GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2017

 

SENATE BILL 131

RATIFIED BILL

 

 

AN ACT to provide further REGULATORY RELIEF TO THE CITIZENS OF nORTH CAROLINA.

 

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

 

PART I. BUSINESS REGULATION

 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS OF FRANCHISES

SECTION 1.1.  Article 2A of Chapter 95 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

"§ 95‑25.24A.  Franchisee status.

Neither a franchisee nor a franchisee's employee shall be deemed to be an employee of the franchisor for any purposes, including, but not limited to, this Article and Chapters 96, 97, and 105 of the General Statutes. For purposes of this section, "franchisee" and "franchisor" have the same definitions as set out in 16 C.F.R. § 436.1."

 

STREAMLINE MORTGAGE NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

SECTION 1.2.  G.S. 45‑91 reads as rewritten:

"§ 45‑91.  Assessment of fees; processing of payments; publication of statements.

A servicer must comply as to every home loan, regardless of whether the loan is considered in default or the borrower is in bankruptcy or the borrower has been in bankruptcy, with the following requirements:

(1)        Any fee that is incurred by a servicer shall be both:

a.         Assessed within 45 days of the date on which the fee was incurred. Provided, however, that attorney or trustee fees and costs incurred as a result of a foreclosure action shall be assessed within 45 days of the date they are charged by either the attorney or trustee to the servicer.

b.         Explained clearly and conspicuously in a statement mailed to the borrower at the borrower's last known address within 30 days after assessing the fee, provided the servicer shall not be required to take any action in violation of the provisions of the federal bankruptcy code. The servicer shall not be required to send such a statement for a fee that: (i) results that either:

1.         Is otherwise included in a periodic statement sent to the borrower that meets the requirements of paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) of 12 C.F.R. § 1026.41.

2.         Results from a service that is affirmatively requested by the borrower, (ii) is paid for by the borrower at the time the service is provided, and (iii) is not charged to the borrower's loan account.

(2)        All amounts received by a servicer on a home loan at the address where the borrower has been instructed to make payments shall be accepted and credited, or treated as credited, within one business day of the date received, provided that the borrower has made the full contractual payment and has provided sufficient information to credit the account. If a servicer uses the scheduled method of accounting, any regularly scheduled payment made prior to the scheduled due date shall be credited no later than the due date. Provided, however, that if any payment is received and not credited, or treated as credited, the borrower shall be notified within 10 business days by mail at the borrower's last known address of the disposition of the payment, the reason the payment was not credited, or treated as credited to the account, and any actions necessary by the borrower to make the loan current.

(2a)      The notification required by subdivision (2) of this section is not necessary if (i) the servicer complies with the terms of any agreement or plan made with the borrower and has applied and credited payments received in the manner required, and (ii) the servicer is applying and crediting payments to the borrower's account in compliance with all applicable State and federal laws, including bankruptcy laws, and if at least one of the following occurs:

a.         The borrower has entered into a written loss mitigation, loan modification, or forebearance agreement with the servicer that itemizes all amounts due and specifies how payments will be applied and credited;

b.         The borrower has elected to participate in an alternative payment plan, such as a biweekly payment plan, that specifies as part of a written agreement how payments will be applied and credited; or

c.         The borrower is making payments pursuant to a bankruptcy plan.

(3)        Failure to charge the fee or provide the information within the allowable time and in the manner required under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section constitutes a waiver of such fee.

(4)        All fees charged by a servicer must be otherwise permitted under applicable law and the contracts between the parties. Nothing herein is intended to permit the application of payments or method of charging interest which is less protective of the borrower than the contracts between the parties and other applicable law.

(5)        The obligations of mortgage servicers set forth in G.S. 53‑244.110."

 

CLARIFY PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELL PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS

SECTION 1.3.(a)  G.S. 87‑97 reads as rewritten:

"§ 87‑97.  Permitting, inspection, and testing of private drinking water wells.

(a)        Mandatory Local Well Programs. – Each county, through the local health department that serves the county, shall implement a private drinking water well permitting, inspection, and testing program. The local health department shall be the exclusive authority for the permitting of wells and well systems as described in G.S. 143‑138(b17)(2). Local health departments shall administer the program and enforce the minimum well construction, permitting, inspection, repair, and testing requirements set out in this Article and rules adopted pursuant to this Article. No person shall unduly delay or refuse to permit a well that can be constructed or repaired and operated in compliance with the requirements set out in this Article and rules adopted pursuant to this Article.

(a1)      Use of Standard Forms. – Local well programs shall use the standard forms created by the Department for all required submittals and shall not create their own forms.

(b)        Permit Required. – Except for those wells required to be permitted by the Environmental Management Commission pursuant to G.S. 87‑88, no person shall:

(1)        Construct or assist in the construction of a private drinking water well unless a construction permit has been obtained from the local health department.

(2)        Repair or assist in the repair of a private drinking water well unless a repair permit has been obtained from the local health department, except that a permit shall not be required for the repair or replacement of a pump or tank.

(b1)      Permit to Include Authorization for Piping and Electrical.Inspections. – When a permit is issued under this section, the local health department shall be responsible for notifying the appropriate building inspector of the issuance of the well permit. The appropriate building inspector may request from the local health department the opportunity to inspect the activities authorized by the permit. The inspection must be performed prior to the final inspection performed by the local health department, and the well contractor shall not be required to be onsite for the inspection by the building inspector. If an inspection by a building inspector after the final inspection has been performed by the local health department is determined to be necessary for the protection of public health, safety, or welfare, the local building inspections department shall be responsible for (i) the additional costs for the inspection and related activities necessary for the inspection and (ii) any damages to the well system caused during the inspection.

(b2)      Permit to Include Authorization for Piping and Electrical. – A permit issued under this section shall also be deemed to include authorization for all of the following:

(1)        The installation, construction, maintenance, or repair of electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment by a person certified as a well contractor under Article 7A of this Chapter when running electrical wires from the well pump to the pressure switch.

(2)        The installation, construction, maintenance, or repair of water pipes by a person certified as a well contractor under Article 7A of this Chapter when running water pipes from the well to the water tank.

(3)        The installation of both water pipes and electrical wiring in a single ditch by a person certified as a well contractor under Article 7A of this Chapter when running electrical wires from the well pump to the pressure switch and water pipes from the well to the water tank. The ditch shall be as deep as the minimum cover requirements for either electrical wiring or water pipes, whichever is greater.

This subsection shall not be interpreted to prohibit any person licensed by an independent occupational licensing board from performing any authorized services within the scope of practice of the person's license.

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SECTION 1.3.(b)  G.S. 143‑138 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

"§ 143‑138.  North Carolina State Building Code.

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(b17)    Exclusion for Private Drinking Water Well Installation, Construction, Maintenance, and Repair. – No permit shall be required under the Code or any local variant approved under subsection (e) of this section for the electrical and plumbing activities associated with the installation, construction, maintenance, or repair of a private drinking water well when all of the following apply:

(1)        The work is performed by a contractor certified under Article 7A of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes under the terms of a permit issued by the local health department pursuant to G.S. 87‑97.

(2)        The scope of work includes only the connection or disconnection of a well system to either the plumbing served by the well system or the electrical service that serves the well system. For purposes of this subsection, a well system includes the well, the pressure tank, the pressure switch, and all plumbing and electrical equipment in the well and between the well, pressure tank, and pressure switch.

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EXEMPT CERTAIN BUILDING CODE CLASSIFICATIONS FROM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

SECTION 1.4.  G.S. 143‑138 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

"(b18)  Exclusion From Energy Efficiency Code Requirements for Certain Use and Occupancy Classifications. – The Council shall provide for an exemption from any requirements in the energy efficiency standards pursuant to Chapter 13 of the 2012 North Carolina Building Code and the 2012 Energy Conservation Code, and any subsequent amendments to the Building Code and Energy Conservation Code, for the following use and occupancy classifications pursuant to Chapter 3 of the 2012 North Carolina Building Code: Section 306, Factory Group F; Section 311, Storage Group S; and Section 312, Utility and Miscellaneous Group U. This exclusion shall apply to the entire floor area of any structure for which the primary use or occupancy is listed herein."

 

PART II. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION

 

WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION, DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES, AND UTILITIES COMMISSION PRIVATE IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

SECTION 2.1.(a)  G.S. 143‑254.5 reads as rewritten:

"§ 143‑254.5.  Disclosure of personal identifying information.

Social security numbers and identifying information obtained by the Commission shall be treated as provided in G.S. 132‑1.10. For purposes of this section, "identifying information" also includes a person's mailing address, residence address, e‑mail address, Commission‑issued customer identification number, date of birth, and telephone number."

SECTION 2.1.(b)  G.S. 143B‑289.52(h) reads as rewritten:

"§ 143B‑289.52.  Marine Fisheries Commission – powers and duties.

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(h)        Social security numbers and identifying information obtained by the Commission or the Division of Marine Fisheries shall be treated as provided in G.S. 132‑1.10. For purposes of this subsection, "identifying information" also includes a person's mailing address, residence address, e‑mail address, Commission‑issued customer identification number, date of birth, and telephone number."

SECTION 2.1.(c)  Chapter 132 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

"§ 132‑1.14.  Personally identifiable information of public utility customers.

(a)        Except as otherwise provided in this section, a public record, as defined by G.S. 132‑1, does not include personally identifiable information obtained by the Public Staff of the Utilities Commission from customers requesting assistance from the Public Staff regarding rate or service disputes with a public utility, as defined by G.S. 62‑3(23).

(b)        The Public Staff may disclose personally identifiable information of a customer to the public utility involved in the matter for the purpose of investigating such disputes.

(c)        Such personally identifiable information is a public record to the extent disclosed by the customer in a complaint filed with the Commission pursuant to G.S. 62‑73.

(d)       For purposes of this section, "personally identifiable information" means the customer's name, physical address, e‑mail address, telephone number, and public utility account number."

SECTION 2.1.(d)  This section becomes effective October 1, 2017.

