Today's Bills: House

Today's Bills: House

PUBLIC/HOUSE BILLS
H 655 (2019-2020) NC HEALTH CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES. Filed Apr 9 2019, AN ACT TO PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE TO RESIDENTS OF NORTH CAROLINA UNDER THE NC HEALTH CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES PROGRAM AND TO ESTABLISH THE NORTH CAROLINA RURAL ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE GRANT PROGRAM.
Summary date: Jul 9 2019

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

Part I.

Amends the sources of funding for the NC Health Care for Working Families program, to provide that the State and county share of costs not covered by federal funds or participant contributions will be funded through intergovernmental transfers, gross premiums tax revenue, and hospital assessments (was, intergovernmental transfers and health care-related assessments, including but not limited to, hospital assessments). 

Requires that if the program approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services fails to substantially comply with the program components (was, fails to comply with any of the program components) required by this act, then the NC Health Care for Working Families program must not be implemented and the Department of Health and Human Services must stop all implementation activities. Provides that if legislation to ensure that the State and county share of costs not covered by federal funds, participant contributions, or increased gross premiums tax revenue (was, federal funds or participant contributions only) will be funded through a new hospital assessment (was, through health care-related assessments) is not enacted, then the NC Health Care for Working Families program must not be implemented and DHHS must continue to seek federal approval for the program but must stop all other implementation activities until the necessary legislation is enacted.

Part II.

Amends proposed GS 108B-31, Rural Access to Healthcare Grant Fund, by adding that an appropriation under the statute is a statutory appropriation. Requires the Director of the Budget, when developing the base budget, to include the following appropriations to the North Carolina Rural Access to Healthcare Grant Fund (Grant Fund): (1) $25 million for 2020-21, (2) $30 million for 2021-22, and (3) $50 million for 2022-23 and every fiscal year thereafter. 

Removes the provision that provided that if H114 (an act to subject prepaid health plans licensed by the Department of Insurance to the gross premium tax) became law, then it was the NCGA's intent to appropriate funds to the North Carolina Rural Access to Healthcare Grant Fund in an amount that represents the amount of revenue from the gross premiums tax attributable to capitation payments received by prepaid health plans as a result of the implementation of the NC Health Care for Working Families program.

Provides that the funds appropriated to the Grant Fund are intended to represent a portion of the amount of revenue from the gross premium tax attributable to capitation payments received by prepaid health plans as a result of the implementation of the NC Health Care for Working Families program. 

Adds that the act is effective only if H966, 2019 Appropriations Act, becomes law.

Intro. by Lambeth, Murphy, Dobson, White.GS 108B
H 655 (2019-2020) NC HEALTH CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES. Filed Apr 9 2019, AN ACT TO PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE TO RESIDENTS OF NORTH CAROLINA UNDER THE NC HEALTH CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES PROGRAM AND TO ESTABLISH THE NORTH CAROLINA RURAL ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE GRANT PROGRAM.
Summary date: Apr 10 2019

Includes whereas clauses.

Part I.

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to design the NC Health Care for Working Families program (program), providing coverage to residents of the state who (1) meet all federal Medicaid citizenship and immigration requirements; (2) are not eligible for Medicaid under the currently established North Carolina eligibility criteria; (3) have a modified adjusted gross income that does not exceed 133% of the federal poverty level; (4) are not entitled to or enrolled in Medicare Part A or Part B benefits; and (5) are between the ages of 19 and 64.

Requires that the benefit package be similar to the coverage provided under North Carolina's 2017 Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plan and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Blue Options Preferred Provider Organization Plan and requires it to comply with applicable federal requirements governing Alternative Benefits Plans. Requires program participants to pay an annual premium that is set at 2% of the participant's household income. Failure to pay within 90 days results in suspension from the program; sets out conditions under which participation may be reactivated. Requires DHHS to adopt rules related to premiums, including exemptions, from the requirements; sets out criteria for the premiums exemptions. Requires DHHS to develop cost-effective methods of accepting participant contributions that facilitate the participant's ability to make the contribution.  

Requires co-payments to be comparable with those applied under the NC Medicaid State Plan. Requires DHHS to establish preventive care and wellness activities for the program. Requires DHHS to establish employment activities for program participants that adhere to federal guidance and are aligned with the work requirements of the Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents policy under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as much as possible, with six categories of individuals exempted from the mandatory employee activities.

Requires the program to be built on defined measures and goals for risk-adjusted health outcomes, quality of care, patient satisfaction, access, and costs, with components subject to accountability measures. 

Limits the sources of funding for the program to federal funds, participant contributions, and State and county funds.

