The Daily Bulletin: 2022-05-26

The Daily Bulletin: 2022-05-26

PUBLIC/HOUSE BILLS
H 149 (2021) EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE. (NEW) Filed Feb 24 2021, AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN NORTH CAROLINA.

Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition replaces the content of the 2nd edition with the following.

Part I.

Provides for the following provisions to become effective upon the later of six months after the date the act becomes law, or on the date the work requirements developed under Part II. of the act becomes law. Repeals Section 3, SL 2013-5, which bars the State from expanding the State's Medicaid eligibility under the Medicaid expansion provided in the Affordable Care Act, PL 111-148, as amended, for which the enforcement was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, and bars State entities from attempting to expand the Medicaid eligibility standards provided in SL 2011-145, as amended, or elsewhere in State law, unless directed by the NCGA. Amends GS 108A-54.3 to enact new subdivision (24), requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide Medicaid coverage to individuals described in section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the Social Security Act who are in compliance with work requirements established in the State Plan and in rule. Section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the Social Security Act includes individuals who beginning January 1, 2014, who are under 65 years of age, not pregnant, not entitled to, or enrolled for, benefits under part A of title XVIII, or enrolled for benefits under part B of title XVIII, and are not described in a another subclause, and whose income does not exceed 133% of the poverty line applicable to a family of the size involved. Makes coverage available through an Alternative Benefit Plan established by DHHS consistent with federal requirements, unless the individual is exempt from mandatory enrollment in the Plan under 42 CFR 440.315. 

Enacts GS 108A-54.3B. States legislative intent to fully fund the nonfederal share of the cost of NC Health Works, meaning the provision of Medicaid coverage to the individuals described in new GS 108A-54.3A(24), through a combination of (1) increases in revenue from the gross premium tax due to NC Health Works; (2) increases in intergovernmental transfers dur to NC Health Works; (3) the hospital health assessment under Part 3, Article 7B, GS Chapter 108A, excluding State retention; and (4) savings to the State attributable to the NC Health Works corresponding to General Fund budget reductions to other State programs. Directs DHHS to annually report, beginning in 2024, to the specified NCGA committee, division, and the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM), as specified. Requires expeditiously discontinuing coverage for the individuals described in new GS 108A-54.3A(24) if the nonfederal share of the cost cannot be fully funded through the described sources. Requires the DHHS Secretary to notify the specified NCGA committee, division, and OSBM of such a determination, and post notice to its website including the proposed effective date of the discontinuation of coverage. Also requires the DHHS Secretary to submit necessary documentation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Enacts GS 108A-54.3C to require expeditious discontinuation of Medicaid coverage if the federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid coverage provided to the individuals described in new GS 108A-54.3A(24) falls below 90%. Requires the DHHS Secretary fulfill identical requirements as those for a discontinuation due to insufficient funds from identified sources in GS 108A-54.3B.

Establishes the ARPA Temporary Savings Fund as a nonreverting special fund in the Division of Health Benefits (DHB) consisting of any savings realized as a result of federal receipts arising from the enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) available to the State under section 9814 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Requires legislative allocation or expenditure of the funds.

Effective October 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, subjects licensed hospitals to a 0.044% hospital health advancement assessment of its hospital costs, excluding critical access hospitals and State owned or operated hospitals, for the fiscal quarter beginning October 1, 2022. Raises the hospital health assessment rate to 0.539% for the State fiscal quarter beginning January 1, 2023, and the State fiscal quarter beginning April 1, 2023, effective the later of January 1, 2023, or the effective date of the Medicaid coverage under new GS 108A-54.3A(24), through June 30, 2023; provides that no assessment can be imposed for the State fiscal quarter beginning January 1, 2023, and no dss reimbursements made if the effective date occurs after March 31, 2023. For both assessment periods, requires DHHS to use $2 million of the assessment proceeds and all corresponding matching federal funds to reimburse county departments of social services (dss) for additional costs incurred in preparation to implement new GS 108A-54.3A(24). 

Revises the defined terms under Article 7B, GS Chapter 108A, the Hospital Assessment Act. Adds and defines Consumer Price Index, newly eligible individual, and nonfederal share for newly eligible individuals. Adds a new Part to the Article, statutorily providing for the hospital health advancement assessment, imposed on all licensed hospitals except critical access hospitals and State owned or operated hospitals. Requires quarterly calculation and collection. Provides for the calculation of the hospital health advancement assessment to be the sum of the service cost component, administration component, and State retention component, as those components are formulated in the Part's provisions. Requires DHHS to reimburse a county dss with proceeds attributable to the county for costs incurred in determining eligibility for newly eligible individuals, as provided in the administration subcomponent, as well as any corresponding matching federal funds. Sets the hospital health advancement assessment for the quarter beginning July 1, 2023, at 0.555%. For the quarter beginning October 1, 2023, requires DHHS to determinate the percentage by adding or subtracting the reconciliation component, calculated as described by the act, divided by the total hospital costs of all non-exempt hospitals. Effective July 1, 2023.

Amends GS 108A-145.3 to exclude capitation payments not attributable to newly eligible individuals from the definition of paid capitation applicable to the Hospital Assessment Act. Amends GS 108A-146.9 to exclude claims attributable to newly eligible individuals from the fee-for-service component of the aggregate modern hospital assessment collection amount calculated under GS 108A-146.5. Amends GS 108A-146.12 to set the postpartum coverage component of the modern hospital assessment amount at $4.5 million for each quarter of the 2023-24 fiscal year. Amends GS 108A-146.13 to set the postpartum subcomponent of the intergovernmental transfer adjustment component of the modern hospital assessment amount at $1,065,000 for the 2023-24 fiscal year. Repeals Section 9D.13A(e) and Section 9D.14, SL 2021-180. Effective July 1, 2023. 

States legislative intent to consult with stakeholders and DHB prior to the 2023 NCGA Session to consider revisions to the enacted hospital health advancement assessment.

Directs DHHS to consult with stakeholders to develop a submission to CMS to request approval for increased Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals, with a request for the highest increase that can be funded entirely through increased hospital assessment receipts in addition to the receipts for NC Health Works resulting from the hospital health advancement assessment. Requires the nonfederal share of the requested increase to be funded entirely from increased hospital assessment receipts. Requires submission of the request by October 1, 2022. Provides required steps upon CMS approval or denial, with approval requiring the NCGA to increase the hospital assessments to fully fund the nonfederal share of increased reimbursements to hospitals. Directs DHHS to report to the specified NCGA committee and division by February 1, 2023, as specified. Also requires DHHS to notify the same entities within 14 days of receipt of CMS approval, and update the required report within 30 days of receipt of CMS approval.

Part II.

Directs DHHS to develop work requirements for certain individuals eligible for Medicaid under new GS 108A-54.3A(24) as a contingency to NC Health Works participation, aligned with the Able-Bodied Adults Without Independents (ABAWDs) policy under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Exempts nine categories of individuals from the work requirements, including individuals who have been certified as unfit for employment for physical or mental health reasons, individuals actively participating in a substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation program, individuals who are a parent or caretaker that provides care for a dependent child with a serious medical condition or disability, and individuals who are prison inmates. 

Directs DHHS to submit any necessary State Plan amendments or waivers to implement the work requirements by October 1, 2022, and request an effective date that is six months from the date the act becomes law. 

Conditions the effect of the work requirements upon CMS approval of the requests submitted, and makes them effective on the later of (1) the date of the approved work requirements, or (2) six months after the date the act becomes law. Directs the DHHS Secretary to notify the Revisor of the effective date of the work requirements approved in the request. 

Part III.

Amends Article 9, GS Chapter 131E, governing certificates of need (CON), as follows.

Modifies the following defined terms in GS 131E-176. No longer requires as part of the criteria for expedited review of an application that the request for a public hearing was not received within the statutory time frame. No longer includes a chemical dependency treatment facility, or ambulatory surgical facility in the definition of a health service facility. No longer includes psychiatric beds or chemical dependency treatment beds as health service facility beds. No longer includes as new institutional health services, the acquisition of magnetic resonance imaging scanners, or the conversion of a specialty ambulatory surgical program to a multispecialty ambulatory surgical program, or the addition of a specialty to a specialty ambulatory surgical program. Increases the threshold set for replacement equipment from $2 million to $4 million, and requires the threshold to be annually adjusted using the Medical Care Index. Adds and defines the term related entity

Eliminates the CON exception provided for offering or development of new institutional health services set out for certain ambulatory surgical facilities providing gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures under GS 131E-178.

Amends GS 131E-182 regarding the review of CON applications for similar proposals in the same service area together, limiting such scheduling to applications for similar proposals in the same service area that are subject to the determinative limitations of need in the State Medical Facilities Plan pursuant to GS 131E-183(a)(1). Replaces the provisions of GS 131E-183(a)(1) to now provide for proposed projects for air ambulances, emergency rooms, adult care homes, nursing home facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, linear accelerators, gamma knives, positron emission tomography scanners, or any combination of these to be consistent with applicable policies and need determinations in the State Medical Facilities Plan, the need determination of which constitutes a determinative limitation on the provision of any such services that may be approved. Deems all other projects exempt from and not subject to any applicable policies or need determinations in the State Medical Facilities Plan. Makes conforming changes to eliminate other required demonstrations of service needs for populations identified. Regarding proposed project accessibility, requires the applicant to include in the application past performance in meeting projects or other information incorporated into prior CON applications filed by the applicant or a related entity during the six-year calendar period preceding the application for the proposed project, and requires DHHS to use this information to determine whether certain population segment accessibility criteria are addressed. Specifies that the requirement for an applicant already involved in the provision of health services provide evidence of the quality of care the applicant has provided in the past, applies regardless of geographical location of the applicant's existing health services operations. Adds a new subsection to require DHHS to adopt rules specifying the metrics and criteria used to assess the quality of care the applicant has provided in the past for each health service for which a CON is required. Directs DHHS to adopt these rules by January 1, 2023, applicable to applications submitted after the effective date of these rules; applicable on the date the act becomes law. 

Revises the exemptions from CON review set out in GS 131E-184 as follows. Eliminates the qualifying criteria for the exemption from review of any conversion of existing acute care beds to psychiatric beds. Makes conforming changes to eliminate the exemption for the review of certain new chemical dependency or substance abuse facilities, as now eliminated as a health service facility under the Article. Amends the CON review exemptions set out in subsections (e), (f), and (g) to no longer reference a certain monetary threshold as set in identified defined terms under the Article. Adds a new CON review exemption for: (1) the replacement, renovation, or relocation of an institutional health service or a health service facility for which a CON has already been issued, provided that such action is to another site within the same service area; and (2) the development, acquisition, construction, expansion, or replacement of a health service facility that obtained CON approval prior to October 1, 2022, as a chemical dependency treatment facility or an ambulatory surgical facility. 

Revises the CON application review process set out in GS 131E-185. Eliminates the ability for any person to file written comments to DHHS and previous public hearing determination requirements. Now requires DHHS to hold a public hearing within 45 days after beginning review if determined that a public hearing is in the public interest. Maintains that DHHS must include written submissions received at the public hearing as part of the file for an application or group of applications under review. Makes conforming changes.

Regarding administrative and judicial review authorized by GS 131E-188, no longer includes the ability to petition as a contested case a CON exemption or DHHS's issuance of a CON pursuant to a settlement agreement with an applicant as permitted by law. Regarding the procedure for contested cases, now requires discovery to be completed within 60 days of filing the petition (was, within 90 days after assignment of the administrative law judge or hearing officer). Requires the hearing to be held within 30 days (was, 45 days) after the end of the discovery period, and now cannot exceed five days. Adds a new prohibition against expert witness testimony based on scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge without proper qualification under Rule 702 of the Rules of Evidence. Requires award of all of the bond to the applicant if the contested case is dismissed or denied or the court otherwise rules in favor of the respondent, or award the bond to the petitioner if the court rules in the petitioner's favor. Replaces the definition of affected persons, now defining the term to mean only those persons who submitted applications that (1) were scheduled to begin review in the same review period proposing the same new institutional health service in the same service area and (2) were part of a competitive review involving the application that is the subject of the petition or appeal. Makes technical changes. 

Makes conforming changes to GS 148-19.1 to eliminate the CON exemption for chemical dependency or substance abuse service facilities for inmates and offenders. Effective January 1, 2023.

Includes a severability clause. 

Effective October 1, 2022. 

Part IV.

Enacts new GS 90-171.36B to prohibit an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) from practicing as such without a license. Defines advanced practice registered nurse or APRN as an individual licensed by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (Board) as an advanced practice registered nurse within one of the following four roles: (1) nurse practitioner or NP, (2) certified nurse midwife or CNM, (3) clinical nurse specialist or CNS, or (4) certified registered nurse anesthetist or CRNA. Enacts GS 90-171.36C to require the Board to issue an APRN license to any person recognized by the Board as an APRN or approved to practice as an APRN in the state on December 31, 2021. Enacts GS 90-171.36D, which specifies the process for APRN license renewal and reinstatement. Makes conforming changes to GS 90-171.43, GS 90-171.43A, and GS 90-171.44.

Amends the definitions of terms used in the Nursing Practice Act. Adds definitions for advanced assessment, advanced practice registered nurse, population focus, practice of nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse or APRN, practice of nursing as a certified nurse midwife or CNM, practice of nursing as a certified registered nurse anesthetist or CRNA, practice of nursing as a clinical nurse specialist or CNS, and practice of nursing as a nurse practitioner or NP. Amends the components listed that define the practice of nursing by a registered nurse to include collaborating with other health care providers in determining the appropriate health care for a patient (previously, limited to not prescribing a medical treatment regimen or making a medical diagnosis, except under the supervision of a licensed physician). Makes clarifying, organizational, and technical changes.

Amends GS 90-18(c) to establish that the practice of nursing by an APRN does not constitute practicing medicine or surgery.

Repeals GS 90-18.2, which places limitations on nurse practitioners. Makes conforming changes to GS 90-2, GS 90-18.3, GS 90-85.24, and GS 90-85.34A.

Amends GS 90-29(b) to establish that a certified registered anesthetist administering anesthetic does not constitute practicing dentistry.

Amends the powers of the Board in GS 90-171.23 by empowering the Board to grant prescribing, ordering, dispensing, and furnishing authority to holders of the advanced practice registered nurses license (deletes the power of the Board to appoint and maintain a subcommittee to work with the NC Medical Board to develop rules and regulations to govern the performance of medical acts by registered nurses and to determine related application fees).

Amends GS 90-171.27 to set out fees for application for licensure, license renewal, and reinstatement of lapsed licenses for APRNs.

Repeals GS 90-171.37(b) regarding the Board's disciplinary authority over registered nurses. 

Repeals Article 10A of GS Chapter 90, Nurses Registered Under Previous Law, Practice of Midwifery. Makes conforming changes to GS 90-18 and GS 90-21.11.

Effective October 1, 2022.

Requires the Governor to submit an opt-out letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within 30 days of the date the section becomes law, requesting an exemption that allows hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, critical access hospitals, and rural hospitals in the state the maximum flexibility to obtain Medicare reimbursement for anesthesia services in a manner that best serves each facility and its patients and community. 

Directs the Board, the NC Medical Board, and the State Board of Dental Examiners to adopt implementing rules.

Part V.

Enacts new GS 58-3-295 to require all contracts or agreements for participation as an in-network health services facility between an insurer offering health benefit plans in this state and a health services facility at which there are out-of-network providers who may be providing services to an insured person receiving care at the facility, to require that an in-network health services facility give at least 72 hours' advanced written notice to an insured with a scheduled appointment of the provision of any services by an out-of-network provider to the insured while at that health service facility. Sets out alternate requirements for timing of notice in situations in which there is not 72 hours between the appointment and when it is scheduled or when there is an emergency. Requires the notice to include: (1) all of the health care providers that will be rendering services who are not in-network and (2) the estimated cost to the insured of the services being rendered by those out-of-network providers. Defines a health care provider as any individual licensed, registered, or certified under GS Chapter 90, or under another state's laws, to provide health care services in the ordinary care of business or practice, as a profession, or in an approved education or training program in: (1) anesthesia or anesthesiology, (2) emergency services, (3) pathology, (4) radiology, or (5) rendering assistance to a physician performing any of these services.

