Bill Summary for H 590 (2017-2018)

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May 17 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 590 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 5, 2017
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR THE VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE PROFESSION OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND TO ALLOW REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS TO OBTAIN PERMITS FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.
Intro. by Riddell, McElraft, Saine, S. Martin.

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

Adds the term interior designer to the definitions set forth in proposed GS 93F-3.

Clarifies that an applicant is only required to submit the applicant's employer's information if the applicant is employed at the time of application for registration pursuant to proposed GS 93F-4.

Limits the fee for the renewal of registration that the Department of Insurance (Department) is authorized to establish under proposed GS 93F-5 to no more than $50.

Modifies proposed GS 93F-6 (Reciprocity), requiring the Department to issue a registration to an applicant holding a valid license, certificate, or registration as an interior designer issued by another state or jurisdiction if the Department determines the requirements for that license, certificate, or registration are substantially equal to or greater than (was, substantially the same as) the requirements for registration pursuant to new GS Chapter 93F. Makes technical changes.

Eliminates subdivision (5) in proposed GS 93F-8, which made it a Class 2 misdemeanor to willfully prevent a registered interior designer from obtaining a building permit from a local government in NC.

Makes technical change to proposed GS 93F-9(d) pertaining to disciplinary costs to more specifically refer to the registered interior designer rather than the licensee.

Modifies the powers and duties of the Department set forth in proposed GS 93F-12, authorizing the Department to adopt rules required for the administration of the act (was, to promulgate rules and regulations required for the administration of the act).

Adds to proposed GS 93F-13 (Applicability of Chapter), establishing that nothing in the Chapter precludes an unregistered interior designer from the practice of interior design. Further, adds to the listed persons exempted from the Chapter's provisions general contractors licensed pursuant to Article 1 of GS Chapter 87 and unregistered interior designers, so long as the persons are engaged in the proper scope of their professions.

Deletes the proposed new provisions in GS 153A-357 and GS 160A-417, that directed a county or city that denies or withholds the issuance of a building permit to provide a written explanation and a copy of the ordinance or other basis for its decision. 

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