 

WATER AND SEWER BILLING BY LESSORS

SECTION 2.2.(a)  G.S. 42‑42.1 reads as rewritten:

"§ 42‑42.1.  Water and electricity conservation.

(a)        For the purpose of encouraging water and electricity conservation, pursuant to a written rental agreement, a landlord may charge for the cost of providing water or sewer service to tenants who occupy the same contiguous premises pursuant to G.S. 62‑110(g) or electric service pursuant to G.S. 62‑110(h).

(b)        The landlord may not disconnect or terminate the tenant's electric service or water or sewer services due to the tenant's nonpayment of the amount due for electric service or water or sewer services."

SECTION 2.2.(b)  G.S. 62‑110(g) reads as rewritten:

"(g)      In addition to the authority to issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity and establish rates otherwise granted in this Chapter, for the purpose of encouraging water conservation, the Commission may, consistent with the public interest, adopt procedures that allow a lessor to charge for the costs of providing water or sewer service to persons who occupy the same contiguous leased premises. The following provisions shall apply:

(1)        All charges for water or sewer service shall be based on the user's metered consumption of water, which shall be determined by metered measurement of all water consumed. The rate charged by the lessor shall not exceed the unit consumption rate charged by the supplier of the service.

(1a)      If the contiguous leased premises were are contiguous dwelling units built prior to 1989 1989, and the lessor determines that the measurement of the tenant's total water usage is impractical or not economical, the lessor may allocate the cost for water and sewer service to the tenant using equipment that measures the tenant's hot water usage. In that case, each tenant shall be billed a percentage of the landlord's water and sewer costs for water usage in the dwelling units based upon the hot water used in the tenant's dwelling unit. The percentage of total water usage allocated for each dwelling unit shall be equal to that dwelling unit's individually submetered hot water usage divided by all submetered hot water usage in all dwelling units. The following conditions apply to billing for water and sewer service under this subdivision:

a.         A lessor shall not utilize a ratio utility billing system or other allocation billing system that does not rely on individually submetered hot water usage to determine the allocation of water and sewer costs.

b.         The lessor shall not include in a tenant's bill the cost of water and sewer service used in common areas or water loss due to leaks in the lessor's water mains. A lessor shall not bill or attempt to collect for excess water usage resulting from a plumbing malfunction or other condition that is not known to the tenant or that has been reported to the lessor.

c.         All equipment used to measure water usage shall comply with guidelines promulgated by the American Water Works Association.

d.         The lessor shall maintain records for a minimum of 12 months that demonstrate how each tenant's allocated costs were calculated for water and sewer service. Upon advanced written notice to the lessor, a tenant may inspect the records during reasonable business hours.

e.         Bills for water and sewer service sent by the lessor to the tenant shall contain all the following information:

1.         The amount of water and sewer services allocated to the tenant during the billing period.

2.         The method used to determine the amount of water and sewer services allocated to the tenant.

3.         Beginning and ending dates for the billing period.

4.         The past‑due date, which shall not be less than 25 days after the bill is mailed.

5.         A local or toll‑free telephone number and address that the tenant can use to obtain more information about the bill.

(2)        The lessor may charge a reasonable administrative fee for providing water or sewer service not to exceed the maximum administrative fee authorized by the Commission.

(3)        The Commission shall issue adopt rules to define contiguous premises and to implement this subsection. In issuing the rule to define contiguous premises, the Commission shall consider contiguous premises where manufactured homes, as defined in G.S. 143‑145(7), or spaces for manufactured homes are rented.

(4)        The Commission shall develop an application that lessors must submit for authority to charge for water or sewer service. The form shall include all of the following:

a.         A description of the applicant and the property to be served.

b.         A description of the proposed billing method and billing statements.

c.         The schedule of rates charged to the applicant by the supplier.

d.         The schedule of rates the applicant proposes to charge the applicant's customers.

e.         The administrative fee proposed to be charged by the applicant.

f.          The name of and contact information for the applicant and its agents.

g.         The name of and contact information for the supplying water or sewer system.

h.         Any additional information that the Commission may require.

(4a)      The Commission shall develop an application that lessors must submit for authority to charge for water or sewer service at single‑family homes that allows the applicant to serve multiple homes in the State subject to single Commission approval. The form shall include all of the following:

a.         A description of the applicant and a listing of the address of all the properties to be served, which shall be updated annually with the Commission.

b.         A description of the proposed billing method and billing statements.

c.         The administrative fee proposed to be charged by the applicant.

d.         The name and contact information for the applicant and its agents.

e.         Any additional information the Commission may require.

(5)        The Commission shall approve or disapprove an application within 30 days of the filing of a completed application with the Commission. If the Commission has not issued an order disapproving a completed application within 30 days, the application shall be deemed approved.

(6)        A provider of water or sewer service under this subsection may increase the rate for service so long as the rate does not exceed the unit consumption rate charged by the supplier of the service. A provider of water or sewer service under this subsection may change the administrative fee so long as the administrative fee does not exceed the maximum administrative fee authorized by the Commission. In order to change the rate or administrative fee, the provider shall file a notice of revised schedule of rates and fees with the Commission. The Commission may prescribe the form by which the provider files a notice of a revised schedule of rates and fees under this subsection. The form shall include all of the following:

a.         The current schedule of the unit consumption rates charged by the provider.

b.         The schedule of rates charged by the supplier to the provider that the provider proposes to pass through to the provider's customers.

c.         The schedule of the unit consumption rates proposed to be charged by the provider.

d.         The current administrative fee charged by the provider, if applicable.

e.         The administrative fee proposed to be charged by the provider.

(7)        A notification of revised schedule of rates and fees shall be presumed valid and shall be allowed to become effective upon 14 days notice to the Commission, unless otherwise suspended or disapproved by order issued within 14 days after filing.

(8)        Notwithstanding any other provision of this Chapter, the Commission shall determine the extent to which the services shall be regulated and, to the extent necessary to protect the public interest, regulate the terms, conditions, and rates that may be charged for the services. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to alter the rights, obligations, or remedies of persons providing water or sewer services and their customers under any other provision of law.

(9)        A provider of water or sewer service under this subsection shall not be required to file annual reports pursuant to G.S. 62‑36 or to furnish a bond pursuant to G.S. 62‑110.3."

 

CLARIFY THAT RECYCLING PROGRAMS BY LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS MUST COMPLY WITH G.S. 160A‑327

SECTION 2.3.  G.S. 115C‑47(41) reads as rewritten:

"(41)    To Encourage Recycling in Public Schools. – Local boards of education shall encourage recycling in public schools and may develop and implement recycling programs at public schools. Local boards of education shall comply with G.S. 160A‑327."

 

REZONING/SIMULTANEOUS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT

SECTION 2.4.(a)  G.S. 153A‑341 reads as rewritten:

"§ 153A‑341.  Purposes in view.

(a)        Zoning regulations shall be made in accordance with a comprehensive plan.

(b)        Prior to adopting or rejecting any zoning amendment, the governing board shall adopt a statement one of the following statements which shall not be subject to judicial review:

(1)        A statement approving the zoning amendment and describing whether its action is consistent its consistency with an adopted comprehensive plan and explaining why the board considers the action taken to be is reasonable and in the public interest. That statement is not subject to judicial review. The

(2)        A statement rejecting the zoning amendment and describing its inconsistency with an adopted comprehensive plan and explaining why the action taken is reasonable and in the public interest.

(3)        A statement approving the zoning amendment and containing at least all of the following:

a.         A declaration that the approval is also deemed an amendment to the comprehensive plan. The governing board shall not require any additional request or application for amendment to the comprehensive plan.

b.         An explanation of the change in conditions the governing board took into account in amending the zoning ordinance to meet the development needs of the community.

c.         Why the action was reasonable and in the public interest.

(c)        Prior to consideration by the governing board of the proposed zoning amendment, the planning board shall advise and comment on whether the proposed amendment is consistent with any comprehensive plan that has been adopted and any other officially adopted plan that is applicable. plan. The planning board shall provide a written recommendation to the governing board of county commissioners that addresses plan consistency and other matters as deemed appropriate by the planning board, but a comment by the planning board that a proposed amendment is inconsistent with the comprehensive plan shall not preclude consideration or approval of the proposed amendment by the governing board.

(d)       Zoning regulations shall be designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare. To that end, the regulations may address, among other things, the following public purposes: to provide adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic, and dangers; and to facilitate the efficient and adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements. The regulations shall be made with reasonable consideration as to, among other things, the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for particular uses, and with a view to conserving the value of buildings and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the county. In addition, the regulations shall be made with reasonable consideration to expansion and development of any cities within the county, so as to provide for their orderly growth and development.

(e)        As used in this section, "comprehensive plan" includes a unified development ordinance and any other officially adopted plan that is applicable."

SECTION 2.4.(b)  G.S. 153A‑349.13 reads as rewritten:

"§ 153A‑349.13.  Relationship of agreement to building or housing code.code; comprehensive plan amendment.

(a)        A development agreement adopted pursuant to this Chapter shall not exempt the property owner or developer from compliance with the State Building Code or State or local housing codes that are not part of the local government's planning, zoning, or subdivision regulations.

(b)        When the governing board approves the rezoning of any property associated with a development agreement adopted pursuant to this Chapter, the provisions of G.S. 153A‑341 apply."

SECTION 2.4.(c)  G.S. 160A‑383 reads as rewritten:

"§ 160A‑383.  Purposes in view.

(a)        Zoning regulations shall be made in accordance with a comprehensive plan. When

(b)        Prior to adopting or rejecting any zoning amendment, the governing board shall also approve a statement adopt one of the following statements which shall not be subject to judicial review:

(1)        A statement approving the zoning amendment and describing whether its action is consistent its consistency with an adopted comprehensive plan and any other officially adopted plan that is applicable, and briefly explaining why the board considers the action taken to be is reasonable and in the public interest. That statement is not subject to judicial review. The

(2)        A statement rejecting the zoning amendment and describing its inconsistency with an adopted comprehensive plan and explaining why the action taken is reasonable and in the public interest.

