt financing arrangements.

Adds new subsection to GS 142-96, concerning savings from refinancing of special indebtedness to be placed in the Savings Reserve, to establish that the statute does not apply to special indebtedness of the State serviced by the Highway Fund or Highway Trust Fund or other transportation related debt financing arrangements.

Directs the Office of State Budget and Management and the Fiscal Research Division to commence development of the methodology for arriving at the consensus estimate required in GS 143C-4-2(e).

Makes technical changes.

Removes the effective date of July 1, 2017, for the proposed revisions to GS 142-15.4 and GS 142-96 to instead makes those changes effective on October 1, 2017. 

Intro. by Dollar, McGrady, Arp, B. Richardson.GS 142, GS 143C, GS 147
H 26 (2017-2018) WORKERS' COMP/APPROVAL OF DISPUTED LEGAL FEES. Filed Jan 26 2017, AN ACT TO CLARIFY THAT AN INJURY NOT IDENTIFIED IN AN AWARD ARISING OUT OF G.S. 97-18(b) OR G.S. 97-18(d) IS NOT PRESUMED CAUSALLY RELATED, AND TO AMEND THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT REGARDING APPROVAL OF DISPUTED LEGAL FEES BY THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION.

House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Deletes the proposed revisions to GS 97-90(f), concerning disputed attorneys' fees in workers' compensation cases. Instead, requires the Industrial Commission (Commission) to hear any dispute between an employee's current or past attorney(s) regarding the division of a fee as approved by the Commission only after the Commission has approved the settlement agreement (previously, did not specify when the Commission must hear the dispute). Adds a new requirement directing the Commission to give notice to each of the employee's current and past attorneys of the total amount of the approved fee prior to determining how the fee is to be divided between those attorneys. Makes conforming changes.

Intro. by Watford, Zachary.GS 97
H 57 (2017-2018) ENACT PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT. Filed Feb 7 2017, AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT TO FACILITATE THE INTERSTATE PRACTICE OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND EASING OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BURDENS ON MILITARY FAMILIES.

House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Adds that the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners must report to the Revisor of Statutes when the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (enacted by this act) has been enacted by the tenth member state.

Intro. by Szoka, G. Martin, Grange.GS 90
H 107 (2017-2018) COMMON SENSE COMPROMISE TO REPEAL HB 2. Filed Feb 14 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE A COMMON SENSE COMPROMISE TO REPEAL HOUSE BILL 2 AND REQUIRE ENHANCED CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND PROVIDE NOTICE FOR ADOPTION OF CERTAIN NONDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCES.

Repeals SL 2016-3 (Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, commonly known as House Bill 2) and SL 2016-99 (Restore State Claim for Wrongful Discharge, which amended House Bill 2).

Enacts GS 160A-499.5, Nondiscrimination ordinances, to require a local government to provide the General Assembly and the public at least 30 days' notice before adopting any nondiscrimination ordinance extending protections beyond those already afforded by State law. Provides that the notice required by this statute be given in the manner provided by GS 120-29.5, which requires copies to be delivered to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the House Principal Clerk, and the Senate Principal Clerk, and an additional two copies to the Legislative Library. Clarifies that these provisions apply statewide.

Enacts GS 15A-1340.16E to enhance the sentencing of a defendant who committed any of the specified felonies in a public changing facility or a changing facility in a place of public accommodation. Defines a changing facility as a facility designed or designated to be used by a person in various states of undress, including but not limited to a restroom, locker room, changing room, or shower room. Defines places of public accommodations as the term is defined in GS 168A-3(8). Applies to convictions of the following offenses: second degree forcible rape, second degree forcible sexual offense, indecent exposure for purpose of arousing sexual desire, secretly peeping into room occupied by another person (specifically GS 14-202(d), (e), (f), (g), or (h)), taking indecent liberties with children, taking indecent liberties with a student, and felony stalking offense with convictions of a Class H or F felony. Increases the minimum term of imprisonment for which the person is sentenced for any of these felonies committed in a public changing facility or a changing facility in a place of public accommodations by six months, with the maximum term of imprisonment being the maximum term that corresponds to the minimum term after it is increased by six months, as specified in GS 15A-1340.17. Sets out information that must be included in the indictment. Requires the State to prove the issue beyond a reasonable doubt during the same trial in which the defendant is tried for the felony. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest to the felony but pleads not guilty to the issue above then a jury must be impaneled to determine that issue. Effective December 1, 2017, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Enacts GS 14-32.5 to establish that it is a Class A1 misdemeanor for any person to commit an assault in a public changing facility or in a changing facility in a place of public accommodations, as those terms are defined in GS 15A-1340.16E and GS 168A-3(8), unless the conduct is covered under another provision providing greater punishment. Effective December 1, 2017, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Intro. by Jackson.GS 14, GS 15A, GS 160A
H 110 (2017-2018) DOT/DMV CHANGES - MEGAPROJECT FUNDING (NEW). Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO MAKE CHANGES TO STATE LAW RELATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, AND TO ESTABLISH A MEGAPROJECT FUND TO FUND HIGHER-COST AND LARGER-SCALE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND LONG TERM FUNDING SOLUTIONS.

Identical to S 3, filed 1/25/17.

Part I: DOT Changes

Adds a new subsection to GS 136-19, which includes provisions concerning the acquisition of land and deposits of materials, condemnation proceedings, and federal parkways, to provide for the disposal of remainder property acquired in connection with acquisition of right-of-way by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Provides 11 parameters that govern the disposal of remainder properties acquired in connection with acquisition of right-of-way, including that the sale of all residues will be by public sale, except as otherwise specified in the new subsection. Sets out provisions dictating the form of sale, advertising requirements, and situations warranting sale by negotiation rather than by public sale. States that all sales of surplus lands require the approval of the Board of Transportation. Grants authority to the DOT to adopt, amend, or repeal rules to implement the new subsection.

GS 136-28.4 makes it state policy to encourage and promote the use of disadvantaged minority-owned and women-owned businesses in transportation contracts led by the DOT for the planning, design, preconstruction, alteration, or maintenance of state transportation infrastructure and in the procurement of materials for these projects. Currently, the sunset provision for GS 136-28.4 is August 31, 2017. The act extends the sunset provision for the program to August 31, 2019.

Repeals GS 143-215.107C(d), which required the DOT to annually report to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee and the Environmental Review Commission on the development and implementation of a plan to reduce vehicle miles traveled by state employees and vehicle emissions resulting from job-related travel by State employees. Repeals GS 143-215.107C(e), which required the DOT to annually report to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee and the Environmental Review Commission the plan to reduce vehicle miles traveled by private-sector employees and vehicle emissions from job-related travel.

Part II: DMV Changes

Amends GS 20-4.01, which holds the definitions for terms used throughout GS Chapter 20 (Motor Vehicles), to clarify the definitions of fuel cell electric vehicle and plug-in electric vehicle, as the terms are used in the Chapter, to provide that they are four-wheeled motor vehicles that do not have the ability to be propelled by a gasoline engine, and meet the existing specified requirements. Previously, the definitions for a fuel cell electric vehicle and plug-in vehicle did not clarify that the vehicle must lack the ability to be propelled by a gasoline engine.

Amends GS 20-17.1, concerning the revocation of driver's licenses for those who are mentally incompetent, alcoholics, and habitual users of narcotic drugs. Provides that, upon receipt of notice that any person has been legally adjudicated incompetent or has been involuntarily committed to an institution for the treatment of an alcohol or substance abuse disorder (previously, for the treatment of alcoholism or drug addiction), the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles (Commissioner) must conduct a factual inquiry to determine whether the person is competent to operate a motor vehicle. Current law provides that the Commissioner must consider the clerk of court’s recommendation regarding whether the incompetent person should be allowed to retain his or her driving privilege if the person has been adjudicated incompetent under GS Chapter 35A (Incompetency and Guardianship). This act replaces that language, and instead requires the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to immediately revoke a person’s driving privilege when a clerk of court recommends that any person’s driving privilege be revoked in any incompetency adjudication order under GS Chapter 35A. Additionally, if the clerk of court recommends that the person retain their driving privilege or makes no recommendation in any incompetency adjudication order under GS Chapter 35A, the DMV must determine whether the person can retain his or her driving privilege, based upon a factual inquiry. Current law allows a person who has had their license revoked under this provision to request a hearing in writing, retain his or her license until after the hearing, and, if the revocation is sustained, pursue a right to review by the review board upon written request filed with the DMV under GS 20-9(g)(4) within 10 days of the notice of revocation. This act removes the right to request a hearing after revocation, and instead allows any person whose driving privilege is revoked under the provision to have a right to a review by the review board upon written request filed with the DMV under GS 20-9(g)(4) within 10 days of the notice of revocation. Makes language gender-neutral. Effective February 1, 2018, and applies to adjudications on or after that date.

