Bill Summary for H 560 (2021)

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May 5 2021

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 560 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 14, 2021
AN ACT TO MODIFY THE LAWS OF THE STATE RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Intro. by Boles, A. Jones, Logan, McNeill.

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

House amendment #1 eliminates the proposed changes to Section 36.15, SL 2013-360 which allowed employees of a State agency or institution to perform work involving installation, construction, maintenance, or repair of buildings, wiring, piping, devices, appliances, or equipment located in or constituting improvements located on State-owned land without the requirement of licensure for contractors under GS Chapter 87 if the work is performed by an employee who is employed by the State agency or institution and either the work is valued at less than $100,000 or all work is performed as force-account work otherwise authorized by law up to the value authorized; maintains current law requiring all three criteria to be met. 

House amendment #3 amends proposed GS 148-18.2, which governs prisoner property. Provides exceptions to the new provision prohibiting the personal property of an inmate in the custody of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (Division), Department of Public Safety (DPS) from exceeding a total value of $250, to allow for an inmate to possess one wedding ring with value not to exceed $500, and to exclude from the prohibition medical devices that are not State-issued and legal material. Regarding the sole remedy provided stating that DPS must reimburse an inmate for the value of an item or provide replacement for an item, when DPS’s Administrative Remedies Procedures results in such a recommendation, when the inmate’s personal property is lost, destroyed or damaged through the negligent maintenance of the correctional facility or the negligence of the correctional facility’s employees, specifies that medical devices or legal material lost, damaged, or destroyed is not limited by this remedy. Limits reimbursement of a wedding ring lost, damaged, or destroyed to $500. Makes technical changes. 

House amendment #4 deletes the proposed changes to GS 15-205 regarding the duties and powers of probation officers. Instead amends the statute by adding a new provision allowing probation officers to be assigned by the Secretary of Public Safety to perform additional duties during a declared state of emergency or a natural disaster; clarifies that this authority does not convey any additional powers of arrest or other authority beyond the statutory authorities set forth in the statute's existing provisions, now organized as subsection (a) (the previous edition granted probation officers the authority to serve any warrant or other process issuing from any of the State courts having criminal jurisdiction, to assist law enforcement officers in making arrests and preventing escapes from custody when requested or necessary, as well as granted the authority of peace officers in certain circumstances such as transferring prisoners, responding to active assailant incidents, or when assigned to perform additional duties during times of disaster). Effective October 1, 2021.

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