AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE UNDERGROUND UTILITY SAFETY AND DAMAGE PREVENTION ACT, INCLUDING AUTHORIZING THE UNDERGROUND DAMAGE PREVENTION REVIEW BOARD TO APPROVE TRAINING COURSES AND TO IMPOSE A FEE ON OPERATORS TO FUND THE ACTIVITIES OF THE BOARD.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Enacts GS 87-129A to authorize the Underground Damage Prevention Review Board (Board) to impose a fee on operators to cover the activities and operations of the Board in reviewing alleged violations of Article 8A, Underground Utility Safety and Damage Prevention Act. Provides that the fee is to be based on jurisdictional revenues of an operator and be assessed in addition to any cost apportioned to maintain the Notification Center. Restricts the rate to an amount that the total annual proceeds do not exceed $200,000. Creates the Underground Damage Prevention Review Board Fund (Fund) consisting of the deposits of regulatory fees collected under the statute and interest or other income derived from the Fund. Restricts expenditures of monies credited to the Fund to cover costs of the Board's review of alleged violations of Article 8A and pursuant to legislative appropriation. Subjects the Fund to the State Budget Act except that unexpended funds do not revert to the General Fund.
Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.
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