(3)        A statement approving the zoning amendment and containing at least all of the following:

a.         A declaration that the approval is also deemed an amendment to the comprehensive plan. The governing board shall not require any additional request or application for amendment to the comprehensive plan.

b.         An explanation of the change in conditions the governing board took into account in amending the zoning ordinance to meet the development needs of the community.

c.         Why the action was reasonable and in the public interest.

(c)        Prior to consideration by the governing board of the proposed zoning amendment, the planning board shall advise and comment on whether the proposed amendment is consistent with any comprehensive plan that has been adopted and any other officially adopted plan that is applicable. plan. The planning board shall provide a written recommendation to the governing board that addresses plan consistency and other matters as deemed appropriate by the planning board, but a comment by the planning board that a proposed amendment is inconsistent with the comprehensive plan shall not preclude consideration or approval of the proposed amendment by the governing board.

(d)       Zoning regulations shall be designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare. To that end, the regulations may address, among other things, the following public purposes: to provide adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic, and dangers; and to facilitate the efficient and adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements. The regulations shall be made with reasonable consideration, among other things, as to the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for particular uses, and with a view to conserving the value of buildings and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout such city.

(e)        As used in this section, "comprehensive plan" includes a unified development ordinance and any other officially adopted plan that is applicable."

SECTION 2.4.(d)  G.S. 160A‑400.32 reads as rewritten:

"§ 160A‑400.32.  Relationship of agreement to building or housing code.code; comprehensive plan amendment.

(a)        A development agreement adopted pursuant to this Chapter shall not exempt the property owner or developer from compliance with the State Building Code or State or local housing codes that are not part of the local government's planning, zoning, or subdivision regulations.

(b)        When the governing board approves the rezoning of any property associated with a development agreement adopted pursuant to this Chapter, the provisions of G.S. 160A‑383 apply."

SECTION 2.4.(e)  Nothing in this section shall repeal, modify, or amend any prior or subsequent local act giving authority to a governing board to delegate zoning decisions to a planning board, planning agency, or planning commission.

SECTION 2.4.(f)  This section becomes effective October 1, 2017, and applies to proposed zoning amendment applications filed on or after that date.

 

PARENT PARCEL/SUBDIVISION CLARIFICATION

SECTION 2.5.(a)  G.S. 153A‑335 reads as rewritten:

"§ 153A‑335.  "Subdivision" defined.

(a)        For purposes of this Part, "subdivision" means all divisions of a tract or parcel of land into two or more lots, building sites, or other divisions when any one or more of those divisions are created for the purpose of sale or building development (whether immediate or future) and includes all division of land involving the dedication of a new street or a change in existing streets; however, the following is not included within this definition and is not subject to any regulations enacted pursuant to this Part:

(1)        The combination or recombination of portions of previously subdivided and recorded lots if the total number of lots is not increased and the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the standards of the county as shown in its subdivision regulations.

(2)        The division of land into parcels greater than 10 acres if no street right‑of‑way dedication is involved.

(3)        The public acquisition by purchase of strips of land for widening or opening streets or for public transportation system corridors.

(4)        The division of a tract in single ownership the entire area of which is no greater than two acres into not more than three lots, if no street right‑of‑way dedication is involved and if the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the standards of the county as shown by its subdivision regulations.

(5)        The division of a tract into parcels in accordance with the terms of a probated will or in accordance with intestate succession under Chapter 29 of the General Statutes.

(b)        A county may provide for expedited review of specified classes of subdivisions.

(c)        The county may require only a plat for recordation for the division of a tract or parcel of land in single ownership if all of the following criteria are met:

(1)        The tract or parcel to be divided is not exempted under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section.

(2)        No part of the tract or parcel to be divided has been divided under this subsection in the 10 years prior to division.

(3)        The entire area of the tract or parcel to be divided is greater than five acres.

(4)        After division, no more than three lots result from the division.

(5)        After division, all resultant lots comply with all of the following:

a.         Any lot dimension size requirements of the applicable land‑use regulations, if any.

b.         The use of the lots is in conformity with the applicable zoning requirements, if any.

c.         A permanent means of ingress and egress is recorded for each lot."

SECTION 2.5.(b)  G.S. 160A‑376 reads as rewritten:

"§ 160A‑376.  Definition.

(a)        For the purpose of this Part, "subdivision" means all divisions of a tract or parcel of land into two or more lots, building sites, or other divisions when any one or more of those divisions is created for the purpose of sale or building development (whether immediate or future) and shall include all divisions of land involving the dedication of a new street or a change in existing streets; but the following shall not be included within this definition nor be subject to the regulations authorized by this Part:

(1)        The combination or recombination of portions of previously subdivided and recorded lots where the total number of lots is not increased and the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the standards of the municipality as shown in its subdivision regulations.

(2)        The division of land into parcels greater than 10 acres where no street right‑of‑way dedication is involved.

(3)        The public acquisition by purchase of strips of land for the widening or opening of streets or for public transportation system corridors.

(4)        The division of a tract in single ownership whose entire area is no greater than two acres into not more than three lots, where no street right‑of‑way dedication is involved and where the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the standards of the municipality, as shown in its subdivision regulations.

(5)        The division of a tract into parcels in accordance with the terms of a probated will or in accordance with intestate succession under Chapter 29 of the General Statutes.

(b)        A city may provide for expedited review of specified classes of subdivisions.

(c)        The city may require only a plat for recordation for the division of a tract or parcel of land in single ownership if all of the following criteria are met:

(1)        The tract or parcel to be divided is not exempted under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section.

(2)        No part of the tract or parcel to be divided has been divided under this subsection in the 10 years prior to division.

(3)        The entire area of the tract or parcel to be divided is greater than five acres.

(4)        After division, no more than three lots result from the division.

(5)        After division, all resultant lots comply with all of the following:

a.         Any lot dimension size requirements of the applicable land‑use regulations, if any.

b.         The use of the lots is in conformity with the applicable zoning requirements, if any.

c.         A permanent means of ingress and egress is recorded for each lot."

SECTION 2.5.(c)  This section becomes effective July 1, 2017.

 

PROGRAM EVALUATION TO STUDY NONPROFIT CONTRACTING

SECTION 2.6.(a)  The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee may amend the 2016‑2017 Program Evaluation Division work plan to direct the Division to study State law and internal agency policies and procedures for delivery of public services through State grants and contracts to nonprofit organizations. The study shall include, but not be limited to, how nonprofit organizations are compensated for actual, reasonable, documented indirect costs, and the extent to which any underpayment for indirect costs reduces the efficiency or effectiveness of the delivery of public services. The study shall propose improvements to State law and internal agency policies and procedures, if necessary, to remove unnecessary impediments to the efficient and effective delivery of public services, including, but not limited to, late execution of contracts, late payments, and late reimbursements. In conducting the study, the Division may require each State agency to provide data maintained by the agency to determine any of the following:

(1)        The timeliness of delivery and execution of contracts.

(2)        The timeliness of payment for services that have been delivered.

(3)        The extent to which nonprofit contractors or grantees are reimbursed for their indirect costs.

(4)        The contact information for all nonprofit grantees and contractors.

SECTION 2.6.(b)  If the study is conducted, the Division shall submit a report on the results of the study to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee and the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations no later than September 1, 2018.

SECTION 2.6.(c)  This section becomes effective September 1, 2017.

 

RENAME AND AMEND THE BOARD OF REFRIGERATION EXAMINERS

SECTION 2.7.(a)  Article 5 of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes reads as rewritten:

"Article 5.

"Refrigeration Contractors.

"§ 87‑52.  State Board of Refrigeration Examiners; Contractors; appointment; term of office.

(a)        For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Article, the State Board of Refrigeration Examiners Contractors is created, consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor to serve seven‑year staggered terms. The Board shall consist of one member who is a wholesaler or a manufacturer of refrigeration equipment; one member from an engineering school of The University of North Carolina, one member from the Division of Public Health of The University of North Carolina, two licensed refrigeration contractors, one member who has no ties with the construction industry to represent the interest of the public at large, and one member with an engineering background in refrigeration.of:

(1)        One member who is a wholesaler or a manufacturer of refrigeration equipment.

(2)        One member from an accredited engineering school located in this State.

(3)        One member from the field of public health with an environmental science background from an accredited college or university located in this State.

(4)        Two members who are licensed refrigeration contractors.

(5)        One member who has no ties with the construction industry to represent the interest of the public at large.

(6)        One member with an engineering background in refrigeration.

(b)        The term of office of one member shall expire each year. Vacancies occurring during a term shall be filled by appointment of the Governor for the unexpired term. Whenever the term "Board" is used in this Article, it means the State Board of Refrigeration Examiners.Contractors. No Board member shall serve more than one complete consecutive term.

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"§ 87‑58.  Definitions; contractors licensed by Board; examinations.

(a)        As applied The provisions of this Article shall not repeal any wording, phrase, or paragraph as set forth in Article 2 of this Chapter. The following definitions apply in this Article, "refrigeration trade or business" is defined to include all Article:

(1)        Commercial refrigeration contractor. – All persons, firms firms, or corporations engaged in the installation, maintenance, servicing and repairing of refrigerating machinery, equipment, devices and components relating thereto and within limits as set forth in the codes, laws and regulations governing refrigeration installation, maintenance, service and repairs within the State of North Carolina or any of its political subdivisions. The provisions of this Article shall not repeal any wording, phrase, or paragraph as set forth in Article 2 of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes.thereto.

(2)        Industrial refrigeration contractor. – All persons, firms, or corporations engaged in commercial refrigeration contracting with the use of ammonia as a refrigerant gas.

(3)        Refrigeration service contractor. – All persons, firms, or corporations engaged in the maintenance, servicing, and repairing of refrigerating machinery, equipment, devices, and components relating thereto.

(4)        Transport refrigeration contractor. – All persons, firms, or corporations engaged in the business of installation, maintenance, repairing, and servicing of transport refrigeration.

(a1)      This Article shall not apply to any of the following:

(1)        The installation of self‑contained commercial refrigeration units equipped with an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) molded plug that does not require the opening of service valves or replacement of lamps, fuses, and door gaskets.valves.

