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House Bill 192 (Public) Filed Thursday, February 23, 2023
Intro. by Adams, Clampitt.

Status: Ch. SL 2023-69 (Jun 30 2023)

Bill History:

H 192/S.L. 2023-69

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jul 3 2023 - View Summary

    AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE WILDLIFE LAWS, AS REQUESTED BY THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION. SL 2023-69. Enacted June 30, 2023. Effective June 30, 2023, except Sections 1.1, 2.1, and 2.6 are effective July 1, 2023. 

  • Summary date: Jun 7 2023 - View Summary

    Senate committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.

    Deletes Section 1.2 of the act, which amended GS 75A-3 to allow the Wildlife Resources Commission to retain $100,000 per quarter from the certificate of number fees to be used for WRC-directed dredging projects.

    Adds a new section amending GS 14-401.24, which makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to fish or hunt using an unmanned aircraft system. Amends the definition used in this statute for fishing so that it remains defined as it is in GS 113-130, but adds an exception for when an unmanned aircraft or unmanned aircraft system is used during, immediately preparatory to, or immediately subsequent to the taking of fish for (1) spotting; locating; recording, broadcasting, or streaming video of fish; or (2) deploying bait. Applies to activities occurring on or after July 1, 2023.

  • Summary date: May 3 2023 - View Summary

    House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.

    Removes proposed changes to GS 143C-8-12, concerning Wildlife Resources Commission capital improvement projects.

    Amends GS 143C-8-7, concerning when a State agency may begin a capital improvement project, as follows. Allows the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to use funds for capital improvement projects with a total project cost of less than $150,00 (was, $125,000) for equipment structures that met the specified description. Adds that Wildlife Resources may use funds for capital improvement projects with a total project cost less than $150,000 for equipment storage or maintenance buildings. Effective July 1, 2023.

  • Summary date: Apr 5 2023 - View Summary

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

    Amends GS 113-291.2 (pertaining to seasons and bag limits on wild animals and birds, including animals and birds taken in bag, and possession and transportation of wildlife after taking), as follows. Authorizes the Executive Director of the Wildlife Resources Commission, upon receiving notification of a new confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease-positive cervid (i.e., members of the deer family) in North Carolina, to issue proclamations to establish and modify Primary Surveillance Area(s) and Secondary Surveillance Area(s) and mandatory sampling requirements for cervids taken in those areas by licensed and license-exempt individuals or those otherwise permitted by the Commission. Requires that each proclamation must state the hour and date upon which it becomes effective and must be issued at least 48 hours prior to the effective date and time. Specifies that permanent file of the text of all proclamations must be maintained in the office of the Executive Director. Specifies that certified copies of proclamations are entitled to judicial notice in any civil or criminal proceeding.  

  • Summary date: Feb 23 2023 - View Summary

    Part I

    Amends GS 143C-8-12 (capital improvement projects from sources other than the General Fund) to allow the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) to approve expenditures for its capital project(s) if (1) the project will be funded entirely with agency receipts or federal funds and (2) any operating costs associated with the project will be paid  entirely with agency receipts or federal funds. Makes other conforming changes.  Effective July 1, 2023.

    Current law (GS 75A-3) requires the owners of certain water vessels to obtain a certificate of number from the WRC (which can be for either one year or for three years) and sets forth the fee for each type of license. The WRC is also required to transfer certain amounts of these collected fees to the Navigation Channel Dredging and Aquatic Weed Fund. Amends GS 75A-3 to allow the WRC to retain $100,000 per quarter of the transferred funds for WRC-directed dredging projects, effective July 1, 2023.

    Effective June 30, 2023, authorizes the use of funds appropriated by SL 2021-180 (the Appropriations Act) for the removal of high-hazard dams in the mountain region of the State for dams not categorized as high-hazard but otherwise prioritized for removal by the WRC utilizing data-driven criteria that take into account beneficial impacts on restoration of fisheries and wildlife resources; accessibility of the areas to be restored by dam removal to the public for recreational, hunting, and fishing activities; and other relevant criteria. Specifies that the funds will not revert at the end of the 2022-2023 fiscal year but will remain available for expenditure until June 30, 2023.

    Part II

    Enacts new GS 143-254.6 requiring the WRC to do the following with respect to the design, construction, or renovation of property developments at boating access  areas, public fishing areas, and game lands of the Commission that require the estimated expenditure of non-General Fund money of $750,000 or  less: (1) conduct fee negotiations for all design contracts and supervise the letting of all construction and design projects and (2) develop procedures governing the responsibilities of the WRC to perform the duties of the Department of Administration and the Director or Office of State Construction under GS 133-1.1(d) (setting forth certain instances when a certificate of compliance with the state building code is required) and GS 143-341(3) (governing architecture and engineering). Requires WRC to use contracting standards for State capital improvement projects by the Office of State Construction of the Department of Administration.  Specifies that a contract cannot be divided to evade the monetary limit set forth above.  Bars the Department of Administration from acting as the awarding authority for any contracts issued under GS 143-254.6. Sets forth annual reporting requirements to the State Building Commission from the WRC on the following: (1) a list of projects under GS 143-254.6, (2) estimated project costs along with actual cost, (3) name of each person or business awarded a contract under the new law, (4) whether that person or business is a “minority business” or “minority person” under state law.  Effective July 1, 2023.

    Amends GS 113-270.3 to add  a new special activity hunting license, “Bonus CWD Deer license,” to allow individuals with valid North Carolina hunting licenses for big game or those exempt from the hunting license requirement to take two deer of either sex in an area identified by the WRC for special management due to the presence of or potential for Chronic Wasting Disease during seasons and by methods authorized by the WRC. Sets license expiration date as June 30.  

    Amends the special license provisions of GS 113-291.2 (permitting the WRC to fix hunting seasons and bag limits) as follows.  Changes the term "license" to "permit."  Deletes the requirement for a $50 application fee. Authorizes both Executive Director (ED) and the ED’s designee to issue a special permit and deer tags for hunting (currently, just the ED). Adds addressing disease management in deer populations as a reason for either the ED or their designee to issue such special permit. (Currently, licenses may be issued to achieve the property owner’s deer population goals on their property, or to correct an imbalance in deer population.) Makes conforming changes. Allows ED or their designee to define manner of take and disease testing requirements on this special hunting permit (currently, just hunt dates). Specifies that when deer are killed for whom special tags are issued, the kill must be reported using the WRC’s requirements for big game harvest reporting (currently, must report in the wildlife cooperator tagging book issued with the tags).

    Amends GS 75A-13.3 by specifying that persons riding on or being towed by a personal watercraft must wear a personal flotation device approved by the US Coast Guard. (Currently, persons must be wearing a type I, type II, type III, or type V personal flotation device approved by the Coast Guard.)

    Amends GS 100-2.1(c) (setting forth exceptions to requirement of approval by the North Carolina Historical Commission to move or otherwise alter a landmark) by adding an object of remembrance commemorating law enforcement officers of the WRC killed in the line of duty to the list of exceptions.

    Makes clarifying changes to GS 75A-34(a) and GS 75A-41.