Requires coverage to begin upon the earlier of (1) 120 days after the approval by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of all State Plan amendments or amendments to the 1115  demonstration waiver submitted under this Section or (2) July 1, 2020.

Sets out six conditions under which the program will not be implemented or will be terminated.

Requires DHHS to report to the specified NCGA committee by October 1, 2019, with a design proposal for the program; specifies items that must be included in the report.

Part II.

Enacts new Article 3, Rural Access to Healthcare Grants, in GS Chapter 108B. Establishes the North Carolina Rural Access to Healthcare Grant Fund in the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Central Management, Office of Rural Health (Office), to provide grants to qualified applicants for any of 10 eligible activities, including health care provider recruitment to rural areas, expansion of telehealth into rural areas, infant mortality reduction efforts, and expansion of mental health services into rural areas. Defines a qualified applicant as an individual or entity that meets criteria for applying for funds distributed under the Rural Access to Healthcare Grant Program, as established by the Office. Requires the Office to define the term rural. Limits grants to no more than $1 million. Prohibits grant recipients from applying for an additional grant until five years from the date of the first grant. Sets out issues the Office must consider when awarding grants. Allows the Office to require grantee to make annual reports.

Provides that if H114 (an act to subject prepaid health plans licensed by the Department of Insurance to the gross premium tax) becomes law, then it is the NCGA's intent to appropriate funds to the North Carolina Rural Access to Healthcare Grant Fund in an amount that represents the amount of revenue from the gross premiums tax attributable to capitation payments received by prepaid health plans as a result of the implementation of the NC Health Care for Working Families program.

Intro. by Lambeth, Murphy, Dobson, White.GS 108B
H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: Jun 28 2019

The Governor vetoed the act on 6/28/2019. The Governor's objections and veto message are available here: https://webservices.ncleg.net/ViewBillDocument/2019/5297/0/H966-BD-NBC-5903

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: Jun 25 2019

Conference report makes various changes to the 6th edition. We will not be including a summary of the Appropriations Act. For the content of the bill, please follow the View NCGA Bill Details link. Further information on the budget, including the committee report, can be found on the “News” section of the General Assembly’s website at: https://www.ncleg.gov/News

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 31 2019

Senate amendments make the following changes to the 5th edition, as amended.

Part V. General Provisions

Section 5.10 Project Reserve Allocations

Amendment #26 directs the Office of State Budget and Management to allocate the following amounts from funds appropriated to the Project Reserve in the General Fund by the act: (1) $2.5 million to the Department of Commerce to provide 1:1 matching grants to nonprofits to fund the planning and construction of affordable housing projects; (2) $1 million to Hoke County for the construction of a courthouse annex; (3) $100,000 to the Town of Huntersville to study and abate the cause of frequent cases of ocular melanoma; (4) $1.74 million to the Department of Health and Human Services to provide grants to local communities for the Department to use to inform and develop a community resilience task force and plan of action based on a community trauma needs assessment and community engagement; and (5) $3 million to NC Central University to fund laboratory equipment and instruments. Directs the Department of Commerce to develop guidelines and procedures for the affordable housing grant program's administration and requires the Department to report to the specified NCGA committee and division by May 1, 2020, on the program, as specified. Directs that any unmatched funds allocated to the Department of Commerce for the affordable housing program reverts to the General Fund on June 30, 2021. Makes conforming adjustments to the Project Reserve funds.

Part VIII. The UNC System

Section 8.16 Establish the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Advisory Board

Amendment #24 establishes a 17-member Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Advisory Board (Board), housed in the UNC System Office, to study the strategies and actions that can be taken to increase the rates of enrollment, retention, and graduation for the HBCUs that are constituent institutions of UNC. Sets forth membership of the Board, appointed by the General Assembly and the Governor, requiring at least nine of the appointees to have attended or graduated from one of the HBCUs in the UNC System. Provides for Board meetings, member vacancies, administration, and member expenses. Specifically requires the Board to study HBCU funding disparities, as described. Directs the Board to submit its preliminary findings to the UNC Board of Governors and the specified NCGA committee by December 15, 2020, and a final report by March 15, 2021. Terminates the Board upon the earlier of the submission of the final report or March 15, 2021.

Part XI. Commerce

Section 11.9 Funds for Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline-East

Amendment #28 transfers $500,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year from the Film and Entertainment Grant Fund to the Department of Commerce to support activities and time-limited positions to develop a regional partnership to enhance advanced manufacturing recruitment in eastern North Carolina through the Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline-East Initiative. Makes conforming adjustments. 