(2)        The installation and servicing of domestic household self‑contained refrigeration appliances equipped with an OEM molded plug connected to suitable receptacles which have been permanently installed and do not require the opening of service valves.

(3)        Employees of persons, firms, or corporations or persons, firms or corporations, not engaged in refrigeration contracting as herein defined, that install, maintain and service their own refrigerating machinery, equipment and devices.

(4)        Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of selling, repairing and installing any comfort cooling devices or systems.

(5)        The replacement of lamps, fuses, and door gaskets.

(b)        The term "refrigeration contractor" means a person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of refrigeration contracting.The Board shall establish and issue the following licenses:

(1)        A Class I license shall be required for any person engaged in the business of commercial refrigeration contracting.

(2)        A Class II license shall be required for any person engaged in the business of industrial refrigeration contracting.

(3)        A Class III license shall be required for any person engaged in the business of refrigeration service contracting.

(4)        A Class IV license shall be required for any person engaged in the business of transport refrigeration contracting.

(b1)      The term "transport refrigeration contractor" means a person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of installation, maintenance, servicing, and repairing of transport refrigeration.

(c)        Any person, firm or corporation who for valuable consideration engages in the refrigeration business or trade as herein defined shall be deemed and held to be in the business of refrigeration contracting.

(d)       In order to protect the public health, comfort and safety, the Board shall prescribe the standard of experience to be required of an applicant for license and shall give an examination designed to ascertain the technical and practical knowledge of the applicant concerning the analysis of plans and specifications, estimating cost, fundamentals of installation and design as they pertain to refrigeration; and as a result of the examination, the Board shall issue a certificate of license in refrigeration to applicants who pass the required examination and a license shall be obtained in accordance with the provisions of this Article, before any person, firm or corporation shall engage in, or offer to engage in the business of refrigeration contracting. The Board shall prescribe standards for and issue licenses for refrigeration contracting and for transport refrigeration contracting. A transport refrigeration contractor license is a specialty license that authorizes the licensee to engage only in transport refrigeration contracting. A refrigeration contractor licensee is authorized to engage in transport refrigeration and all other aspects of refrigeration contracting.all license classifications.

Each application for examination shall be accompanied by a check, post‑office money order or cash in the amount of the annual license fee required by this Article. Regular examinations shall be given in the Board's office by appointment.

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(k)        Upon application and payment of the fee for license renewal provided in G.S. 87‑64, the Board shall issue a certificate of license to any licensee whose business activities require a Class I or Class II license if that licensee had an established place of business and was licensed pursuant to this Article prior to January 1, 2018.

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"§ 87‑64.  Examination and license fees; annual renewal.

(a)        Each applicant for a license by examination shall pay to the Board of Refrigeration Examiners Contractors a nonrefundable examination fee in an amount to be established by the Board not to exceed the sum of forty one hundred dollars ($40.00). In the event the applicant successfully passes the examination, the examination fee shall be applied to the license fee required of licensees for the current year in which the examination was taken and passed.($100.00).

(b)        The license of every person licensed under the provisions of this statute shall be annually renewed. Effective January 1, 2012, the Board may require, as a prerequisite to the annual renewal of a license, that licensees complete continuing education courses in subjects related to refrigeration contracting to ensure the safe and proper installation of commercial and transport refrigeration work and equipment. On or before November 1 of each year the Board shall cause to be mailed an application for renewal of license to every person who has received from the Board a license to engage in the refrigeration business, as heretofore defined. On or before January 1 of each year every licensed person who desires to continue in the refrigeration business shall forward to the Board a nonrefundable renewal fee in an amount to be established by the Board not to exceed forty eighty dollars ($40.00) ($80.00) together with the application for renewal. Upon receipt of the application and renewal fee the Board shall issue a renewal certificate for the current year. Failure to renew the license annually shall automatically result in a forfeiture of the right to engage in the refrigeration business.

(c)        Any licensee who allows the license to lapse may be reinstated by the Board upon payment of a nonrefundable late renewal fee in an amount to be established by the Board not to exceed seventy‑five one hundred sixty dollars ($75.00). ($160.00) together with the application for renewal. Any person who fails to renew a license for two consecutive years shall be required to take and pass the examination prescribed by the Board for new applicants before being licensed to engage further in the refrigeration business."

SECTION 2.7.(b)  This section becomes effective January 1, 2018, and applies to applications submitted and Board membership appointments on or after that date.

 

AMEND DEFINITION OF ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE

SECTION 2.8.  G.S. 105‑330.9 reads as rewritten:

"§ 105‑330.9.  Antique automobiles.

(a)        Definition. – For the purpose of this section, the term "antique automobile" means a motor vehicle that meets all of the following conditions:

(1)        It is registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles and has an historic vehicle special license plate under G.S. 20‑79.4.

(2)        It is maintained primarily for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, and other public interest functions.

(3)        It is used only occasionally for other purposes.

(4)        It is owned by an individual.individual, or owned directly or indirectly through one or more pass‑through entities, by an individual.

(5)        It is used by the owner for a purpose other than the production of income and is not used in connection with a business.

(b)        Classification. – Antique automobiles are designated a special class of property under Article V, Sec. 2(2) of the North Carolina Constitution and must be assessed for taxation in accordance with this section. An antique automobile must be assessed at the lower of its true value or five hundred dollars ($500.00)."

 

COPIES OF CERTAIN PUBLIC RECORDS

SECTION 2.9.(a)  G.S. 132‑6.1 reads as rewritten:

"§ 132‑6.1.  Electronic data‑processing and computer databases as public records.

(a)        After June 30, 1996, no public agency shall purchase, lease, create, or otherwise acquire any electronic data‑processing system for the storage, manipulation, or retrieval of Databases purchased, leased, created, or otherwise acquired by every public agency containing public records unless it first determines that the system will shall be designed and maintained in a manner that does not impair or impede the public agency's ability to permit the public inspection and examination, and to provide electronic examination of public records and provides a means of obtaining copies of such records. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require the retention by the public agency of obsolete hardware or software.

(a1)      Notwithstanding G.S. 132‑6.2(a), a public agency may satisfy the requirement under G.S. 132‑6 to provide access to public records in computer databases by making public records in computer databases individually available online in a format that allows a person to view the public record and print or save the public record to obtain a copy. A public agency that provides access to public records under this subsection is not required to provide access to the public records in the computer database in any other way; provided, however, that a public agency that provides access to public records in computer databases shall also allow inspection of any of such public records that the public agency also maintains in a nondigital medium.

(b)        Every public agency shall create an index of computer databases compiled or created by a public agency on the following schedule:

State agencies by July 1, 1996;

Municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more, counties with populations of 25,000 or more, as determined by the 1990 U.S. Census, and public hospitals in those counties, by July 1, 1997;

Municipalities with populations of less than 10,000, counties with populations of less than 25,000, as determined by the 1990 U.S. Census, and public hospitals in those counties, by July 1, 1998;

Political subdivisions and their agencies that are not otherwise covered by this schedule, after June 30, 1998.The index shall be a public record and shall include, at a minimum, the following information with respect to each database listed therein: a list of the data fields; a description of the format or record layout; information as to the frequency with which the database is updated; a list of any data fields to which public access is restricted; a description of each form in which the database can be copied or reproduced using the agency's computer facilities; and a schedule of fees for the production of copies in each available form. Electronic databases compiled or created prior to the date by which the index must be created in accordance with this subsection may be indexed at the public agency's option. The form, content, language, and guidelines for the index and the databases to be indexed shall be developed by the Office of Archives and History in consultation with officials at other public agencies.

(c)        Nothing in this section shall require a public agency to create a computer database that the public agency has not otherwise created or is not otherwise required to be created. Nothing in this section requires a public agency to disclose security features of its electronic data processing systems, information technology systems, telecommunications networks, or electronic security systems, including hardware or software security, passwords, or security standards, procedures, processes, configurations, software, and codes.

(d)       The following definitions apply in this section:

(1)        Computer database. – A structured collection of data or documents residing in a database management program or spreadsheet software.

(2)        Computer hardware. – Any tangible machine or device utilized for the electronic storage, manipulation, or retrieval of data.

(3)        Computer program. – A series of instructions or statements that permit the storage, manipulation, and retrieval of data within an electronic data‑processing system, together with any associated documentation. The term does not include the original data, or any analysis, compilation, or manipulated form of the original data produced by the use of the program or software.

(4)        Computer software. – Any set or combination of computer programs. The term does not include the original data, or any analysis, compilation, or manipulated form of the original data produced by the use of the program or software.

(5)        Electronic data‑processing system. – Computer hardware, computer software, or computer programs or any combination thereof, regardless of kind or origin.

(6)        Media or medium – The physical medium on which information is stored in recoverable form."

SECTION 2.9.(b)  G.S. 132‑6 reads as rewritten:

"§ 132‑6.  Inspection and Inspection, examination and copies of public records.

(a)        Every custodian of public records shall permit any record in the custodian's custody to be inspected and examined at reasonable times and under reasonable supervision by any person, and shall, as promptly as possible, furnish copies thereof upon payment of any fees as may be prescribed by law. As used herein, "custodian" does not mean an agency that holds the public records of other agencies solely for purposes of storage or safekeeping or solely to provide data processing.

(a1)      A public agency or custodian may satisfy the requirements in subsection (a) of this section by making public records available online in a format that allows a person to view the public record and print or save the public record to obtain a copy. If the public agency or custodian maintains public records online in a format that allows a person to view and print or save the public records to obtain a copy, the public agency or custodian is not required to provide copies to these public records in any other way.

(b)        No person requesting to inspect and examine public records, or to obtain copies thereof, shall be required to disclose the purpose or motive for the request.

(c)        No request to inspect, examine, or obtain copies of public records shall be denied on the grounds that confidential information is commingled with the requested nonconfidential information. If it is necessary to separate confidential from nonconfidential information in order to permit the inspection, examination, or copying of the public records, the public agency shall bear the cost of such separation on the following schedule: separation.

