Bill Summary for H 642 (2015-2016)

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Apr 13 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 642 (Public) Filed Monday, April 13, 2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN STATE BUDGETING AND TO MAKE THE CONTINUATION BUDGET THE STARTING POINT FOR STATE AGENCY BUDGETING.
Intro. by Jackson.

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Amends GS 143C-5-3, now titled Accountability and transparency in budgeting (previously, Availability statement required) to require the Current Operations Appropriations Act to contain five new areas of specified information, with the ends of ensuring accountability and transparency in budgeting, including amounts of funds required to be reserved to various fund reserves and a fiscal analysis which addresses the state's budget outlook for the upcoming five-year period. Effective July 1, 2015.

Reenacts GS 143C-1-1(d)(7a) concerning the key term continuation budget in the State Budget ActAlso provides that the definition now includes enrollment adjustments for universities and community colleges. Repeals GS 143C-1-1(d)(1c), the definition of base budget for use in the State Budget Act. Amends GS 143C-3-5(b), concerning the development of the Governor's Recommended Budget, replacing any reference to a "base budget" or "base budgeting" with "continuation budget" or "continuation budgeting." Also amends GS 116-30.3B(b), 116-30.7, and 121-6(c), making conforming changes, namely replacing references to "base budget" with "continuation budget." Effective July 1, 2015, applying beginning with the recommended state budget for the 2017-19 fiscal biennium. 

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