The Daily Bulletin: 2021-06-07

The Daily Bulletin: 2021-06-07

The Daily Bulletin: 2021-06-07

PUBLIC/SENATE BILLS
S 724 (2021) EXPAND ACCESS TO VOTER ID & VOTING. Filed Jun 7 2021, AN ACT TO EXPAND VOTER ACCESS BY ESTABLISHING A VOTING PORTAL FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED VOTERS TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLINE, ALLOWING FOR THE ONLINE SUBMISSION OF VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORMS, AND STATING THE INTENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FUND A PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY AND ASSIST VOTERS NEEDING PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.

Part I.

Enacts GS 163-231.1, allowing visually impaired eligible voters to request to vote by absentee ballot and vote by absentee ballot online using the visually impaired portal maintained by the State Board of Elections (State Board). Requires indication of the desire to access the portal on the request, as well as compliance with all other state law requirements concerning absentee ballot requests. Directs county boards to communicate with the requester by email and send a link to the portal. Provides for electronic signatures to be used for the voter and witnesses using the portal. Makes conforming changes to GS 163-230.2 (regarding written request for absentee ballots) and GS 162-231 (regarding the transmission of executed absentee ballots). 

Part II.

Enacts GS 163-82.5A allowing an individual to register to vote online if the individual: (1) is either registered or eligible to register to vote and (2) possesses a current and valid North Carolina driver's license (including a learner's permit or provisional license) or a special identification card for nonoperators. Requires the State Board to establish a secure website for the completion and submission of voter registration applications to register or update registration. Specifies information that the website must allow an individual to submit, including the individual's email address. Requires the State Board, upon receipt of an online application and all required information, to verify specified applicant information. Requires the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to transfer the applicant's digital signature in the DMV records to the State Board if the State Board verifies the driver's license or Social Security number, and the State Board to forward the application to the appropriate county board for verification. Requires the State Board to deny the application if the State Board cannot verify the driver's license, date of birth or Social Security number. Authorizes the State Board to adopt implementing rules. Specifies that the State Board is not prohibited from adopting rules that provide for immediate verification of the individual's application. Makes conforming and technical changes to GS 163-82.6 (regarding the acceptance of voter registration forms). Allows the State Board to begin rulemaking to implement the new statute's provisions before December 1, 2021, so long as no temporary or permanent rule becomes effective prior to that date. Authorizes the State Board to initiate any needed requests for proposals for development of the secure internet site prior to December 1, 2021. 

Makes conforming changes and corrects a statutory cross-reference in GS 163-82.3, regarding the acceptance of voter registration forms.

Amends GS 163-82.10 to add specified identifying information submitted during the online voter registration application process to the information that is confidential.

Part III.

States legislative intent to fund a program in the 2021-22 budget for the State Board to identify individuals who need photo ID to vote in person, which can include a mobile component to enable registration for individuals identified. 

Intro. by Newton, Daniel, Hise.GS 163
S 725 (2021) PROHIBIT PRIVATE MONEY IN ELECTIONS ADMIN. Filed Jun 7 2021, AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE ACCEPTANCE OF PRIVATE MONEY FOR CONDUCTING ELECTIONS OR HIRING TEMPORARY ELECTIONS WORKERS.

Amends GS 163-22, GS 163-33, and GS 163-37 by specifying that nothing in GS Chapter 160 authorizes (1) the State Board of Elections, (2) a county board of elections, or (3) a county board of commissioners to accept private monetary donations, directly or indirectly, for conducting elections or employing individuals on a temporary basis. Effective July 1, 2021.

Intro. by Hise, Daniel, Newton.GS 163

The Daily Bulletin: 2021-06-07

The Daily Bulletin: 2021-06-07

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: 2021-06-07

PUBLIC BILLS

H 84: SEX OFFENDER PREMISES RESTRICTIONS.

    Senate: Passed 2nd Reading
    Senate: Passed 3rd Reading

H 103: AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF CONTRACTS.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Judiciary. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 168: RETIREMENT ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES ACT OF 2021.-AB

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Pensions and Retirement and Aging. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 177: STATE HEALTH PLAN ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES.-AB

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Pensions and Retirement and Aging. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 203: EXTEND DEADLINE FOR POLICE TELECOMMUNICATORS.

    Senate: Passed 2nd Reading
    Senate: Passed 3rd Reading
    Senate: Ordered Enrolled

H 224: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERSTATE COMPACT.

    House: Ratified

H 403: CLARIFY MOTOR VEHICLE FRANCHISE LAWS.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 624: NORTH CAROLINA REGULATORY SANDBOX ACT.

    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 654: STATEWIDE CONTRACTS/NONPROFITS FOR THE BLIND.

    Senate: Regular Message Received From House
    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 743: REMOVE ID MARK/INCREASE PUNISHMENT.

    Senate: Passed 2nd Reading
    Senate: Passed 3rd Reading

H 769: FOSTER PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Health Care. If fav, re-ref to Judiciary. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 812: CLARIFY REMOTE MEETINGS DURING EMERGENCIES.

    Senate: Passed 2nd Reading
    Senate: Passed 3rd Reading
    Senate: Ordered Enrolled

H 867: UNIFORM WORKER CLASSIFICATION ACT.

    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 945: ESPORTS INCENTIVE PROGRAM.

    House: Serial Referral To Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Stricken
    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref to the Com on Appropriations, if favorable, Finance, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

S 43: PROTECT RELIGIOUS MEETING PLACES.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Placed On Cal For 06/08/2021

S 126: CLEAN UP OBSOLETE BOARDS.

    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref to the Com on State Government, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

S 255: 2021 AOC LEGISLATIVE CHANGES.-AB

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Placed On Cal For 06/08/2021

S 450: VARIOUS EDUCATION CHANGES. (NEW)

    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref to the Com on Education - K-12, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House
    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref to the Com on Education - K-12, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

S 582: HIGH SCHOOL ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS/CC PREP.

    House: Withdrawn From Com
    House: Re-ref to the Com on Education - K-12, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

S 724: EXPAND ACCESS TO VOTER ID & VOTING.

    Senate: Filed

S 725: PROHIBIT PRIVATE MONEY IN ELECTIONS ADMIN.

    Senate: Filed

Actions on Bills: 2021-06-07

LOCAL BILLS

H 38: BD. OF TRUSTEES/ISOTHERMAL CC.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Education/Higher Education. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 85: CLEVELAND CTY BD OF ED VACANCIES. (NEW)

    Senate: Reptd Fav

H 206: LOUISBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Agriculture, Energy, and Environment. If fav, re-ref to State and Local Government. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 229: EXTEND MAYOR'S TERM TO 4 YRS./CAROLINA SHORES.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Redistricting and Elections. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 287: CITY OF RANDLEMAN CHARTER CONSOLIDATION.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to State and Local Government. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 365: ASHEVILLE AIRPORT/PITT CONTRACTED AMBULANCES. (NEW)

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Transportation. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate
    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to Transportation. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 375: FRANKLINVILLE/LIBERTY/RAMSEUR/ANNEXATIONS.

    Senate: Withdrawn From Com
    Senate: Re-ref to State and Local Government. If fav, re-ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

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