Applies to contracts entered into, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2023.

Replaces proposed GS 58-50-305 from the 2nd edition with the following. The following is effective October 1, 2022, and applies to insurance contracts entered into, renewed, or amended on or after that date, or to health care services provided on or after that date.

Enacts GS 58-50-305 prohibiting an insurer from excluding from coverage a health care service or procedure delivered by a health care provider to an insured through telehealth only because the health care service or procedure is not provided through an in-person, face-to-face consultation. For purposes of this statute, defines telehealth as it is defined in new GS 90-21-19A (use of telecommunications technology to provide health care services to individuals who are not physically present with the health care provider) except lists 10 categories of services that are not considered telehealth unless specifically agreed upon by the insurer and the health care provider or contained in reimbursement policies of the insurer for the relevant health benefit plan. Specifies that an insurer is not required to cover any out-of-network services provided via telehealth. Allows an insurer to exclude from coverage a health care service delivered by a contracted, or an in-network, health care provider to an insured that is provided only as a telehealth service if one of the six specified circumstances apply, including that the health care provider has not agreed to share claims data or clinical data through the NC Health Information Exchange or as otherwise required by the insurer, the service is not provided by the patient’s designated primary care provider or designated medical home, or the insurer determines that the receipt of the health care services through telehealth would impact quality of care or safety of its insureds.

Amends GS 58-50-280, concerning amendments to a contract, by providing that if a health care provider objects to a proposed amendment, then the provider is allowed to terminate the contract upon 60 days written notice to the insurer issuing the health benefit plan (was, the amendment is not effective and the initiating health benefit plan or insurer is entitled to terminate the contract upon 60 days written notice to the health care provider).

Enacts new GS 90-21.19A to require specific informed consent when health care services are provided through telehealth to individuals insured under a health benefit plan. Sets out seven items that are to be required in the informed consent, including verification and authentication of the individual's personal health history, disclosure of the health care provider's identity, applicable credentials, and contact information, including a current phone number and mailing address of the health care provider's practice, and an explanation that it is the role of the health care provider to determine whether the condition being diagnosed or treated is appropriate for a telehealth encounter and advise the individual that the individual is entitled to request an in-person encounter in lieu of a telehealth visit. Requires that the health care provider identify five specified items before providing care through telehealth, including the service or procedure being provided, estimated cost of care, and the network status of the health care provider based on the health benefit plan under which the individual is insured. Sets out document and document storage requirements for providers rendering care through telehealth and prohibits charging a fee for sharing patient medical records for telehealth services. Prohibits health care providers and facilities from engaging in any balancing billing related to any health care service provided through telehealth.

Changes the act's titles. 

Intro. by Lambeth, White, Potts, K. Baker.GS 58, GS 90, GS 108A, GS 131E
H 1058 (2021) RET. & TREASURY TECH. CORRECTIONS ACT OF 2022.-AB Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS AND OTHER CONFORMING AND CLARIFYING CHANGES TO THE LAWS GOVERNING THE TEACHERS' AND STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM; THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM; THE CONSOLIDATED JUDICIAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM; THE NORTH CAROLINA TEACHERS' AND STATE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT TRUST AND BENEFITS PROVIDED UNDER THAT TRUST; THE ACHIEVING A BETTER LIFE EXPERIENCE PROGRAM; AND THE FIREFIGHTERS' AND RESCUE SQUAD WORKERS' PENSION FUND.

Part I.

Amends GS 135-4(j2) concerning the purchase of creditable service by members of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS) for service as a member of the NCGA that is not otherwise creditable. Requires that the creditable service purchased cannot be credited (was, created) in the Legislative Retirement Fund or the Legislative Retirement System.

Amends GS 135-5.3, which permits charter school boards of directors to elect to become a participating employer in TSERS. Provides that the financial review required of applications for participation are based on financial statements and independent audit reports or functionally equivalent reports submitted to the board of trustees of the charter school (was, such statements and audit reports held by the Local Government Commission or functionally equivalent statements and audit reports submitted to the board). 

Part II.

Corrects a statutory cross-reference in GS 128-24(5)c1.3, concerning membership in the Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System (LGERS).

Amends GS 128-26(h2), mirroring the change in Part I. to GS 135-4(j2) concerning TSERS members, to require that service purchased as a member of the NCGA not otherwise creditable cannot be credited (was, created) in the Legislative Retirement Fund or the Legislative Retirement System.

Regarding required income statements LGERS members retired on a disability retirement allowance must annually submit to the Board of Trustees as a condition of receipt of the allowance pursuant to GS 128-27(e), updates members subject to the requirement to include allowances provided under GS 128-27(d4), which includes members retired on disability on or after July 1, 1982, in addition to GS 128-27(d) through (d3). 

Further amends GS 128-27, now providing for the specified discretionary pension supplement to apply to LGERS beneficiaries on the retirement rolls as of September 1 of the calendar year of determination, rather than July 1.

Part III.

Amends GS 135-60(a) regarding disability retirement benefits for members of the Consolidated Judicial Retirement System. Provides for the member's disability retirement allowance to be computed and paid as provided for in GS 135-58(a6), which applies to members retiring on or after July 1, 1999, but before July 1, 2001, which applies to members retiring on or after July 1, 2008, rather than GS 135-58(a2), which applies to members retiring on or after July 1, 1999, but before July 1, 2001.

Part IV.

Concerning the death benefits provided in GS 120-4.27 under the Legislative Retirement System, GS 128-27 under LGERS, GS 135-5 under TSERS, and GS 143-166.60 under the Separate Insurance Benefits Plan for law enforcement officers administered by TSERS and LGERS, no longer requires the respective board of trustees that elects to establish or affiliate with a separate trust fund for the provision of the death benefit to have the trust fund qualified under Section 501(c)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Further amends GS 143-166.60 to eliminate the provision that requires the accident and sickness disability insurance benefits under the Separate Insurance Benefits Plan to be payable to a participant at any time after becoming a participant in the Plan. 

Part V.

Amends Article 6F, GS Chapter 147, governing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Trust. Adds to the defined terms authorized representative, defined as an individual or entity authorized to open or manage an ABLE account on behalf of an account owner under the provisions of the federal ABLE Act and federal regulations promulgated thereunder. Amends the term ABLE account to provide that an authorized representative (was, a parent, sibling, guardian, or agent under a power of attorney) can act on behalf of an account owner. Adds the same language to the term account owner

Requires the ABLE Program Board to administer the ABLE Program Trust in compliance with the federal ABLE Act and federal regulations promulgated thereunder. 

Authorizes an account owner or authorized representative to establish an ABLE account. Eliminates the provision allowing for contributors to establish an account with the owner or owner's parent, sibling, guardian, trustee, or agent's signature on the application form. 

Requires the ABLE Program Board to ensure an authorized representative (was, parent, sibling, or guardian appointed as signatory) does not have or acquire any beneficial interest in the account and administers the account for the benefit of the designated beneficiary. 

Specifies that administration of the ABLE Program does not create any obligation of the State Treasurer, the ABLE Program Board (previously not included), the State or any agency or instrumentality of the State to guarantee the benefit of any authorized representative (was, any parent), other interested party, or designated beneficiary the rate of return or any return for any contribution to the ABLE Program Trust and the payment of interest or other return on any contribution to the ABLE Trust Fund. 

Part VI.

Repeals GS 160A-17.2, which authorizes a county or municipality to pledge a security interest in an escrow account funded with loan proceeds, or a certificate of deposit, to secure repayment of the loan, only if the loan is an interest-free loan agreement entered into with the United States Department of Agriculture or an authorized intermediary acting on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture, and approved by the Local Government Commission. 

Part VII.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by C. Smith, McNeill.GS 120, GS 128, GS 135, GS 143, GS 147, GS 160A
H 1059 (2021) GREAT BROADBAND EXPANSIONS. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE STATE'S BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAMS.

Part I.

Enacts GS 143B-1373.3, directing the Broadband Infrastructure Office (Office) in the Department of Information Technology (DIT) to accept and score applications and award grants for eligible projects in the manner prescribed for the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) program in GS 143B-1373. Provides for the definitions applicable to the GREAT program to apply to the new statute, except for new definitions set forth for broadband service, eligible project, infrastructure and infrastructure costs, and unserved area. Defines eligible project as a discrete and specific project located in an unserved economically distressed area seeking to provide broadband service to homes, businesses, and community anchor points not currently served; provides for projects that span more than one county. Excludes end users capable of receiving broadband service outside of the project area from being counted for purposes of scoring project applications. Establishes distinct scoring for eligible project applications for households costs by region and speed of bringing the service to end users from those prescribed for the GREAT program in GS 143B-1373. Allows providers to protest that a proposed project area does not meet the statute's unserved requirements. Includes raised points for projects that also provide customers mobile broadband within the same project area, do not require new tower construction, and construct up to four new towers and have an estimated cost per household or business under specified thresholds based on region. 

Authorizes the Office to allocate up to $5 million each fiscal year in State funds for the grants, with authority to exceed this cap with State funds appropriated for broadband grants if available State funds exceed grant awards for terrestrially based projects. 

Revises Section 7, SL 2019-230, increasing the transfer of funds from the General Fund to the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund from $15 million to $20 million for each fiscal year from the 2019-20 fiscal year through the 2028-29 fiscal year. Makes a corresponding increase in the amount of the appropriation in those years. Effective July 1, 2022, and applies only to fiscal years occurring on or after that date. 

Effective July 1, 2022.

Part II.

Revises Section 38.4 of SL 2021-180, increasing the grant caps for broadband infrastructure grants under the GREAT program. Sets the limit for a single grant at $8 million (was, $4 million), and grant awards involving any single county at $32 million (was, $8 million). 

Part III.

Further amends Section 38.4 of SL 2021-180 to adjust and add to the points permitted for scoring broadband infrastructure grants  applications related to points awarded for counties that provide a portion of a project's matching funds entirely from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, based on the aggregate amount of funds the county received directly from the federal government and the amount of a county's match. Additionally, eliminates the reduction of the matching requirement provided for counties that provide for a portion of their matching funds from ARPA funds. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part IV. 

Amends GREAT program requirements in GS 143B-1373 as follows. Requires private providers to disclose written documentation justifying a proposed project time line of greater than two years. Requires a protected project area to remain protected until the earlier of project completion or three years (was, until completion). Adds that the project area protection does not prohibit another eligible project from deploying broadband infrastructure in a protected project area if that broadband infrastructure is necessary to provide broadband service to the unserved area identified in the grant application. Adds a new provision to prohibit protests of applications proposing deployment of broadband infrastructure in a protected area. Establishes that an application proposing the deployment of broadband infrastructure in a projected project area cannot be awarded points for any portion of the applicant's proposed project area situated within a protected project area. Authorizes the Office to prioritize applications that do not exceed the two-year time line. 

Further amends Section 38.4, SL 2021-180, concerning broadband infrastructure grants under the GREAT program, adding that the project area protection does not prohibit another eligible project from deploying broadband infrastructure in a protected project area if that broadband infrastructure is necessary to provide broadband service to the unserved area identified in the grant application. Similar to the GREAT program amendments, adds a new provision to prohibit protests of applications proposing deployment of broadband infrastructure in a protected area. Requires scoring of applications based on the metrics provided for grants under the GREAT program in GS 143B-1373(g), as modified. Requires awarding an additional point to projects where a county has a Community Broadband Planning Playbook that meets the Office's established guidelines. Establishes that an application proposing the deployment of broadband infrastructure in a projected project area cannot be awarded points for any portion of the applicant's proposed project area situated within a protected project area. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part V.

Changes the base speed multiplier used to score GREAT program applications under GS 143B-1373(g), increasing the minimum upload speeds for 1.35 and 1.75 multipliers. 

Allows the Office of State Budget and Management to reallocate State Fiscal Recovery Fund funds appropriated if four criteria are met, including that the funds were recouped and unallocated or otherwise unexpended on December 31, 2022, the reallocation is made to support the broadband infrastructure project grants under Sections 38.4 and 38.6, SL 2021-180 (Section 38.6 being the Completing Access to Broadband program), and OSBM reports to the specified NCGA division on reallocations made. 

States legislative intent to use funds received from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act intended for broadband for the benefit of broadband infrastructure grants, with appropriations in specified percentages to DIT for each of the grant programs set forth in Sections 38.4 and 38.6, SL 2021-180.

Intro. by Arp, Saine, Paré, Goodwin.UNCODIFIED, GS 143B
H 1074 (2021) CHILD CARE ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REENACT THE CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT, TO EXPAND THE NORTH CAROLINA PREKINDERGARTEN (NC PRE-K) PROGRAM AND INCREASE CARE SUBSIDY BY APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THOSE PURPOSES, TO PROVIDE SCHOOL LUNCH IN PUBLIC SCHOOL UNITS AT NO COST TO STUDENTS, TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR PUBLIC CHILD CARE PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND TO REQUIRE A REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY AND ADVISABILITY OF A HIGH SCHOOL CHILD CARE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM.

Part I.

Reenacts GS 105-151.11 (Credit for child care and certain employment-related expenses) as it existed immediately before its expiration on January 1, 2014. Recodifies the statute as GS 105-153.11. Provides for a tax credit for employment-related expenses incurred by a taxpayer based on the taxpayer's filing status, adjusted gross income, and qualifying dependent(s)'s status, with the applicable percentage changing depending on the dependent's age. Makes current percentage category A applicable with respect to dependents age 18 up to 25 (was, seven or older); current category B applicable with respect to dependents age 12 up to 18; new percentage category C applicable with respect to dependents age 6 up to 12; and new percentage category D (was, percentage category B) applicable to any other qualifying individual. Percentages range from 5.5% to 13% (was, 7% to 13%). Caps the amount of employment-related expenses for which a credit can be claimed at $3,000 for taxpayers with a household that includes one qualifying individual, and $6,000 for taxpayers with a household that includes more than one qualifying individual. Updates statutory references concerning calculations for nonresidents and part-time residents. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022.

Part II.

Appropriates $180 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education, for the North Carolina Prekindgergarten Program to expand the number of slots by 32,000.

Part III.

Appropriates $45 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education, to increase funding for subsidized child care.

Part IV.

Amends GS 115C-263 to require local boards of education to provide school nutrition services (was, to the extent practicable, school food services) in the schools under their jurisdiction. Requires lunch to be available for free to all students. Makes conforming changes.

Amends GS 115C-264 as follows. Requires the services to be under the jurisdiction of the School Nutrition Division of the Department of Public Instruction  (was, the Division of School Support, Child Nutrition Services of the Department of Public Instruction). Requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to allocate sufficient funds to public school units to provide free lunch for every student electing to receive it. Requires an annual report, beginning in 2023, from the Department of Public Instruction to the specified NCGA committee on, at least, the number of students receiving free lunch, the number of free lunches served, and the cost of implementing the free lunch program. Makes additional conforming changes. 

Amends GS 115C-75.9 by requiring innovative schools to provide free lunch to all students. Requires the services to be in accordance with GS 115C-263 and GS 115C-264. Makes the same changes to GS 115C-218.75 concerning charter schools. Amends GS 115C-238.72 to require the specified local school administrative unit to provide school nutrition services to the regional school, including free lunch for all students according to GS 115C-263  and GS 115C-264 (was, limited to the extent that it was practicable).

Amends GS 115C-150.14 to require schools for students with visual and hearing impairments to provide school nutrition services to enrolled students though participation in federally assisted school nutrition programs and requires free lunch for all students. Requires the services to meet the standards in GS 115C-263 and GS 115C-264.