Amends GS 20-16.5 (Immediate civil license revocation for certain persons charged with implied-consent offenses), GS 20-49 (Police authority of Division), GS 20-49.1 (Supplemental police authority of Division officers and agents), GS 20-53 (Application for specially constructed, reconstructed, or foreign vehicle), and GS 20-108 (Vehicles or component parts of vehicles without manufacturer’s numbers) to replace all references to DMV license and theft inspectors to instead refer to them as DMV license and theft agents. Additionally, makes language gender-neutral. Amends GS 20-49.1 to expand the existing supplemental police authority granted to DMV officers to DMV agents. Amends GS 20-108 to expand the existing authority granted to DMV officers to DMV agents to take into custody a motor vehicle or a component part if its engine number, vehicle identification number, or manufacturer’s serial number has been altered, changed, or obliterated if the officer has probable cause to believe the person has violated subsection (a) (concerning buying, selling, or possessing stolen vehicles or parts without manufacturer’s numbers for concealing or misrepresenting its identity).

Amends GS 20-50(b), which authorizes the DMV to issue a temporary license plate for a vehicle, to bar the DMV from issuing more than two 10-day temporary license plates to a person for a particular vehicle during an annual registration period, except for a vehicle that is model year 1980 or older and is being transported directly to or from a vehicle show or exhibition. Effective January 1, 2018, and applies to applications received on or after that date.

Amends GS 20-57(b), which sets out the requirements of a vehicle registration card, by removing the requirement that there be a space for the owner’s signature on the registration card.

Currently, GS 20-288(a1) requires used motor vehicle dealers to submit proof of completion of a course approved by the DMV with their application for a license, which requires a 12-hour licensing course, or renewal of their license, which requires a six-hour course. Current law excepts from this course requirement persons age 62 or older as of July 1, 2002, who are seeking a renewal license. This act eliminates this exception, and instead excepts from the course requirement any person who is seeking a renewal license who is age 60 or older, and who has been licensed for at least 10 consecutive years beginning on or after the person’s 50th birthday. Effective January 1, 2018, and applies to renewals on or after that date.

Amends GS 20-7(f)(1) by extending the duration of a provisional license issued to a person under age 18, to the sixtieth day following the person's 21st birthday (was, expires on the person's 21st birthday). Amends GS 20-7(f)(6), which authorizes remote renewal of a driver's license issued by the DMV. Expands the existing requirements and waiver of requirements in GS 20-7(f)(6) to include the remote conversion of a full provisional license. Defines remote renewal or conversion as the renewal or conversion of a driver's license or full provisional license by mail, telephone, electronic device, or other secure means approved by the Commissioner. Makes the following changes to the requirements to be eligible for remote renewal and conversion. Requires the license holder to (1) possess a valid Class C drivers license or (2) posses a valid full provisional license and be at least 18 years old at the time of the remove conversion request (previously, required the license holder to possess a valid, unexpired Class C driver's license that was issued when the person was at least 18 years old). Allows the license holder to comply with the address verification requirement by providing the address where the license holder resides at the time of the remote renewal or conversion request (previously, required to verify holder is a state resident and currently resides at the address on the license, with no option to provide a new current address to comply with the requirement). Limits the requirement that the most recent renewal was an in-person renewal and not a remote renewal to only remote renewals, not remote conversions. Effective March 1, 2018.

Amends GS 20-79.1(d)(3), concerning temporary registration plates or markers by purchasers of motor vehicles, to expand the time limit under which a dealer must deliver the application and fees for a temporary registration plate or marker to the DMV or local license agency for processing from 10 working days to 20 working days. Applies to sales made on or after when the act becomes effective.

Amends GS 20-37.7, which contains the provisions for special identification cards. Deletes the provisions in subsection (d) relating to the expiration of special identification cards and instead provides that a special identification card must be issued and renewed pursuant to the new provisions of subsection (d), which provide: (1) for persons under age 18, a special identification card expires on the birthday of the holder in the fifth year after issuance; (2) for persons age 18 or older, a special identification card expires on the birthday of the holder in the eighth year after issuance; (3) for persons holding valid documentation issued by or under authority of the United States that demonstrates the person’s legal presence of limited duration, a special identification card expires no later than the expiration of the authorization of the person’s legal presence in the United States; and (4) for renewal, a person must apply to the DMV to renew a special identification card during the 180-day period before the card expires. Moves the existing fee language with its seven exceptions in current subsection (d) to subsection (d1), and makes the fee applicable to new or renewed special identification cards. Creates a new subsection (d2), effective December 1, 2017, to provide for remote renewal of special identification cards issued by the DMV, which tracks the provisions relating to the requirements of the remote renewal of a driver's license in GS 20-7(f)(6), as amended by this act. Moves existing language in subsection (d1) to new subsection (d3) relating to the requirement of the DMV to adopt rules allowing for application for or renewal of special identification cards by means other than personal appearance for a person who has a severe disability causing the person to be homebound. Creates new subsection (d4) that requires the DMV to issue a temporary identification certificate valid for 60 days that is only valid for identification purposes for conducting business with the DMV and not prohibited by federal law. Requires the DMV to send the special identification card by first-class mail or post office box, as specified. Effective December 1, 2017, and applies to initial applications and renewals on or after that date. Makes conforming changes to statutory references to GS 20-37.7 and its specific subsections in GS 20-9.2 and GS 163-275, effective December 1, 2017.

Amends GS 20-49.1 to expand the list of situations where the Commissioner and the officers and inspectors of the DMV whom the Commissioner designates have the authority to enforce criminal laws. Adds that, when the Commissioner, its officers, or inspectors are responding to an emergency situation that is occurring in their immediate vicinity and that would likely result in bodily harm or loss of property without immediate intervention, the Commissioner, the officers, and the inspectors of the DMV have the authority to enforce criminal laws.

Repeals GS 20-37.01 and GS 20-37.02(e), which established the Drivers License Technology Fund and authorized sources of funding for the Fund.

Makes a technical correction to GS 58-37-1(6), which defines motor vehicle as it is used in Article 37 (North Carolina Motor Vehicle Reinsurance Facility) of GS Chapter 58.

Part III: Effective Date

Except as otherwise provided, this act is effective July 1, 2017. 

Intro. by Torbett, Iler, Shepard.GS 20, GS 136, GS 143
H 113 (2017-2018) PVT ACTION LOCAL COMPLIANCE/IMMIGRATION LAWS. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO CREATE A PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION TO REMEDY LOCAL GOVERNMENT NONCOMPLIANCE WITH STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS

Enacts GS 15A-312 to establish a private cause of action for declaratory and injunctive relief for any person who resides within the jurisdiction of a city, county, or law enforcement agency that the person believes is not in compliance with Article 18 of GS 15A, which prohibits the use of documents issued by a consulate or embassy of another country or any authority not expressly authorized to be used by the General Assembly for purposes of determining a person's actual identity or residency. Sets out filing procedures for an action under this statute. Requires the court to award the prevailing party reasonable attorneys' fees and court costs. Additionally imposes a civil penalty of up $10,000 per day against any city, county, or law enforcement agency that fails to comply with an order issued as a result of an action pursuant to this statute. Defines local law enforcement agency to mean a city police department, a county police department, or a sheriff's office. Amends GS 153A-145.5 and GS 160A-205.2 to enact substantively similar provisions establishing a private cause of action for any person residing in a jurisdiction who believes the county, city, or its respective police department is in violation of the sanctuary ordinance prohibition.

Effective October 1, 2017.

Intro. by Cleveland, Conrad, Millis, Speciale.GS 15A, GS 153A, GS 160A
H 114 (2017-2018) 2017 HOUSE PERMANENT RULES. Filed Feb 15 2017, A HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE PERMANENT RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE 2017 REGULAR SESSION.

Adopts the permanent rules of the House of Representatives, which are the same as the temporary rules adopted in H1, with the following changes.

Amends Rule 2 to require the Sergeant-at-Arms to clear the House 10 minutes (was, five) before the convening hour. 

