Bill Summary for S 770 (2015-2016)

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Jun 15 2016

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 770 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 27, 2016
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FURTHER REGULATORY RELIEF TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY.
Intro. by B. Jackson, Brock, Cook.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.

Section 9

Amends GS 90-91(k), which lists substances that are considered anabolic steroids and schedule III controlled substances under the statute, to change the proposed addition to subsubdivision 32 to exclude from the terms salt, ester, or isomer of a drug or subtance described or listed in subsection (k) chorionic gonadotropin when adminstered by injection for veterinary use by a licensed veterinarian or the veterinarian's designated agent (previously, chorionic gonadotropin when administered by injection for veterinary use by or in the presence of a licensed veterinarian).

Section 12

Amends proposed subsection (a1) to GS 143-215.15, concerning procedures for permits for water use within capacity use areas, by deleting the provision requiring agricultural water users to register surface water and groundwater withdrawals with the Division of Water Resources on a form provided by the Division and provide the information to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Makes technical change to Section 12(b) of the act.

Section 13

Amends GS 143-138, concerning the North Carolina State Building Code, as follows. 

Amends subsection (b5) to specify that no permit can be required under the Code or any local variance thereof approved under subsection (e) for any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or alteration performed in accordance with the current edition of the North Carolina State Building Code and costing $15,000 or less in any single-family residence or farm building unless the work involves one of the five situations specified.

Amends the proposed exclusion in subdivision (1) of subsection (b10) to exclude the replacement of water heaters in one- or two- family dwellings, provided that (1) the energy use rate or thermal input is not greater than that of the water heater which is being replaced and there is no change in fuel, energy source, location, capacity, or routing or sizing of venting and piping; (2) the work is performed by a person licensed under GS 87-21 or pursuant to GS 87-21(i) (previously, did not provide option for work to be performed pursuant to GS 87-21(i)); and (3) the replacement is installed in accordance with the current edition of the North Carolina State Building Code (previously, did have a third requirement).

Amends proposed subsection (b16), which excludes electrical devices and lighting fixtures, as specified, by adding a new requirement that the repair or replacement must be performed in accordance with the current edition of the North Carolina State Building Code in order for the exclusion to apply.

Amends GS 153A-357 (building permits in counties), subsection (a2), to specify that no permit issued under Articles 9 or 9C of GS Chapter 143 are required for any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or alteration performed in accordance with the current edition of the North Carolina State Building Code and costing $15,000 or less in any single-family residence or farm building unless the work involves any of the five situations specified.

Section 16

Amends proposed subdivision (3) to GS 75-41(a), concerning contracts with automatic renewal clauses, to require any person engaged in commerce that sells, leases, or offers to sell or lease, any products or services to a consumer pursuant to a contract where the contract automatically renews unless the consumer cancels the contract to provide written notice to the consumer, as specified, for any automatic renewal exceeding 60 days (previously, was exceeding 30 days). Adds a new subdivision (4) to require the person, as described, to disclose the changing terms of the contract clearly and conspicuously on the notification in at least 12-point type and bold print if the terms of the contract will change upon the automatic renewal of the contract.

Deletes the proposed revisions to GS 105-277.4, which modified when the lien for deferred taxes on land eligible for present use value classification is extinguished. Makes conforming technical changes.

Section 17

Amends proposed subdivision (3) of GS 87-97(b1), which sets out that a permit for private drinking water wells is deemed to include the authorization to install both water pipes and electrical wiring in a single ditch by a person certified as a well contractor, as specified, by deleting the provision that established the local health department to be solely responsible for inspecting the ditch and the contents of the ditch.

Deletes the proposed revisions of GS 105-164.13E(a), which amended the income requirement for qualified farmers for the sales tax exemption. Makes conforming change.

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