Amends GS 116-239.8 to require that laboratory schools provide enrolled students with school nutrition services though participation in federally assisted school nutrition programs and requires free lunch for all students. Requires the services to meet the standards in GS 115C-263 and GS 115C-264.

Appropriates $159.3 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to provide free lunch to students in public schools.

Part V.

Appropriates $10 million for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office to be allocated proportionally to each community college with an active child care program that is available  to the public to support and maintain that program. Requires the State Board of Community Colleges (State Board) to adopt a formula for allocating the funds. Requires funds to be allocated based on the number of children served and prioritizes awards based on the program's financial need. Funds remain available until expended. 

Requires community colleges that do not have a publicly available child care program to report to the State Board on the feasibility and advisability of implementing a program. Requires the State Board to report the information to the specified NCGA committee by March 31, 2023.

Part VI.

Requires the Department of Public Instruction, in consultation with partner agencies (Department of Health and Human Services, UNC Board of Governors, and the State Board), to report to the specified NCGA committee by December 31, 2023, on the feasibility and advisability of implementing a child care apprenticeship program in public high schools. Specifies information to be included in the report. Requires the NCGA committee to meet by February 29, 2024, to receive a presentation from the Department on the report. 

Part VII.

Unless otherwise indicated, effective July 1, 2022. 

 

Intro. by Logan, Autry, Roberson, R. Smith.APPROP, GS 105, GS 115C, GS 116
H 1076 (2021) DISABLED VETERANS PROPERTY TAX WAIVER. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO FULLY WAIVE PROPERTY TAXES FOR PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS.

Identical to S 821, filed 5/26/22.

Amends GS 105-277.1C, which provides for a property tax homestead exclusion for disabled veterans, set at the first $45,000 of appraised value of the residence. Revises the exclusion to provide for a total exemption of the appraised value of the residence. Adds the following new provisions. Requires county tax collectors to annually notify the Secretary of Revenue (Secretary) of the county's total hold harmless amount, defined as the sum of the hold harmless amount (the appraised value of property excluded multiplied by the applicable local tax rate) for all property excluded from taxation in the county and the hold harmless amount of all property excluded from taxation in cities located in the county. Directs the Secretary to annually distribute each county's total hold harmless amount on or before December 31. Failure to do so bars reimbursement. Requires counties to distribute funds received attributable to its cities or other unit of government or special district for which it collected taxes. Requires the Secretary to draw on individual income tax collections under Part 2, Article 4 to pay for the reimbursement and administrative costs.

Effective for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Everitt.GS 105
H 1077 (2021) VANCE-GRANVILLE COMM. COLL. CAPITAL FUNDING. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS AT VANCE-GRANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES TO CREATE A STRONGER WORKFORCE AND TO ENHANCE THE ECONOMY FOR THE COMMUNITIES SERVED BY THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

Substantively identical to S 758, filed 5/19/22.

Appropriates $10 million from the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund to the NC Community Colleges System Office for 2022-23 to be allocated to Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) for the following projects according to amount specified: (1) a new building on the Franklin Campus for described classroom and training facilities; (2) construction of an advanced manufacturing center in Granville County; and (3) supporting the establishment of a diesel automotive program for regional trucking transportation training, as described. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Garrison.APPROP, Granville, Vance
H 1078 (2021) MODIFY MILEAGE AND PER DIEM. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO SET 2023 LEGISLATOR MILEAGE AND PER DIEM AT 2021 FEDERAL RATES.

Amends GS 120-3.1, effective upon the convening of the 2023 General Assembly, as follows. Requires that General Assembly members' weekly travel allowances be calculated by multiplying the actual round-trip mileage from the member's home to Raleigh by the rate per mile, which is the business standard mileage rate set by the IRS in Rev. Proc. 2020-279, December 22, 2020 (was, Rev. Proc. 93-51, December 27, 1993). Requires the travel allowance rate to be based on the same updated business standard mileage rate. Requires members' subsistence allowance for meals and lodging to be at a daily rate equal to the maximum per diem rate for federal employees traveling to Raleigh as set out at 86 Federal Register 45731 (August 16, 2021) (was, 58 Federal Register 67959, December 22, 1993). Makes conforming changes. 

Intro. by Logan, Carney.GS 120
H 1080 (2021) PROFESSIONALIZING THE EDUCATION WORKFORCE. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO PREVENT THE ELIMINATION OF RETIREE MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS FIRST EARNING SERVICE UNDER THE TEACHERS' AND STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE CONSOLIDATED JUDICIAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE LEGISLATIVE RETIREMENT SYSTEM, OR THE OPTIONAL RETIREMENT PROGRAMS, ESTABLISHED UNDER G.S. 135-5.1 AND G.S. 135-5.4, ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2021, TO INCREASE SALARIES FOR TEACHERS AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL WHO HAVE SIXTEEN OR MORE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, AND TO PROVIDE EDUCATION-BASED SALARY SUPPLEMENTS TO SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS.

Part I.

Repeals Section 35.21(c) and (d), SL 2017-57, which amend 135‑48.1(18), defining retired employee to include only members that earned contributory retirement service in one of the named State retirement systems prior to January 1, 2021, and 135‑48.40, defining categories of coverage eligibility to include only retired employees, with regard to the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees. Effective December 31, 2020.

Part II.

Sets a monthly teacher salary schedule for "A" teachers for 2022-23 for licensed public school personnel classified as teachers, based on years of experience, ranging from $3,546 for teachers with 0 years of experience to $6,565 for 30 or more years of experience.

Provides for a 12% salary supplement for licensed teachers who have National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification; a 10% salary supplement for licensed teachers classified as "M" teachers; a $126 salary supplement for licensed teachers with licensure based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level, in addition to the "M" teachers salary supplement; a $253 salary supplement for licensed teachers with licensure based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level, in addition to the "M" teachers salary supplement; a 10% salary supplement for certified school nurses; and a $100 salary supplement for licensed school counselors at the master's degree level or higher. 

Requires that the first step of the salary schedule for school psychologists, school speech pathologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, and school audiologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, must be equivalent to the sixth step of the "A" salary schedule. Provides for a 10% and $350 salary supplement. Deems these employees eligible to receive salary supplements equivalent to those of teachers for academic preparation at the six-year degree level or the doctoral degree level.

Requires that the twenty-sixth step of the salary schedule for school psychologists, school speech pathologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher, and school audiologists licensed at the master's degree level or higher must be 7.5% higher than the salary received by these same employees on the twenty-fifth step of the salary schedule.

Provides that in lieu of the amounts of annual longevity payments to teachers paid on the teacher salary schedule, beginning with the 2014-15 fiscal year, the amounts of those longevity payments are included in the monthly amounts under the teacher salary schedule.

Details teacher compensation for the 2022-23 school year based on either (1) the applicable salary schedule; (2) the sum of the salary the teacher received in 2013-14, longevity pay for the 2013-14 school year, and annual bonus provided in 2014-100; or (3) the sum of the salary and annual bonus the teacher received in the 2014-15 school year, with the compensation amount determined to be equal to the greater of those amounts. Provides that teacher includes instructional support personnel.

Appropriates $360 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for 2022-23 to provide for the compensation of teachers and instructional support personnel pursuant to the act.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Part III.

Amends GS 115C-302.10 to add school social workers to the licensed personnel to be paid on the "M" salary schedule or receive a salary supplement for academic preparation at the six-year degree level or at the doctoral degree level. 

Appropriates $450,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to provide salary supplements to school social workers pursuant to the act. 

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by von Haefen, Gill, Ball, Cooper-Suggs.APPROP, UNCODIFIED, GS 115C
H 1081 (2021) EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF POWELL BILL FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT FOR THE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF POWELL BILL FUNDS.

Repeals SL 2021-180, Section 41.27(2), which specified that eligible municipalities with a population of 400,000 or more shall receive the same amount of Powell Bill Program funds allocated for the 2020‑21 fiscal year and required the remaining Powell Bill Program funds to be allocated to municipalities with a population of less than 400,000 in accordance with the requirements of GS 136‑41.1(a).

Intro. by Belk, Carney, Gill, Martin.UNCODIFIED
H 1082 (2021) INFRASTRUCTURE BANK FEASIBILITY STUDY. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A JOINT LEGISLATIVE STUDY COMMISSION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK TO SUSTAINABLY FINANCE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE STATE.

Establishes the 17-member Commission to Study the Feasibility of Establishing a State Infrastructure Bank (Commission) to study how the creation of such a bank could strengthen economic and community development, provide financial resources for infrastructure projects, and leverage State, federal, and private resources to address the need for access to sustainable financial assistance for projects that will contribute to economic growth, job creation, and support of local communities in the State. Sets out membership requirements. Provides for filling vacancies, establishing a quorum, meeting space, staffing, and compensation. Requires the Commission to hold at least five public meetings in distinct geographic regions of the State. Sets out 11 issues the Commission must study, at a minimum, including: providing financing for infrastructure related to housing development, public works infrastructure, educational infrastructure, student loans, and community quality of life projects; providing capital for continued expansion of the State's transportation, environmental, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure; examine various administrative and operational structures for organizing a State Infrastructure Bank; and the extent to which the State Infrastructure Bank should be allowed to compete with banking establishments operating in North Carolina. Allows the Commission to make an interim report to the 2022 Regular Session of the NCGA prior to its convening and requires a final report by the end of that session.

Effective July 1, 2022, appropriates $50,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Legislative Services Commission to offset expenses incurred in connection with the operation and support of the Commission.

Intro. by Harris, Howard, Lofton, Cooper-Suggs.APPROP, STUDY
H 1083 (2021) RECOVERY REBATE FOR WORKING FAMILIES ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REENACT THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT.

Includes whereas clauses. Reenacts GS 105-151.31 as it existed immediately before its expiration (expiration effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014). Recodifies the statute as GS 105-153.11, with the following changes. Provides for an earned income tax credit in the amount of 20% of the amount of earned income tax credit the individual qualified for under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code (previously, provided for a 4.5% or 5% credit determined by taxable year). Provides for reduction of the credit for nonresident and part-year resident taxpayers under updated statutory cross-reference, as appropriate. Eliminates an outdated provision referencing a since repealed section of the Code. Eliminates the sunset provision. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Harris, Lofton, Cooper-Suggs, Butler.GS 105
H 1084 (2021) EMPLOYER PAYMENTS FOR OMITTED MEMBERSHIP SVC. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT REQUIRING AN EMPLOYER PARTICIPATING IN THE TEACHERS' AND STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM TO PAY THE FULL COST FOR OMITTED MEMBERSHIP SERVICE WHEN THE OMISSION IS DUE TO AN EMPLOYER ERROR.

Amends GS 135-4(v) and GS 128-26, as the title indicates; requires payment when the omitted membership service was discovered three or more years after the omission and the employer has acknowledged they caused the error. Applies to erroneously omitted membership services discovered on or after July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Torbett.GS 128, GS 135
H 1085 (2021) HEALTH CARE PROVIDER/OFF-LABEL USES MEDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ALLOW PHYSICIANS TO PRESCRIBE CERTAIN MEDICATIONS FOR OFF-LABEL USES.

Enacts new GS 90-12.8 allowing licensed physicians to prescribe a therapeutic drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for off-label use to a patient for at-home, early-stage outpatient or hospital inpatient treatment of coronavirus infections causing respiratory syndrome-related illnesses. Specifies that a physician acting in good faith under this statute does not solely constitute immoral or dishonorable conduct or unprofessional conduct. Provides that the statute does not grant greater liability protection to a physician than provided for in other State law.

Requires the NC Medical Board to adopt temporary rules to implement the act.

Above provisions are effective October 1, 2022.

Appropriates $10,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services to publicize the effects of this act to health care providers. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Hanig, Potts.APPROP, GS 90
H 1086 (2021) YMCA AND CAMP FUNDING. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR VARIOUS YMCA AND CAMP NEEDS.

Appropriates $150,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to Wake County for 2022-23 to be provided as a grant to the Alexander Family YMCA for improvements and renovations for the youth annex.

Appropriates $150,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to Durham County for 2022-23 to be provided as a grant to the Downtown Durham YMCA to redevelop the facility.

Appropriates $100,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to Johnston County for 2022-23 to be provided as a grant to the East Triangle YMCA for renovations and improvements at its facilities and soccer fields.

Appropriates $100,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to Pamlico County for 2022-23 to be provided as a grant to Camp Seafarer for improvements and renovations to the tennis complex.

Provides that funds appropriated in this act do not revert but remain available to the counties for the purposes allowed in this act.

Intro. by Reives.APPROP, Durham, Johnston, Pamlico, Wake
H 1087 (2021) MENSTRUAL EQUITY FOR ALL. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ACHIEVE MENSTRUAL EQUITY BY EXEMPTING CERTAIN FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS FROM SALES TAX AND TO CREATE A RECURRING FUND FOR THE FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS GRANT PROGRAM.

Amends GS 105-164.13 by adding feminine hygiene products to those items that are exempt from sales tax. Defines feminine hygiene products as tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and other similar tangible personal property designed for feminine hygiene in connection with the human menstrual cycle but does not include grooming and hygiene products (as defined). 

Renames Article 25B of GS Chapter 115C as Health Needs of Students (was, Mental Health Needs of Students). Enacts new GS 115C-377 requiring the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish the Feminine Hygiene Products Grant Program (Program) to allow public school units to provide students with free feminine hygiene products to achieve the specified objectives. Requires DPI, to the extent funds are made available, to award public school units grants of up to $5,000 on a first-come, first-served basis. Prohibits public school units from receiving more than one grant per year. Requires an annual report beginning in 2023 to the specified NCGA committee on the school units receiving grants under the Program, the products purchased with the funds, and the impact of the Program on student health and well-being. 

Makes conforming changes to SL 2018-32, as amended.

Appropriates $500,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI to fund the Program.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by von Haefen, Dahle, Hawkins, Alston.APPROP, GS 105, GS 115C
H 1088 (2021) COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER GRANTS FOR LARCS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH, TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO NONPROFIT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS FOR THE PURCHASE AND DISTRIBUTION OF LONG-ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTIVES.

Appropriates $300,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health for 2022-23 to be used to award grants to nonprofit community health centers for the purchase and provision of long-acting reversible contraceptives for underserved, uninsured, or medically indigent patients. Defines long-acting reversible contraceptives to mean a drug or device that meets four specified criteria, including that the design is a temporary method of birth control that can be discontinued and is an FDA approved contraceptive. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by von Haefen, Meyer, Cooper-Suggs, Cunningham.APPROP
H 1089 (2021) SUPPORT DV VICTIMS/OFFENDER REHABILITATION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE NORTH CAROLINA COUNCIL FOR WOMEN AND YOUTH INVOLVEMENT AND OTHER ENTITIES THAT SERVE POPULATIONS AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Appropriates $80,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Administration, NC Council for Women and Youth Development (Council) for 2022-23 to hire one permanent, full-time position at the Council to carry out five specified duties, including serving as a liaison between the Council and the court system, and seeking funding and other assistance to make domestic violence intervention programs available statewide. 

Appropriates the following additional funds from the General Fund to the Council for 2022-23: $100,000 to provide grants statewide for the purpose of developing, maintaining, or expanding domestic violence intervention programs; $100,000 for grants to domestic violence intervention programs statewide for pay for language interpreters, sign language interpreters, or other services benefiting uniquely vulnerable populations; and $100,000 to provide grants to domestic violence intervention programs statewide to train staff to include new and best practices in the programs.

Directs the Council to establish procedures and criteria for awarding grants consistent with the State Budget Act. Requires timely and public announcement of awards. Directs the Council to annually report on fund distribution to the specified NCGA committee chairs and division. Specifies required content of the reports. 

Specifies that funds remain available to implement the act.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Autry, Morey, Alston, Belk.APPROP
H 1090 (2021) FAMILY MEDICINE LOAN FORGIVENESS PILOT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE FAMILY MEDICINE IN RURAL OR MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS FORGIVABLE LOAN PILOT PROGRAM AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE.