State agencies after June 30, 1996;

Municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more, counties with populations of 25,000 or more, as determined by the 1990 U.S. Census, and public hospitals in those counties, after June 30, 1997;

Municipalities with populations of less than 10,000, counties with populations of less than 25,000, as determined by the 1990 U.S. Census, and public hospitals in those counties, after June 30, 1998;

Political subdivisions and their agencies that are not otherwise covered by this schedule, after June 30, 1998.

(d)       Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, public records relating to the proposed expansion or location of specific business or industrial projects may be withheld so long as their inspection, examination or copying would frustrate the purpose for which such public records were created; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed to permit the withholding of public records relating to general economic development policies or activities. Once the State, a local government, or the specific business has announced a commitment by the business to expand or locate a specific project in this State or the business has made a final decision not to do so, of which the State or local government agency involved with the project knows or should know, the provisions of this subsection allowing public records to be withheld by the agency no longer apply. Once the provisions of this subsection no longer apply, the agency shall disclose as soon as practicable, and within 25 business days, public records requested for the announced project that are not otherwise made confidential by law. An announcement that a business or industrial project has committed to expand or locate in the State shall not require disclosure of local government records relating to the project if the business has not selected a specific location within the State for the project. Once a specific location for the project has been determined, local government records must be disclosed, upon request, in accordance with the provisions of this section. For purposes of this section, "local government records" include records maintained by the State that relate to a local government's efforts to attract the project.

Records relating to the proposed expansion or location of specific business or industrial projects that are in the custody of the Department of Commerce or an entity with which the Department contracts pursuant to G.S. 143B‑431.01 shall be treated as follows:

(1)        Unless controlled by another subdivision of this subsection, the records may be withheld if their inspection, examination, or copying would frustrate the purpose for which the records were created.

(2)        If no discretionary incentives pursuant to Chapter 143B of the General Statutes are requested for a project and if the specific business decides to expand or locate the project in the State, then the records relating to the project shall not be disclosed.

(3)        If the specific business has requested discretionary incentives for a project pursuant to Chapter 143B of the General Statutes and if either the business decides not to expand or locate the project in the State or the project does not receive the discretionary incentives, then the only records relating to the project that may be disclosed are the requests for discretionary incentives pursuant to Chapter 143B of the General Statutes and any information submitted to the Department by the contracted entity.

(4)        If the specific business receives a discretionary incentive for a project pursuant to Chapter 143B of the General Statutes and the State or the specific business announces a commitment to expand or locate the project in this State, all records requested for the announced project, not otherwise made confidential by law, shall be disclosed as soon as practicable and within 25 days from the date of announcement.

(e)        The application of this Chapter is subject to the provisions of Article 1 of Chapter 121 of the General Statutes, the North Carolina Archives and History Act.

(f)        Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) subsections (a) and (a1) of this section, the inspection or copying of any public record which, because of its age or condition could be damaged during inspection or copying, may be made subject to reasonable restrictions intended to preserve the particular record."

SECTION 2.9.(c)  This section becomes effective July 1, 2017.

 

SPECIFY LOCATION OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

SECTION 2.10.  G.S. 143A‑5 reads as rewritten:

"§ 143A‑5.  Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor shall maintain an office in a State building the Hawkins‑Hartness House located at 310 North Blount Street in the City of Raleigh which office shall be open during normal working hours throughout the year. The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as President of the Senate and perform such additional duties as the Governor or General Assembly may assign to him. This section shall become effective January 1, 1973."

 

CLARIFY THAT DOT STORMWATER REQUIREMENTS ARE APPLICABLE TO STATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION UNDERTAKEN BY PRIVATE PARTIES

SECTION 2.11.  Chapter 136 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

"§ 136‑28.6B.  Applicable stormwater regulation.

For the purposes of stormwater regulation, any construction undertaken by a private party pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 136‑18(17), 136‑18(27), 136‑18(29), 136‑18(29a), 136‑28.6, or 136‑28.6A shall be considered to have been undertaken by the Department, and the stormwater law and rules applicable to the Department shall apply."

 

DOT/PERMIT PROCESS REVISIONS & REIMBURSEMENT FOR MOVING CERTAIN UTILITIES

SECTION 2.12.(a)  Uniform Process for Issuing Permits; Report. – For each type of permit issued by the Highway Divisions under Chapter 136 of the General Statutes, the Department of Transportation shall make uniform all processes and procedures followed by the Highway Divisions when issuing that type of permit no later than June 30, 2018. No later than June 30, 2018, the Department shall report to the following on the implementation of this subsection, including (i) what processes and procedures were adjusted, (ii) how were the identified processes and procedures adjusted, and (iii) a comparison of the average length of time for obtaining each type of permit before and after implementation of this section:

(1)        If the General Assembly is in session at the time of the report, to the chairs of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation Appropriations and the Senate Appropriations Committee on Department of Transportation.

(2)        If the General Assembly is not in session at the time of the report, to the chairs of the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee.

SECTION 2.12.(b)  Allow Electronic Submission of Permits. – Article 7 of Chapter 136 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

"§ 136‑93.01.  Electronic submission of permits authorized.

Except as otherwise prohibited under federal law, an application submitted for a permit issued by the Department of Transportation or its agents under this Chapter may be submitted electronically in a manner approved by the Department. If submitted electronically, a paper copy of the application shall not be required."

SECTION 2.12.(c)  G.S. 136-19.5(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c)      Whenever the Department of Transportation requires the relocation of utilities utilities, including cable service as defined in G.S. 105‑164.3, located in a right‑of‑way for which the utility owner contributed to the cost of acquisition, the Department of Transportation shall reimburse the utility owner for the cost of moving those utilities."

SECTION 2.12.(d)  Notwithstanding G.S. 150B‑21.1(a), the Department of Transportation may adopt temporary rules to implement the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2.12.(e)  Subsection (b) of this section becomes effective July 1, 2018. The remainder of this section is effective when it becomes law.

 

AMENDMENTS TO GENERAL CONTRACTOR LICENSURE

SECTION 2.13.(a)  G.S. 87‑10 reads as rewritten:

"§ 87‑10.  Application for license; examination; certificate; renewal.

(a)        Anyone seeking to be licensed as a general contractor in this State shall file submit an application for an examination on a form provided by the Board, at least 30 days before any regular or special meeting of the Board.application. Before being entitled to an examination, an applicant shall:

(1)        Be at least 18 years of age.

(2)        Possess good moral character as determined by the Board.

(3)        Provide evidence of financial responsibility as determined by the Board.

(4)        Submit the appropriate application fee.

(a1)      The Board may shall require the an applicant to pay the Board or a provider contracted by the Board an examination fee not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) and pay to ($100.00). In addition, the Board shall require an applicant to pay the Board a license fee not to exceed one hundred twenty‑five dollars ($125.00) if the application is for an unlimited license, one hundred dollars ($100.00) if the application is for an intermediate license, or seventy‑five dollars ($75.00) if the application is for a limited license. The fees accompanying any application or examination shall be nonrefundable. The holder of an unlimited license shall be entitled to act as general contractor without restriction as to value of any single project; the holder of an intermediate license shall be entitled to act as general contractor for any single project with a value of up to one million dollars ($1,000,000); ($1,000,000), excluding the cost of land and any ancillary costs to improve the land; the holder of a limited license shall be entitled to act as general contractor for any single project with a value of up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000); and the ($500,000), excluding the cost of land and any ancillary costs to improve the land. The license certificate shall be classified in accordance with this section. Before being entitled to an examination an applicant must show to the satisfaction of the Board from the application and proofs furnished that the applicant is possessed of a good character and is otherwise qualified as to competency, ability, integrity, and financial responsibility, and that the applicant has not committed or done any act, which, if committed or done by any licensed contractor would be grounds under the provisions hereinafter set forth for the suspension or revocation of contractor's license, or that the applicant has not committed or done any act involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit, or that the applicant has never been refused a license as a general contractor nor had such license revoked, either in this State or in another state, for reasons that should preclude the granting of the license applied for, and that the applicant has never been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, relating to building or contracting, or involving embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or property entrusted to the applicant: Provided, no applicant shall be refused the right to an examination, except in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes.

(b)        The Board shall conduct an examination, either oral or written, of all applicants for license to ascertain, for the classification of license for which the applicant has applied: An applicant shall identify an individual who has successfully passed an examination approved by the Board who, for purposes of this section, shall be known as the "qualifier" or the "qualifying party" of the applicant. If the qualifier or the qualifying party seeks to take an examination, the examination shall establish (i) the ability of the applicant to make a practical application of the applicant's knowledge of the profession of contracting; (ii) the qualifications of the applicant in reading plans and specifications, knowledge of relevant matters contained in the North Carolina State Building Code, knowledge of estimating costs, construction, ethics, and other similar matters pertaining to the contracting business; (iii) the knowledge of the applicant as to the responsibilities of a contractor to the public and of the requirements of the laws of the State of North Carolina relating to contractors, construction, and liens; and (iv) the applicant's knowledge of requirements of the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973, Article 4 of Chapter 113A of the General Statutes, and the rules adopted pursuant to that Article. If the results of the examination of the applicant shall be satisfactory to the Board, then the qualifier or qualifying party passes the examination, upon review of the application and all relevant information, the Board shall issue to the applicant a certificate to a license to the applicant to engage as a in general contractor contracting in the State of North Carolina, as provided in said certificate, which may be limited into five classifications as follows:

(1)        Building contractor, which shall include private, public, commercial, industrial and residential buildings of all types.

(1a)      Residential contractor, which shall include any general contractor constructing only residences which are required to conform to the residential building code adopted by the Building Code Council pursuant to G.S. 143‑138.

(2)        Highway contractor.

(3)        Public utilities contractors, which shall include those whose operations are the performance of construction work on the following subclassifications of facilities:

a.         Water and sewer mains, water service lines, and house and building sewer lines as defined in the North Carolina State Building Code, and water storage tanks, lift stations, pumping stations, and appurtenances to water storage tanks, lift stations, and pumping stations.

b.         Water and wastewater treatment facilities and appurtenances thereto.

c.         Electrical power transmission facilities, and primary and secondary distribution facilities ahead of the point of delivery of electric service to the customer.

d.         Public communication distribution facilities.

e.         Natural gas and other petroleum products distribution facilities; provided the General Contractors Licensing Board may issue license to a public utilities contractor limited to any of the above subclassifications for which the general contractor qualifies.