Part XV. Administrative Office of the Courts

Section 15.12 Restore Administrative Positions/Supreme Court

Amendment #23 retains the positions of Supreme Court Administrative Council, Research Assistant II and Supreme Court Staff Attorney, as identified, by position number, moving $266,953 from Administration to the Appellate Courts for the 2019-21 fiscal biennium. Eliminates three Applications Analyst Programmer III positions, as identified, from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Makes conforming adjustments.

Section 15.13 Funding for Additional DA Investigator

Amendment #25 increases the appropriations for District Attorneys by $78,087 in recurring funds and FTE in both years of the fiscal biennium, and $3,865 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year, to be used to fund an additional District Attorney Investigator Position for Prosecutorial District 7, which consists of Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, and Northampton counties. Makes conforming reductions to the funds appropriated for Special Assistant United States Attorneys. Makes further conforming changes.

Part XXXIX. Capital

Section 39.2 Capital Improvements and Repairs and Renovations Appropriations

Amendment #26 adds HVAC System and Chiller at Elizabeth City State University and Dormitory Demolition and Removal at Fayetteville State University to the specified projects assigned codes for legislative project support for future fiscal years, and assigns the codes specified total project authorizations for each year, ranging from $2 million to $4 million each fiscal year of the 2019-20 biennium. Reduces the Project Reserve in the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund by $8.5 million in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Makes conforming adjustments.

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 30 2019

Senate amendments make the following changes to the 5th edition.

Part VI. Community College System

Section 6.8 Workforce Development Focused IT and ERP Funds

Amendment #20 appropriates an additional $200,000 in nonrecurring funds for each fiscal year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to the Community Colleges System Office for the system-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions with the funds coming from funds for the schedule of school bus replacements. Makes conforming adjustments. 

Part VII. Public Instruction

Section 7.1 Funds for Children with Disabilities

Amendment #21 increases the State Board of Education's per-pupil allocation for children with disabilities for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years from $4,442.34 to $4,455.99.

Part VIII. The University of North Carolina System

Section 8.9 Changes to the UNC Enrollment Formula for State Funding

Amendment #21 makes a technical correction.

Section 8.16 Eastern Area Health Education Center Funds

Amendment #4 moves $1 million in nonrecurring funds appropriated for the Project Reserve in the General Fund for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the UNC Board Of Governors for the Eastern Area Health Education Center for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Makes conforming adjustments.

Part IX-B. Central Management and Support

Section 9B.1 Funds for NC Families Accessing Services Through Technologies (NC FAST)

Amendment #15 modifies the permitted uses of the funds appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Central Management and Support (Division), for the nonrecurring operations and maintenance expenses of NC Fast, removing the permitted use of the funds for the purpose of expediting the development and implementation of the child welfare case management component. Adds a provision explicitly prohibiting the funds appropriated by the act to the Division to be used for further development and implementation of the child welfare case management component of the NC FAST system. 

Part XI-I. Social Services

Section 9I.20 Postpone Deployment of Child Welfare and Aging Components of NC FAST

Amendment #14 now altogether prohibits the Division of Social Services (Division) from deploying the child welfare case-management component of the NC FAST system statewide, rather than prohibiting deployment prior to October 1, 2019. Directs the Division to continue to develop and improve the case-management functionality of NC FAST in the counties participating in the initial pilot program prior to January 1, 2019 (previously directed the Division to continue development and improvement specifically of the child welfare component of NC FAST in those counties).

Part XII. Environmental Quality

Section 12.16 Commercial Fishing License Buyback

Amendment #8 specifies that the up to $1 million the Division of Marine Fisheries is authorized to use in each year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to implement a voluntary fisheries license buyback program is to be sourced from the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Aquatic Weed Fund (was, the Commercial Fishing Fund). Makes conforming change to the statutory reference in the authorization's notwithstanding clause. Adds a requirement that the buyback program provide that any Standard Commercial Fishing License repurchased with these funds revert to the pool of available commercial fishing licenses established under Section 5.2 of SL 1997-400, as amended. Extends the date by which the Division must report to the specified NCGA committee and division on its buyback plan from September 1, 2019, to December 1, 2019. 

Part XV. Administrative Office of the Courts

Section 15.10 Additional District Court Judges

Amendment #12 makes technical changes to the proposed changes to GS 7A-133, setting forth district court judge allotments for each district.

Part XL. Transportation

Section 40.4 Limitation on Powell Bill Funding

Amendment #18 eliminates the proposed changes to GS 136-41.1 concerning limitations on the allocation of appropriations made to the Department of Transportation for State aid to municipalities.

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 29 2019

Senate committee substitute, as amended, makes various changes to the 4th edition. We will not be including a summary of the Appropriations Act. For the content of the bill, please follow the View NCGA Bill Details link. Further information on the budget, including the committee report, can be found on the “News” section of the General Assembly’s website at: https://www.ncleg.gov/News

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 3 2019

House amendments to the 3rd edition, as amended, make the following changes.

