Bill Summary for S 433 (2019-2020)

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Oct 31 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 433 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 28, 2019
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE STATUTES GOVERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES AND TO REMOVE CERTAIN LANDS FROM THE STATE NATURE AND HISTORIC PRESERVE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE DEPARTMENT; TO AMEND CERTAIN REPORTS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA POLICY COLLABORATORY TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY; TO CLARIFY CERTAIN APPROPRIATIONS IN THE 2018 HURRICANE FLORENCE DISASTER RECOVERY ACT; TO CORRECT AN EFFECTIVE DATE; TO REPEAL AND REPLACE AN ACT PROVIDING FOR EMERGENCY OPERATING FUNDS FOR UTILITIES; TO ADJUST FOR INFLATION THE THRESHOLD FOR DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION APPROVAL OF STATE LEASES; AND TO CLARIFY AND AMEND THE SEPTIC TANK SITE SUITABILITY DETERMINATION PROCESS.
Intro. by Burgin, Ballard, Woodard.

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Conference report makes the following changes to the 5th edition.

Requires the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory (Collaboratory) to submit an interim report with the results of its studies on aqueous film-forming foam used or stored by fire departments in the state by April 1, 2020, and requires a final report by October 15, 2020 (was, the results of the studies were to be included in the final report required by the specified session law and required an interim report no later than April 1, 2020). Amends Section 13.1(g) of SL 2018-5 to extend the date by which the Collaboratory must report on the results of nontargeted analysis for PFAS at all public water supply surface water intakes and one public water supply well selected by each municipal water system operating groundwater wells for public drinking water supplies, to October 15, 2020 (was, December 1, 2019); also adds the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources to the entities to receive the report on those sampling results. 

Modifies S 553 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2019), subject to that act becoming law, to postpone the effective date of Section 12, which amends GS 159G-23 concerning priority consideration for certain applications for loans and grants from the Wastewater Reserve or Drinking Water Reserve, from July 1, 2019, to December 1, 2019 (was, November 1, 2019).

Adds a section amending GS 146-25.1 to provide that if the Department of Administration determines it is in the State's best interest to lease or rent land and the rental is estimated to exceed $40,000 (was, exceed $25,000) per year or the term will exceed three years, the Department of Administration must require the State agency desiring to rent land to prepare and submit a set of specifications for its needs for the Department's approval.

Adds a section that amends GS 130A-335(j) if S 553 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2019) becomes law, to allow a local health department to determine site suitability for a ground absorption sewage treatment and disposal system under rules adopted by the Commission for Public Health, or site suitability may be determined according to GS 130A-336.1 if substantiating data indicates the system can be expected to function satisfactorily and the system and effluent meet the stated conditions (was, under rules adopted by the Commission or according to GS 130A-336.1 where all of the stated conditions are indicated). Adds that a registered environmental health specialist employed by, or under contract with, a local health department who determines site suitability in accordance with (j) is not considered an authorized agent of the Department of Health and Human Services. Gives the Department immunity from liability for wastewater systems designed, constructed, and installed under (j).

Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.

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