Amends Rule 4 to require the Speaker to call for the Journal report immediately following the Pledge of Allegiance (was, the opening prayer) and upon appearance of a quorum.

Makes technical changes in Rule 5.

Amends Rule 10 by removing language prohibiting a member from speaking more than twice on an appeal.

Amends Rule 14 by adding that no motion to divide the question, being decided, is allowed again at the same stage of the bill or proposition.

Adds new Rule 15.1, which specifies that a motion to adjourn or stand in recess subject to the standard stipulations constitutes a motion to adjourn or stand in recess subject to the ratification of bills, messages from the Senate, committee reports, conference reports, referral and re‑referral of bills and resolutions, appointment of conferees, introduction of bills and resolutions, committee appointments, and the reading of Representative Statements.

Amends Rule 19 by deleting the language specifying phrasing for the previous question.

Amends Rule 24.1B by adding that if a bill is subject to division into separate parts so that each part states a separate and distinct proposition capable of standing alone, a member may move that the question be divided. Requires the motion to be in writing, be submitted to the Principal Clerk at the time the motion is made, and clearly state how the question is to be divided. Requires the Speaker to determine whether the bill admits of such a division. Requires the motion to be adopted upon a majority vote of the members present and voting, and prohibits further amendment or debate on any of the distinct propositions. Provides that if the question is divided and any part thereof fails, then the bill must be removed from the calendar and re‑referred to the committee from which the bill was reported. If all parts of the divided question pass, the Speaker must announce that the entire measure has passed second or third reading. Makes conforming changes.

Amends Rule 26 by deleting the provision prohibiting the Speaker from appointing new committee members after April 15 of any odd-numbered year, except to fill vacancies, and the provision concerning appointments to select committees established after March 1 of an odd-numbered year or during an even-numbered year.

Amends Rule 27 by expanding the list of standing committees to add Health Care Reform and University Board of Governors Nominating.

Amends Rule 31.1 as follows. Changes the deadline for submitting public bills that are not required to be re-referred to the Appropriations or Finance Committees under Rule 38 and all joint and House resolutions to the Bill Drafting Division to March 23 (was, March 30) and changes in deadline for introduction of those bills to April 11 (was, April 12). Changes the deadline for introducing public bills that are required to be re-referred to the Appropriations or Finance Committees to April 25 (was, April 19).

Deletes the provision which prohibited public House bills, other than the Current Operation Appropriations Act or the Capital Improvement Appropriations Act, from containing more than one subject, except by motion approved by a majority of House members present and voting. 

Amends Rule 38 by removing the provision that provided that if any standing committee recommends adoption of an amendment or committee substitute of a bill which, under the House rules must be referred to the Standing Committees on Appropriations or the Standing Committee on Finance, the amendment or committee substitute must be considered and, if adopted, the amendment or substitute engrossed before the bill is re‑referred.

Renumbers Rule 39.2 and Rule 39.1.

Amends Rule 43.1 by no longer exempting bills making appropriations from the requirement that bills and resolutions originating in the House that have been amended be engrossed before being sent to the Senate.

Amends Rule 48 so that the selection and retention of legislative assistants (was, legislative assistants, committee assistants, and office assistants) is the sole prerogative of the individual member or members. Makes conforming changes. Requires such staff to file initial employment applications with the Director of Legislative Assistants (was, with the Principal Clerk). Amends the period of employment so that it now must comply with the period as established by the Legislative Services Commission unless employment for an extended period is approved by the Speaker. Adds that the Director of House Legislative Assistants must be appointed by the Speaker.

Deletes the previous language of Rule 49, concerning the compensation of legislative assistants, and replaces it with the following. Prohibits any person employed, serving, or appointed under Rules 46 (assistants to Principal Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms), 47 (Speaker's staff, Chaplain, and pages), and 48 (Member's staff) from receiving during such employment, appointment, or service any compensation from any department of the State government, and there shall not be voted, paid, or awarded any additional pay, bonus, or gratuity to any of them; but they shall receive only the pay now provided by law for such duties and services.

Amends Rule 50 by adding that except when a committee is meeting on the floor of the House, a person who is not authorized to be admitted to the floor under Rule 50 is not allowed to enter the chamber until at least five minutes after adjournment or recess of the House.

Amends Rule 54 to require members and officers of the House to request leaves from the service of the House with the Principal Clerk (was, no member or officer shall be absent from the service of the House without leave, unless from sickness, pregnancy, military service, or disability).

Makes a technical correction to Rule 59 by correcting a cross reference to another rule.

Amends Rule 61.2, concerning the convening of and assigning seats in the new House, to require the Principal Clerk of the previous House to convene the House at 12:00 pm (was, 9:00 am) on the date established by law for the convening of each regular session.

Intro. by Lewis.HOUSE RES
H 115 (2017-2018) RETIREMENT TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS ACT OF 2017.-AB Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS AND OTHER CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE LAWS GOVERNING THE TEACHERS' AND STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, AND OTHER RELATED STATUTES.

Amends GS 135-1, which sets forth member benefits for the Retirement System for Teachers and State Employees, to amend the meaning of average final compensation to include the payout of vacation leave only if the payout is received by the member during the four consecutive calendar years of membership service producing the highest average annual compensation of the member. Similarly, amends GS 128-21, which sets forth defined terms for the Retirement System for Counties, Cities, and Towns, to identically amend the meaning of average final compensation as in GS 135-1.

Amends GS 135-8 to clarify that receipt of a stipend resulting from participation in a full-time degree program does not constitute compensation paid to the member in determining whether a leave of absence or interrupted service may qualify for purchase of creditable service pursuant to subsection (5) of the statute, relating to the Retirement System for Teachers and State Employees. Similarly, amends GS 128-30 to make the same clarification for members in the Retirement System for Counties, Cities, and Towns.

Amends GS 132-48.12, which establishes the Committee on Actuarial Valuation of Retired Employees' Health Benefits of the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees, to direct the Committee to adopt a funding policy and include information about the State's contribution policy, including the basis for determining contributions in the annual actuarial valuation.

Amends GS 147-86.59, to require a State agency to certify that a person that attempts to contract with the State or a political subdivision of the State is not identified on a list created by the State Treasurer pursuant to GS 147-86.58 when a bid is submitted or the contract is entered into, renewed, or assigned (previously, the person was to certify that the person is not on the specified list). Provides that a new certification does not need to be made where a State agency and the same person enter into multiple contracts or multiple contract renewals or assumptions within 180 days after an initial certification is made. Makes technical changes.

Makes clarifying change to GS 147-86.72(h) to change the subsection's description to Other States Contract for North Carolina to Provide Program (was, Other States).

Amends GS 147-86.72, which establishes the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Program Board of Trustees (Board). Authorizes the Board, in addition to or in lieu of establishing a North Carolina ABLE Program and ABLE Program Trust, to either (1) enter into an agreement with one or more states, or a consortium of states, that has a qualified ABLE program for the provision of services necessary to allow North Carolina residents to participate in that ABLE program or (2) facilitate or otherwise provide access to allow State residents to participate in qualified ABLE programs operated by another state, states, or a consortium. Requires the Board to complete a fiduciary analysis prior to taking action under this subsection. Requires the Board to meet on a semiannual basis if the Board enters into an agreement under this subsection to evaluate the effectiveness of the services being provided.

Amends GS 147-69.2 to add the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina to the list of funds held by the State Treasurer that may be invested as authorized by the statute.

Repeals Section 2 SL 2015-68, which removed subsection (a) of GS 116B-70 under the North Carolina Unclaimed Property Act concerning the destruction or disposition of property having no substantial commercial value by the State Treasurer.

Repeals GS 147-69.12(e), which requires the State Treasurer to adopt rules to implement the statute's provisions on or before December 31, 2016.

Provides a severability clause.

Intro. by Dulin, Ross, McNeill.GS 128, GS 135, GS 147
H 116 (2017-2018) STUDENT SAFETY IN ATHLETICS. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO EDUCATE THOSE INVOLVED IN SCHOOL ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES ON SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST AND HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES, TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD TO ESTABLISH A DATABASE ON THE OCCURRENCE OF INJURY AND ILLNESS OF STUDENT ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES, AND TO RECODIFY THE STATUTORY PROVISIONS ON CONCUSSION SAFETY AND EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS.

Adds new Article 29E, Student Safety in Athletics, in GS Chapter 115C. Defines athletic activity, catastrophic illness or injury, concussion, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sudden cardiac arrest as those terms are used in new Article 29E.

