Bill Summary for H 198 (2021-2022)

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Apr 14 2021

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House Bill 198 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 2, 2021
AN ACT TO ALLOW MAGISTRATES TO WAIVE TRIALS FOR STATE FOREST RULE OFFENSES; TO EXEMPT CERTAIN FIRES FROM OPEN BURNING LAWS; TO MODIFY OVERTIME POLICY FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA FOREST SERVICE; AND TO CLARIFY THE USE OF FUNDS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FOREST SERVICE HEADQUARTERS.
Intro. by McNeely, Greene, Dixon, Strickland.

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House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.

Qualifies the duty of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to provide either compensatory leave or monetary overtime compensation under GS 106-903 for professional employees of the Forest Service for overtime earned while conducting fire suppression duties, to require that such employees of the Forest Service be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

Adds the following content. 

Amends Section 3.9 of SL 2020-97, revising one of the authorized uses of unencumbered funds appropriated to the NC Forest Service under Section 4.1 of SL 2016-124 by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services pursuant to the uses set forth in SL 2020-97 and Section 12.9 of SL 2017-57 to allow the Department to use the funds for the construction authorization and partial construction of a Region One headquarters and training facility for the Forest Services, including an office building with classrooms, an equipment maintenance facility, and multi-bay equipment shelters (previously provided for use for the purchase and renovation of an existing facility for use as a regional headquarters and training facility for the Forest Service). Effective on the date the act becomes law.

Makes conforming changes to the act's long title. 

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