Part V. General Provisions

Section 5.7 2020 Census Preparation Reserve

Amendment #44 makes clarifying changes to amendment #21, which requires that $400,000 for 2019-20 be transferred from the OSHR Minimum of Market Reserve and $350,000 for 2019-20 be transferred from the Pending Legislation Reserve, to the 2020 Census Preparation Reserve (Reserve) created in this section. Specifies that the specified funds are reduced from those reserves rather than transferred, and that the specified $750,000 appropriated in the Act (rather than transferred to the Reserve) for the Reserve is to be managed by the Office of State Budget and Management and used as previously specified. Makes conforming changes.

Part VII. Public Instruction

Section 7.19 Upstart Virtual Early Learning Pilot Program

Amendment #48 modifies amendment #20 to maintain rather than eliminate Section 7.19, which establishes a three-year virtual early learning pilot program.

Section 7.36 School Safety Grants Programs

Amendment #48 modifies amendment #20, which moved $1 million appropriated by the act to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the 2019-20 fiscal year for the virtual early learning pilot (as eliminated) to the students in crisis grants, by changing the amount moved to $1,000. Makes conforming changes.

Part IX-B. Central Management and Support

Section 9B.9 DHHS Vacant Position Elimination Flexibility and Report

Amendment #41 adds a section that allows the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to achieve the savings from vacant position eliminations for each year of the 2019-21 biennium by substituting alternative positions to be eliminated or reducing other operating funds. Requires a report to the specified NCGA committees and division by October 1 of 2019 and 2020 on the actions taken to achieve the budgeted reduction for vacant position eliminations for the fiscal year. Specifies information to be included in the report if alternative positions are eliminated.

Part IX-I. Social Services

Section 9I.16 Funds for Quality Assurance Positions

Amendment #43 adds a section decreasing recurring funds appropriated to the DHHS Division of Health Benefits for Immediate Care facilities, “in Lieu of” Services, for each year of the 2019-21 biennium by $1.5 million and increasing funds to the Division of Social Services by the same amount to provide a 50% match for participating counties to establish new quality assurance positons for child welfare within county departments of social services offices. Sets out the provisions governing allocation of the positions. Requires implementation of a comprehensive continuous quality improvement (CQI) training plan that provides all staff with training on the CQI plan, policies, and requirements that provide clarity regarding staff and stakeholder roles in the process. Makes conforming changes.

Section 9I.16 Annual Report/Certain TANF Expenditures

Amendment #47 directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Social Services, to biannually report to the specified NCGA committees and leaders, and post on its website, certain expenditures for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, including the dollar amount and number of transactions assessed or expended out of state and in the state, as specified. Provides for the confidentiality and redaction of personally identifying information of program recipients. Moves $5,000 appropriated each year of the biennium to the Division of Health Benefits to the Division of Social Services to be used for these reporting purposes. 

Part IX-K. DHHS Block Grants

Amendment #40 modifies specified amounts of the schedule for the mental health services block grant funds for the Peer Wellness Centers Pilot for the fiscal biennium. Makes conforming adjustments.

Part XV. Administrative Office of the Courts

Section 15.7 Innovative Court Pilot Project/Raise the Age Administrative Support Funds

Amendment #42 amends Amendment #13 to make the increase in the appropriation to Fund Code 1100 by $130,000 in 2020-21 nonrecurring instead of recurring.

Part XXXVIII. Salaries and Benefits

Section 38.7A Judicial Compensation Changes

Amendment #48 modifies the specified classifications for which salary adjustments are directed to include family court administrators rather than family case coordinators.

Section 38.21 Special Annual Leave

Amendment #39 expands the one-time additional five days of annual leave to be credited to eligible full-time permanent State or community college employees to include full-time permanent employees of a local board of education except any employees paid on the teacher or principle salary schedule on July 1, 2019.

Part XXXIX. Capital

Section 39.2 Capital Improvements and Repairs and Renovations Appropriations

Amendment #37 allocates from the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund a $1.5 million grant for the 2019-20 fiscal year to Fayetteville Cumberland County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (a nonprofit organization) to complete the development of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Moves $1.5 million allocated to the UNCW-Supplement for Dobo Hall Renovation for the 2019-20 fiscal year, as specified. Makes conforming changes. 

