AN ACT TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TREASURER AUTHORITY IN THE HANDLING OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY DETERMINED TO BE OF A HAZARDOUS NATURE OR WHICH IS OTHERWISE REGULATED, ILLEGAL, OR WHICH HAS NO SUBSTANTIAL COMMERCIAL VALUE AND TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR THE PROPER HANDLING AND DISPOSITION OF THESE MATERIALS ON THE PART OF FINANCIAL ORGANIZATIONS.
Amends GS 116B-55 to prohibit the contents of a safe deposit box or other safekeeping depository from being delivered to the State Treasurer (Treasurer) if the Treasurer determines the contents of the box: (1) pose a potential public safety issue, (2) are specifically regulated by another agency or authority, (3) are illegal contraband, or (4) do not have substantial commercial value. Requires each financial organization to complete, verify, and return a form that provides identifying information for each item of property, including a good faith estimated value. Provides that if the Treasurer determines that an item of property satisfies one or more of the factors above, the Treasurer will either instruct the financial organization to place the property in the custody of the appropriate local, state, or federal authority or instruct the financial organization to destroy or otherwise dispose of the property. Specifies procedures for when property is delivered to the Treasurer and later determined to satisfy one of the factors above. Provides protection from liability for any loss due to the disposal of any of the box materials identified unless the loss is due to intentional misconduct.
Deletes provisions in GS 116B-70 concerning the destruction of property that has no substantial commercial value by the Treasurer.
Effective October 1, 2015.
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