TO PROVIDE REGULATORY RELIEF FOR FARMERS BY DESIGNATING THAT AN ADDITIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF AGRICULTURE SHALL BE INCLUDED AMONG THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S APPOINTMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION; BY REQUIRING THAT NOTICE BE GIVEN TO THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE WHEN ANY PROPOSED RULE WOULD DIRECTLY AFFECT AGRICULTURE; AND BY CLARIFYING THAT THE POWER TO ISSUE CIVIL PENALTIES CONFERRED BY STATUTE ON THE COMMISSIONER, BOARD OF AGRICULTURE, PESTICIDE BOARD OR STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL COMMITTEE INCLUDES THE POWER FOR THOSE BODIES TO DETERMINE THAT NON-MONETARY SANCTIONS, EDUCATION, OR TRAINING ARE SUFFICIENT TO ADDRESS A VIOLATION OF RULE OR STATUTE AS RECOMMENDED BY THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURAL REGULATIONS.
Amends GS 143B-283(d) (Environmental Management Commission membership) to provide for a Commission member with agriculture experience, as title indicates.
Enacts new subsection (a1) to GS 150B-21.2 (procedure to adopt a permanent rule), requiring an agency to provide notice, as indicated, to the Board of Agriculture (Board) if a proposed rule would have a direct impact on agriculture.
Enacts new GS 106-22.6, permitting the Commissioner of Agriculture, the pesticide Board, the Structural Pest Control Committee, or the Board to impose a non-monetary, educational, or training condition instead of a monetary penalty, upon the violation of a specified GS Chapter.
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