Bill Summary for H 910 (2017-2018)

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Apr 25 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 910 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 25, 2017
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO EDUCATE STUDENTS IN GRADES SIX, EIGHT, AND TEN ABOUT THE DANGERS AND SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, TO TRAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO IDENTIFY SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT THE PILOT PROGRAMS, AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO PROVIDE SHELTER BEDS AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Intro. by Brawley, Malone, Dollar, Davis.

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Section 1 appropriates $2.25 million in nonrecurring funds in 2017-18 and 2018-19 to the State Board of Education (Board) to establish, in conjunction with local boards of education, a pilot program to educate sixth, eighth, and tenth grade students about human trafficking.  The pilot program must address certain categories of information, terms, and warnings enumerated in the act.  Requires the Board to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on implementation of the pilot program by September 1, 2018.

Section 2 appropriates $400,000 in nonrecurring funds in 2017-18 and 2018-19 to the Department of Public Safety to establish, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, a pilot program to train law enforcement officers to identify signs of human trafficking.  The pilot program must address certain categories of information, terms, and warnings enumerated in the act.  Requires the department to report to the Joint Legislative Committee on Justice and Public Safety on implementation of the pilot program by September 1, 2018.

Section 3 appropriates $12.5 million in nonrecurring funds in 2017-18 and $25 million in nonrecurring funds in 2018-19 to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide shelter beds for human trafficking victims.  Defines shelter bed and requires DHHS to establish procedures for allocating the funds.

Section 3 also appropriates $4.5 million in nonrecurring funds in 2017-18 and $9 million in nonrecurring funds in 2018-19 to DHHS to provide mental health services to human trafficking victims. Requires DHHS to establish procedures for allocating the funds.

Section 4 limits the act to apply only to New Hanover, Wake, and Mecklenburg counties.

Appropriations effective July 1, 2017.  The remainder effective when the act becomes law.

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