Establishes the Family Medicine in Rural or Medically Underserved Areas Forgivable Loan Pilot Program (program), administered by the State Education Assistance Authority (Authority) to provide forgivable loans to eligible medical students who agree to practice primary care medicine on a full-time basis in a rural or medically underserved area, as designated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Rural Health (Department). Limits eligibility to medical students who are NC residents, enrolled in an eligible medical school, including only a postsecondary UNC constituent institution or an eligible private postsecondary institution under GS 116-280(3), in the 2023-24 academic year as a first-year student. Requires the Authority to establish eligibility criteria as specified, and authorizes the use of a lottery process. Details terms and conditions of loans provided under the program, including capping the interest rate at 10%, and capping the loan forgiveness amount at $25,000 for each year the recipient works as a full-time licensed physician in the required setting, up to $100,000. Authorizes the Authority to adopt necessary rules. Requires the Department to establish an advisory board. Requires the Authority to consult with the Department to establish procedures relating to services for loan recipients as described. Directs the Authority to annually report to the specified NCGA committee on the program.

Appropriates $1.4 million from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors for 2022-23 to be allocated to the Authority to provide loans under the program to up to 12 eligible medical students. Provides that the funds remain available, except for repayment funds received by the Authority. Authorizes the Authority to use up to $200,000 to administer the program.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by K. Baker, Sasser, Potts, White.APPROP
H 1091 (2021) HOMES FOR HEROES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO CREATE A HOMEBUYERS' ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS WHO WORK AS PUBLIC SERVANTS.

Identical to S 812, filed 5/26/22.

Directs the Housing Finance Agency (Agency) to establish a program under the Homeownership Fund to provide assistance, in the form of reimbursement or direct payment, to first-time homebuyers that are employed full-time as public servants in the State. Defines public servant as an active duty member or veteran, law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter, or EMS personnel employed in the State. Defines first-time homebuyer. Provides for the lesser of $25,000 or 10% of the purchase price for down payment assistance, mortgage insurance premium assistance, and closing costs. Allows for monthly mortgage insurance payment assistance for up to 60 months for any single first-time homebuyer. Authorizes the Agency to adopt, modify, or repeal rules and regulations to implement the act. Includes other defined terms. 

Appropriates $150 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Homeownership Assistance Fund for 2022-23 to be used to implement the act. 

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Reives.APPROP
H 1092 (2021) STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR A SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH GRANT PROGRAM.

Identical to S 807, filed 5/26/22.

Enacts GS 115C-377, directing the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish the School Mental Health Grant Program (Program) with the stated purpose to increase student access to mental health support personnel in public school units, within available Program funds. Includes defined terms. Requires DPI to establish deadlines for Program applications to be submitted by, and grants to be awarded to public school units, as well as required application content. Requires awards to be need-based, with priority given to units with a greater proportion of students who have limited or no access to mental health services. Specifies that grants are to supplement related funding. Requires DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA committees, beginning March 15, 2023, on the Program. Specifies required content of DPI reports. 

Appropriates $40 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to provide grants under the Program. Authorizes DPI to use up to $50,000 for administrative costs of the Program.

Effective July 1, 2022, and applies beginning with the 2022-23 school year. 

Intro. by Reives, Hurtado, Lofton, Hunter.APPROP, GS 115C
H 1093 (2021) TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR VARIOUS NEEDS FOR TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY.

Appropriates $10.5 million for 2022-23 from the General Fund to Transylvania County; specifies that the funds remain available and do not revert. Requires that the funds be used in the specified amounts for communication tower construction and upgrades to enhance public safety and cellular and broadband access; emergency medical services projects; and capital needs of middle schools in the county.

Intro. by Johnson.APPROP, Transylvania
H 1094 (2021) FUNDS FOR GROUP FOSTER CARE HOME PILOT/POLK. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO ESTABLISH A PILOT PROGRAM FOR A GROUP FOSTER CARE HOME IN POLK COUNTY.

Appropriates $1 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to Polk County as a grant-in-aid as title indicates. Requires the County to report on the pilot program and the use of these funds to the specified NCGA committee by October 1, 2023.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Johnson.APPROP, Polk
H 1097 (2021) EXTENDED LEARNING FOR ELECTIVE COURSES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO EXTEND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES TO INCLUDE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTIVE COURSE CREDIT.

Includes whereas clauses. Enacts GS 115C-104.10, requiring the State Board of Education (Board) to develop a model policy to expand learning opportunities that allow approved alternative educational opportunities outside of the traditional classroom to qualify as elective course credit. Sets out five required components of the model policy, including a list of types of entities eligible to submit proposals for such alternative educational opportunities such as nonprofits, businesses and trade associations; an example application process; example criteria for evaluating applicants; required alignment with content standards for electives or links to other approved programs specified; and suggested requirements for a selected entity to follow. Empowers local boards to adopt local policies based on the Board's model policy. Requires the Board to create the model and make it available to local boards by December 15, 2022. 

Enacts GS 115C-47(34b), authorizing local boards to adopt policies based on the Board's model policy, with requirements that align with those required of the Board's model. Adds that the local board has discretionary authority of whether to approve an application, but is required to provide reasons for denial and suggestions for improvement for board approval. Authorizes the local boards to audit approved entities alternative educational programs at any time, and allows for disqualification by the board if the audit finds the program is not in compliance with the policy or its requirements.

Appropriates $100,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction for 2022-23 for the act's administration. 

Intro. by Willis, Hardister, Clemmons, Winslow.APPROP, GS 115C
H 1100 (2021) TOWNS OF COLUMBUS &AMP TRYON/FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE TOWN OF COLUMBUS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND TO THE TOWN OF TRYON TO PAY THE REMAINING BALANCE OF A LOAN FROM THE STATE TO BUILD AN INTERCONNECTED WATER SYSTEM.

Appropriates $500,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Town of Columbus, to be used as title indicates.

Appropriates $700,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Town of Tryon, to be used as title indicates.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Johnson.APPROP, Polk
H 1104 (2021) FUNDS FOR NC ARTS COUNCIL. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL.

Appropriates $500,000 in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, to be used to increase funding for the North Carolina Arts Council. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Carney, Elmore, Paré, Harrison.APPROP
H 1105 (2021) FUNDS TO GRASSROOTS ARTS PROGRAM. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE GRASSROOTS ARTS PROGRAM.

Appropriates $1 million in recurring funding for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to be used as additional funding for the Grassroots Arts Program. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Carney, Paré, Elmore, Harrison.APPROP
H 1123 (2021) REENACT SOLAR ENERGY TAX CREDIT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REENACT A SOLAR ENERGY TAX CREDIT.

Reenacts GS 105-129.16A as it existed immediately before its expiration in 2016 and amends the statute as follows. Grants a taxpayer that has constructed, purchased, or leased qualifying solar energy equipment, as defined by statutory cross-reference (was, "renewably energy property"), a credit equal to 35% of the cost of the equipment if the equipment is placed in service in the State during the taxable year. Makes conforming changes to reflect the change in terminology to qualifying solar energy equipment. Modifies the nonbusiness credit ceilings to no longer include an $8,400 ceiling for each installation of geothermal equipment or a $10,500 ceiling for each installation of any other renewable energy property. Eliminates subsections (e) through (h), which provide for outdated sunset provisions. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Autry, Harrison, A. Baker.GS 105
H 1128 (2021) LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTMENT ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN POLICIES AND STANDARDS SURROUNDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.

Identical to S 800, filed 5/25/22. 

Part I.

Appropriates $250,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to the North Carolina Justice Academy for 2022-23 to expand its ability to serve law enforcement agencies of the state by providing more opportunities to attend courses and trainings. Appropriates $250,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to the North Carolina Justice Academy for 2022-23 to expand its ability to offer online courses for law enforcement agencies to allow for greater statewide participation in Academy courses and training. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part II. 

Requires the North Carolina Justice Academy and the North Carolina Community College System to develop a memorandum of understanding to allow community colleges to provide training and education to those trained and educated by the Academy to alleviate travel time and related costs. Requires the MOU to be submitted to the specified NCGA committee by October 1, 2022.

Part III.

Appropriates $250,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for 2022-23 to further develop, maintain, and staff the North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part IV.

Amends GS 17C-20 to open up eligibility for the Criminal Justice Fellows Program (Program) to all counties (was, counties with a population of less than 200,000).

Amends GS 17C-22 to expand upon the Program's purpose to also include forgivable loans for obtaining a Bachelor's Degree or an NC Basic Law Enforcement Training Program certificate of completion. Sets out requirements for recipients of loans for these degrees and certificates, including employment requirements post graduation. Makes conforming changes. Amends GS 17C-23 by making conforming changes to loan terms and disbursement of funds. Gives recipients up to 120 months to repay all funds distributed, including interest, received in pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree and 60 months for those in pursuit of a Basic Law Enforcement Training Program certificate of completion. 

Part V.

Amends GS 15A-401 to require the State's law enforcement agencies to designate specially trained law enforcement officers to be a part of an agency Crisis Intervention Team trained in determining whether a person is experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis and what methods are available to de-escalate or otherwise safely engage in interactions with the person. Requires the establishment of the team by December 1, 2024, in order to remain eligible for Governor's Crime Commission grants. 

Appropriates $250 million from the General Fund to DOJ for grants for the Crisis Intervention Team training. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part VI.

Includes a severability clause.

Intro. by Reives, Hunter, Cooper-Suggs, Everitt.APPROP, GS 15A, GS 17C
H1131 (2021) FUNDS FOR RUTHERFORDTON STREETSCAPE. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE TOWN OF RUTHERFORD TO IMPROVE THE STREETSCAPE.

Appropriates $5 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Town of Rutherfordton, to be used as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Johnson.APPROP, Rutherford
H 1134 (2021) DURHAM TECH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CTR/FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT DURHAM TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

Appropriates $2 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office, to be used as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Hawkins.APPROP, Durham
H 1137 (2021) ST. AUGUSTINE'S FEDERAL MATCH/FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS TO ST. AUGUSTINE'S UNIVERSITY FOR A FEDERAL GRANT TO PRESERVE ST. AGNES HOSPITAL.

Appropriates $400,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, to be allocated to St. Augustine's University to provide matching dollars for a study grant to study the feasibility of preserving St. Agnes Hospital. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Hawkins.APPROP
H 1155 (2021) HFA/FUNDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING STATEWIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

Appropriates $20,660,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, to be used as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Belk, Quick, Hawkins, Autry.APPROP

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S 807 (2021) STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR A SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH GRANT PROGRAM.

Enacts GS 115C-377, directing the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish the School Mental Health Grant Program (Program) with the stated purpose to increase student access to mental health support personnel in public school units, within available Program funds. Includes defined terms. Requires DPI to establish deadlines for Program applications to be submitted by, and grants to be awarded to public school units, as well as required application content. Requires awards to be need-based, with priority given to units with a greater proportion of students who have limited or no access to mental health services. Specifies that grants are to supplement related funding. Requires DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA committees, beginning March 15, 2023, on the Program. Specifies required content of DPI reports. 

Appropriates $40 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to provide grants under the Program. Authorizes DPI to use up to $50,000 for administrative costs of the Program.

Effective July 1, 2022, and applies beginning with the 2022-23 school year. 

Intro. by Batch, Fitch, Garrett.APPROP, GS 115C
S 808 (2021) UNC TUITION CHANGES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO INCREASE NONRESIDENT TUITION AT CERTAIN CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AND TO DECREASE RESIDENT TUITION AT THOSE SAME INSTITUTIONS USING ADDITIONAL NONRESIDENT TUITION RECEIPTS.

Amends GS 116-144 to require that for the 2023-24 academic year, the tuition charged nonresidents enrolled in any program awarding a postsecondary degree at NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill be set at a rate in an amount of at least 10% greater than the tuition charged nonresidents enrolled at those institutions for the 2022-23 academic year. Requires that in subsequent academic years that the Board of Governors fix nonresident tuition for postsecondary degree programs at these institutions at rate that is equal to or greater than the amount of tuition charged nonresidents for the 2023-24 academic year. Makes conforming changes.

Requires that beginning with the 2023-24 fiscal year, additional tuition receipts generated from increasing the tuition charged nonresidents enrolled in a program awarding a postsecondary degree at NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill under this act, be used by the UNC Board of Governors to decrease tuition charged for in-State students enrolled at those institutions beginning with the 2023-24 academic year and subsequent academic years thereafter.

Applies to academic periods beginning on or after July 1, 2023.

Intro. by McInnis, Perry, Johnson.GS 116
S 810 (2021) FUNDS SALEM STREET BICYCLE CONNECTION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE TOWN OF APEX TO COMPLETE THE SALEM STREET BICYCLE CONNECTION.

Appropriates $2.4 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Town of Apex to complete the Salem Street Bicycle Connection to improve safety and promote alternative forms of transportation. This project includes adding shared lane markings for bikes along Salem Street from Hunter Street Park to the Peakway and the construction of bike lanes along S. Salem Street from the Peakway to Pleasant Park. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Batch.APPROP, Wake
S 811 (2021) FUNDS FOR JUSTICE HEIGHTS EXTENSION IN APEX. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE TOWN OF APEX TO COMPLETE THE JUSTICE HEIGHTS STREET EXTENSION PROJECT.

Appropriates $1 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Town of Apex as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Batch.APPROP, Wake
S 812 (2021) HOMES FOR HEROES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO CREATE A HOMEBUYERS' ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS WHO WORK AS PUBLIC SERVANTS.

Directs the Housing Finance Agency (Agency) to establish a program under the Homeownership Fund to provide assistance, in the form of reimbursement or direct payment, to first-time homebuyers that are employed full-time as public servants in the State. Defines public servant as an active duty member or veteran, law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter, or EMS personnel employed in the State. Defines first-time homebuyer. Provides for the lesser of $25,000 or 10% of the purchase price for down payment assistance, mortgage insurance premium assistance, and closing costs. Allows for monthly mortgage insurance payment assistance for up to 60 months for any single first-time homebuyer. Authorizes the Agency to adopt, modify, or repeal rules and regulations to implement the act. Includes other defined terms. 

Appropriates $150 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Homeownership Assistance Fund for 2022-23 to be used to implement the act. 

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Batch, Garrett, Fitch.APPROP
S 813 (2021) WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO ADDRESS WATER INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS WITHIN CUMBERLAND COUNTY.

Appropriates $28.3 million from the General Fund to the City of Fayetteville for 2022-23 to be allocated in specified amounts for repairs and upgrades to high hazard dams located in or upstream of the City's corporate limits, and water infrastructure improvements for the areas in and around, but not limited to, Wayland Drive and Rhemish Drive in the City.

Appropriates $95 million from the General Fund to Cumberland County for 2022-23 for countywide water infrastructure projects. 

Provides for funds appropriated to remain available. 

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by deViere.APPROP, Cumberland
S 814 (2021) FUNDS FOR BRIDGE NAMING. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO USE DEPARTMENT FUNDS FOR BRIDGE NAMING.

Requires the Department of Transportation to use funds appropriated for General Maintenance to pay for all expenses associated with bridge naming and that sponsors are not to pay any cost for bridge naming, including any administrative fee. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by deViere.UNCODIFIED
S 816 (2021) RET. SVC. PURCHASE/COMPANY POLICE OFFICERS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT ALLOWING FOR THE PURCHASE AT FULL COST OF UP TO FIVE YEARS' CREDITABLE SERVICE IN THE TEACHERS' AND STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR SERVICE AS A COMPANY POLICE OFFICER.

Amends GS 135-4 (Teachers and State Employees Retirement System – creditable service) by adding subsection (k2) permitting members of the North Carolina Teachers and State Employees Retirement System who have served at least five years as a teacher or state employee to purchase up to five years’ creditable service as a company police officer commissioned by the Attorney General by making a lump sum payment to the Annuity Savings Fund.