Part XL. Transportation

Section 40.23 Funds to Conduct a Study of Ports and a Supply Chain Analysis for Offshore Wind Energy

Amendment #36 expands the NC Ports Authority study on transportation infrastructure to identify existing assets, current capabilities, and needed investments to assist in providing services for cargo, transportation, and trade, and to identify potential improvements to foster growth of offshore wind supply chain industries in the state, to also include rail networks. Adds the requirement that the NC Ports authority include in its study suggested improvements to the existing statewide rail network to accommodate the shipment of large-scale power generating units and turbines to ports within the State.

Section 40.24 Study/MPO Voting Power Distribution

Amendment #38 requires the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee to study (1) the process used and guidelines followed by the Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Transportation Planning Organizations in determining how to distribute voting power among their voting members, (2) other state laws to determine if and how other states regulate the distribution of voting power among the voting member of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regular Transportation Planning Organizations, (3) methods to ensure regional governance under a weighted voting structure, (4) quorum determination by members present instead of by weighted vote, (5) methods to accomplish redesignation in which each municipality has equal voting power, and (6) any other topic or issue the Committee determines to be relevant. Requires a report to the 2020 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

Section 40.24 DOT Salaries

Amendment #45 adds a section requiring that of the funds appropriated to the Highway Fund, Reserves, Transfers, and Other, $2,404,834 for 2019-20 and $4,809,667 for 2020-21 be used to provide funding for an annualized across the board salary increase for Department of Transportation employees that is the greater of 1% or $500, effective January 1, 2020. Makes conforming changes.

Section 40.24 DOT Employee Benefits

Amendment #44 makes a technical correction to amendment #21.

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 2 2019

House amendments to the 3rd edition make the following changes.

Part II. Current Operations and Expansion/General Fund

Section 2.2 General Fund Availability

Amendment #21 corrects the budget code for VIPER, Department of Public Safety. 

Part V. General Provisions

Section 5.7 2020 Census Preparation Reserve

Amendment #21 requires that $400,000 for 2019-20 be transferred from the OSHR Minimum of Market Reserve and $350,000 for 2019-20 be transferred from the Pending Legislation Reserve, to the 2020 Census Preparation Reserve created in this section. Requires those funds to be managed by OSBE and used for material and outreach related to statewide preparation for the 2020 US Census.

Part VII. Public Instruction

Section 7.19 Upstart Virtual Early Learning Pilot Program

Amendment #20 eliminates Section 7.19, which established a three-year virtual early learning pilot program.

Section 7.36 School Safety Grants Programs

Amendment #20 moves $1 million appropriated by the act to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the 2019-20 fiscal year for the virtual early learning pilot (as eliminated) to the students in crisis grants. Makes conforming adjustments. 

Section 7.39 School Mental Health Support Personnel Report

Amendment #19 adds a new section enacting GS 115C-318.1 requiring the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to report annually by March 31 on the most recent available data on (1) the number of school counselors, school nurses, school social workers, and school psychologists employed in each local school administrative unit, (2) the ratio of students to each of those positions, and (3) the source of funding for each of those positions to the specified NCGA committees.

Section 7.39 Scotland County High School Air Rifle Range

Amendment #22 adds a new section reducing the funds appropriated to DPI for the Competency-Based mathematics education Pilot Program in 2019-20 by $200,000 in nonrecurring funds. Increases the funds appropriated to DPI by that same amount to be allocated to Scotland County Schools to build an air rifle range at Scotland County High School.

Part VIII. The University of North Carolina System

Section 8.11 Funds/College of Health Sciences at UNC Pembroke

Amendment #10 adds Section 8.11 to increase the funds appropriated to the Board of Governors for UNC-Pembroke by $1.1 million in recurring funds for 2019-20 and an additional $1 million for 2020-21 to support program development and operating budgets for expanded programs and additional programs for its College of Health Sciences. Restricts the use of funds to necessary faculty, staff, and equipment for the programs. Makes a corresponding decrease in funds. Moves the specified funds appropriated to the Board of Governors for data analytics for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years, as specified. Makes conforming adjustments. 

Part IX-B. Central Management and Support

Amendment #21 moves Section 9B.9, Strengthen Child Fatality Prevention System, to Section 9G.10.

Part IX-D. Health Benefits

Section 9D.10 Expand North Carolina Innovation Waiver Slots

Amendment #9 adds the requirement that the Division of Health Benefits (DHB) convene a workgroup to address the registry of unmet needs of the North Carolina Innovations waiver. Requires the workgroup to develop a ten-year plan to provide continual funding for the Innovations waiver program to address those unmet needs. Requires the plan to be submitted to the specified NCGA committee by October 1, 2020.

Section 9D.10 Expand North Carolina Innovations Waiver Slots

Amendment #18 directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), DHB to develop a plan to provide additional funding for the Innovations waiver program and to address the registry of unmet needs. Directs DHB to submit a copy of its plan to the specified NCGA committee and division by March 1, 2020.

