Bill Summary for S 704 (2019-2020)

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Apr 29 2020

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 704 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 28, 2020
AN ACT TO PROVIDE AID TO NORTH CAROLINIANS IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) CRISIS.
Intro. by Brown, Harrington, B. Jackson, J. Alexander, T. Alexander, Ballard, Berger, Blue, Britt, Bryan, Burgin, Chaudhuri, Clark, Daniel, D. Davis, J. Davis, deViere, Edwards, Fitch, Ford, Foushee, Gallimore, Garrett, Gunn, Hise, Horner, Johnson, Krawiec, Lowe, Marcus, McInnis, Murdock, Newton, Perry, Peterson, Rabon, Robinson, Sanderson, Sawyer, Searcy, Smith, Steinburg, Tillman, Waddell, Wells, Woodard.

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Senate amendments make the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amendment #1 amends Section 3.1 to increase the amount transferred from the Coronavirus Relief Reserve to the Coronavirus Relief Fund from $598,090,000, to $726,090,000. Amends Section 3.2 by increasing the amount appropriated from the Fund to OSBM from $623,090,000, to $751,090,000. Amends Section 3.3 as follows. Adds to the required uses of the funds appropriated to OSBM to require that: (1) $20 million be allocated to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide funds to support local health departments, rural health providers, the State lab, and mental health crisis services; (2) $25 million to DHHS to provide funding for food banks, support for residential settings that are incurring additional costs to mitigate spread or isolate positive cases, adult child protective services response, support for homeless and domestic violence shelters and housing security, child care response, costs to expand NCCARE360, and technology modifications to support COVID-19 emergency relief to beneficiaries; (3) $61 million to DHHS for rural and underserved communities especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic; and (4) $22 million to the Department of Public Instruction to provide funds for continuity of critical school nutrition programs across the state.

Amendment #3 amends Section 3.3 by making additional conforming and clarifying changes that reflect the earlier removal of the requirement for the NC Policy Collaboratory to work with specified entities.

Amendment #4 amends Section 3.3 by amending the allocation of $9 million to the Department of Information Technology to that is to be used for the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology Fund to now require that it be used to provide supplemental project funding for all qualifying GREAT program applications. Makes GREAT grant applications received on or before April 1, 2020, that meet established criteria eligible to receive the supplementary funding. Allows applicants that were eliminated as a result of the scoring process or that contained proposed project areas that overlap with other applications to submit a revised application to qualify for this funding.

Amendment #5 amends Section 6.12 by clarifying in the new definition of emergency video notarization in GS 10B-3 that verification or proof is as it is defined in GS 10B-3(28).

Amendment #6 adds a new Section 6.2(b1). Allows the DMV to extend for up to six months the validity of a medical waiver if the waiver expires on or after March 1, 2020, and before August 1, 2020, and the DMV's Medical Review Unit determines the extension is appropriate.

Amendment #7 makes the following changes to Section 4.2. Adds to the requirements for the program and emergency loans to assist small business, to allow Golden LEAF to use up to $2 million of the allocated funds to provide grants for providing technical assistance to businesses working to apply for a loan from the program or for other federal assistance programs.

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