Amends GS 128-26 (Retirement system for counties, cities, and towns – allowance for service) by adding subsection (z) permitting members of the North Carolina Local Government Employees Retirement System who have served at least five years as a local government employee to purchase up to five years’ creditable service as a company police officer commissioned by the Attorney General by making a lump sum payment to the Annuity Savings Fund.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Alexander.GS 128, GS 135
S 818 (2021) REDUCED SIZE PLATES/MODIFIED UTILITY VEHICLES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT REQUIRING THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO PROVIDE SUITABLY REDUCED SIZE LICENSE PLATES TO REGISTERED OWNERS AND DEALERS OF MODIFIED UTILITY VEHICLES.

Amends GS 20-63 and GS 20-79 as title indicates, effective October 1, 2022.

Appropriates $13,000 from the Highway Fund to the Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles for 2022-23 to produce the registration plates required. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Alexander.APPROP, GS 20
S 819 (2021) RETENTION OF ELECTION VOTING RECORDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO EXTEND THE 2022 DEADLINE FOR ONE YEAR REGARDING RETENTION OF THE 2020 ELECTION RECORDS AND TO REQUIRE CONTAINER-RETURN ENVELOPES USED TO MAIL IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS BE RETAINED FOR TWENTY-TWO MONTHS.

Postpones the deadline for retaining records and papers regarding the 2020 election from September 2022 to September 2023. Charges the State Board of Elections to collaborate with county boards to ensure the records and papers are retained. 

Amends GS 163-234 to require county boards to retain all container-return envelopes and absentee ballots for at least 22 months (was, four months), or longer if any contest is pending concerning the validity of any ballot. 

Intro. by Alexander.UNCODIFIED, GS 163
S 820 (2021) EXPAND INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE IN NC. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A GRANT PROGRAM AT NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO EXPAND INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE IN THE STATE AND TO PROVIDE FUNDS TO THE UNITED WAY OF NORTH CAROLINA TO EXPAND ITS VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

Includes whereas clauses. Requires the State Board of Community Colleges, within funds appropriated under the act, to establish a grant program for community college campuses to offer courses to students to become tax preparers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and to facilitate providing VITA services to students and community members. Sets out VITA's work. States that the goal of the grant program is for community colleges to provide work-based opportunities to students while facilitating access to the VITA program in local communities. 

Requires participating community colleges to: (1) offer a specified fall curriculum course and a spring work-based learning course to students interested in becoming certified as tax preparers for the VITA program, (2) designate a faculty champion to facilitate the program, and (3) provide VITA services to be offered to all students on campus and community members. Sets out information that a community college must include in its grant application.

Appropriates from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office $1,304,000 in nonrecurring funds and $570,100 in recurring funds for 2022-23 to implement the grant program. Specifies how the funds are to be used and in what amount, including to hire personnel. Of the appropriated funds, directs that $549,000 is to remain available until 2023-24 to provide specified bonuses.

Appropriates $50,000 in nonrecurring funds and $100,000 in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Revenue for community college personnel and student training and technical assistance associated with the grant program; allows the funds to be used to contract with a third-party vendor.

Appropriates $840,000 from the General Fund to the Office of State Budget and Management for 2022-23 to be allocated as a directed grant to the United Way of NC to expand its VITA program as specified. Specifies that the funds are to remain available until the end of 2023-24. 

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Crawford, deViere, Mohammed.APPROP
S 821 (2021) DISABLED VETERANS PROPERTY TAX WAIVER. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO FULLY WAIVE PROPERTY TAXES FOR PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS.

Amends GS 105-277.1C, which provides for a property tax homestead exclusion for disabled veterans, set at the first $45,000 of appraised value of the residence. Revises the exclusion to provide for a total exemption of the appraised value of the residence. Adds the following new provisions. Requires county tax collectors to annually notify the Secretary of Revenue (Secretary) of the county's total hold harmless amount, defined as the sum of the hold harmless amount (the appraised value of property excluded multiplied by the applicable local tax rate) for all property excluded from taxation in the county and the hold harmless amount of all property excluded from taxation in cities located in the county. Directs the Secretary to annually distribute each county's total hold harmless amount on or before December 31. Failure to do so bars reimbursement. Requires counties to distribute funds received attributable to its cities or other unit of government or special district for which it collected taxes. Requires the Secretary to draw on individual income tax collections under Part 2, Article 4 to pay for the reimbursement and administrative costs.

Effective for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Crawford.GS 105
S 822 (2021) CLARIFY SILVER ALERT/PERSON WITH DISABILITY. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ADD CLARIFYING LANGUAGE TO THE STATUTORY PROVISIONS OF THE STATE SILVER ALERT SYSTEM REGARDING THE USE OF THE ALERT FOR MISSING PERSONS OF ALL AGES THAT REQUIRE GREATER PROTECTION FROM ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR EXPLOITATION DUE TO A PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.

Amends GS 143B-1022, establishing the Silver Alert System, to more specifically include in the System's stated purpose the provision of the rapid dissemination of information regarding a missing person or child who is believed to be suffering from a physical or mental disability (was, a disability generally) that required them to be protected from potential abuse or other physical harm, neglect, or exploitation. 

Appropriates $15,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety for 2022-23 to be allocated to the NC Center for Missing Persons to develop and disseminate educational materials to relevant stakeholders on the permissible uses of the System. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by J. Jackson.APPROP, GS 143B
S 823 (2021) CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND EXPANSION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO INCREASE CERTAIN ALLOWABLE EXPENSES TO BE PAID TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES FROM THE CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.

Amends the definition of allowable expense as it applies to the Crime Victims Compensation Act, Article 1, GS Chapter 15B as follows. Increases the limit set for the cumulative total for counseling services provided to immediate family members as an allowable expense at $45,000 per family (was, $3,000 per family). Increases the total charge for expenses related to funeral, cremation, and burial services as an allowable expense at $8,000 (was, $5,000).

Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund for 2022-23. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Britt, Daniel, Mohammed.APPROP, GS 15B
S 824 (2021) PURPLE HEART SPECIALTY PLATES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT REQUIRING THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO PROVIDE FREE OF CHARGE SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES TO PURPLE HEART AWARD RECIPIENTS.

Amends GS 20-79.7 as title indicates. Applies to special registration plates issued or renewed on or after October 1, 2022. 

Intro. by deViere.GS 20
S 825 (2021) FUNDS/VOLUNTARY HOG FARM BUYOUTS/FLOODPLAIN. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR VOLUNTARY BUYOUTS OF SWINE PRODUCTION FACILITIES IN THE 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN.

Appropriates $20 million to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) for 2022-23 to be used for the Division of Soil and Water Conservation's program to purchase permanent conservation easement on properties with the 100-year floodplain, as defined, that are current used for swine production. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Murdock.APPROP
S 826 (2021) HOMEOWNER SOLAR EXPANSION ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE LAW GOVERNING DEED RESTRICTIONS ON SOLAR COLLECTORS AND TO ALLOW FOR CERTAIN THIRD-PARTY SALES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Part I.

Amends GS 22B-20, which deems void any deed, restriction, covenant, or other binding agreement that runs with the land that would prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors for residential property on the subject land. Specifically allows for binding agreements that run with the land to regulate the location or screening of solar collectors so long as the agreements do not have the effect of reducing the operating efficiency (was, does not have the effect of preventing the reasonable use) of a solar collector for a residential property. Defines reducing the operating efficiency of a solar collector as regulation of the location or screening that would decrease the efficiency or performance of the solar collector by more than 10% of the amount that was originally specified for the solar collector. Eliminates subsection (d) which allows for a binding agreement that runs with the land to prohibit the location of solar collectors that are visible by a person on the ground in one of three ways, such as on the facade of a structure that faces areas open to common or public access. 

Part II.

Amends the definition of public utility in GS 62-3 to include a person who constructs or operates a renewable energy facility on the site of a customer's property and sells the electricity produced to that customer pursuant to GS 62-353, as enacted.

Enacts GS 62-353 to exempt from the sales restrictions of GS 62-110.2 and from regulation as a public utility, third-party owners or operations of on-site generating equipment located on a customer's property where the electricity will be sold and consumed, if (1) the facility is sized to supply no more than 125% of the average annual consumption of electricity by the customer at that site, and (2) the owner reports to the Utilities Commission (Commission) the proposed construction of the facility prior to beginning construction. Allows for net metering arrangement with applicable public utilities. Defines the customer's property for purposes of the statute. Authorizes the Commission to approve a new schedule of fees or credits for customers who choose to use distributed energy resources with a utility or nonutility provider, applies in a nondiscriminatory manner and only after investigation of the costs and benefits of customer-sited generation. 

Adds to the fees the Commission may authorize under GS 62-300 to include a $25 fee for each report of proposed construction filed by a third-party owner or operator of an on-site renewable energy facility subject to GS 62-353.

Part II is effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Batch, Fitch, Garrett.GS 62
S 827 (2021) FEMININE HYGIENE GRANT PROGRAM. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCT GRANT PROGRAM FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL UNITS.

Renames Article 25B of GS Chapter 115C as Health Needs of Students (was, Mental Health Needs of Students). Enacts new GS 115C-377 requiring the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish the Feminine Hygiene Products Grant Program (Program) to allow public school units to provide students with free feminine hygiene products to achieve the specified objectives. Requires DPI, to the extent funds are made available, to award public school units grants of up to $5,000 on a first-come, first-served basis. Prohibits public school units from receiving more than one grant per year. Requires an annual report beginning in 2023 to the specified NCGA committee on the school units receiving grants under the Program, the products purchased with the funds, and the impact of the Program on student health and well-being. 

Makes conforming changes to SL 2018-32, as amended.

Appropriates $500,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI to fund the Program.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Murdock, Mayfield.APPROP, GS 115C
S 828 (2021) CHILD ABUSE - POSITIVE DRUG TEST. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO MAKE IT FELONY CHILD ABUSE IF A CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR CERTAIN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

Amends GS 14-318.4, making it a crime if, during the course of a parent or other person providing care to or supervision of a child under 10 years of age, the child tests positive for a controlled substance. Provides that violations are punishable as: (1) a Class C felony if the child suffers serious bodily injury or permanent or protracted loss or impairment of any mental or emotional function; (2) a Class E felony if the child suffers serious physical injury; or (3) a Class G felony for all other offenders. Defines controlled substance as one classified in Schedule I or II of the NC Controlled Substances Act, Article 5, GS Chapter 90. Excludes prescribed medical treatment or administration of a controlled substance by a licensed health care professional. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2022.

Appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety for 2022-23 for public education on the provisions enacted. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Edwards.APPROP, GS 14
S 829 (2021) DISABLED VETERAN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO MODIFY PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS.

Amends GS 105-277.1C, which provides for a property tax homestead exclusion for disabled veterans, set at the first $45,000 of appraised value of the residence. Increases the exclusion in phases to include the first $100,000 of the appraised value of the residence for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2023, and $150,000 of the appraised value of the residence for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2025. Provides for exclusion of the total appraised value of the residence for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2027. Adds the following new provisions. Requires county tax collectors to annually notify the Secretary of Revenue (Secretary) of the county's total hold harmless amount, defined as the sum of the hold harmless amount (the appraised value of property excluded multiplied by the applicable local tax rate) for all property excluded from taxation in the county and the hold harmless amount of all property excluded from taxation in cities located in the county. Directs the Secretary to annually distribute each county's total hold harmless amount on or before December 31. Failure to do so bars reimbursement. Requires counties to distribute funds received attributable to its cities or other unit of government or special district for which it collected taxes. Requires the Secretary to draw on individual income tax collections under Part 2, Article 4 to pay for the reimbursement and administrative costs.

Intro. by deViere.GS 105
S 830 (2021) PFAS FIREFIGHTING FOAM REPLACEMENT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR REPLACEMENT AND DISPOSAL OF FIREFIGHTING FOAM CONTAINING PFAS.

Enacts Part 8, Article 21A, GS Chapter 143, establishing the Firefighting Foam Replacement Fund (Fund) within the Department of Environmental Quality (Department), consisting of all appropriations and receipts made available to the Department to provide grants to eligible fire departments to replace stocks of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals with foam that does not. Defines eligible fire department to include those certified by the Department that serve a local government, are located in a development tier one county, and consist entirely of volunteer members, excluding payment equivalent to six full-time positions. Directs the Department to provide for applications procedures, with eligible fire departments and an eligible local government prohibited from both receiving grants for replacement of the same stocks. Caps grants at $100,000 each. Authorizes the Department to issue implementing rules. Directs the Department to annually report to the specified NCGA committee and division, with specified content. 

Appropriates $5 million from the General Fund to the Department of Environmental Quality for 2022-23 to be allocated to the Fund for the grant program provided in the act. 

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by deViere, Lee.APPROP, GS 143
S 831 (2021) OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH, TO PURCHASE OPIOID ANTAGONISTS FOR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO DISTRIBUTE FREE OF CHARGE TO NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS.

Appropriates $350,000 in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, to purchase opioid antagonists for local health departments for the purpose of reversing opioid-related drug overdoses and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths. Requires the local health departments to then distribute opioid antagonists free of charge to North Carolina residents. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by J. Jackson, Murdock, Batch.APPROP
S 832 (2021) MENSTRUAL EQUITY FOR ALL. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ACHIEVE MENSTRUAL EQUITY BY EXEMPTING CERTAIN FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS FROM SALES TAX AND TO CREATE A RECURRING FUND FOR THE FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS GRANT PROGRAM.

Identical to H 1087, filed 5/26/22.

Amends GS 105-164.13 by adding feminine hygiene products to those items that are exempt from sales tax. Defines feminine hygiene products as tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and other similar tangible personal property designed for feminine hygiene in connection with the human menstrual cycle but does not include grooming and hygiene products (as defined). 

Renames Article 25B of GS Chapter 115C as Health Needs of Students (was, Mental Health Needs of Students). Enacts new GS 115C-377 requiring the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish the Feminine Hygiene Products Grant Program (Program) to allow public school units to provide students with free feminine hygiene products to achieve the specified objectives. Requires DPI, to the extent funds are made available, to award public school units grants of up to $5,000 on a first-come, first-served basis. Prohibits public school units from receiving more than one grant per year. Requires an annual report beginning in 2023 to the specified NCGA committee on the school units receiving grants under the Program, the products purchased with the funds, and the impact of the Program on student health and well-being. 

Makes conforming changes to SL 2018-32, as amended.

Appropriates $500,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI to fund the Program.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Murdock, Mayfield, Marcus.APPROP, GS 105, GS 115C
S 833 (2021) MAKE ELECTION DAY A STATE HOLIDAY/FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO MAKE THE STATEWIDE GENERAL ELECTION DAY AN OFFICIAL STATE HOLIDAY, TO AMEND THE STATE HUMAN RESOURCES ACT TO MAKE THAT DAY A PAID HOLIDAY FOR STATE EMPLOYEES, AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE.

Amends GS 103-4 by making each statewide general election day a legal public holiday. Amends GS 126-4, requiring the State Human Resources Commission to count each statewide general election day as a paid holiday. Makes conforming changes. 

Effective July 1, 2022, appropriates $50,000 for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Office of State Human Resources to implement the act.

Intro. by Nickel, Garrett, J. Jackson.APPROP, GS 103, GS 126
S 834 (2021) JMAC PROGRAM EXPANSION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO EXPAND AVAILABILITY OF AWARDS FROM THE JOB MAINTENANCE AND CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT FUND.