Section 9D.12A Increase in Reimbursement for Primary Care Providers

Amendment #7 adds Section 9D.12A to direct DHHS, DHB, to increase the reimbursement for the evaluation and management codes that are paid to primary care physicians, including obstetricians, gynecologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, and contained in the specified State Plan Amendment. 

Section 9D.15A Medicaid Transformation Hotline Option

Amendment #34 adds a new section requiring DHHS to ensure that the existing DHHS Customer Service hotline is responsive to questions posed by a Medicaid beneficiary or provider or by the general public related to the rollout of Medicaid Transformation during 2019-20. 

Part IX-I. Social Services

Section 9I.10 Successful Transition/Foster Care Youth

Amendment #28 amends the strategies that the Foster Care Transitional Living Initiative Fund (Fund) is to support by providing that the Public-Private Partnership strategy is a commitment by private-sector funding partners to match at least 25% (was, 50%) of the funds appropriated to the Fund for the 2019-21 biennium to provide Transition Living Services through the Youth Villages Transitional Living Model.

Part XI. Commerce

Section 11.5 NC Biotechnology Center

Amendment #6 reduces the appropriation for 2019-20 to the Department of Commerce that is to be allocated to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the specified purposes. Increases the amount that is to be used in 2019-20 for AgBiotech Initiative, economic and industrial development, and related activities, and reduces the amount that is to be used in 2019-20 for science and technology development, Centers of Innovation, and related activities.

Part XV. Administrative Office of the Courts

Section 15.7 Innovative Court Pilot Project/Raise the Age Administrative Support Funds

Amendment #13 adds Section 15.7 to direct the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to provide $130,000 in nonrecurring funds from the funds appropriated to it by the act for each fiscal year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to Robeson County as a grant-in-aid to be used for an innovative court pilot project. Directs AOC to report the results of the pilot project to the specified NCGA committee by March 1, 2020. Moves $130,000 appropriated for Raise the Age Administrative Support for each year of the 2019-20 fiscal biennium to AOC Administration, as specified. Makes conforming adjustments.

Part XVII. Justice

Section 18.5A Funds for North Carolina Victims Assistance Network

Amendment #27 adds Section 18.5A to direct the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to provide $150,000 in nonrecurring funds for fiscal year 2019-20 to the NC Victims Assistance Network as a grant-in-aid from the funds appropriated to DPS in the act as specified. Moves $150,000 appropriated in the act for Raise the Age Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils in recurring funds for fiscal year 2019-20 to DPS in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year, as specified. Makes conforming adjustments. 

Part XXXVIII. Salaries and Benefits

Section 38.1 Elective State-funded Employees Awarded Legislative Salary Increases/Effective January 1, 2020

Amendment #21 makes a clarifying change.

Section 38.7A Judicial Compensation Changes

Amendment #24 adds Section 38.7A, directing that of the funds appropriated to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) for Trial Court Administrator salary adjustments, 5% increases are to be awarded to the 11 specified classifications, effective January 1, 2020, including certain court coordinators and judicial assistants. Directs that $30,000 of the funds available in the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) Minimum Market reserve, and $357,000 of the funds available to the Pay Plan Reserve in recurring funds for the 2020-21 fiscal year, be provided to AOC to support the pay increases. Directs AOC to study providing an experience-based salary schedule to these employees and report to the specified NCGA committee on February 1, 2020.

Section 38.20 Department of Transportation

Amendment #16 deletes this section of the act, which concerned raises for DMV employees, shortened the time frame of the pilot program under which employees of the Department of Transportation (DOT) who voluntarily relinquished annual longevity payments and any claim to career status or eligibility for career status were exempt from specified HR provisions, made DOT employees who received salary adjustments under the pilot program ineligible for salary increases, and prohibited delegating to DOT any classification or salary administration functions.

Part XL. Transportation

Section 40.24 DOT Employee Benefits

Amendment #21 adds a section that allocates $4,958,881 for 2019-20 and $14,902,985 of funds appropriated to the Highway Fund, Reserves, Transfers, and Other in the specified amounts for increased employer costs of the health benefit coverage for active employees using the State Health Plan, for the actuarially determined contribution and increased retiree medical premiums and a 1% one-time cost of living supplement to retirees in FY 2020-21, and for the payment of short-term disability benefits. Makes conforming changes in Part III.