(4)        Specialty contractor, which shall include those whose operations as such are the performance of construction work requiring special skill and involving the use of specialized building trades or crafts, but which shall not include any operations now or hereafter under the jurisdiction, for the issuance of license, by any board or commission pursuant to the laws of the State of North Carolina.

(b1)      Public utilities contractors constructing house and building sewer lines as provided in sub‑subdivision a. of subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of this section shall, at the junction of the public sewer line and the house or building sewer line, install as an extension of the public sewer line a cleanout at or near the property line that terminates at or above the finished grade. Public utilities contractors constructing water service lines as provided in sub‑subdivision a. of subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of this section shall terminate the water service lines at a valve, box, or meter at which the facilities from the building may be connected. Public utilities contractors constructing fire service mains for connection to fire sprinkler systems shall terminate those lines at a flange, cap, plug, or valve inside the building one foot above the finished floor. All fire service mains shall comply with the NFPA standards for fire service mains as incorporated into and made applicable by Volume V of the North Carolina Building Code.

(c)        If an applicant is an individual, examination may be taken by his personal appearance for examination, or by the appearance for examination of one or more of his responsible managing employees, and if employees. If an applicant is a copartnership or copartnership, a corporation, or any other combination or organization, by the examination of the examination may be taken by one or more of the responsible managing officers or members of the personnel of the applicant, and if the person so examined applicant.

(c1)      If the qualifier or qualifying party shall cease to be connected with the applicant, licensee, then in such event the license shall remain in full force and effect for a period of 90 days thereafter, and then be canceled, but the applicant days. After 90 days, the license shall be invalidated, however the licensee shall then be entitled to a reexamination, all return to active status pursuant to the all relevant statutes and rules to be promulgated by the Board: Provided, that the holder of such license Board. However, during the 90‑day period described in this subsection, the licensee shall not bid on or undertake any additional contracts from the time such examined employee shall cease qualifier or qualifying party ceased to be connected with the applicant licensee until said applicant's the license is reinstated as provided in this Article.

(d)       Anyone failing to pass this examination may be reexamined at any regular meeting of the Board upon payment of an examination fee. Anyone requesting to take the examination a third or subsequent time shall submit a new application with the appropriate examination and license fees.

(d1)     The Board may require a new application if a qualifier or qualifying party requests to take an examination a third or subsequent time.

(e)        A certificate of license shall expire on the thirty‑first first day of December January following its issuance or renewal and shall become invalid 60 days from that date unless renewed, subject to the approval of the Board. Renewals may be effected any time during the month of January without reexamination, by the payment of a fee to the secretary of the Board. The fee shall Renewal applications shall be submitted with a fee not to exceed one hundred twenty‑five dollars ($125.00) for an unlimited license, one hundred dollars ($100.00) for an intermediate license, and seventy‑five dollars ($75.00) for a limited license. No later than November 30 of each year, the Board shall mail written notice of the amount of the renewal fees for the upcoming year to the last address of record for each general contractor licensed pursuant to this Article. Renewal applications shall be accompanied by evidence of continued financial responsibility satisfactory to the Board. Renewal applications received by the Board on or after the first day of January shall be accompanied by a late payment of ten dollars ($10.00) for each month or part after January.

(f)        After a lapse of four years no renewal shall be effected and the applicant license has been inactive for four years, a licensee shall not be permitted to renew the license, and the license shall be deemed archived. If a licensee wishes to be relicensed subsequent to the archival of the license, the licensee shall fulfill all requirements of a new applicant as set forth in this section. Archived licensed numbers shall not be renewed."

SECTION 2.13.(b)  This section becomes effective October 1, 2017, and applies to applications for licensure submitted on or after that date.

 

REPEAL CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL TESTING LAWS

SECTION 2.14.  G.S. 115C‑174.12(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c)      Local boards of education shall cooperate with the State Board of Education in implementing the provisions of this Article, including the regulations and policies established by the State Board of Education. Local school administrative units shall use the annual tests to fulfill the purposes set out in this Article. Local school administrative units are encouraged to continue to develop local testing programs designed to diagnose student needs."

 

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS/LAND‑USE VIOLATIONS

SECTION 2.15.(a)  G.S. 1‑51 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:

"§ 1‑51.  Five years.

Within five years ‑

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(5)        Against the owner of an interest in real property by a unit of local government for a violation of a land‑use statute, ordinance, or permit or any other official action concerning land use carrying the effect of law. This subdivision does not limit the remedy of injunction for conditions that are actually injurious or dangerous to the public health or safety. The claim for relief accrues upon the occurrence of the earlier of any of the following:

a.         The facts constituting the violation are known to the governing body, an agent, or an employee of the unit of local government.

b.         The violation can be determined from the public record of the unit of local government."

SECTION 2.15.(b)  G.S. 1‑49 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:

"§ 1‑49.  Seven years.

Within seven years an action –

…

(3)        Against the owner of an interest in real property by a unit of local government for a violation of a land‑use statute, ordinance, or permit or any other official action concerning land use carrying the effect of law. This subdivision does not limit the remedy of injunction for conditions that are actually injurious or dangerous to the public health or safety but does prescribe an outside limitation of seven years from the earlier of the occurrence of any of the following:

a.         The violation is apparent from a public right‑of‑way.

b.         The violation is in plain view from a place to which the public is invited."

SECTION 2.15.(c)  This section becomes effective October 1, 2018, and applies to actions commenced on or after that date.

 

PART III. AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, AND NATURAL RESOURCES REGULATION

 

SOLID WASTE AMENDMENTS

SECTION 3.1.(a)  Section 4.9(a) of S.L. 2015‑286 reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 4.9.(a)  Section 14.20(a) of S.L. 2015‑241 reads as rewritten:is rewritten to read:

…."

SECTION 3.1.(b)  Section 4.9(b) of S.L. 2015‑286 reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 4.9.(b)  Section 14.20(a) Section 14.20(c) of S.L. 2015‑241 reads as rewritten:is rewritten to read:

…."

SECTION 3.1.(c)  Section 4.9(c) of S.L. 2015‑286 reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 4.9.(c)  Section 14.20(d) of S.L. 2015‑241 reads as rewritten:is rewritten to read:

…."

SECTION 3.1.(d)  Section 4.9(d) of S.L. 2015‑286 reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 4.9.(d)  Section 14.20(f) of S.L. 2015‑241 reads as rewritten:is rewritten to read:

…."

SECTION 3.1.(e)  Section 14.20(e) of S.L. 2015‑241 reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 14.20.(e)  After July 1, 2016, the annual fee due pursuant to G.S. 130A‑295.8A(d1), G.S. 130A‑295.8(d1), as enacted by Section 14.20(c) of this act, for existing sanitary landfills and transfer stations with a valid permit issued before the date this act becomes effective is equal to the applicable annual fee for the facility as set forth in G.S. 130A‑295.8A(d1), G.S. 130A‑295.8(d1), as enacted by Section 14.20(c) of this act, less a permittee fee credit. A permittee fee credit exists when the life‑of‑site permit fee amount is greater than the time‑limited permit fee amount. The amount of the permittee fee credit shall be calculated by (i) subtracting the time‑limited permit fee amount from the life‑of‑site permit fee amount due for the same period of time and (ii) multiplying the difference by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of years remaining in the facility's time‑limited permit and the denominator of which is the total number of years covered by the facility's time‑limited permit. The amount of the permittee fee credit shall be allocated in equal annual installments over the number of years that constitute the facility's remaining life‑of‑site, as determined by the Department, unless the Department accelerates, in its sole discretion, the use of the credit over a shorter period of time. For purposes of this subsection, the following definitions apply:

(1)        Life‑of‑site permit fee amount. – The amount equal to the sum of all annual fees that would be due under the fee structure set forth in G.S. 130A‑295.8A(d1), G.S. 130A‑295.8(d1), as enacted by Section 14.20(c) of this act, during the cycle of the facility's permit in effect on July 1, 2016.

(2)        Time‑limited permit fee amount. – The amount equal to the sum of the application fee or renewal fee, whichever is applicable, and all annual fees paid or to be paid pursuant to subsections (c) and (d) of G.S. 130A‑295.8A, G.S. 130A‑295.8, as repealed by Section 14.20(c) of this act, during the cycle of the facility's permit in effect on July 1, 2016.

The Department shall adopt rules to implement this subsection."

SECTION 3.2.(a)  Section 14.20(f) of S.L. 2015‑241, as amended by Section 4.9(d) of S.L. 2015‑286, reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 14.20.(f)  This section becomes effective October 1, 2015. G.S. 130A‑294(b1)(2), as amended by subsection (a) of this section, applies to franchise agreements agreements (i) executed on or after October 1, 2015. October 1, 2015, and (ii) executed on or before October 1, 2015, only if all parties to a valid and operative franchise agreement consent to modify the agreement for the purpose of extending the agreement's duration to the life‑of‑site of the landfill for which the agreement was executed, and public notice and hearing is provided for such modification in compliance with the requirements of G.S. 130A‑294(b1)(3). The remainder of G.S. 130A‑294, as amended by subsection (a) of this section, and G.S. 130A‑295.8, as amended by subsection (c) of this section, apply to (i) existing sanitary landfills and transfer stations, with a valid permit issued before the date this act becomes effective, on July 1, 2016, at which point a permittee may choose to apply for a life‑of‑site permit pursuant to G.S. 130A‑294(a2), as amended by Section 14.20(b) of this act, or may choose to apply for a life‑of‑site permit for the facility when the facility's permit is next subject to renewal after July 1, 2016, (ii) new sanitary landfills and transfer stations, for applications submitted on or after July 1, 2016, and (iii) applications for sanitary landfills or transfer stations submitted before July 1, 2015, and pending on the date this act becomes law shall be evaluated by the Department based on the applicable laws that were in effect on July 1, 2015, and the Department shall not delay in processing such permit applications in consideration of changes made by this act, but such landfills and transfer stations shall be eligible for issuance of life‑of‑site permits pursuant to G.S. 130A‑294(a2), as amended by Section 14.20(b) of this act, on July 1, 2016, at which point a permittee may choose to apply for a life‑of‑site permit pursuant to G.S. 130A‑294(a2), as amended by Section 14.20(b) of this act, or may choose to apply for a life‑of‑site permit for the facility when the facility's permit is next subject to renewal after July 1, 2016."