Adds to the eligibility criteria for grants from the Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund in GS 143B-437.012 to include businesses that are supply-chain-impact manufacturing employers. Sets four criteria for qualification as a supply-chain-impact manufacturing employer, including that (1) the product manufactured is used primarily and significantly in the construction of residential and commercial buildings with the manufacturer investing in its process to transition away from coal-based energy byproducts; (2) the Department certifies that the business has invested or intends to invest at least $110 million of private funds in improvements to real property and additions to tangible personal property in the project within five years of beginning the investment; (3) the business and its affiliates employ at least 420 full-time employees or equivalent contractors in the State at application, and agree to maintain those employees for the grant term; and (4) the business operates in a development tier two area at the time of application and agrees to maintain or increase the area operations for the term of the agreement. 

Regarding the wage standard required for grantees, adds that for an agreement with a business and its affiliates, the wage standard is satisfied if (1) the pay for employees located in the lowest development tier is at least equal to 140% of the average wage for all insured in the county, and (2) the pay for all other employees is at least equal to 140% of the greater of the average wage for all insured in the county where the position was located at the time of agreement, or if the position is transferred to another area in the State, the average wage for all insured in the county to which the position is transferred. Maintains the existing wage standard for all other agreements, requiring a business to pay an average weekly wage that is at least equal 140% of the average wage for all insured private employers in the county.

Increases the cap on the number of agreements the Department can enter into under the statute from seven to eight, and increases the total aggregate costs of all agreements under the statute at $159 million (was, $154 million).

Intro. by Newton, Harrington.GS 143B
S 835 (2021) A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO PROVIDE A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION TO EVERY STUDENT IN NORTH CAROLINA.

Directs the transfer of $785,106,248 from the Savings Reserve Account to the General Fund within 30 days of the date the act becomes law, and appropriates the funds as follows: $142.9 million to the Department of Health and Human Services; $608,006,248 to the Department of Public Instruction; and $34.2 million to the UNC Board of Governors. Limits the use of appropriated funds to the implementation of the requirements of the Comprehensive Remedial Plan (Plan), defined as the plan set out in the Consent Order on Leandro Remedial Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2021 in the identified Wake County Superior Court consent order dated September 11, 2020, including its appendix. Requires administration consistent with the time frames provided in the Plan. Provides for savings to revert to the appropriate fund at the end of each fiscal year. Requires the Director of the Budget to include necessary amounts to implement the Plan when developing the base budget for 2023-24, as the Plan exists on the date the act becomes law, and annually report to the specified NCGA division and committees on Plan alignment. 

Intro. by Robinson.APPROP
S 836 (2021) JORDAN'S LAW. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ALLOW JUDGES TO TEMPORARILY RENEW A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDER UPON THE TIMELY FILING OF A MOTION TO RENEW A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDER.

Amends GS 50B-3, authorizing the court to temporarily renew a domestic violence protective order that is set to expire before the hearing on the motion to renew the order, for a fixed time not to extend beyond the earlier of the date of the renewal hearing or 30 days from the date the order is set to expire, absent the express consent of both parties. Does not allow extension of a temporary award of custody entered as part of the order beyond the maximum one-year period. 

Appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to the Administrative Office of the Courts for 2022-23 to create digital or printed educational materials regarding the act's changes to be made available to domestic violence court staff and nongovernmental stakeholders serving survivors. 

Applies to pending motions to renew filed before, on, or after December 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Craven, Britt, Lee.APPROP, GS 50B
S 837 (2021) STATE BAR/INVESTIGATION/ATTY. FEES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ALLOW FOR THE AWARD OF REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR LICENSEES OF THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE BAR IF NOT DISCIPLINED AFTER A HEARING AND TO REDUCE STATE BAR MEMBERSHIP FEES.

Enacts GS 84-28(d2) requiring reasonable attorneys' fees to be awarded to an attorney respondent who appears before the NC State Bar (Bar) Disciplinary Hearing Commission or the Grievance Committee and is found to have not committed acts or omissions constituting misconduct. Applies only to complaints and grievances heard in which probable cause is found and a hearing is necessary, or when a hearing is requested by the respondent. Excludes complaints or grievances that are dismissed, dismissed with a letter of warning or caution, or settlements entered between the Bar and the attorney to conclude an action. 

Amends GS 84-34 to reduce the annual Bar membership fee from $300 to $250. 

Directs the Bar to adopt temporary implementing rules.

Applies to licenses issued, renewed, or revoked on or after October 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Lee, Fitch, Britt.GS 84
S 838 (2021) FUNDS FOR CHIN PAGE PUMP STATION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO DURHAM COUNTY FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE CHIN PAGE PUMP STATION.

Appropriates $19 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to Durham County as title indicates.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Murdock, Woodard.APPROP, Durham
S 839 (2021) FUNDS FOR LOWES GROVE AMERICAN LEGION POST. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR REPAIRS AT THE LOWES GROVE AMERICAN LEGION POST 416 IN DURHAM COUNTY.

Appropriates from the General Fund to the Office of State Budget and Management $300,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 to provide a directed grant as title indicates.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Murdock, Woodard.APPROP, Durham
S 840 (2021) FUNDS/FARMERS MARKETS AND FOOD HUBS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR FARMERS MARKETS AND FOOD HUBS.

Appropriates $1 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to provide emergency aid for farmers market operators and local food hubs to enable them to adapt to new market conditions and further support communities experiencing food insecurity. Eligible categories for emergency aid include, but are not limited to, labor, technology or software upgrades, and infrastructure enhancements.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Murdock, Fitch, Woodard.APPROP
S 841 (2021) FUNDS FOR TRIANGLE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO DURHAM COUNTY FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE TRIANGLE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.

Appropriates $20 million in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to Durham County for 2022-23 as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Murdock, Woodard.APPROP, Durham
S 842 (2021) FUNDS FOR DURHAM COUNTY YOUTH HOME. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO DURHAM COUNTY FOR A YOUTH HOME.

Appropriates from the General Fund to Durham County $15 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Murdock, Woodard.APPROP, Durham
S 843 (2021) ELIMINATE TAX ON GOV'T RETIREES. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO EXEMPT RETIREMENT INCOME OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Amends GS 105-153.5(b), which provides permitted deductions from a taxpayer's adjust gross income for State income tax purposes, to allow deduction of amounts received during a taxable year from State, local, or federal government retirement plans for at least 20 years of government employment. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.

Intro. by Burgin.GS 105
S 844 (2021) FUNDING FOR ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA TO CONSTRUCT AN ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY ON THE CAMPUS AT CHAPEL HILL.

Appropriates $50 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund to UNC Chapel Hill to construct a mental health facility with at least 100 beds to treat adolescent patients. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Burgin.APPROP
S 846 (2021) FIREARM/SAFETY PRODUCTS SALES TAX EXEMPTION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO EXEMPT FIREARM SAFETY AND STORAGE ITEMS FROM STATE AND LOCAL SALES TAX.

Amends GS 105-164.13, adding firearm safety equipment to the state and local sales tax exemptions imposed under Article 5. Adds and defines firearm safety equipment under Article 5 as an enclosure or device that is intended to prevent access to, or unintentional use or unauthorized use of, a firearm; excludes enclosures or devices that are part of the design of the firearm.

Intro. by Mohammed, Batch, Garrett.GS 105
S 847 (2021) INTEGRITY IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICING ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO LIMIT AN INSURED'S COPAYMENT FOR INSULIN, TO AUTHORIZE PHARMACISTS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING THE AMOUNT AN INDIVIDUAL WOULD PAY FOR A PRESCRIPTION DRUG WITHOUT INSURANCE COVERAGE, AND TO REQUIRE PHARMACISTS TO INFORM INDIVIDUALS REGARDING LOWER COST PRESCRIPTIONS.

Enacts GS 58-3-295 to prohibit an insured's copayment under a health benefit plan that covers insulin from exceeding $30 for a month's supply, or a proportional copayment for another quantity, regardless of the amount or types of insulin needed. Applies to insurers and pharmacy benefits managers. 

Amends GS 58-56A-3 to authorize a pharmacy or pharmacist to provide an individual for whom the pharmacy or pharmacist is filling a prescription drug information, regarding the amount an individual would pay for the drug without coverage under a health benefit plan. 

Enacts GS 90-85.15C to require pharmacists to inform, or designate a supervised individual to inform, all individuals for whom the pharmacist is filling a prescription drug or device about the availability of a therapeutically equivalent brand name drug or device that is the lowest cost alternative to the prescription and the cost difference between the two. 

Applies to contracts issued, renewed, or amended on or after October 1, 2022.

Appropriates $250,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services for 2022-23 to provide staffing and technology to collect and report data related to the act to the NCGA and Council of State. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Mohammed, Woodard, Crawford.APPROP, GS 58
S 849 (2021) MODIFY EMERGENCY JUDGE PROVISIONS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO EXPAND THE REASONS FOR WHICH AN EMERGENCY JUDGE MAY BE ASSIGNED.

Amends GS 7A-52 to allow emergency judges to be assigned in the event of a court coverage need determined by the chief district court judge, in addition to the existing grounds for assignment due to needs created by holdover sessions, administrative responsibilities of the chief, or cases in which a judge has a conflict or judicial educational responsibilities. 

Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the Administrative Office of the Courts for 2022-23 to pay for the costs of emergency judges. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Mohammed, Fitch.APPROP, GS 7A
S 850 (2021) REDUCE PARENT COPAYS/SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REDUCE PARENT COPAYMENTS FOR SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE.

Amends Section 9C.4 of SL 2021-180 by reducing the parent copayment amounts for subsidized child care by requiring fees to be based on 5% of gross family income instead of 10%.

Intro. by Mohammed, Murdock, Batch.UNCODIFIED
S 851 (2021) RESTORE EDUCATIONAL SALES TAX HOLIDAY. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REENACT THE SALES AND USE TAX HOLIDAY FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

Reenacts GS 105-164.13C, as title indicates. Applies to sales made on or after July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Mohammed, Foushee, Lowe.GS 105
S 853 (2021) WAGE THEFT/FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT AMENDING THE LABOR LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA TO END WAGE THEFT AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE.

Makes clarifying and organizational changes to the defined terms set out in GS 95-25.2, applicable to Article 2A, the Wage and Hour Act. Adds the terms employment status, intentional, and willful. 

Amends GS 95-25.13 to now require every employer to notify its employees in writing at the time of hire and upon any material change, of: (1) the promised wages and the basis upon which wages will be calculated; (2) the method, day, and place for payment; (3) the specified contact information and tax identification numbers for the employer; and (4) the employment status of the employee (previously, did not require written notification and limited notification to promised wages and the day and place for payment, and only required the notification upon hire). Also requires employers to furnish each employee with the information required by 13 NCAC 12 .0801(6) and 13 NCAC 12 .0801(8) through (13) for each pay period (concerning the employee's rate of pay, total hours worked each workweek, total straight-time earned each workweek, total overtime earnings each workweek, total additions or deductions from wages, total gross wages paid each pay period, and the date of payment).

Amends GS 95-25.22, regarding recovery of unpaid wages by employees from employers who violate GS 95-25.3 (Minimum Wage), GS 95-25.4 (Overtime), or GS 95-25.6 through GS 95-25.12 (Wage Payment). Now provides for the award of liquidated damages equal to twice the amount (was equal to the amount) found to be due under subsection (a) (which provides for unpaid amounts plus interest at the legal rate (provided in GS 24-1) from the date each amount first came due). Adds a new provision to require employers to be liable to the affected employee(s) for actual damages for violations of GS 95-25.13 (regarding employee notifications, postings, and records) or any rule adopted under the statute. Additionally authorizes a court that finds an intentional violation of the Article or any regulation issued under the Article to award statutory damages of up to $500 per employee per violation. Requires the court to consider the nature and persistence of the violations and the extent of the employer's culpability when setting the amount of statutory damages. Further, now requires the court to order costs and fees of the action and reasonable attorneys' fees to be paid by the defendant (previously permissible). Allows an action arising out of a willful violation to be brought within three years, and allows for actions to be brought within one year after notification to the employee of final disposition by the State of a complaint for the same violation (currently, requires all actions to be brought within two years). 

Amends GS 95-25.23, which provides for civil penalties for certain violations of up to $500 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for subsequent violations. Adds to the scope of the statute employer violations of GS 95-25.3 (Minimum Wage), GS 95-25.4 (Overtime), GS 95-25.6 (Wage Payment), and GS 95-25.13 (Notification) (previously only included violations of GS 95-25.5, Youth Employment). Subjects the assessment of penalties under the statute to a three-year (was two-year) statute of limitations, commencing at the time of the occurrence of the violation.

Enacts GS 95-25.23D, establishing, for an employee for purposes of wage claims and collections, entitlement to a lien upon (1) all property of the employer located in the State and (2) all property upon which the employee has performed work, as specified, for the full amount of the wages and any statutory penalties owed. Allows a wage claim or action to enforce a lien under the statute to be brought by the employee individually or by the Commissioner, or by any representative of the employee, including collective bargaining representatives. Directs the Commissioner to record and provide notice of the lien on behalf of the employee if no lien has been recorded at the time the employee files a complaint with the Commissioner. Provides for joinder of wage claims or wage deficiencies against the same employer, and proportionate payments whether or not claims have been joined in the case of the sale of property subject to the lien being insufficient to pay all claimants. Limits liens to personal property to that which can be subject to a security interest under the Commercial Code by filing a financing statement. Provides for recordation and perfection of a claim of lien. Details the procedure and requirements for filing notice of the lien with the Secretary of State and service of the employer. Allows the lien to be filed at any time prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations for a wage claim on the same wages pursuant to GS 95-25.22(f), as amended. Specifies that mistakes and errors do not invalidate the claim unless made with intent to defraud. Provides for foreclosure upon any property subject to the properly recorded lien if an action to recover unpaid wages has been filed, as specified. Extinguishes the lien upon a judgment in favor of the employer or dismissal of the action for unpaid wages. Specifies that the lien continues in force until all issues on appeal have been decided, if applicable. Extinguishes the lien created by the statute if an action to recover the wages is not brought within one year of the filing of the lien. Establishes priority of the lien over all other interests regardless of the date of origination or perfection, and provides that the lien is effective against the employer, the estate of the employer, or a subsequent bona fide purchaser of the property subject to the employee's lien. Entitles the employee, the Commissioner, or the employee's representative to court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees for filing a successful action to foreclose a lien under the act.

Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of Labor $100,000 for 2022-23 to fight wage theft as provided by this act.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Mohammed, Foushee, Robinson.APPROP, GS 95
S 855 (2021) FREE BREAKFAST FOR K-12 STUDENTS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO PROVIDE BREAKFAST TO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AT NO COST TO THE STUDENTS.

Amends GS 115C-263 to require local boards of education to provide school nutrition services (was, to the extent practicable, school food services) in the schools under their jurisdiction. Specifies that free breakfast must be included. Makes conforming changes.

Amends GS 115C-264 to also require public school units to participate in the School Breakfast Program in addition to the National School Lunch Program established by the federal government and administered by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI; previously not specified that DPI is the administrator). Changes the name of the entity having jurisdiction over the program to the School Nutrition Division (was Division of Safe and Health Schools Support, School Nutrition Services). Requires DPI to allocate sufficient supplementary funds to public school units to provide free breakfast for every student electing to receive it. Requires DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA committee on the no-cost breakfast program as specified. Requires that school nutrition services earnings that are over operation costs be used to reduce food costs, serve healthier food (was, better food), provide free or reduced price lunches to indigent children, or provide breakfast at no cost to students (previously not included in the permitted uses). Expands the definition of personnel to mean persons directly employed in the operation of the school nutrition program. Deletes the requirement that any cost incurred in the provisions and maintenance of school food services over and beyond the cost of operation be included in the budget request filed annually by local boards of education with boards of county commissioners. Makes clarifying and conforming changes.

Appropriates $14.7 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to provide breakfast to public school students at no cost to the students pursuant to the act.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Mohammed.APPROP, GS 115C
S 856 (2021) FREE LUNCH FOR K-12 STUDENTS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO PROVIDE LUNCH TO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AT NO COST TO THE STUDENTS.

