Bill Summary for H 1044 (2015-2016)

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Jun 15 2016

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 1044 (Public) Filed Wednesday, May 4, 2016
AN ACT TO CREATE A PUBLIC SERVICE ALERT SYSTEM TO AID IN THE APPREHENSION OF SUSPECTS WHO KILL OR INFLICT SERIOUS BODILY INJURY ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER; TO PROVIDE THAT THE HEAD OR CHIEF OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MAY DESIGNATE A PERSON TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST FOR A DEADLY WEAPON TO BE TURNED OVER TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY; TO AMEND THE SILVER ALERT SYSTEM TO EXPAND THE CLASS OF CITIZENS IT PROTECTS; TO PREVENT MOTOR CARRIERS FROM AVOIDING CIVIL PENALTIES OWED TO THE STATE BY TRANSFERRING TITLE PRIOR TO PAYMENT; TO MAKE MINOR CHANGES TO THE DEFINITION OF EMERGENCY IN THE NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT; TO PROVIDE THAT THE SAMARCAND TRAINING ACADEMY IS SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED FROM THE UMSTEAD ACT; AND TO CREATE AN EXCEPTION TO THE LENGTH OF SERVICE REQUIREMENTS FOR FORENSIC SCIENTISTS TO BECOME CAREER STATE EMPLOYEES.
Intro. by Hager.

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

Amends the act's long title. 

Amends GS 12-3.1(c) concerning exceptions to General Assembly's sole power to authorize an agency to establish or increase a fee or charge for the rendering of any service or fulfilling of any duty to the public, providing an exception for fees to reimburse the State Highway Patrol for salaries, travel, and other expenses directly related to providing traffic control at public events where admission fees are charged. Provides that this exemption does not apply to State-supported events. 

Amends GS 126-1.1, concerning career State employees, to include forensic scientists with law enforcement officers as those that can obtain career State employee status after being employed for 24 consecutive months, and required formal training is needed before assuming job duties. 

Deletes various sections of the bill, including deleting new GS 20-185(j), which authorized the State Highway patrol to appoint retired members to serve in the Highway Patrol Reserve Unit as volunteer reserve. Also deletes changes made to GS 143B-927 and GS 18B-500, which authorized the Director of the State Bureau of Investigation to hire reserve agents as well as reserve alcohol law enforcement agents, with all being entitled to all the benefits under GS Chapter 97 except for total and partial incapacity benefits.

Deletes changes made to GS 143B-911, which authorized the State Capital Chief of Police to appoint reserve police officers to assist with particular duties and that such officers are entitled to all the benefits under GS Chapter 97 except for total and partial incapacity benefits.

Deletes a directive that all State agencies, on or before July 1, 2016, that are identified as principal departments in GS 143B-6 must become direct members of and use the Enterprise Active Directory.

Deletes changes made to GS 143B-1320(b), which added the Department of Public Safety, the State Highway Patrol and Emergency Management, and the State Bureau of Investigation to those entities that are exempt from the provisions of GS Chapter 143B (Executive Organization Act of 1973). Also deletes provisions concerning the election to participate in information technology programs, services, or contracts. 

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