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: Apr 30 2019

House committee substitute makes various changes to the 1st edition. We will not be including a summary of the Appropriations Act. For the content of the bill, please follow the View NCGA Bill Details link. Further information on the budget, including the committee report, can be found on the “News” section of the General Assembly’s website at: https://www.ncleg.gov/News

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H 966 (2019-2020) 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed Apr 25 2019, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: Apr 25 2019

Blank bill.

Intro. by Johnson, Lambeth, Saine, McGrady.APPROP

Today's Bills: House

PUBLIC/SENATE BILLS
S 250 (2019-2020) REMOVE FOREIGN CITIZENS FROM VOTING ROLLS. (NEW) Filed Mar 13 2019, AN ACT TO ALLOW A CLERK OF COURT TO HEAR JURY EXCUSES IF SO DESIGNATED BY THE CHIEF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS REQUESTING TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY BASED ON DISQUALIFICATION SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BIENNIUM AND SHARED WITH THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IF THE DISQUALIFICATION IS DUE TO CITIZENSHIP.
Summary date: Aug 20 2019

House committee substitute to the 4th edition makes the following changes.

Makes organizational changes to the act to set forth the proposed changes to GS 9-6(b) and (e) in Section 1 (previously, in Sections 1 and 4).

Amends proposed GS 9-6.2 to no longer limit the record retention requirement of superior court clerks regarding jury excusal requests to those based on a disqualification under GS 9-3. Instead, requires record retention of all requests for excusal from jury duty based on disqualification to serve. Additionally, more specifically requires the records to be retained as described in GS 9-2 (concerning preparation of master jury list), and permits destruction of the records by the superior court clerk at the end of each fiscal biennium as described in GS 9-2. Regarding the clerk's requirement to quarterly report certain disqualifications to the State Board of Elections (State Board), more narrowly requires the reporting of persons disqualified from jury duty because the person is not a citizen of the United States (previously, required reporting disqualifications due to citizenship, residency, or criminal history as described in GS 9-3), to be used to conduct efforts to remove names from its list of registered voters. Requires the State Board to retain the electronic records for four years (was, two years), and deems the records retained by the State Board public records. Allows the State Board to destroy the records when they are no longer public records (previously, allowed the superior court clerk to destroy the records at the end of each biennium).

Makes conforming changes to GS 163A-877, regarding list maintenance by county boards of elections, to include using the report distributed by the State Board relating to records of excusals from jury duty based on disqualification due to the person not being a citizen of the United States (rather than disqualification based on citizenship, residency, or criminal history as described under GS 9-3) to conduct systematic efforts to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters. Adds that records retained by a county board of elections are public records, which must be retained for four years, and can be destroyed when they are no longer public records. Makes conforming deletions. Eliminates the proposed change to subsection (d) which set forth a separate directive requiring county boards to remove a person from its list if the person is included on a report of excusals based on disqualification due to residency outside of the county received under GS 9-6.2 (now amended to no longer require a report for disqualification due to residency) upon verification that the registrant does not reside outside of the county. 

Intro. by Krawiec, Sanderson, Burgin.GS 9, GS 163A
S 250 (2019-2020) REMOVE FOREIGN CITIZENS FROM VOTING ROLLS. (NEW) Filed Mar 13 2019, AN ACT TO ALLOW A CLERK OF COURT TO HEAR JURY EXCUSES IF SO DESIGNATED BY THE CHIEF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS REQUESTING TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY BASED ON DISQUALIFICATION SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BIENNIUM AND SHARED WITH THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IF THE DISQUALIFICATION IS DUE TO CITIZENSHIP.
Summary date: Jun 27 2019

House committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.

Maintains existing law in GS 9-6(b), which requires chief district court judges to promulgate rules for the chief, or any district court judge designated by the chief (previously, any district court judge), to receive, hear, and pass on applications for excuses from jury duty.

Further amends GS 9-6.1 to make a technical change.

Makes clarifying changes to proposed GS 9-6.2 and the proposed changes to GS 163A-877, to specify that the referenced disqualification due to citizenship, residency, or criminal history are as described in existing law, GS 9-3.

Intro. by Krawiec, Sanderson, Burgin.GS 9, GS 163A
S 250 (2019-2020) REMOVE FOREIGN CITIZENS FROM VOTING ROLLS. (NEW) Filed Mar 13 2019, AN ACT TO ALLOW A CLERK OF COURT TO HEAR JURY EXCUSES IF SO DESIGNATED BY THE CHIEF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS REQUESTING TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY BASED ON DISQUALIFICATION SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BIENNIUM AND SHARED WITH THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IF THE DISQUALIFICATION IS DUE TO CITIZENSHIP.
Summary date: Apr 10 2019

Senate amendment #1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Makes clarifying changes to the proposed changes to GS 9-6 to refer to the clerk of superior court (rather than clerk) and include in the authorized delegation of duties to the clerk of superior court passing on applications (rather than passing applications) for excuses from jury duty. Makes additional clarifying changes to refer to the clerk of superior court.