Amends GS 115C-263 to require local boards of education to provide school nutrition services (was, to the extent practicable, school food services) in the schools under their jurisdiction. Specifies that free lunch must be included. Makes conforming changes.

Amends GS 115C-264 to specify public school units must participate in the National School Lunch Program established by the federal government and administered by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI; previously not specified that DPI is the administrator). Changes the name of the entity having jurisdiction over the program to the School Nutrition Division (was Division of Safe and Health Schools Support, School Nutrition Services). Requires DPI to allocate sufficient supplementary funds to public school units to provide free lunch for every student electing to receive it. Requires DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA committee on the no-cost lunch program as specified. Requires that school nutrition services earnings that are over operation costs be used to reduce food costs, serve healthier food (was, better food), or provide free lunch to students (replacing the requirement to provide free or reduced price lunches to indigent children). Expands the definition of personnel to mean persons directly employed in the operation of the school nutrition program. Deletes the requirement that any cost incurred in the provisions and maintenance of school food services over and beyond the cost of operation be included in the budget request filed annually by local boards of education with boards of county commissioners. Makes clarifying and conforming changes.

Appropriates $78.7 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to provide lunch to public school students at no cost to the students pursuant to the act.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Mohammed.APPROP, GS 115C
S 857 (2021) REENACT CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REENACT THE CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT.

Reenacts GS 105-151.11 (Credit for child care and certain employment-related expenses) as it existed immediately before its expiration on January 1, 2014. Recodifies the statute as GS 105-153.11. Provides for a tax credit for employment-related expenses incurred by a taxpayer based on the taxpayer's filing status, adjusted gross income, and qualifying dependent(s)'s status, with the applicable percentage ranging from 9% to 13%. Caps the amount of employment-related expenses for which a credit can be claimed at $3,000 for taxpayers with a household that includes one qualifying individual, and $6,000 for taxpayers with a household that includes more than one qualifying individual. Updates statutory references concerning calculations for nonresidents and part-time residents. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022.

Intro. by Mohammed.GS 105
S 858 (2021) REINSTATE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REENACT THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT.

Reenacts GS 105-151.31, which sunset on January 1, 2014, concerning the earned income tax credit an individual could claim under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code. Sets the earned income tax credit at 5% (previously, 4.5% for taxable year 2013 and 5% for all other taxable years). Repeals the reenacted statute effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2025. Effective January 1, 2022.

Intro. by Mohammed.GS 105
S 870 (2021) FUNDS/WAKE COUNTY MOBILE CRISIS CO-RESPONDER. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO FUND MOBILE CRISIS CO-RESPONDER PROGRAMS IN WAKE COUNTY.

Appropriates $20 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, to be allocated as a directed grant to Wake County to be used as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Nickel.APPROP, Wake
S 873 (2021) PITT COUNTY FUNDS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS IN PITT COUNTY.

Appropriates $6 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to Pitt County, to be used for the construction of a gymnasium to house recreational activities in the County.

Appropriates $500,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Office of State Budget and Management, to provide a directed grant to Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, for its midway improvement project. 

Appropriates $600,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to Pitt County, for a ballistics laboratory for the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Davis.APPROP, Pitt
S 876 (2021) FUNDS/LAKE GLENWOOD DAM REPAIR. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE REPAIR OF THE GLENWOOD LAKE DAM IN THE CITY OF GREENVILLE.

Appropriates $751,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to Pitt County, to be used as title indicates. Makes funding contingent upon the County acquiring the dam and enough adjoining property to provide for public access to a portion of the Lake's shoreline. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Davis.APPROP, Pitt
S 877 (2021) FUNDS FOR LOST SHEEP RESOURCE FOUNDATION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE LOST SHEEP RESOURCE FOUNDATION.

Appropriates $100,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Office of State Budget and Management, to be used as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Davis.APPROP, Pitt
S 879 (2021) FUNDS FOR GREENE CO. EMERGENCY OP. CTR. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO GREENE COUNTY TO SUPPORT THE COUNTY'S EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER.

Appropriates $145,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to Greene County, to be used as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Davis.APPROP, Greene
S 887 (2021) CHILD CARE ACT. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REENACT THE CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT, TO EXPAND THE NORTH CAROLINA PREKINDERGARTEN (NC PRE-K) PROGRAM AND INCREASE CARE SUBSIDY BY APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THOSE PURPOSES, TO PROVIDE SCHOOL LUNCH IN PUBLIC SCHOOL UNITS AT NO COST TO STUDENTS, TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR PUBLIC CHILD CARE PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND TO REQUIRE A REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY AND ADVISABILITY OF A HIGH SCHOOL CHILD CARE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM.

Identical to H 1074, filed 5/26/22.

Part I.

Reenacts GS 105-151.11 (Credit for child care and certain employment-related expenses) as it existed immediately before its expiration on January 1, 2014. Recodifies the statute as GS 105-153.11. Provides for a tax credit for employment-related expenses incurred by a taxpayer based on the taxpayer's filing status, adjusted gross income, and qualifying dependent(s)'s status, with the applicable percentage changing depending on the dependent's age. Makes current percentage category A applicable with respect to dependents age 18 up to 25 (was, seven or older); current category B applicable with respect to dependents age 12 up to 18; new percentage category C applicable with respect to dependents age 6 up to 12; and new percentage category D (was, percentage category B) applicable to any other qualifying individual. Percentages range from 5.5% to 13% (was, 7% to 13%). Caps the amount of employment-related expenses for which a credit can be claimed at $3,000 for taxpayers with a household that includes one qualifying individual, and $6,000 for taxpayers with a household that includes more than one qualifying individual. Updates statutory references concerning calculations for nonresidents and part-time residents. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022.

Part II.

Appropriates $180 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education, for the North Carolina Prekindgergarten Program to expand the number of slots by 32,000.

Part III.

Appropriates $45 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education, to increase funding for subsidized child care.

Part IV.

Amends GS 115C-263 to require local boards of education to provide school nutrition services (was, to the extent practicable, school food services) in the schools under their jurisdiction. Requires lunch to be available for free to all students. Makes conforming changes.

Amends GS 115C-264 as follows. Requires the services to be under the jurisdiction of the School Nutrition Division of the Department of Public Instruction  (was, the Division of School Support, Child Nutrition Services of the Department of Public Instruction). Requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to allocate sufficient funds to public school units to provide free lunch for every student electing to receive it. Requires an annual report, beginning in 2023, from the Department of Public Instruction to the specified NCGA committee on, at least, the number of students receiving free lunch, the number of free lunches served, and the cost of implementing the free lunch program. Makes additional conforming changes. 

Amends GS 115C-75.9 by requiring innovative schools to provide free lunch to all students. Requires the services to be in accordance with GS 115C-263 and GS 115C-264. Makes the same changes to GS 115C-218.75 concerning charter schools. Amends GS 115C-238.72 to require the specified local school administrative unit to provide school nutrition services to the regional school, including free lunch for all students according to GS 115C-263  and GS 115C-264 (was, limited to the extent that it was practicable).

Amends GS 115C-150.14 to require schools for students with visual and hearing impairments to provide school nutrition services to enrolled students though participation in federally assisted school nutrition programs and requires free lunch for all students. Requires the services to meet the standards in GS 115C-263 and GS 115C-264.

Amends GS 116-239.8 to require that laboratory schools provide enrolled students with school nutrition services though participation in federally assisted school nutrition programs and requires free lunch for all students. Requires the services to meet the standards in GS 115C-263 and GS 115C-264.

Appropriates $159.3 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to provide free lunch to students in public schools.

Part V.

Appropriates $10 million for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office to be allocated proportionally to each community college with an active child care program that is available  to the public to support and maintain that program. Requires the State Board of Community Colleges (State Board) to adopt a formula for allocating the funds. Requires funds to be allocated based on the number of children served and prioritizes awards based on the program's financial need. Funds remain available until expended. 

Requires community colleges that do not have a publicly available child care program to report to the State Board on the feasibility and advisability of implementing a program. Requires the State Board to report the information to the specified NCGA committee by March 31, 2023.

Part VI.

Requires the Department of Public Instruction, in consultation with partner agencies (Department of Health and Human Services, UNC Board of Governors, and the State Board), to report to the specified NCGA committee by December 31, 2023, on the feasibility and advisability of implementing a child care apprenticeship program in public high schools. Specifies information to be included in the report. Requires the NCGA committee to meet by February 29, 2024, to receive a presentation from the Department on the report. 

Part VII.

Unless otherwise indicated, effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Mohammed, Murdock.APPROP, GS 105, GS 115C, GS 116
S 895 (2021) FUNDS/WATR REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE WATER ACCESS IN THE TRIANGLE REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP.

Appropriates $32.3 million in nonrecurring funds for the 2022-23 from the General Fund to the City of Sanford for design engineering and construction costs for an expansion to the City's water treatment plant to allow supply of water to other regional partners. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Batch.APPROP, Lee
S 898 (2021) COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER GRANTS FOR LARCS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH, TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO NONPROFIT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS FOR THE PURCHASE AND DISTRIBUTION OF LONG-ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTIVES.

Identical to H 1088, filed 5/26/22.

Appropriates $300,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health for 2022-23 to be used to award grants to nonprofit community health centers for the purchase and provision of long-acting reversible contraceptives for underserved, uninsured, or medically indigent patients. Defines long-acting reversible contraceptives to mean a drug or device that meets four specified criteria, including that the design is a temporary method of birth control that can be discontinued and is an FDA approved contraceptive. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Marcus, Salvador, Mayfield.APPROP

The Daily Bulletin: 2022-05-26

LOCAL/HOUSE BILLS
H 1075 (2021) BRYSON CITY/SWAIN COUNTY OCCUPANCY TAX. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE TOWN OF BRYSON CITY TO LEVY A ROOM OCCUPANCY TAX AND TO MERGE THE SWAIN COUNTY AND BRYSON CITY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES INTO ONE.

Authorizes the Bryson City Board of Aldermen to levy a room occupancy tax of up to 2%. Provides that the tax must be levied, administered, collected, and repealed as provided in GS 160A-215 (uniform provisions for room occupancy taxes). Requires the Bryson City/Swain County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) to use at least two-thirds of the occupancy tax proceeds to promote travel and tourism in the Town of Bryson City and the remainder for tourism-related expenditures. Requires the Board of Aldermen to adopt a resolution creating the TDA when it adopts the resolution levying the tax. Sets out the TDA's duties and reporting requirements.

Makes conforming changes to GS 160A-215. Makes conforming changes to SL 1985-923, which authorizes Swain County to levy an occupancy tax, to reflect the combined TDA name. Additionally, amends the session law to replace the TDA's membership requirements. Now provides for two members appointed by the Swain County Board of Commissioners, two members appointed by the Board of Alderman, and the director of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. Adds that the TDA elects the chair. Conditions these changes' effect upon the notification by the Board of Aldermen and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority of the levy of the tax authorized by this act, and expires upon repeal of the tax.

Intro. by Clampitt.Swain
H 1096 (2021) SURF CITY DEANNEXATION. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO REMOVE CERTAIN DESCRIBED PROPERTY FROM THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE TOWN OF SURF CITY.

Removes the described property from the corporate limits of the Town of Surf City. Provides a savings clause for the validity of any liens of the Town for outstanding ad valorem taxes or special assessments. Effective June 30, 2022. Deems property in the described territory as of January 1, 2022, no longer subject to municipal taxes for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by C. Smith.Onslow, Pender

The Daily Bulletin: 2022-05-26

LOCAL/SENATE BILLS
S 809 (2021) WINSTON-SALEM CIVILIAN TRAFFIC INVESTIGATORS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM TO EMPLOY AND ALLOW CIVILIAN PERSONNEL TO INVESTIGATE TRAFFIC CRASHES INVOLVING ONLY PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Adds a new section to the Charter of the City of Winston-Salem (City), SL 1927-232, as amended, to authorize the City to employ and allow civilian personnel to investigate traffic crashes involving property damage only and issue citations for infractions, naming these personnel Civilian Traffic Investigators (investigators). Details nine requirements of the City and investigators regarding the employment of investigators, including establishing minimum employment standards and compliance with specified training conditions, equipment issuance, and limits of investigator authority. Specifies that investigators cannot be issued a weapon and have no authority to arrest or issue criminal process. Requires the City to report to the specified NCGA committees by December 31, 2023, on the training and use of investigators between the date the act becomes law and November 1, 2023.

Intro. by Lowe.Forsyth
S 815 (2021) SHELBY/ZEBULON CHANGES. (NEW) Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER OF THE CITY OF SHELBY TO APPOINT THE CITY CLERK AND TREASURER AND TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF ZEBULON TO PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SHALL APPOINT THE TOWN CLERK.

Amends Section 16.1 of the Charter of the City of Shelby, SL 1901-194, as amended, to no longer exclude the city clerk and treasurer from city employees subject to appointment and removal by the city manager. 

Intro. by Alexander.Cleveland
S 817 (2021) ELECTRONIC NOTICE - LINCOLN COUNTY. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT TO ADD LINCOLN COUNTY TO THE PILOT PROGRAM AUTHORIZING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PUBLISH REQUIRED NOTICES ELECTRONICALLY AND TO AUTHORIZE LINCOLN COUNTY TO PUBLISH LEGAL NOTICES VIA THE COUNTY-MAINTAINED WEBSITE FOR A FEE.

Amends Section 2, SL 2017-210 as title indicates. Effective January 1, 2023.

Intro. by Alexander.Lincoln
S 892 (2021) DURHAM/CIVILIAN TRAFFIC INVESTIGATORS. Filed May 26 2022, AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF DURHAM TO EMPLOY AND ALLOW CIVILIAN PERSONNEL TO INVESTIGATE TRAFFIC CRASHES INVOLVING ONLY PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Identical to H 1024, filed 5/24/22.

Adds a new section to Chapter VII of the Charter of the City of Durham (City), SL 1975-671, as amended, to authorize the City to employ and allow civil personnel to investigate traffic crashes involving property damage only, naming these personnel Civilian Traffic Investigators (investigators). Details nine requirements of the City and investigators regarding the employment of investigators, including establishing minimum employment standards and compliance with specified training conditions, equipment issuance, and limits of investigator authority. Specifies that investigators cannot be issued a weapon and have no authority to arrest or issue criminal process. Requires the City to report to the specified NCGA committees by December 31, 2023, on the training and use of investigators between the date the act becomes law and November 1, 2023.

Intro. by Woodard, Murdock.Durham
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: 2022-05-26

PUBLIC BILLS

H 149: EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE. (NEW)

    Senate: Reptd Fav Com Substitute
    Senate: Com Substitute Adopted
    Senate: Re-ref Com On Finance
    Senate: Reptd Fav
    Senate: Re-ref Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 159: EDUCATION LAW CHANGES. (NEW)

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

H 219: AMEND ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. (NEW)

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

H 755: PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS. (NEW)

    Senate: Reptd Fav
    Senate: Re-ref Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 1038: HIGHWAY SAFETY OMNIBUS/ADDIT'L MAGISTRATES.

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

H 1039: MEDICAL DEBT DE-WEAPONIZATION ACT.-AB

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

H 1040: UI/EMPLOYER & CLAIMANT SERVICE REQUIREMENTS.

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

H 1041: STUDY POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME.

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

H 1042: UNRSRVD. GEN. FUNDS FOR HWY. BEAUTIFICATION.

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

H 1043: INCLUSIONARY ZONING/WORKFORCE HOUSING FUNDS.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 1046: EXPAND AVIATION SALES TAX EXEMPTION.

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

H 1047: 2.5% COLA FOR STATE RETIREES/FUNDS.

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

H 1048: PITT-GREENVILLE PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE STUDY.

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

H 1049: EQUITABLE FREE VEHICLE FUEL STATIONS.

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

H 1050: THE YOUTH SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP ACT.

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

H 1051: PRESERVE HEMP LEGALIZATION.