Requires the State Board of Education (Board) to develop guidelines and educational material for use by local boards of education to inform student athletes and their parents and coaches about the awareness, recognition, and management of cardiac arrest. Allows these guidelines and materials to be provided through a directory of relevant websites. Requires the Board to publish a list of approved providers of CPR instruction training courses to be offered to coaches of athletic activities. Directs each local school administrative unit to require the head coach or the athletic director for each athletic activity to complete and maintain CPR certification offered by a provider approved by the Board. Prohibits a coach from being eligible to coach an athletic activity until the coach completes the training course. Encourages other sponsors of youth athletic activities to adopt guidelines to address sudden cardiac arrest for students participating in athletics that are consistent with this statute. 

Requires the Board to adopt guidelines and educational material for use by local boards of education to inform student athletes and their parents and coaches about heat-related illnesses and the risks associated with continuing play or practice after showing signs of heat-related illness. Allows these guidelines and materials to be provided through a directory of relevant websites. Requires local boards of education to adopt heat stroke prevention protocols. Requires students showing symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke to be removed from participation and prohibits returning until the student is cleared to return by either (1) the student's parent or legal guardian or (2) a licensed healthcare professional or other official designated in the emergency action plan. Encourages other sponsors of youth athletic activities to adopt guidelines to address heat-related illness for students participating in athletics that are consistent with this statute.

Requires the Board to adopt rules governing interscholastic athletic activities with regard to concussion safety for athletes in middle and high school that includes the specified provisions, including requiring the students showing symptoms of a concussion to be removed from the activity and not be allowed to return until the student receives written clearance from one of the listed professionals or the student's parent or legal guardian.

Requires the student's parents or guardian, prior to participation by a student in an athletic activity, to sign an acknowledgment each school year of receipt and review of (1) a sudden cardiac arrest awareness information sheet developed in accordance with GS 115C-407.41, (2) a heat-related awareness information sheet developed in accordance with GS 115C-407.42, and (3) a concussion awareness sheet developed in accordance with GS 115C-407.43. Requires that each school year, prior to participation by a student in an athletic activity, the student must complete a pre-participation athletic activity form that includes questions related to cardiac health history developed in accordance with materials provided by the Board under GS 115C-407.41. Allows a school to hold an informational meeting prior to the start of each athletic season for all ages of competitors regarding student safety in athletics, and encourages schools to have physicians, pediatric cardiologists, and athletic trainers to attend the meeting to provide information to students, parents, coaches, and other school employees.

Requires the local board of education to require middle and high schools to develop venue-specific emergency action plans to deal with serious injuries and acute medical conditions in which the patient's condition may deteriorate rapidly. Sets out requirements for the plan. 

Directs the Board to create a database maintained by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for high school and middle school personnel to report catastrophic illnesses and injuries and concussions occurring during athletic activities involving student athletes. Directs the Board to assign a school code for each middle and high school for these reporting purposes. Specifies the minimum information that must be included in a report by high school and middle school personnel. Requires monthly reporting by the athletic director or designee or the principal to DPI when student athletes are participating in an athletic activity on whether a catastrophic illness or injury or concussion has occurred involving a student athlete. Limits the entities to which DPI may provide access to the information contained in the database. Prohibits the database from containing personally identifiable student data as defined in GS 115C-402.5. Establishes that the information in the database in not public record. Provides that these reporting requirements apply to injuries and illnesses that occur on or after January 1, 2018.

Creates limited civil liability immunity for a local board of education, volunteers, the Board, and DPI in carrying out the provisions of new Article 29E.

Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-12.

Applies beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Intro. by Warren, Lambeth, Murphy, Rogers.GS 115C
H 117 (2017-2018) PROTECT STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO REQUIRE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL EMPLOYMENT; TO PROVIDE FOR WRITTEN NOTICE PRIOR TO SUSPENDING WITHOUT PAY A TEACHER WHO IS INCARCERATED OR IN CUSTODY; AND TO REQUIRE NOTIFICATION TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RELEVANT CRIMINAL HISTORY RELATED TO AN EDUCATOR'S RESIGNATION.

Section 1

Amends GS 115C-296 to direct the State Board of Education to require all applicants for teacher licensure in the State to be checked for a criminal history, as provided in GS 115C-297.1. Adds criminal history check to the services for which fees may be established for teacher licensure.

Enacts GS 115C-297.1 to direct the State Board of Education (Board) to require school personnel applicants to be checked for a criminal history before the applicant is issued an unconditional license. Defines applicant and criminal history as those terms apply to the statute. Authorizes the Board to conditionally license an applicant while the Board is checking the person's criminal history and making a decision based on those results. Directs the Board to require the applicant to pay for the criminal history check, but allows a local board to pay for the check on behalf of the applicant. Requires the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to provide to the Board the criminal history from the State and National Repositories of Criminal Histories of any applicant for licensure. Directs the Board to require a person to sign a form consenting to the check of the criminal record and to the use of fingerprints and any other identifying information required by the repositories. Prohibits the Board from issuing a license to an individual who refuses to consent to a criminal history check. Directs the Board to review the criminal history of a person and based on that review determine if the applicant (1) poses a threat to the physical safety of students or personnel, (2) has demonstrated that he/she does not have the integrity or honesty to fulfill his/her duties as public school personnel, or (3) otherwise fails to meet the standards and criteria adopted by the Board governing ethics and moral character required for professional educators. Requires the Board to make written findings with regard to how it used this information in making licensure decisions if the Board denies an applicant based on its review of the criminal history. Allows the Board to provide the criminal history it receives on a person to a local board considering employment of that individual upon request.

Establishes that all information the Board receives in checking criminal history is privileged information and is not a public record. Provides that the Board can destroy the information after licensure of the individual has been renewed or has ended. Allows the local board to destroy the information after it is used for purposes of considering employment of an individual granted licensure after one calendar year. Grants limited immunity to the Board, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in carrying out these provisions. Makes it a Class A1 misdemeanor for any applicant for licensure to willfully furnish, supply, or otherwise give false information on a licensure application that is the basis for a criminal history check under this statute.

Enacts GS 143B-931.1 to direct DPS to provide to the Board, upon the Board's request, the criminal history from the State and National Repositories of Criminal Histories of (1) any applicant for licensure for a teaching position under Article 20 of GS 115C or (2) the member of a board of directors of a nonprofit seeking initial approval to establish a charter school under Article 14A of GS Chapter 115C. Requires the Board to provide DPS the fingerprints of the applicant or member, a form signed by the applicant or member consenting to a criminal record check and use of fingerprints and other identifying information required by the repositories, and any additional information required by DPS. Requires the applicant or member's fingerprints be forwarded to the SBI for a search of the State's criminal history record file, and directs the SBS to forward a set of fingerprints to the FBI for a national criminal history record check. Requires the Board to keep all information obtained pursuant to this statute confidential. Authorizes DPS to charge a fee to offset the cost incurred by it to conduct a criminal record check, but prohibits the fee from exceeding the actual cost of locating, editing, researching, and retrieving the information.

Encourages the Board to work toward programming of the licensure system to align with the Multistate Educator Lookup System established by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification to enable electronic validation of out-of-state credentials and related information.

Applies to applications for licensure that are received on or after October 1, 2017.

Section 2

Amends GS 115C-218.90, concerning charter school employment requirements, to direct charter school boards of directors to uniformly require applicants to be checked for criminal history either by a consumer reporting agency, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), or both. If the board of directors requires a criminal history check by DPS, directs the board to require a person to sign a form consenting to the check of the criminal record and to the use of fingerprints and any other identifying information required by the repositories. Prohibits the board of directors from employing or contracting with individuals who refuse to consent to a criminal history check. Requires the applicant's fingerprints be forwarded to the SBI for a search of the State's criminal history record file, and directs the SBI to forward a set of fingerprints to the FBI for a national criminal history record check. Directs DPS to provide the board of directors the criminal history report from the repositories for which the board of directors requires a criminal history check. Adds the Superintendent of Public Instruction to the statute's existing immunity clause. 

Establishes that all information the board of directors receives in checking criminal history is privileged information and is not a public record. Allows the board of directors or the State Board of Education to destroy the information after it is used for purposes of considering employment of an individual after one calendar year. Makes conforming and technical changes to subsection (a).

