AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO HIGHER EDUCATION LAWS.
Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition deletes the act's previous provisions except for the proposed changes to GS 115D-58.10. Qualifies the proposed changes to GS 115D-58.10, which permits community colleges to provide sufficient insurance coverage in lieu of a surety bond, providing that the changes are repealed if HB 966 (the 2019 Appropriations Act) becomes law. Adds the following.
Amends GS 116-37.1 to rename the UNC Center for Public Television as the UNC Center for Public Media (the Center). Now includes in the functions of the Center the responsibility to provide research, development, and production of noncommercial educational and information media programming, and program material and communications; to provide distribution of noncommercial media programming and information through the broadcast facilities licensed to UNC and other available distribution platforms; and otherwise to enhance the uses of television, media, and related technology for public purposes. Adds the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety as an ex officio member of the Center's Board of Trustees. Makes technical changes. Amends the following statutes, making conforming changes to refer to the UNC Center for Public Media: GS 116-36, GS 116D-1, GS 116D-22, GS 120-123, GS 143B-426.9, and GS 143B-426.10.
Amends GS 116-41.2 to authorize the Board of Governors (BOG) to purchase or finance the purchase of computers, computer hardware and software, and emergency management equipment through lease purchase or installment purchase contracts that create a security interest in the purchased property, subject to State appropriations. Prohibits directly or indirectly pledging the State's taxing power. Makes the BOG and the State judgment proof for breach of a contractual obligation under this new provision.
Amends GS 116-143.1, concerning residency status for higher education tuition purposes, to specifically allow an individual to offer evidence of graduation from a North Carolina high school to reinforce or rebut the presumption that the individual's domicile is the same domicile as the individual's living parent or guardian. Adds that such evidence alone cannot establish legal residence in the State.
Amends the act's long title.
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