Amends proposed GS 9-6.2 to require the clerk to quarterly report the information electronically to the State Board of Elections (previously also included reporting to the local board of elections) for use in its efforts to remove names from its list of registered voters in accordance with GS 163A-877. 

Amends GS 163A-877 to require the State Board of Elections (State Board) to distribute to the county boards of elections the names on the quarterly report from the clerk of superior court under GS 9-6.2 of individuals registered to vote in that county who were excused from jury duty based on disqualification due to citizenship, residency, or criminal history. Requires each county board to use the report upon receipt in conducting systemic efforts to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters pursuant to the statute. Adds that, upon receipt of notice of excusal from jury duty based on criminal history under the new provision, after 30 days' written notice to the voter at the voter's registration address and upon no objection from the voter, the county can remove the person's name from its registration records. Adds that the county is required to remove a person from its list if the registrant is included on a report under GS 9-6.2 of excusals from jury duty based on disqualification due to residency outside of the county. Requires verification by the county board that the registrant does reside outside of the county prior to removal. Makes clarifying and technical changes.

Intro. by Krawiec, Sanderson, Burgin.GS 9, GS 163A
S 250 (2019-2020) REMOVE FOREIGN CITIZENS FROM VOTING ROLLS. (NEW) Filed Mar 13 2019, AN ACT TO ALLOW A CLERK OF COURT TO HEAR JURY EXCUSES IF SO DESIGNATED BY THE CHIEF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS REQUESTING TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY BASED ON DISQUALIFICATION SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BIENNIUM AND SHARED WITH THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IF THE DISQUALIFICATION IS DUE TO CITIZENSHIP.
Summary date: Apr 3 2019

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

Amends GS 9-6 and GS 9-6.1 to allow chief district court judges to delegate the authority to receive, hear, and pass applications for excuses from jury duty to the clerk of superior court, after consultation with and consent of the clerk. Makes technical and clarifying changes to the statutes, and makes language gender-neutral.

Amends proposed GS 9-6.2 to require the clerk of superior court to maintain records of excusals from jury duty, as previously specified, for the remainder of the biennium (was, for no less than two years from the date of excusal). Now requires the clerk to record the person's name, address provided, reason for disqualification, and the date of the disqualification if the person is disqualified from jury duty due to age, citizenship, residency, or criminal history (previously instead referenced reasons relating to qualifications under GS 163A-841). Requires the clerk to report the information electronically to the local board of elections and the State Board of Elections (was only the State Board of Elections and did not specify electronic records). Adds a new requirement for the State Board of Elections to retain the electronic record for two years. Adds a new provision to authorize the clerk to destroy the records at the end of each biennium. Adds a provision to clarify that the statute does not restrict the authority of a local board of elections or the State Board to determine a person's eligibility to vote.

Changes the act's long title.

Intro. by Krawiec, Sanderson, Burgin.GS 9
S 250 (2019-2020) REMOVE FOREIGN CITIZENS FROM VOTING ROLLS. (NEW) Filed Mar 13 2019, AN ACT TO ALLOW A CLERK OF COURT TO HEAR JURY EXCUSES IF SO DESIGNATED BY THE CHIEF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS REQUESTING TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY BASED ON DISQUALIFICATION SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BIENNIUM AND SHARED WITH THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IF THE DISQUALIFICATION IS DUE TO CITIZENSHIP.
Summary date: Mar 13 2019

Enacts GS 9-6.2 to require the clerk of superior court to keep a record of the name, address, and reason for the excusal request of every person excused from jury duty based on disqualification(s) under GS 9-3 (qualifications of prospective jurors). Records must be maintained for no less than two years from the date of excusal. Provides that these records are not public records under GS 132-1. Additionally, if a person is excused from jury duty for a reason related to qualifications under GS 160A-841 (Qualifications to vote; exclusion from electoral franchise), the clerk must provide a record of the person's name, address, reason for excusal, and the date of excusal to the State Board of Elections. Provides that these records are public records under GS 132-1. 

Makes a conforming change to GS 9-6(e) to require the clerk of superior court to keep a record of excuses separate from the master jury list in accordance with GS 9-6.2, as enacted by this act.

Directs the Administrative Office of the Courts to amend the Rules of Recordkeeping to include procedures necessary to implement the new law. 

Effective January 1, 2020.

Intro. by Krawiec, Sanderson, Burgin.GS 9

Today's Bills: House

Today's Bills: House

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