Today's Bills: Senate

Today's Bills: Senate

Today's Bills: Senate

PUBLIC/SENATE BILLS
S 782 (2021) RAISE THE AGE FOR DONATING BLOOD. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT RAISING THE AGE TO GIVE OR DONATE BLOOD WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT FROM SIXTEEN TO EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD; AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH, TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT THIS AGE REQUIREMENT.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Amends GS 130A-412.31 as title indicates.

Appropriates $10,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health for 2022-23 to raise public awareness on the amended age requirement in GS 130A-412.31.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Hise.APPROP, GS 130A
S 783 (2021) SHORT TERM COMPENSATION STUDY. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT CREATING THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE STUDY COMMITTEE ON SHORT TERM COMPENSATION AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Creates the 15-member Joint Legislative Study Committee on Short Term Compensation (committee). Provides for legislative appointment of the 12 committee members. Provides for three ex officio members, including the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Commerce in charge of the Division of Employment Security. Sets forth parameters for meetings, vacancies, member expenses, and staffing. Directs the committee to study short term compensation and its possible enactment and implementation as authorized by specified federal laws. Sets required components to study if STC is enacted, including a review of programs in other states. Directs the committee to report to the 2023 NCGA, at which time the committee terminates. Grants the committee specified powers to carry out its duties. 

Appropriates $50,000 from the General Fund to the NCGA for 2022-23 to support the committee.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Woodard.APPROP, STUDY
S784 (2021) FUNDS FOR HILLSBOROUGH WATER SYSTEM. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE TOWN OF HILLSBOROUGH TO UPDATE THE TOWN'S WATER DISTRIBUTION AND WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Appropriates $12 million in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Town of Hillsborough as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Foushee.APPROP, Orange
S 785 (2021) EXTEND CERTAIN AIRPT. FUNDS EXPENDITURE DATES. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO EXTEND THE DATE FOR AIRPORTS TO EXPEND OR ENCUMBER FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR USE IN THE 2019-2021 FISCAL BIENNIUM.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Directs that the seven airports allocated funds from appropriations of the Department of Transportation in Section 4.7 of SL 2019-231 have until June 30, 2024, to expends or encumber those funds (Section 4.7 requires the funds to be returned to the Department and credited to the fund from which they were appropriated if not expended or encumbered by August 31 of the year following the fiscal year in which the Department makes the allocation).

Intro. by McInnis, Britt, Sawyer.UNCODIFIED
S 786 (2021) RESTRICTED INSTRUCTION PERMIT VISION TESTS. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT AUTHORIZING DRIVER EDUCATION AND LICENSED COMMERCIAL DRIVING TRAINING SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS TO ADMINISTER VISION TESTING OR EYE EXAMS REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A RESTRICTED INSTRUCTION PERMIT.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Effective October 1, 2022, amends GS 20-7 to allow a driver education instructor, qualified under GS 115C-215(e), or a  commercial driver training instructor, qualified under GS 20-323(b), to administer the vision test required for a restricted instruction permit if the instructor demonstrates the ability to properly administer the test pursuant to Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) standards, and the tested applicant is enrolled in a driver education program approved by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction offered at a public school, nonpublic secondary school, or a licensed drivers training school. Authorizes the DMV to adopt implementing rules.

Appropriates $100,000 from the Highway Fund to the DMV for 2022-23 to implement the act. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Hise.APPROP, GS 20
S 787 (2021) 2022 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Blank bill.

Intro. by Harrington, Hise, B. Jackson.APPROP
S 788 (2021) 2022 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Blank bill.

Intro. by B. Jackson, Harrington, Hise.APPROP
S 789 (2021) 2022 APPROPRIATIONS ACT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Blank bill.

Intro. by Hise, Harrington, B. Jackson.APPROP
S 790 (2021) SUPPORT FOR FORSYTH CO. PUBLIC DEF'S OFFICE. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE FORSYTH COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Appropriates $456,101 from the General Fund to Indigent Defense Services for 2022-23 to create four time-limited, full-time positions in Forsyth County, including two assistant public defenders, one legal assistant, and one investigator, for three years, to address the backlog the backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Requires the Director of Budget to include $440,534 additional funding for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 fiscal years in the base budget for Public Defender Services. 