Amends GS 115C-238.73 to direct the board of directors of a regional school to require an applicant for a school personnel position to be checked for criminal history. Allows the board of directors to request a criminal history check completed for licensure purposes from the State Board of Education as provided in GS 115C-297.1(e) for any applicant holding a license. Authorizes the board of directors to require an applicant to pay for the criminal history record check (previously, prohibited). Directs the board of directors to uniformly require applicants to be checked for criminal history either by a consumer reporting agency, DPS, or both. Defines consumer reporting agency. Clarifies that if the board of directors requires a criminal history check by DPS, then the board must require a person to sign a form consenting to the check of the criminal record and to the use of fingerprints and any other identifying information required by the repositories. Prohibits the board of directors from employing or contracting with an individual who refuses to consent to a criminal history check (previously, required the board to consider refusal to consent when making employment decisions). Authorizes the board of directors to require applicants to pay for the fingerprints authorized under this statute (previously, prohibited). Allows the board of directors to adopt a policy providing for a periodic check of the criminal history of employees, as provided in this statute, but may not require employees to pay for this periodic criminal history check. Makes clarifying and technical changes.

Amends GS 115C-332, concerning school personnel criminal history checks, to require each local board of education to adopt a policy that requires an applicant for a school personnel position to be checked for criminal history. Allows the local board of education to request the criminal history check completed for licensure purposes from the State Board of Education as provided in GS 115C-197.1(e) for any applicant holding a license. Authorizes a local board to require an applicant to pay for the criminal history check (previously, prohibited). Directs a local board of education to uniformly require applicants to be checked for a criminal history either by a consumer reporting agency, DPS, or both. Defines consumer reporting agency. Clarifies that if the local board requires a criminal history check by DPS, then the board must require a person to sign a form consenting to the check of the criminal record and to the use of fingerprints and any other identifying information required by the repositories. Prohibits the local board from employing or contracting with an individual who refuses to consent to a criminal history check (previously, required the board to consider refusal to consent when making employment decisions). Authorizes the local board to require applicants to pay for the fingerprints authorized under this statute (previously, prohibited).  Allows the local board to adopt a policy providing for periodic check of criminal history of employees, as provided in this statute, but may not require employees to pay for this periodic criminal history check. Makes conforming and technical changes.

Makes conforming changes to GS 143B-931, concerning criminal record checks of school personnel by DPS, to provide for criminal record checks by DPI upon the request of the board of directors of a charter school or the board of trustees of a University of North Carolina laboratory school.

Applies to applications for employment that are received on or after January 1, 2018.

Section 3

Amends GS 115C-218.1(b), concerning the required contents of an application seeking to establish a charter school, to require that the initial members of the board of directors consent to a criminal history check as provided in GS 115C-218.115. 

Enacts GS 115C-218.115 to direct the State Board of Education (Board) to require all members of the board of directors of the nonprofit to be checked for criminal history before granting final approval of a charter application. Defines member and criminal history as those terms apply to the statute. Directs the Board to require members to pay for the criminal history check, but allows the nonprofit to pay for the check on behalf of the member. Requires DPS to provide the Board the criminal history from the State and National Repositories of any member. Directs the Board to require a person to sign a form consenting to the check of the criminal record and to the use of fingerprints and any other identifying information required by the repositories. Prohibits the Board from issuing a charter to a nonprofit with a member who refuses to consent to a criminal history check. Directs the Board to review the criminal history of a member and based on that review determine if the applicant (1) poses a threat to the physical safety of students or personnel or (2) has demonstrated that he or she does not have the integrity or honesty to fulfill his or her duties as a member of the board of directors of a charter school. Requires the Board to make written findings with regard to how it used this information if the Board denies an applicant based on its review of the criminal history of a member.

Establishes that all information the Board receives in checking criminal history is privileged information and is not a public record. Allows the Board to destroy the information after it is used for authorized purposes after one calendar year. Grants limited immunity to the Board, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and DPI in carrying out these provisions. Makes it a Class A1 misdemeanor for any applicant for licensure to willfully furnish, supply, or otherwise give false information on a licensure application that is the basis for a criminal history check under this statute.

Applies to applications for initial charters received on or after October 1, 2017.

Intro. by Warren, Boswell, Faircloth, Horn.GS 115C, GS 143B
H 118 (2017-2018) VARIOUS SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES (NEW). Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO PRODUCE THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES: UNITED STATES ARMY SPECIAL FORCES, MORROW MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, "KICK CANCER FOR KIDS," THE BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT, AND THE NORTH CAROLINA TROOPERS ASSOCIATION; TO ELIMINATE THE SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE FEE FOR DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND AIR MEDAL RECIPIENT SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES; TO AUTHORIZE THE ORDER OF THE LONG LEAF PINE SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATE TO BE ON A FULL COLOR BACKGROUND; TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS TO PRODUCE MILITARY COLLEGE PLATES; AND TO INCREASE THE FEE FOR THE KAPPA ALPHA PSI SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATE.

Amends GS 20-79.4(b) as title indicates. Establishes there there is no special plate fee. Authorizes the Revisor of Statutes to alphabetize, number, and renumber the special registration plates listed in the statute to ensure that they are in alphabetical order and numbered accordingly. Effective July 1, 2017. 

Intro. by Setzer, Henson.GS 20
H 119 (2017-2018) CLARIFY VACANCY ELECTIONS - COUNTY COMMISSION. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE TIME OF THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION TO FILL CERTAIN VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER.

Amends GS 153A-27 (concerning vacancies on a county board of commissioners) and GS 153A-27.1 (concerning vacancies on the board of commissioners in specified counties) to provide that if a commissioner being replaced was serving a two‑year term, or if the commissioner was serving a four‑year term and the vacancy occurs later than 60 days before the general election for county commissioner held after the first two years of the term, the appointment to fill the vacancy is for the remainder of the unexpired term. Otherwise, provides that the term of the person appointed to fill the vacancy extends to the first Monday in December next following the first general election for county commissioner held more than 60 days after the day the vacancy occurs. 

Intro. by Lewis, Bert Jones.GS 153A
H 120 (2017-2018) NATIONAL GUARD CAN PURCHASE FROM CE. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO ADD NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AND RETIREES TO THE LIST OF INDIVIDUALS ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE FROM CORRECTION ENTERPRISES.

Amends GS 148-132 as the title indicates.

Intro. by McNeill, Warren, Grange, Goodman.GS 148

The Daily Bulletin: 2017-02-15

PUBLIC/SENATE BILLS
S 92 (2017-2018) MAINTENANCE BOND FOR SUBDIVISION ROADS. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A MAINTENANCE BOND PROCESS FOR SUBDIVISION ROADS DEDICATED FOR PUBLIC USE TO PREVENT DEGRADATION OF TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS PRIOR TO ADDITION TO THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM.

Amends GS 153A-331(e), concerning the contents and requirements of a county subdivision control ordinance, to allow a county to adopt a subdivision control ordinance for transportation improvements intended to be designated as public under GS 136-102.6 to additionally provide for maintenance guarantees to prevent degradation of transportation improvements until the improvements are added to the State highway system for maintenance pursuant to GS 136-102.6(d). Provides that for any specific development, the developer is to elect the type of performance or maintenance guarantee (was, election to be made from a range specified by the county). Makes conforming changes to subsection (g) to require maintenance guarantees to comply with GS 160A-372(g).

Amends GS 160A-372, concerning the contents and requirements of a city subdivision control ordinance, to make identical changes as those made to GS 153A-331(e) above relating to subdivision control ordinances providing for maintenance guarantees. Provides that for any specific development, the developer is to elect the type of performance or maintenance guarantee. Defines maintenance guarantee to mean any of the forms of guarantee also used to define performance guarantee under subdivision (g)(1). Adds a requirement that prior to the return or release of a performance guarantee, the engineer of record for the design of transportation improvements intended to be designated as public must provide a sealed certification to the city or county and the Division of Highways confirming that the improvements have been completed according to the plans that received approval pursuant to GS 136-102.6(d). Requires the developer to provide a maintenance guarantee for the transportation improvements intended to be designated public within 20 business days following the filing of the certificate of completion by the engineer of record. Provides for the return or release of the maintenance guarantee when (1) the transportation improvements are added to the State highway system for maintenance pursuant to GS 136-102.6(d) or (2) there is a rerecording of a subdivision plat designating the transportation improvements as private, or both. Finally, establishes that the amount of the maintenance guarantee cannot exceed 15% of the reasonably estimated total cost of construction of the transportation improvements at the time the guarantee is issued.