SECTION 3.2.(b)  G.S. 130A‑294(b1) reads as rewritten:

"(b1)   (1)        For purposes of this subsection and subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of this section, a "substantial amendment" means either:

…

(2)        A person who intends to apply for a new permit for a sanitary landfill shall obtain, prior to applying for a permit, a franchise for the operation of the sanitary landfill from each local government having jurisdiction over any part of the land on which the sanitary landfill and its appurtenances are located or to be located. A local government may adopt a franchise ordinance under G.S. 153A‑136 or G.S. 160A‑319. A franchise granted for a sanitary landfill shall shall (i) be granted for the life‑of‑site of the landfill and shall landfill, but for a period not to exceed 60 years, and (ii) include all of the following:

a.         A statement of the population to be served, including a description of the geographic area.

b.         A description of the volume and characteristics of the waste stream.

c.         A projection of the useful life of the sanitary landfill.

d.         Repealed by Session Laws 2013‑409, s. 8, effective August 23, 2013.

e.         The procedures to be followed for governmental oversight and regulation of the fees and rates to be charged by facilities subject to the franchise for waste generated in the jurisdiction of the franchising entity.

f.          A facility plan for the sanitary landfill that shall include the boundaries of the proposed facility, proposed development of the facility site, the boundaries of all waste disposal units, final elevations and capacity of all waste disposal units, the amount of waste to be received per day in tons, the total waste disposal capacity of the sanitary landfill in tons, a description of environmental controls, and a description of any other waste management activities to be conducted at the facility. In addition, the facility plan shall show the proposed location of soil borrow areas, leachate facilities, and all other facilities and infrastructure, including ingress and egress to the facility.

(3)        Prior to the award of a franchise for the construction or operation of a sanitary landfill, the board of commissioners of the county or counties in which the sanitary landfill is proposed to be located or is located or, if the sanitary landfill is proposed to be located or is located in a city, the governing board of the city shall conduct a public hearing. The board of commissioners of the county or counties in which the sanitary landfill is proposed to be located or is located or, if the sanitary landfill is proposed to be located or is located in a city, the governing board of the city shall provide at least 30 days' notice to the public of the public hearing. The notice shall include a summary of all the information required to be included in the franchise, and shall specify the procedure to be followed at the public hearing. The applicant for the franchise shall provide a copy of the application for the franchise that includes all of the information required to be included in the franchise, to the public library closest to the proposed sanitary landfill site to be made available for inspection and copying by the public.

…."

SECTION 3.2.(c)  G.S. 160A‑319(a) reads as rewritten:

"§ 160A‑319.  Utility franchises.

(a)        A city shall have authority to grant upon reasonable terms franchises for a telephone system and any of the enterprises listed in G.S. 160A‑311, except a cable television system. A franchise granted by a city authorizes the operation of the franchised activity within the city. No franchise shall be granted for a period of more than 60 years, except including a franchise granted to a sanitary landfill for the life‑of‑site of the landfill pursuant to G.S. 130A‑294(b1); provided, however, that a franchise for solid waste collection or disposal systems and facilities facilities, other than sanitary landfills, shall not be granted for a period of more than 30 years. Except as otherwise provided by law, when a city operates an enterprise, or upon granting a franchise, a city may by ordinance make it unlawful to operate an enterprise without a franchise."

SECTION 3.2.(d)  G.S. 153A‑136 reads as rewritten:

"§ 153A‑136.  Regulation of solid wastes.

(a)        A county may by ordinance regulate the storage, collection, transportation, use, disposal, and other disposition of solid wastes. Such an ordinance may:

…

(3)        Grant a franchise to one or more persons for the exclusive right to commercially collect or dispose of solid wastes within all or a defined portion of the county and prohibit any other person from commercially collecting or disposing of solid wastes in that area. The board of commissioners may set the terms of any franchise, except that no franchise may be granted for a period exceeding 30 years, nor may any franchise; provided, however, no franchise shall be granted for a period of more than 30 years, except for a franchise granted to a sanitary landfill for the life‑of‑site of the landfill pursuant to G.S. 130A‑294(b1), which may not exceed 60 years. No franchise by its terms may impair the authority of the board of commissioners to regulate fees as authorized by this section.

…."

SECTION 3.2.(e)  Subsection (a) of this section applies to franchise agreements (i) executed on or after October 1, 2015, and (ii) executed on or before October 1, 2015, only if all parties to a valid and operative agreement consent to modify the agreement for the purpose of extending the agreement's duration of the life‑of‑site of the landfill for which the agreement was executed, and public notice and hearing is provided for such modification in compliance with the requirements of G.S. 130A‑294(b1)(3).

SECTION 3.3.  The Division of Waste Management of the Department of Environmental Quality shall examine whether solid waste management activities in the State are being conducted in a manner most beneficial to the citizens of the State in terms of efficiency and cost‑effectiveness, with a focus on solid waste disposal capacity across the State, particularly areas of the State that have insufficient disposal capacity, as well as areas of the State with disposal capacity that is underutilized, resulting in transport of waste to other jurisdictions. The Department shall develop economic estimates of the short‑ and long‑term costs of waste transport in these situations versus full utilization of capacity, or expansion of capacity, in the originating jurisdiction. The Department shall also provide information on landfill capacity that is permitted but not yet constructed and expansion opportunities for future landfill capacity. The Department shall submit a report, including any legislative recommendations, to the Environmental Review Commission no later than May 1, 2017.

SECTION 3.4.  Except as otherwise provided, Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of this act are effective retroactively to July 1, 2015. Sections 3.3 and 3.4 of this act are effective when this act becomes law.

 

MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS INSPECTIONS

SECTION 3.5.(a)  G.S. 143‑215.107A reads as rewritten:

"§ 143‑215.107A.  Motor vehicle emissions testing and maintenance program.

(a)        General Provisions. –

(1)        G.S. 143‑215.107(a)(6) shall be implemented as provided in this section.

(2)        Motor vehicle emissions inspections shall be performed by a person who holds an emissions inspection mechanic license issued as provided in G.S. 20‑183.4A(c) at a station that holds an emissions inspection station license issued under G.S. 20‑183.4A(a) or at a place of business that holds an emissions self‑inspector license issued as provided in G.S. 20‑183.4A(d). Motor vehicle emissions inspections may be performed by a decentralized network of test‑and‑repair stations as described in 40 Code of Federal Regulations § 51.353 (1 July 1998 Edition). The Commission may not require that motor vehicle emissions inspections be performed by a network of centralized or decentralized test‑only stations.

(b)        Repealed by Session Laws 2000‑134, s. 2, effective July 14, 2000.

(c)        Counties Covered. – Motor vehicle emissions inspections shall be performed in the following counties: Alamance, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Carteret, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Craven, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pitt, Randolph, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Wake, Wayne, Wilkes and Wilson.and Wake."

SECTION 3.5.(b)  G.S. 20‑183.2(b) reads as rewritten:

"(b)      Emissions. – A motor vehicle is subject to an emissions inspection in accordance with this Part if it meets all of the following requirements:

(1)        It is subject to registration with the Division under Article 3 of this Chapter, except for motor vehicles operated on a federal installation as provided in sub‑subdivision e. of subdivision (5) of this subsection.

(2)        It is not a trailer whose gross weight is less than 4,000 pounds, a house trailer, or a motorcycle.

(3)        It is (i) a 1996 or later model vehicle with a model year within 20 years of the current year and older than the three most recent model years or (ii) a 1996 or later model a vehicle with a model year within 20 years of the current year and has 70,000 miles or more on its odometer.

…."

SECTION 3.5.(c)  No later than September 30, 2017, the Department of Environmental Quality shall prepare and submit to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for approval by that agency a proposed North Carolina State Implementation Plan amendment based on the change to the motor vehicle emissions testing program provided in this section.

SECTION 3.5.(d)  Subsections (a) and (b) of this section become effective on the later of the following dates and apply to motor vehicles inspected, or due to be inspected, on or after that effective date:

(1)        October 1, 2017.

(2)        The first day of a month that is 60 days after the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality certifies to the Revisor of Statutes that the United States Environmental Protection Agency has approved an amendment to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan submitted as required by subsection (c) of this section. The Secretary shall provide this notice along with the effective date of this act on its Web site and by written or electronic notice to emissions inspection mechanic license holders, emissions inspection station licensees, and self‑inspector licensees in the counties where motor vehicle emissions inspection requirements are removed by this section.

 

FARRIERS/HORSESHOEING

SECTION 3.6.  G.S. 90‑187.10 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:

"§ 90‑187.10.  Necessity for license; certain practices exempted.

No person shall engage in the practice of veterinary medicine or own all or part interest in a veterinary medical practice in this State or attempt to do so without having first applied for and obtained a license for such purpose from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, or without having first obtained from the Board a certificate of renewal of license for the calendar year in which the person proposes to practice and until the person shall have been first licensed and registered for such practice in the manner provided in this Article and the rules and regulations of the Board.

Nothing in this Article shall be construed to prohibit:

…

(11)      Any farrier or person actively engaged in the activity or profession of shoeing hooved animals as long as his or her actions are limited to the art of shoeing hooved animals or trimming, clipping, or maintaining hooves."

 

DEQ TO STUDY RIPARIAN BUFFERS

SECTION 3.7.(a)  The Department of Environmental Quality shall study whether the size of riparian buffers required for intermittent streams should be adjusted and whether the allowable activities within the buffers should be modified.