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Lowe.APPROP
S 791 (2021) INCLUSIONARY ZONING/WORKFORCE HOUSING FUNDS. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO SUPPLEMENT THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY ALLOWING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR INCLUSIONARY ZONING AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE NORTH CAROLINA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY FOR THE WORKFORCE HOUSING LOAN PROGRAM.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Identical to H 1043, filed 5/25/22.

Amends GS 160D-702 to authorize a local government to provide for inclusionary zoning in its zoning regulations in order to supplement the availability of affordable housing. 

Appropriates $10 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Housing Finance Agency for 2022-23 to be used for the Workforce Housing Loan Program.

Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Crawford.APPROP, GS 160D
S 792 (2021) 2022 GOVERNOR'S BUDGET. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO MODIFY THE CURRENT OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2021 AND TO MAKE OTHER CHANGES IN THE BUDGET OPERATIONS OF THE STATE.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Due to the fact that Governor Cooper's proposed budget was released on May 11, 2022, and has been available to the public in advance of the filing of this bill, we will not be including a summary of the bill version of his budget. For the content of the bill, please follow the link to the bill on the General Assembly's site above. Further information on the Governor's proposed budget can also be found on the Office of State Budget and Management's website at https://www.osbm.nc.gov/media/2569/open.

Intro. by B. Jackson, Harrington, Hise.APPROP
S 793 (2021) STUDY ECOM. DLVR. FEE/XFER REV FOR TRANSPORT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO STUDY IMPLEMENTATION OF AN E-COMMERCE FEE AND TO TRANSFER A PERCENTAGE OF SALES TAX REVENUES FOR TRANSPORTATION-RELATED NEEDS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Directs the Revenue Laws Study Committee to study the application of sales tax on delivery services for food, prepared food, and tangible personal property to a consumer to determine whether the current sales tax model can be improved by moving to a fixed excise tax amount, and whether the revenue generated from the existing or another model should be deposited in the Highway Trust Fund, in whole or in part, rather than the General Fund. Directs the Committee to report to the 2023 NCGA. 

Amends GS 105-164.44M to require the Secretary of Revenue to quarterly transfer a percentage of the net proceeds collected from the general sales and use taxes imposed under Article 5 of the Chapter to the Highway Trust Fund, with the transferred percentages gradually increasing from 2% in 2022-23, to 4% in 2023-24, and to 6% in 2024-25 and thereafter.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Sawyer, McInnis, Woodard.STUDY, GS 105
S 794 (2021) REMOVE VOLUNTEER CHAPLAIN ED. REQUIREMENTS. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO REMOVE MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY-FUNDED AND VOLUNTEER PRISON CHAPLAINS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Prohibits the Department of Public Safety from having any written or unwritten policies that set mandatory minimum educational requirements for community-funded or volunteer chaplains. 

Appropriates $755,904 in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety for 2022-23 to hire 10 full-time clinical chaplain positions. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Hise.APPROP
S 795 (2021) INMATE AND YOUTH OFFENDER TRACKING TECHNOLOGY. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO UTILIZE STANDARDIZED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR TRACKING INMATES AND YOUTH OFFENDERS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Section 1 provides background regarding initial inmate documentation processes of tracking prison inmates and youth offenders in NC Adult and Juvenile Justice Correctional Facilities. 

Section 2 directs the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (Division) to digitally standardize the logging of daily movements and activities of prison inmates and youth offenders. Sets an implementation schedule requiring implementation in four facilities by January 1, 2024, in one-quarter of facilities by January 1, 2025, in one-half of facilities by January 1, 2026, and full implementation by January 1, 2028. Establishes four criteria for implementation, including using radio frequency identification technology and support real-time business and artificial intelligence, and using information integrity and security with real-time digital documentation of prison inmates and offenders that meet five requirements such as monitoring inmate movement with facial recognition.

Section 3 deems the Division the governing body for the act's implementation. Requires the Department of Information Technology (DIT) to report to and support the Division's implementation of the act within the implementation schedule given, which specifically includes conducting walkthrough assessments at facilities.