Intro. by Pate, D. Davis.GS 153A, GS 160A
S 93 (2017-2018) COMMON SENSE COMPROMISE TO REPEAL HB 2. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE A COMMON SENSE COMPROMISE TO REPEAL HOUSE BILL 2 AND REQUIRE ENHANCED CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND PROVIDE NOTICE FOR ADOPTION OF CERTAIN NONDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCES.

Identical to H 107, filed 2/14/17.

Repeals SL 2016-3 (Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, commonly known as House Bill 2) and SL 2016-99 (Restore State Claim for Wrongful Discharge, which amended House Bill 2).

Enacts GS 160A-499.5, Nondiscrimination ordinances, to require a local government to provide the General Assembly and the public at least 30 days' notice before adopting any nondiscrimination ordinance extending protections beyond those already afforded by State law. Provides that the notice required by this statute be given in the manner provided by GS 120-29.5, which requires copies to be delivered to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the House Principal Clerk, and the Senate Principal Clerk, and an additional two copies to the Legislative Library. Clarifies that these provisions apply statewide.

Enacts GS 15A-1340.16E to enhance the sentencing of a defendant who committed any of the specified felonies in a public changing facility or a changing facility in a place of public accommodation. Defines a changing facility as a facility designed or designated to be used by a person in various states of undress, including but not limited to a restroom, locker room, changing room, or shower room. Defines places of public accommodations as the term is defined in GS 168A-3(8). Applies to convictions of the following offenses: second degree forcible rape, second degree forcible sexual offense, indecent exposure for purpose of arousing sexual desire, secretly peeping into room occupied by another person (specifically GS 14-202(d), (e), (f), (g), or (h)), taking indecent liberties with children, taking indecent liberties with a student, and felony stalking offense with convictions of a Class H or F felony. Increases the minimum term of imprisonment for which the person is sentenced for any of these felonies committed in a public changing facility or a changing facility in a place of public accommodations by six months, with the maximum term of imprisonment being the maximum term that corresponds to the minimum term after it is increased by six months, as specified in GS 15A-1340.17. Sets out information that must be included in the indictment. Requires the State to prove the issue beyond a reasonable doubt during the same trial in which the defendant is tried for the felony. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest to the felony but pleads not guilty to the issue above then a jury must be impaneled to determine that issue. Effective December 1, 2017, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Enacts GS 14-32.5 to establish that it is a Class A1 misdemeanor for any person to commit an assault in a public changing facility or in a changing facility in a place of public accommodations, as those terms are defined in GS 15A-1340.16E and GS 168A-3(8), unless the conduct is covered under another provision providing greater punishment. Effective December 1, 2017, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Intro. by Blue, Van Duyn.GS 14, GS 15A, GS 160A
S 94 (2017-2018) ELECTIONS TRANSPARENCY. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO ADD TRANSPARENCY TO CERTAIN ELECTIONS BY REQUIRING THAT ELECTIONS CURRENTLY CONDUCTED ON A NONPARTISAN BASIS BE CONDUCTED ON A PARTISAN BASIS AND TO MAKE VARIOUS CONFORMING STATUTORY CHANGES.

Part 1.

Amends GS 115C-37 to make county boards of education and the boards of education of city administrative units elected biennially on a partisan basis. Makes conforming changes to the process for filling vacancies. Makes additional conforming and clarifying changes. 

Repeals GS 115C-37.1, which provided that vacancies in offices of county boards were to be elected on a partisan basis in certain counties.

Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-67(3).

Provides that this act has the effect of repealing any provisions of local or special acts relating to the nonpartisan election of a local board of education and any conflicting methods of filling vacancies in the membership of boards of education than as required by GS 115C‑37(f), as amended by this act. Specifies that this act does not affect the filling of a vacancy on a local board of education that occurs for a seat elected prior to the effective date of this act. 

Requires any local act requiring a board of education election to be conducted in an odd‑numbered year to be held as a partisan election beginning in 2019.

Part 2.

Repeals Article 25 of GS Chapter 163 and amends various statutes in GS Chapter 163 to make the election of Superior Court and District Court judges partisan. Makes conforming changes to remove statutory references to those statutes repealed by this act in GS 18C-112(e)(1), GS 163-1(b), GS 163-22.3, GS 163-82.10B, and GS 163-165.5(a)(3). Makes conforming repeals of GS 163-122(c) and GS 163-123(g).

Amends GS 163-106, as amended by Section 21(a) of SL 2016-125, to prohibit filing a notice of candidacy for superior court judge unless that person is, at the time of filing the notice of candidacy, a resident of the judicial district as it will exist at the time the person would take office if elected. Prohibits nomination as a superior court judge under GS 163‑114 unless that person is, at the time of nomination, a resident of the judicial district as it will exist at the time the person would take office if elected. Requires regular superior court judges to reside in the district for which elected. Amends GS 163-107(a), as amended by Section 21(b) of SL 2016-125, to set the filing fee for judges at 1% of the annual salary of the office sought. Amends GS 163-107.1, as amended by Section 21(c) of SL 2016-125, to allow petitions for candidates for superior and district court judges to be filed, as specified, in lieu of paying the filing fee. Adds judicial candidates to those who can request a second primary in accordance with GS 163-111(c)(1), as amended by Section 21(d) of SL 2016-125. Amends GS 163-114 to provide for the filling of vacancies for district and superior court judges. Makes conforming, clarifying, and technical changes. 

Part 3.

Amends Article 23 of GS Chapter 163 to require all municipal primaries and elections to be conducted on a partisan basis. Makes conforming, clarifying, and technical changes to GS Chapters 160A and 163.

Provides that the act has the effect of repealing any provisions of local or special acts relating to the nonpartisan municipal elections. Provides that the act does not affect the filling of a vacancy in a municipal election that occurs for a seat elected prior to the effective date of this act. Requires any local act requiring a municipal election to be conducted in an odd‑numbered year be held as a partisan election beginning in 2019.

Part 4.

Provides that in applying the act, a candidate's party affiliation or unaffiliated status is based on the party affiliation or unaffiliated status under which the candidate registered at the general election immediately preceding the candidate's filing for office pursuant to this act.

Part 5.

The act is effective with respect to primaries and elections held on or after January 1, 2018. 

Intro. by Rabin.GS 18C, GS 115C, GS 160A, GS 163
S 96 (2017-2018) STUDY/MARKETING GLOBAL TRANSPARK. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY HOW TO MORE EFFECTIVELY MARKET THE NORTH CAROLINA GLOBAL TRANSPARK.

Requires the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Department of Commerce (DOC), to study how to more effectively market the North Carolina Global TransPark Authority. Sets out issues that are to be considered in the study, including whether the Global TransPark should be transferred to DOC to use the DOC's marketing expertise. Requires DOT to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Transportation Committee by February 1, 2018.

Intro. by D. Davis, Pate.STUDY
S 97 (2017-2018) GLOBAL TRANSPARK/PLAN AND REPORT. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE NORTH CAROLINA GLOBAL TRANSPARK AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH, IMPLEMENT, AND UPDATE A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE GLOBAL TRANSPARK AND TO REQUIRE THE AUTHORITY TO SUBMIT QUARTERLY REPORTS TO CERTAIN COMMITTEES AND DIVISIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Amends GS 63A-23 to require the Global TransPark Authority (Authority) to establish and implement a strategic plan for the Global TransPark, which is also required to be updated at least biennially. Requires the Authority's annual report to also include the Authority's progress in meeting goals and objectives in the strategic plan. Specifies that, except for the final quarter of a fiscal year, the Authority must promptly submit a report of its activities for the preceding quarter following the close of the quarter. Requires both the annual report and the quarterly report to be submitted to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Program Evaluation Division. Requires the strategic plan and the quarterly report, in addition to the annual report, to be made available on the Authority's website. Makes conforming changes. Effective July 1, 2017.

Intro. by D. Davis, Pate.GS 63A
S 99 (2017-2018) APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2018. (NEW) Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO MODIFY THE CURRENT OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2017 AND TO MAKE OTHER CHANGES IN THE BUDGET OPERATIONS OF THE STATE.

Amends GS 58-36-30(b1), as enacted by Section 1.3(a) of SL 2016-78, concerning consent to insurance rates in excess of that allowed by the Rate Bureau for residential real property with not more than four housing units, adding language that provides that any data obtained by the Commissioner of Insurance (Commissioner) pursuant to this subsection that identifies individual insurers or insureds is considered proprietary and confidential and not a public record (previously, subsection stated that any data obtained by the Commissioner pursuant to this subsection was proprietary and confidential and not public record). Adds new provisions requiring the Commissioner to annually collect and publish on the Department of Insurance website, no later than July 1, the following aggregated data for each geographical ratemaking territory: (1) the percentage of policies for which a consent to rate has been obtained and (2) the average difference between the manual premium and the consented premium.

