Bill Summary for H 626 (2021-2022)
May 11 2021
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AN ACT TO REVISE THE LAW GOVERNING THE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF RAPE AND SEX OFFENSES TO CLARIFY THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "FORENSIC MEDICAL EXAMINATION" AND REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO ASSESS A CIVIL PENALTY ON A MEDICAL FACILITY OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WHO BILLS A VICTIM, THE VICTIM'S PERSONAL INSURANCE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, OR ANY OTHER COLLATERAL SOURCE FOR THE COST OF A FORENSIC MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND TO AUTHORIZE THE NORTH CAROLINA INNOCENCE INQUIRY COMMISSION TO PAY OUTSIDE COUNSEL WITH EXISTING FUNDS.Intro. by Richardson, Goodwin.
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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends GS 143B-1200 by further revising the definition given for the term forensic medical examination to include facility fees. Makes additional technical changes.
Adds that the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission may, of the funds appropriated to the Administrative Office of the Courts, pay up to $14,000 for 2020-21 for litigation services provided by outside council if the services were approved by the Governor under GS 147-17. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title. Makes conforming and clarifying changes to act's effective date.