AN ACT TO REQUIRE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BOARDS TO ADOPT RULES GOVERNING HEARINGS IN ORDER TO EXERCISE THE POWER TO SUMMARILY SUSPEND LICENSES AND TO INCREASE OVERSIGHT OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BOARDS.
Enacts GS 93B-17, providing that a licensing board can appear in its own name in superior court in actions for injunctive relief to restrain the violation of the provisions of a statute administered by the board or a rule or order of the board. Provides that the superior court has jurisdiction to grant these injunctions or restraining orders or take other appropriate action even if criminal prosecution has been or may be instituted as a result of the violations or whether the person is a licensee of the board. Prohibits a board from issuing orders independently of the superior court unless specifically authorized to do so by law. Amends GS 150B-3 (APA's special provisions on licensing) to remove the authority for occupational licensing boards to summarily suspend an occupational license. Applies to licensing board actions occurring on or after the date the act becomes law.
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