Intro. by Lee, Meredith, Ford.GS 58
S 100 (2017-2018) AERIAL ADVENTURE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO REQUIRE AERIAL ADVENTURE PARKS TO MAINTAIN CERTAIN MINIMUM INSURANCE COVERAGES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION COMMITTEE ON REGULATORY AND RATE ISSUES IN INSURANCE.

Enacts new Article 47 in GS Chapter 66, titled Zip Line and Challenge Course Financial Responsibility. Sets out definitions for use in the article, including aerial adventure park, canopy tour, challenge course, commissioner, owner, person, zip line, and zip line tour. Requires an owner of an aerial adventure park, canopy tour, challenge course, zip line tour, zip line, or similar device to obtain coverage of at least $1 million per occurrence and $2 million in the aggregate against liability for injury to persons or property arising out of the operation or use of a device subject to this act. Requires the insurer or surety to be acceptable to the Commissioner of Insurance (Commissioner) and approved to do business in North Carolina. Prohibits any per person sublimits to liability from being included in the coverage. Authorizes the Commissioner to require proof of the required insurance for operation. Provides that the Commissioner cannot accept any commercial general liability insurance policy unless it obligates the insurer to give written notice to the insured at least 30 days before any proposed cancellation, suspension, or renewal of the policy. Requires owners or agents to immediately notify the Commissioner upon receipt or notice of cancellation, suspension, or nonrenewal of the policy. Provides that this new article does not apply to any zip line, aerial adventure park, canopy tour, challenge course, or other similar devices (1) installed at a private residence not open to the public and for which no fee is charged or (2) operated by a government entity solely for law enforcement or military training purposes. Effective June 1, 2018.

Directs the Department of Insurance to adopt permanent rules, and allows the adoption of temporary rules, to implement this act. Requires permanent rules and any temporary rules to be proposed no later than January 15, 2018. 

Intro. by Lee, Meredith, Ford.GS 66
S 102 (2017-2018) LOCAL FIREFIGHTER RELIEF FUND ELIGIBILITY. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT ANY DESTITUTE FIREFIGHTER SERVING HONORABLY WITH A CERTIFIED FIRE DEPARTMENT MAY RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM A LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS' RELIEF FUND.

Identical to H 101, filed 2/14/17.

Amends GS 58-84-35 to allow the board of trustees of a local firefighters' relief fund to distribute funds to provide assistance to a destitute member firefighter who has served or is serving honorably (previously, funds were only available to destitute members who had served honorably for at least five years) with a certified fire department (previously, did not clarify service to be with a certified fire department). Effective July 1, 2017, and applies to distributions to local firefighters' relief funds on or after that date.

Intro. by Daniel, Barefoot, Meredith.GS 58

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LOCAL/HOUSE BILLS
H 4 (2017-2018) FAIRMONT/VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION. Filed Jan 25 2017, AN ACT ADDING CERTAIN DESCRIBED PROPERTY TO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE TOWN OF FAIRMONT.

House committee substitute makes the following change to the 1st edition. Adds that property in the territory described by the act as of January 1, 2017, is subject to municipal taxes for taxes imposed for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2017.

Intro. by Pierce.Robeson
H 8 (2017-2018) EVEN YR MUNICIPAL ELECTION/TOWNS OF TROY/STAR. Filed Jan 25 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN BOTH THE TOWN OF TROY AND THE TOWN OF STAR SHALL BE HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS.

House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Amends the proposed language in Section 1 of SL 1957-125 to provide that the the officers (was, the Town Council) for the Town of Troy consists of a mayor and five commissioners. Deletes proposed language concerning the commissioners' terms and election and replaces it with the following. Directs the three commissioners whose terms expire in 2017 to continue to serve until 2018. Provides that in 2018, and quadrennially thereafter as their terms expire, three commissioners are to be elected to fill expired seats, and are to serve four-year terms. Directs that the two commissioners whose terms expire in 2019 are to continue to serve until 2020. Provides that in 2020, and quadrennially thereafter as their terms expire, two commissioners are to be elected to fill expired seats, and are to serve four-year terms.

Deletes the proposed language concerning the Town of Star's commissioners' terms and election in Section 1 of SL 1957-448 and replaces it with language identical to the provisions added by this committee substitute concerning the terms and election of Town of Troy commissioners above.

Adds that this act applies to elections held on or after the date on which the act becomes effective. Prohibits the towns of Troy and Star from holding municipal elections in 2017 and provides that municipal elections are to next occur in 2018.

Intro. by Burr.Montgomery
H 25 (2017-2018) RANDOLPH COUNTY ZONING PROCEDURE CHANGES. Filed Jan 26 2017, AN ACT TO ALLOW FOR PLANNING BOARDS TO HOLD HEARINGS AND MAKE FINAL DECISIONS FOR ZONING AMENDMENT REQUESTS IN RANDOLPH COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITIES LOCATED ENTIRELY OR PARTIALLY WITHIN RANDOLPH COUNTY.

House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes clarifying changes to proposed GS 153A-343(e) and GS 160A-384(d).

Intro. by McNeill, Hurley.Randolph
H 108 (2017-2018) SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./MECKLENBURG COUNTY. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS IN ADOPTING THE SCHOOL CALENDAR.

Under current law, GS 115C-84.2(d) sets the parameters within which local boards of education must determine the opening and closing dates of public schools under subdivision (a)(1) of this statute.  Amends GS 115C-84.2(d) to provide the local board of education for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with additional flexibility in adopting its school calendar and allows all first semester exams to be given before winter break, no matter the opening date for students.

Applies only to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and applies beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Intro. by Bradford, Alexander, Carney, Dulin.Mecklenburg
H 109 (2017-2018) FAYETTEVILLE ANNEXATION. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT ADDING CERTAIN DESCRIBED PROPERTY TO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE.

Adds the described property to Fayetteville's corporate limits. Effective December 31, 2018.

Intro. by Floyd, W. Richardson, Lucas.Cumberland
H 111 (2017-2018) WINSTON-SALEM/SERVICE BY PUBLICATION COST. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT PROVIDING THAT THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM MAY RECOVER THE COST OF SERVING COMPLAINTS AND ORDERS BY PUBLICATION IN HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT CASES.

Identical to S 51, filed on 2/7/17.

Amends GS 160-443, as title indicates.

Intro. by Conrad, Lambeth, Terry, Hanes.Forsyth
H 112 (2017-2018) SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./FORSYTH COUNTY. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO THE WINSTON-SALEM/FORSYTH COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION IN ADOPTING THE SCHOOL CALENDAR.

Amends GS 115C-84.2(d), which sets the parameters within which local boards of education must determine the opening and closing dates of public schools under subdivision (a)(1) of this statute, to allow a local board of education to schedule its opening and closing dates for any school in the local school administrative unit to coincide with the opening and closing dates of a community college serving the city or county in which the unit is located. Limits application of this provision to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Effective beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Intro. by Lambeth, Hanes, Conrad.Forsyth
H 121 (2017-2018) SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./CERTAIN SCHOOL SYSTEMS. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO CERTAIN LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION IN ADOPTING THE SCHOOL CALENDAR.

Under current law, GS 115C-84.2(d) sets the parameters within which local boards of education must determine the opening and closing dates of public schools under subdivision (a)(1) of this statute. Amends GS 115C-84.2(d) to provide the specified local boards of education with additional flexibility in adopting their school calendars. Requires a student to be given an excused absence and the opportunity to make up tests or missed work for days on which a student is absent from school before September 1 due to a family vacation.

Applies only to Caswell County Schools, Elkin City Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Rockingham County Schools, Surry County Schools, and Stokes County Schools. Applies beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Intro. by K. Hall, Stevens, Bert Jones.Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry

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LOCAL/SENATE BILLS
S 91 (2017-2018) 4TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT RELATING TO THE 4TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.

Blank bill. 

Intro. by Bryant.Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren, Wilson
S 95 (2017-2018) 12TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT RELATING TO THE 12TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.

Blank bill. 

Intro. by Rabin.Harnett, Johnston, Lee
S 98 (2017-2018) 9TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT RELATING TO THE 9TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.