Requires the Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) to work with the technology provider to identify the total cost of implementing the required technologies by 2027. Directs CJIN to report to the specified NCGA committees with the roadmap of digitizing documentation standardization required technologies within nine months of the date the act becomes law. Provides required content of the report. Directs the immediate transfer of all nonrecurring, unexpended or unencumbered funds appropriated in Part III, SL 2020-90 to CJIN, and limits use of the funds to development of the roadmap as directed by CJIN. Directs DIT to work with the technology provider of the required technologies to properly align specified accounting prerequisites for implementation, subject to management by CJIN.

Enacts GS 143B-1395 to exempt CJIN from the requirements of Articles 3 (purchases and contracts) and 8 (public contracts) of GS Chapter 143.

Section 4 appropriates $15 million from the General Fund to CJIN for 2022-23 to implement the transition required by Section 2 of the act. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Steinburg.APPROP, GS 143B
S 796 (2021) SACRED RELATIONSHIP/DOCTOR/PATIENT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO PROTECT THE SACRED RELATIONSHIP OF PATIENT AND PHYSICIAN, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, AND NURSE PRACTITIONER.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Enacts GS 90-12.8, prohibiting the Medical Board and the Board of Nursing (Boards) from taking any disciplinary action against a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner for prescribing or administering medication or supplements, including 25 identified, the licensee believes is medically necessary for the treatment of COVID-19 to a patient for at-home use or for use in a health care facility. Defines COVID-19. Identifies 25 medicines and supplements included under the statute's provisions. Additionally prohibits the Boards from taking disciplinary action against the same named licensees for (1) providing a medical exemption to a patient unable to wear a mask, undergo a COVID-19 test, or receive a vaccination for COVID-19; (2) treating a patient who is unable to wear a mask, undergo a COVID-19 test, or receive a vaccination for COVID-19 for religious, medical, or philosophical reasons; or (3) documenting a COVID-19 vaccine injury. Provides that a physician's good faith compliance with the statute cannot alone constitute immoral or dishonorable conduct, or unprofessional conduct. States that liability protection granted to physicians is not greater than that provided under other State laws. Allows for a party aggrieved from a violation to contest the case and seek administrative remedies. Authorizes a civil penalty of up to $500 for each violation by a Board. 

Enacts GS 90-85.15C prohibiting the Board of Pharmacy from taking any disciplinary action against a pharmacist for dispensing or administering medication or supplements for the treatment of COVID-19, including 25 identified, to a patient for at-home use or for use in a health care facility. Defines COVID-19. Identifies 25 medicines and supplements included under the statute's provisions. Allows for a party aggrieved from a violation to contest the case and seek administrative remedies. Authorizes a civil penalty of up to $500 for each violation by the Board of Pharmacy. 

Requires all three licensing boards to adopt temporary implementing rules.

Applies to acts or omissions occurring on or after October 1, 2022. 

Appropriates $10,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services for 2022-23 to monitor compliance of each board with the act. Effective July 1, 2022. 

Intro. by Hise.APPROP, GS 90
S 797 (2021) FUNDS FOR LADDER TRUCK FOR WS FIRE STATION 19. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM TO PURCHASE A LADDER TRUCK FOR FIRE STATION 19.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Appropriates $2 million from the General Fund to Winston-Salm for 2022-23 to purchase a ladder truck for Fire Station 19 of the Winston-Salem Fire Department. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Lowe.APPROP, Forsyth
S 798 (2021) FIRE ADMINISTRATION DEGREE AND FUNDS/WSSU. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO ESTABLISH A FIRE SERVICE ADMINISTRATION DEGREE PROGRAM AT WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Requires the UNC Board of Governors, beginning in the 2023-24 academic year, to establish a new, four-year bachelor of science academic program in fire service administration at Winston-Salem State University. Requires the program to address the business and technical components of fire service protection as an administrator. Requires an in-service internship requirement and the necessary educational components for certification as a firefighter and credentialing as an emergency medical technician. 

Appropriates $1 million from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors for 2022-23 to establish the degree program.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Lowe.APPROP
S 799 (2021) FUNDS FOR HUNTERSVILLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE TOWN OF HUNTERSVILLE TO CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN TO INCREASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Appropriates $150,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Town of Huntersville as title indicates. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Marcus.APPROP, Mecklenburg
S 800 (2021) LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTMENT ACT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN POLICIES AND STANDARDS SURROUNDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

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 Batch, Fitch, Garrett.APPROP, GS 15A, GS 17C
S 801 (2021) COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN POLICIES AND STANDARDS SURROUNDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Part I.

Requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist law enforcement agencies seeking grant funds by alerting law enforcement agencies to available grant funds and assisting law enforcement agencies with drafting and submitting grant proposals and applications. 

Appropriates $200,000 in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to DOJ to hire two full-time grant writers.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Part II.

Appropriates $250,000 in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to DOJ to award grants to law enforcement agencies for initiatives supporting community policing. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part III.

Appropriates $500,000 in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to DOJ to be used for grants: (1) provided to law enforcement agencies to be awarded to law enforcement officers exhibiting exemplary service and (2) awarded to law enforcement agencies for meeting racial or gender diversity benchmarks. Caps grant awards at $10,000. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part IV.

Amends GS 15A-401(d)(2), which sets out when a law-enforcement officer is justified in using deadly physical force, by making the following changes. Adds that the use of deadly force includes strangleholds, lateral vascular neck restraints, carotid restraints, or any other tactics that restrict oxygen or blood flow to the head or neck. Requires in all circumstances in which a law enforcement officer uses force of any kind, that the law-enforcement officer use the minimum amount of force reasonably necessary to accomplish the law-enforcement action and attempt to use de-escalation tactics. Effective October 1, 2022.

Requires the Attorney General, in consultation with the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, to develop uniform use-of-force policies that may be adopted by all law enforcement agencies in the state. Requires the policies to be submitted to the specified NCGA committee by December 1, 2022, published on DOJ's website, and distributed digitally to all law enforcement agencies in the state.

Part V.

Amends GS 17C-6 to also give the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission the power to establish the minimum age requirement for qualification for entry level employment as a criminal justice officer, which must not be less than age 21. 

Amends GS 17C-13 to allow the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission access to a person's misdemeanor conviction records and allow the Commission to deny, suspend, or revoke a person's certification based solely on that person's conviction of four or more misdemeanors.

Amends GS 17E-4 to also give the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission the power to establish the minimum age requirement for qualification for entry level employment as an officer, which must not be less than age 21. 

Amends GS 17E-12 to allow the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission access to a person's misdemeanor conviction records and allow the Commission to deny, suspend, or revoke a person's certification based solely on that person's conviction of four or more misdemeanors.

The above provisions are effective January 1, 2023.

Part VI.

Appropriates $1 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to DOJ for grants to law enforcement agencies to temporarily provide funding for detectives or other investigative law enforcement positions in order to aid in the investigation of person crimes that would constitute a charge of a Class D felony or higher. Effective July 1, 2022.

Part VII.

Includes a severability clause.

Intro. by Batch, Fitch, Garrett.APPROP, GS 15A, GS 17C, GS 17E
S 802 (2021) FUND OUR POLICE ACT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR LOCAL EMPLOYING AUTHORITIES TO PROVIDE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITH A ONE-TIME APPRECIATION AND RETENTION BONUS FOR SERVICE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Appropriates $50,745,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety (Department) for 2022-23 to fund one-time $1,500 bonuses for local law enforcement officers employed on July 1, 2022. Defines local law enforcement officer as a full-time employee hired by the local employing authority (as defined) and serving as a sheriffs' deputy, police officer, detention officer, or telecommunicator. 

Requires, by August 1, 2022, that each local employing authority submit documentation identifying the eligible officers to the Department. Also requires the local employing authority, before receiving any funds, to submit an attestation acknowledging that program funds must be provided directly to the eligible officers. Requires the bonus to be paid by September 1, 2022.

Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Batch, Garrett, Fitch.APPROP
S 803 (2021) UNC CAPITAL PROJECTS. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION OR CONSTRUCTION AND THE FINANCING, WITHOUT APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE GENERAL FUND, OF CERTAIN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS OF THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.
Summary date: May 25 2022