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

H 1052: CABLE CUSTOMERS EQUAL VALUE TIME ACT.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref to the Com on Energy and Public Utilities, if favorable, Appropriations, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 1053: HONOR DANA BYRON BUMGARDNER, FORMER MEMBER.

    House: Passed 1st Reading
    House: Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 1054: SERVE EXPECTING MOTHERS THROUGH SUN PROJECT.

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

H 1055: LOCAL LEO RETENTION BONUS FUNDS.

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

H 1056: RET. & TREASURY ADMIN. CHANGES ACT OF 2022.-AB

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

H 1058: RET. & TREASURY TECH. CORRECTIONS ACT OF 2022.-AB

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

H 1059: GREAT BROADBAND EXPANSIONS.

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

H 1060: WESTERN PIEDMONT COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS FUNDS.

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

H 1074: CHILD CARE ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1076: DISABLED VETERANS PROPERTY TAX WAIVER.

    House: Filed

H 1077: VANCE-GRANVILLE COMM. COLL. CAPITAL FUNDING.

    House: Filed

H 1078: MODIFY MILEAGE AND PER DIEM.

    House: Filed

H 1079: SOUND BASIC EDUCATION FOR EVERY CHILD.

    House: Filed

H 1080: PROFESSIONALIZING THE EDUCATION WORKFORCE.

    House: Filed

H 1081: EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF POWELL BILL FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1082: INFRASTRUCTURE BANK FEASIBILITY STUDY.

    House: Filed

H 1083: RECOVERY REBATE FOR WORKING FAMILIES ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1084: EMPLOYER PAYMENTS FOR OMITTED MEMBERSHIP SVC.

    House: Filed

H 1085: HEALTH CARE PROVIDER/OFF-LABEL USES MEDS.

    House: Filed

H 1086: YMCA AND CAMP FUNDING.

    House: Filed

H 1087: MENSTRUAL EQUITY FOR ALL.

    House: Filed

H 1088: COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER GRANTS FOR LARCS.

    House: Filed

H 1089: SUPPORT DV VICTIMS/OFFENDER REHABILITATION.

    House: Filed

H 1090: FAMILY MEDICINE LOAN FORGIVENESS PILOT.

    House: Filed

H 1091: HOMES FOR HEROES.

    House: Filed

H 1092: STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1093: TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1094: FUNDS FOR GROUP FOSTER CARE HOME PILOT/POLK.

    House: Filed

H 1095: PFAS POLLUTION AND POLLUTER LIABILITY.

    House: Filed

H 1097: EXTENDED LEARNING FOR ELECTIVE COURSES.

    House: Filed

H 1098: DISAPPROVE 18E RULES.

    House: Filed

H 1099: JUDICIAL RETIREMENT/SURVIVOR BENEFITS PARITY.-AB

    House: Filed

H 1100: TOWNS OF COLUMBUS &AMP TRYON/FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1101: PDT PILOT PROGRAM FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER.

    House: Filed

H 1102: NEW ECU CENTER FOR TELEMEDICINE.

    House: Filed

H 1104: FUNDS FOR NC ARTS COUNCIL.

    House: Filed

H 1105: FUNDS TO GRASSROOTS ARTS PROGRAM.

    House: Filed

H 1106: GREENSBORO SCHOOL SUSPENSION SUPPORT.

    House: Filed

H 1107: LOCAL CONFINEMENT TECH MODERNIZATION FUND.

    House: Filed

H 1108: ALLOW ABC PERMITS FOR BARS.

    House: Filed

H 1109: NUCLEAR EVACUATION ROUTE DETERMINATION ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1110: MOBILE HOME PARK REGULATION.

    House: Filed

H 1111: MODERNIZE STI TRANSIT FUNDING.

    House: Filed

H 1112: INCREASE NC BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER FUNDING.

    House: Filed

H 1113: BREAK FREE FROM PLASTICS & FOREVER CHEMICALS.

    House: Filed

H 1114: NC AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1115: FUNDS FOR CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

    House: Filed

H 1116: FIONA MAE WAGGLEBOTTOM'S ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1117: INCREASE FUNDING FOR SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE.

    House: Filed

H 1118: SCHOOLS ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1119: REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1120: FIGHT EXPLOITATION FUNDING ACT (FEFA).

    House: Filed

H 1121: FUNDS/WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE.

    House: Filed

H 1122: RIGHT TO USE REUSABLE FOOD CONTAINERS.

    House: Filed

H 1123: REENACT SOLAR ENERGY TAX CREDIT.

    House: Filed

H 1124: RESTORE FUNDING FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING.

    House: Filed

H 1125: SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER/UPDATING TERM.

    House: Filed

H 1126: ABORTION LAW REVISIONS.

    House: Filed

H 1127: INCREASE TANF FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1128: LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTMENT ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1129: PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS.

    House: Filed

H 1130: NO SERVICE ANIMAL REGISTRATION REQ/FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1131: FUNDS FOR RUTHERFORDTON STREETSCAPE.

    House: Filed

H 1132: HMSI CYBERSECURITY FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1133: BROADBAND MODERNIZATION ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1134: DURHAM TECH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CTR/FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1135: ABC LAWS/LOCAL SALES OPTION.

    House: Filed

H 1136: NC WORKING FAMILIES ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1137: ST. AUGUSTINE'S FEDERAL MATCH/FUNDS.

    House: Filed

H 1138: CHILD TAX CREDIT.

    House: Filed

H 1139: STUDENT TUTORING INVESTMENT &AMP ASSISTANCE ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1140: VARIOUS MODIFICATIONS TO COURTS PROVISIONS.-AB

    House: Filed

H 1141: TECHNICAL/CONFORMING CHANGES FOR THE COURTS.-AB

    House: Filed

H 1142: REVISE MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSION LAWS.

    House: Filed

H 1143: HOUSING TRUST FUND/INCREASE FUNDING.

    House: Filed

H 1145: HIGHER ED SAVINGS GRANT PILOT PROGRAM.

    House: Filed

H 1146: COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1147: FUND OUR POLICE ACT.

    House: Filed

H 1148: REMOVE SHERIFF FROM JURY SUMMONS PROCESS.

    House: Filed

H 1149: DARK FIBER UTILIZATION TAX CREDIT.

    House: Filed

H 1150: CONTINUE CHILD CARE STABILIZATION GRANTS.

    House: Filed

H 1151: INVESTMENTS IN COASTAL PRIORITIES.

    House: Filed

H 1152: ENCOURAGE COVER CROPS/INSURANCE SUBSIDY.

    House: Filed

H 1153: CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES MANUFACTURING FUND.

    House: Filed

H 1154: CC CRITICAL TECH. WORKFORCE FUND.

    House: Filed

H 1155: HFA/FUNDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

    House: Filed

H 1156: CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH FUND.

    House: Filed

S 201: VAR. MOTOR VEH. AND TRANSPORT. LAW CHANGES. (NEW).

    House: Special Message Sent To Senate
    House: Special Message Sent To Senate

S 782: RAISE THE AGE FOR DONATING BLOOD.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 783: SHORT TERM COMPENSATION STUDY.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 784: FUNDS FOR HILLSBOROUGH WATER SYSTEM.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 785: EXTEND CERTAIN AIRPT. FUNDS EXPENDITURE DATES.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 786: RESTRICTED INSTRUCTION PERMIT VISION TESTS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 787: 2022 APPROPRIATIONS ACT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 788: 2022 APPROPRIATIONS ACT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 789: 2022 APPROPRIATIONS ACT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 790: SUPPORT FOR FORSYTH CO. PUBLIC DEF'S OFFICE.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 791: INCLUSIONARY ZONING/WORKFORCE HOUSING FUNDS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 792: 2022 GOVERNOR'S BUDGET.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 793: STUDY ECOM. DLVR. FEE/XFER REV FOR TRANSPORT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 794: REMOVE VOLUNTEER CHAPLAIN ED. REQUIREMENTS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 795: INMATE AND YOUTH OFFENDER TRACKING TECHNOLOGY.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 796: SACRED RELATIONSHIP/DOCTOR/PATIENT.

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

S 797: FUNDS FOR LADDER TRUCK FOR WS FIRE STATION 19.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 798: FIRE ADMINISTRATION DEGREE AND FUNDS/WSSU.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 799: FUNDS FOR HUNTERSVILLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 800: LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTMENT ACT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 801: COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 802: FUND OUR POLICE ACT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 803: UNC CAPITAL PROJECTS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 804: SMALL BUSINESS SAVINGS ACCOUNT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 805: SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT GRANT.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 806: PITT COMM. COLL. REENTRY PROGRAM/FUNDS.

    Senate: Passed 1st Reading
    Senate: Ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 807: STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT ACT.

    Senate: Filed

S 808: UNC TUITION CHANGES.

    Senate: Filed

S 810: FUNDS SALEM STREET BICYCLE CONNECTION.

    Senate: Filed

S 811: FUNDS FOR JUSTICE HEIGHTS EXTENSION IN APEX.

    Senate: Filed

S 812: HOMES FOR HEROES.

    Senate: Filed

S 813: WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS.

    Senate: Filed

S 814: FUNDS FOR BRIDGE NAMING.

    Senate: Filed

S 816: RET. SVC. PURCHASE/COMPANY POLICE OFFICERS.

    Senate: Filed

S 818: REDUCED SIZE PLATES/MODIFIED UTILITY VEHICLES.

    Senate: Filed

S 819: RETENTION OF ELECTION VOTING RECORDS.

    Senate: Filed

S 820: EXPAND INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE IN NC.

    Senate: Filed

S 821: DISABLED VETERANS PROPERTY TAX WAIVER.

    Senate: Filed

S 822: CLARIFY SILVER ALERT/PERSON WITH DISABILITY.

    Senate: Filed

S 823: CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND EXPANSION.

    Senate: Filed

S 824: PURPLE HEART SPECIALTY PLATES.

    Senate: Filed

S 825: FUNDS/VOLUNTARY HOG FARM BUYOUTS/FLOODPLAIN.

    Senate: Filed

S 826: HOMEOWNER SOLAR EXPANSION ACT.

    Senate: Filed

S 827: FEMININE HYGIENE GRANT PROGRAM.

    Senate: Filed

S 828: CHILD ABUSE - POSITIVE DRUG TEST.

    Senate: Filed

S 829: DISABLED VETERAN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION.

    Senate: Filed

S 830: PFAS FIREFIGHTING FOAM REPLACEMENT.

    Senate: Filed

S 831: OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT.

    Senate: Filed

S 832: MENSTRUAL EQUITY FOR ALL.

    Senate: Filed

S 833: MAKE ELECTION DAY A STATE HOLIDAY/FUNDS.

    Senate: Filed

S 834: JMAC PROGRAM EXPANSION.

    Senate: Filed

S 835: A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION.

    Senate: Filed

S 836: JORDAN'S LAW.

    Senate: Filed

S 837: STATE BAR/INVESTIGATION/ATTY. FEES.

    Senate: Filed

S 838: FUNDS FOR CHIN PAGE PUMP STATION.

    Senate: Filed

S 839: FUNDS FOR LOWES GROVE AMERICAN LEGION POST.

    Senate: Filed

S 840: FUNDS/FARMERS MARKETS AND FOOD HUBS.

    Senate: Filed

S 841: FUNDS FOR TRIANGLE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.

    Senate: Filed

S 842: FUNDS FOR DURHAM COUNTY YOUTH HOME.

    Senate: Filed

S 843: ELIMINATE TAX ON GOV'T RETIREES.

    Senate: Filed

S 844: FUNDING FOR ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY.

    Senate: Filed

S 845: COMMUNITY-BASED DOULA CERTIFICATION BOARD.

    Senate: Filed

S 846: FIREARM/SAFETY PRODUCTS SALES TAX EXEMPTION.

    Senate: Filed

S 847: INTEGRITY IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICING ACT.

    Senate: Filed

S 848: TAX RELIEF FOR NC EMPS. &AMP UI REFORM.

    Senate: Filed

S 849: MODIFY EMERGENCY JUDGE PROVISIONS.

    Senate: Filed

S 850: REDUCE PARENT COPAYS/SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE.

    Senate: Filed

S 851: RESTORE EDUCATIONAL SALES TAX HOLIDAY.

    Senate: Filed

S 852: TAX RELIEF ON ESSENTIALS FOR WORKING FAMILIES.

    Senate: Filed

S 853: WAGE THEFT/FUNDS.

    Senate: Filed

S 854: CAROLINA'S GUARANTEE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.

    Senate: Filed

S 855: FREE BREAKFAST FOR K-12 STUDENTS.

    Senate: Filed

S 856: FREE LUNCH FOR K-12 STUDENTS.

    Senate: Filed

S 857: REENACT CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT.

    Senate: Filed

S 858: REINSTATE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT.

    Senate: Filed

S 859: IN-STATE TUITION FLEXIBILITY ACT.

    Senate: Filed

S 860: PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS.

    Senate: Filed

S 861: BH STATEWIDE CENTRAL AVAILABILITY NAVIGATOR.

    Senate: Filed

S 862: CANCER RESEARCH/FUNDS.

    Senate: Filed

S 863: HOMEBUYER FAIRNESS &AMP PROTECTION ACT.

    Senate: Filed

S 864: TALENT PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT.

    Senate: Filed

S 865: CHILD TAX CREDIT.

    Senate: Filed

S 866: FUND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS.

    Senate: Filed

S 867: HIGH-IMPACT TUTORING GRANT PROGRAM.

    Senate: Filed

S 868: ADAPTIVE EXERCISE EQUIPMENT COVERAGE.

    Senate: Filed

S 869: LET PARENTS CHOOSE/SAMMY'S LAW OF 2022.

    Senate: Filed

S 870: FUNDS/WAKE COUNTY MOBILE CRISIS CO-RESPONDER.

    Senate: Filed

S 871: CAPITAL PROJECT OVERSIGHT CHANGES-COMM. COLL.

    Senate: Filed

S 872: INCREASE SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAM'R CAPACITY.

    Senate: Filed

S 873: PITT COUNTY FUNDS.

    Senate: Filed

S 874: EASTERN NC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

    Senate: Filed

S 875: NEW ECU CENTER FOR TELEMEDICINE.

    Senate: Filed

S 876: FUNDS/LAKE GLENWOOD DAM REPAIR.

    Senate: Filed

S 877: FUNDS FOR LOST SHEEP RESOURCE FOUNDATION.

    Senate: Filed

S 879: FUNDS FOR GREENE CO. EMERGENCY OP. CTR.

    Senate: Filed

Actions on Bills: 2022-05-26

LOCAL BILLS

H 1044: BEECH MOUNTAIN AND MORGANTON DEANNEXATIONS. (NEW)

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

H 1045: MAYLAND CC/BLUE RIDGE HOTEL TRANSFER AUTH.

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

H 1057: MITCHELL/HICKORY-CONOVER/BUNCOMBE OT CHANGES. (NEW)

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

H 1075: BRYSON CITY/SWAIN COUNTY OCCUPANCY TAX.

    House: Filed

H 1096: SURF CITY DEANNEXATION.

    House: Filed

H 1103: PASQUOTANK COUNTY/CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD.

    House: Filed

H 1144: AVERY COUNTY OCCUPANCY TAX MODIFICATION.

    House: Filed

H 1157: WELDON PROPERTY CONVEYANCE.

    House: Filed

S 754: NASHVILLE/REVISED & CONSOLIDATED CHARTER.

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

S 809: WINSTON-SALEM CIVILIAN TRAFFIC INVESTIGATORS.

    Senate: Filed

S 815: SHELBY/ZEBULON CHANGES. (NEW)

    Senate: Filed
    Senate: Filed

S 817: ELECTRONIC NOTICE - LINCOLN COUNTY.

    Senate: Filed

S 878: EVEN-YR ELECTIONS/TOWNS &AMP SAN.DIST./GREENE CO.

    Senate: Filed

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