Blank bill. 

Intro. by Lee.New Hanover
S 101 (2017-2018) SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./PERSON COUNTY. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO THE PERSON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION IN ADOPTING THE SCHOOL CALENDAR.

Under current law, GS 115C-84.2(d) sets the parameters within which local boards of education must determine the opening and closing dates of public schools under subdivision (a)(1) of this statute.  Amends GS 115C-84.2(d) to provide the local board of education for the Person County Schools with additional flexibility in adopting its school calendar. Limits application of this provision to the Person County Schools.

Applies beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Intro. by Woodard.Person
S 103 (2017-2018) FAYETTEVILLE ANNEXATION. Filed Feb 15 2017, AN ACT ADDING CERTAIN DESCRIBED PROPERTY TO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE.

Identical to H 109, filed 2/15/17.

Adds the described property to Fayetteville's corporate limits. Effective December 31, 2018.

Intro. by Clark.Cumberland
ACTIONS ON BILLS
NOTES 1. Digests appearing under “Summaries of Bills Filed” are for bills stamped with today’s filing date.
  2. Amendments and committee substitutes adopted today are summarized following the chamber action.
  3. Subscribers can find the digest of every version of each bill online at lrs.sog.unc.edu.
  4. The dates on which previous amendments or committee substitutes were adopted are listed below bill numbers.
  5. The action "Cal Pursuant Rule 36b" indicates that the bill has been reported by committee and is awaiting calendaring.
  6. Enacted bills are indicated by #, failed bills by *. Actions that change a bill are indicated by HA or SA.

Actions on Bills: 2017-02-15

PUBLIC BILLS

H 3: Eminent Domain (NEW).

    House: Reptd Fav Com Substitute
    House: Cal Pursuant Rule 36(b)
    House: Placed On Cal For 02/16/2017

H 5: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TECHNICAL CHANGES.

    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref Com On Finance

H 7: LRC/STRENGTHEN SAVINGS RESERVE.

    House: Amend Adopted A1
    House: Amend Failed A2
    House: Passed 2nd Reading
    House: Passed 3rd Reading
    House: Ordered Engrossed

H 13: CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENT CHANGES.

    House: Reptd Fav
    House: Cal Pursuant Rule 36(b)
    House: Placed On Cal For 02/16/2017

H 26: WORKERS' COMP/APPROVAL OF DISPUTED LEGAL FEES.

    House: Reptd Fav Com Substitute
    House: Cal Pursuant Rule 36(b)
    House: Placed On Cal For 02/16/2017

H 39: AMEND APPOINTMENTS/UNC BD OF GOVERNORS.

    Senate: Reptd Fav

H 57: ENACT PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT.

    House: Reptd Fav Com Substitute
    House: Re-ref Com On Finance

H 73: PROHIBIT DRIVING WITH ANIMAL IN LAP.

    House: Serial Referral To Transportation Stricken
    House: Serial Referral To Insurance Stricken
    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 89: HOUSING AUTHORITY TRANSFERS.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On State and Local Government II

H 90: CHANGES TO EDUCATION AND ELECTION LAWS (NEW).

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Education - K-12
    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Education - K-12
    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Education - K-12

H 91: REQUIRE SAFETY HELMETS/UNDER 21.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Insurance, if favorable, Finance

H 92: CHEROKEE REG. PLATE/TEACHING AGREEMENT. (NEW)

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House
    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 94: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT/DRONE USE.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Judiciary III, if favorable, Transportation

H 95: TRUCK DELIVERIES TO PORT/NIGHT TRAVEL.(NEW)

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Judiciary III
    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Judiciary III

H 96: ADOPT STATE FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on State and Local Government I, if favorable, Health

H 97: ARTS EDUCATION REQUIREMENT.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Education - K-12

H 98: CRIM. OFFENSE/VANDALIZE FIRE & EMS EQUIPMENT.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Judiciary II

H 99: THE ANTIDISCRIMINATION ACT OF 2017.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Judiciary III, if favorable, State and Local Government II, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 100: RESTORE PARTISAN ELECTIONS/SUP. & DIST. COURT.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Elections and Ethics Law

H 101: JACKSON COUNTY/TROUT CAPITAL OF NC (NEW).

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on State and Local Government II, if favorable, Appropriations
    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on State and Local Government II, if favorable, Appropriations

H 110: DOT/DMV CHANGES - MEGAPROJECT FUNDING (NEW).

    House: Filed
    House: Filed

H 113: PVT ACTION LOCAL COMPLIANCE/IMMIGRATION LAWS.

    House: Filed

H 114: 2017 HOUSE PERMANENT RULES.

    House: Filed

H 115: RETIREMENT TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS ACT OF 2017.-AB

    House: Filed

H 116: STUDENT SAFETY IN ATHLETICS.

    House: Filed

H 117: PROTECT STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS.

    House: Filed

H 118: VARIOUS SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES (NEW).

    House: Filed
    House: Filed
    House: Filed

H 119: CLARIFY VACANCY ELECTIONS - COUNTY COMMISSION.

    House: Filed

H 120: NATIONAL GUARD CAN PURCHASE FROM CE.

    House: Filed

S 74: UPDATE RABIES CONTROL LAWS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 75: CONST. AMD. - MAX. INCOME TAX RATE OF 7.0% (NEW).

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate
    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 77: PUBLIC MEETINGS/RECORDS LAW VIOLATIONS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 78: COST TO COMPLY/FED ED FUNDS/PED STUDY.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 79: PERMANENT LICENSE PLATES FOR REACT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 81: SALES TAX ECONOMIC NEXUS FOR REMOTE SALES.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 82: ACHIEVING BUSINESS EFFICIENCIES (NEW).

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 83: RAISE AWARENESS OF LUPUS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 84: EQUALITY FOR ALL/REPEAL HB2.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 85: NC ADOPT EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 87: ALLOW ELECTION DAY SERVICE - RETIRED LEOS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 88: LANDLORD/TENANT-ALIAS & PLURIES SUMMARY EJECT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 89: OFFICE OF STATE AUDITOR/CORRECTIVE ACTION/PED.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 90: ENHANCE OVERSIGHT OF SERVICE CONTRACTS/PED.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 92: MAINTENANCE BOND FOR SUBDIVISION ROADS.

    Senate: Filed

S 93: COMMON SENSE COMPROMISE TO REPEAL HB 2.

    Senate: Filed

S 94: ELECTIONS TRANSPARENCY.

    Senate: Filed

S 96: STUDY/MARKETING GLOBAL TRANSPARK.

    Senate: Filed

S 97: GLOBAL TRANSPARK/PLAN AND REPORT.

    Senate: Filed

S 99: APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2018. (NEW)

    Senate: Filed
    Senate: Filed
    Senate: Filed

S 100: AERIAL ADVENTURE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

    Senate: Filed

S 102: LOCAL FIREFIGHTER RELIEF FUND ELIGIBILITY.

    Senate: Filed

Actions on Bills: 2017-02-15

LOCAL BILLS

H 4: FAIRMONT/VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION.

    House: Reptd Fav Com Substitute
    House: Re-ref Com On Finance

H 8: EVEN YR MUNICIPAL ELECTION/TOWNS OF TROY/STAR.

    House: Reptd Fav Com Substitute
    House: Re-ref Com On Elections and Ethics Law

H 25: RANDOLPH COUNTY ZONING PROCEDURE CHANGES.

    House: Reptd Fav Com Substitute
    House: Cal Pursuant Rule 36(b)
    House: Placed On Cal For 02/16/2017

H 93: SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./CERTAIN SCHOOL SYSTEMS.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Education - K-12

H 108: SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./MECKLENBURG COUNTY.

    House: Filed

H 109: FAYETTEVILLE ANNEXATION.

    House: Filed

H 111: WINSTON-SALEM/SERVICE BY PUBLICATION COST.

    House: Filed

H 112: SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./FORSYTH COUNTY.

    House: Filed

H 121: SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./CERTAIN SCHOOL SYSTEMS.

    House: Filed

S 76: PERMIT NIGHTTIME HUNTING OF COYOTES.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 80: 46TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 86: 35TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 91: 4TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1.

    Senate: Filed

S 95: 12TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1.

    Senate: Filed

S 98: 9TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT LOCAL ACT-1.

    Senate: Filed

S 101: SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEX./PERSON COUNTY.

    Senate: Filed

S 103: FAYETTEVILLE ANNEXATION.

    Senate: Filed

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