States that the act's purpose is to authorize: (1) the acquisition or construction of the capital improvement projects listed in this act for the respective UNC institutions; and (2) the financing of these projects with funds available to the institutions from gifts, grants, receipts, self-liquidating indebtedness, Medicare reimbursements for education costs, hospital receipts from patient care, or other funds, or any combination of these funds, but not funds received for tuition or appropriated from the General Fund (unless previously authorized by General Statute). Authorizes the following capital improvement projects: (1) $20 million for the Holmes Convocation Center Parking Deck at Appalachian State University; (2) $5 million for a new residence hall at Elizabeth City State University; and (3) $80 million for an integrated sciences building at NC State University. Allows the Director of the Budget, upon request of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) and if it is in the State's best interest, to authorize an increase or decrease in the cost of, or a change in the method of, funding the projects. Allows the BOG to issue, subject to the Director of the Budget's approval, at one time or from time to time, special obligation bonds of the BOG to pay the cost of acquiring, constructing, or providing for the projects. Caps the principal amount of bonds to be issued at the specified project costs plus 5% of that amount to pay issuance expenses, fund reserve funds, pay capitalized interest, and pay other related additional costs plus any increase in the specific project costs authorized by the Director of the Budget.

Intro. by Lee, Ballard.UNCODIFIED
S 804 (2021) SMALL BUSINESS SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES TO ELIMINATE STATE INCOME TAXES ON A PORTION OF REVENUE IF USED FOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURES.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Enacts a new allowable deduction in calculating a taxpayer's adjusted gross income under GS 105-153.5. Permits deduction of the amount deposited during the taxable year by the taxpayer that is a small business, defined as a business whose cumulative gross receipts from business activity for a taxable year does not exceed $10 million, to a capital improvement account, limited to deposits of 5% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income up to $1 million, 2% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income above $1 million up to $2 million, and 1% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income above $2 million up to $3 million. Defines capital improvement account as an account at a federally insured banking institution into which are deposited amounts to be used solely for an improvement that adds value to real property owned and used exclusively by the small business, prolongs the useful life of such property at least 10 years, or adapts such property to new uses for the small business. Requires adding the amount deducted pursuant to this new provision in a prior taxable year, to the taxpayer's adjusted gross income, to the extent the amount was withdrawn and not used to pay for improvements listed. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. 

 

Intro. by Batch, Garrett, Fitch.GS 105
S 805 (2021) SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT GRANT. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FUNDS TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Includes whereas clauses. Appropriates $250 million from the General Fund to the Department of Commerce (Department). Provides that the funds remain available for the act's purpose to provide grants to small businesses to offset the economic harm following the COVID-19 pandemic. Creates the COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Grant Program (Program) to be administered by the Department to provide a one-time grant to each qualifying business. Limits businesses that qualify under the Program to an entity that (1) is subject to income tax under Article 4, GS Chapter 105, (2) has annual receipts for the 2019 tax year of $8 million or less, and (3) suffered a reduction of at least 25% in sales tax collections resulting from the pandemic for the 2020 tax year when compared to the 2019 tax year. Provides for the Department to accept applications during a time frame and on a form it prescribes until appropriated funds are fully awarded. Caps awards at the lesser of (1) $250,000 or (2) the amount of reduction in sales tax collections of the qualifying business resulting from the pandemic for the 2020 tax year. Caps total awards under the Program at $250 million. Requires the Department to verify the business's qualifications with the Department of Revenue, and authorize necessary disclosures. Conditions awards on the business continuing operations for at least six months following receipt, with the Department authorized to clawback amounts for any portion of that time the grantee does not maintain operations. 

Amends GS 105-153.5 to allow a taxpayer to deduct from their adjusted gross income the amount granted to the taxpayer during the taxable year under the Program. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, and expires for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023. 

Intro. by Batch, Garrett, Fitch.APPROP, GS 105
S 806 (2021) PITT COMM. COLL. REENTRY PROGRAM/FUNDS. Filed May 25 2022, AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE PITT COMMUNITY COLLEGE REENTRY PROGRAM.
Summary date: May 25 2022

Identical to H 1015, filed 5/23/22.

Includes whereas clauses. Appropriates $400,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety for 2022-23 to be provided as a grant to Pitt Community College to support the Pitt County Reentry Program (Program). Requires funds to be used for related programming and the purchase, lease, repair, or renovation of any building or property needed by the Program. Specifies that funds do not revert and instead remain available until expended. Effective July 1, 2022.

Intro. by Davis.APPROP, Pitt

Today's Bills: Senate

Today's Bills: Senate

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