SECTION 3.7.(b)  The Department of Environmental Quality shall study under what circumstances units of local government should be allowed to exceed riparian buffer requirements mandated by the State and the federal government. The Department shall also consider measures to ensure that local governments do not exceed their statutory authority for establishing riparian buffer requirements. In conducting this study, the Department shall consult with property owners and other entities impacted by riparian buffer requirements as well as local governments.

SECTION 3.7.(c)  The Department of Environmental Quality shall report the results of the studies required by this section, including any recommendations, to the Environmental Review Commission no later than December 1, 2017. For any recommendations made pursuant to the studies, the Department shall include specific draft language for any rule or statutory changes necessary to implement the recommendations.

 

ELIMINATE OUTDATED PROVISION OF THE COASTAL AREA MANAGEMENT ACT

SECTION 3.8.  G.S. 113A‑109 is repealed.

 

REPEAL PASTURE POINTS PROVISION

SECTION 3.9.  Section 4 of S.L. 2001‑355 is repealed.

 

ELIMINATE REPORTS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE AS TO MILK PURCHASED OR SOLD

SECTION 3.10.  G.S. 106‑261 is repealed.

 

PROHIBIT CERTAIN STORMWATER CONTROL MEASURES

SECTION 3.11.(a)  Until the effective date of the revised permanent rule that the Environmental Management Commission is required to adopt pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality shall implement 15A NCAC 02H .0506 (Review of Applications) as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

SECTION 3.11.(b)  Notwithstanding 15A NCAC 02H .0506(b)(5) and 15A NCAC 02H .0506(c)(5), the Director of the Division of Water Resources shall not require the use of on‑site stormwater control measures to protect downstream water quality standards, except as required by State or federal law.

SECTION 3.11.(c)  The Environmental Management Commission shall adopt rules to amend 15A NCAC 02H .0506 (Review of Applications) consistent with subsection (b) of this section. Notwithstanding G.S. 150B‑19(4), the rule adopted by the Commission pursuant to this section shall be substantively identical to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are not subject to Part 3 of Article 2A of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes. Rules adopted pursuant to this section shall become effective as provided in G.S. 150B‑21.3(b1) as though 10 or more written objections had been received as provided by G.S. 150B‑21.3(b2).

SECTION 3.11.(d)  This section is effective when it becomes law. Subsection (b) of this section expires on the date that rules adopted pursuant to subsection (c) of this section become effective.

 

EXEMPT LANDSCAPING MATERIAL FROM STORMWATER MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

SECTION 3.12.  G.S. 143‑214.7(b2) reads as rewritten:

"(b2)    For purposes of implementing stormwater programs, "built‑upon area" means impervious surface and partially impervious surface to the extent that the partially impervious surface does not allow water to infiltrate through the surface and into the subsoil. "Built‑upon area" does not include a slatted deck; the water area of a swimming pool; a surface of number 57 stone, as designated by the American Society for Testing and Materials, laid at least four inches thick over a geotextile fabric; or a trail as defined in G.S. 113A‑85 that is either unpaved or paved as long as the pavement is porous with a hydraulic conductivity greater than 0.001 centimeters per second (1.41 inches per hour).hour); or landscaping material, including, but not limited to, gravel, mulch, sand, and vegetation, placed on areas that receive pedestrian or bicycle traffic or on portions of driveways and parking areas that will not be compacted by the weight of a vehicle, such as the area between sections of pavement that support the weight of a vehicle. The owner or developer of a property may opt out of any of the exemptions from "built‑upon area" set out in this subsection. For State stormwater programs and local stormwater programs approved pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, all of the following shall apply:

(1)        The volume, velocity, and discharge rates of water associated with the one‑year, 24‑hour storm and the difference in stormwater runoff from the predevelopment and postdevelopment conditions for the one‑year, 24‑hour storm shall be calculated using any acceptable engineering hydrologic and hydraulic methods.

(2)        Development may occur within the area that would otherwise be required to be placed within a vegetative buffer required by the Commission pursuant to G.S. 143‑214.1 and G.S. 143‑214.7 to protect classified shellfish waters, outstanding resource waters, and high‑quality waters provided the stormwater runoff from the development is collected and treated from the entire impervious area and discharged so that it passes through the vegetative buffer and is managed so that it otherwise complies with all applicable State and federal stormwater management requirements.

(3)        The requirements that apply to development activities within one‑half mile of and draining to Class SA waters or within one‑half mile of Class SA waters and draining to unnamed freshwater tributaries shall not apply to development activities and associated stormwater discharges that do not occur within one‑half mile of and draining to Class SA waters or are not within one‑half mile of Class SA waters and draining to unnamed freshwater tributaries."

 

AMEND STREAM MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS

SECTION 3.13.(a)  G.S. 143‑214.7C reads as rewritten:

"§ 143‑214.7C.  Prohibit the requirement of mitigation for impacts to intermittent streams.streams; establish threshold for mitigation of impacts to streams.

(a)        Except as required by federal law, the Department of Environmental Quality shall not require mitigation for impacts to an intermittent stream. For purposes of this section, "intermittent stream" means a well‑defined channel that has all of the following characteristics:

(1)        It contains water for only part of the year, typically during winter and spring when the aquatic bed is below the water table.

(2)        The flow of water in the intermittent stream may be heavily supplemented by stormwater runoff.

(3)        It often lacks the biological and hydrological characteristics commonly associated with the conveyance of water.

(b)        Except as required by federal law, the Department of Environmental Quality shall not require mitigation for losses of 300 linear feet or less of stream bed."

SECTION 3.13.(b)  The Environmental Management Commission shall amend its rules consistent with subsection (a) of this section.

SECTION 3.13.(c)  The cochairs of the Environmental Review Commission shall examine the mitigation thresholds for losses of stream bed under the Regional Conditions adopted by the Norfolk, Charleston, and Savannah Districts of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and shall submit written comments to the Washington, D.C., Headquarters, the Wilmington District Office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the North Carolina congressional delegation to encourage the Wilmington District to adopt Regional Conditions on the thresholds for losses of stream bed that are consistent with the Regional Conditions adopted by the Norfolk, Charleston, and Savannah Districts of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

 

COASTAL RESOURCES COMMISSION RULES ON TEMPORARY EROSION CONTROL STRUCTURES

SECTION 3.14.(a)  Sections 14.6(p) and 14.6(q) of S.L. 2015‑241 are repealed.

SECTION 3.14.(b)  Notwithstanding G.S. 150B‑21.1A(a), the Coastal Resources Commission may adopt an emergency rule for the use of temporary erosion control structures consistent with the amendments to the temporary erosion control structure rules adopted by the Commission as agenda item CRC‑16‑23 on May 11, 2016, with any further modifications in the Commission's discretion. The Commission shall also adopt temporary and permanent rules to implement this section.

 

DIRECT THE COASTAL RESOURCES COMMISSION TO AMEND THE SEDIMENT CRITERIA RULE TO EXEMPT SEDIMENT FROM CAPE SHOAL SYSTEMS

SECTION 3.15.(a)  Definitions. – "Sediment Criteria Rule" means 15A NCAC 07H .0312 (Technical Standards for Beach Fill Projects) for purposes of this section and its implementation.

SECTION 3.15.(b)  Sediment Criteria Rule. – Until the effective date of the revised permanent rule that the Coastal Resources Commission is required to adopt pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality shall implement the Sediment Criteria Rule, as provided in subsection (c) of this section.

SECTION 3.15.(c)  Implementation. – The Commission shall exempt from the permitting requirements of the Sediment Criteria Rule any sediment in the cape shoal systems used as a borrow site and any portion of an oceanfront beach that receives sediment from the cape shoal systems. For purposes of this section, "cape shoal systems" includes the Frying Pan Shoals at Cape Fear, Lookout Shoals at Cape Lookout, and Diamond Shoals at Cape Hatteras.

SECTION 3.15.(d)  Additional Rule‑Making Authority. – The Commission shall adopt a rule to amend the Sediment Criteria Rule consistent with subsection (c) of this section. Notwithstanding G.S. 150B‑19(4), the rule adopted by the Commission, pursuant to this section, shall be substantively identical to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are not subject to Part 3 of Article 2A of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes. Rules adopted pursuant to this section shall become effective as provided in G.S. 150B‑21.3(b1) as though 10 or more written objections had been received as provided by G.S. 150B‑21.3(b2).

SECTION 3.15.(e)  Sunset. – This section expires when permanent rules adopted as required by subsection (d) of this section become effective.

 

DIVISION OF COASTAL MANAGEMENT TO STUDY CURRENT LONG‑TERM EROSION RATES ADJACENT TO TERMINAL GROINS

SECTION 3.16.  The Division of Coastal Management of the Department of Environmental Quality, in consultation with the Coastal Resources Commission, shall study the change in erosion rates directly adjacent to existing and newly constructed terminal groins to determine whether long‑term erosion rates, currently in effect in accordance with 15A NCAC 07H .0304 (AECS Within Ocean Hazard Areas), should be adjusted to reflect any mitigation of shoreline erosion resulting from the installation of the terminal groins. The Division shall report on the results of the study to the Environmental Review Commission on or before March 1, 2018.

 

REGULATION AND DISPOSITION OF CERTAIN REPTILES

SECTION 3.17.(a)  G.S. 14‑419 reads as rewritten:

"§ 14‑419.  Investigation of suspected violations; seizure and examination of reptiles; disposition of reptiles.

(a)        In any case in which any law‑enforcement officer or animal control officer has probable cause to believe that any of the provisions of this Article have been or are about to be violated, it shall be the duty of the officer and the officer is authorized, empowered, and directed to immediately investigate the violation or impending violation and to consult with representatives of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences or the North Carolina Zoological Park or a designated representative of either the Museum or Zoological Park to identify appropriate and safe methods to seize the reptile or reptiles involved, to seize the reptile or reptiles involved, and the officer is authorized and directed to deliver: (i) a reptile believed to be venomous to the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences or to its designated representative for examination for the purpose of ascertaining whether the reptile is regulated under this Article; and, (ii) a reptile believed to be a large constricting snake or crocodilian to the North Carolina Zoological Park or to its designated representative for the purpose of ascertaining whether the reptile is regulated under this Article. In any case in which a law enforcement officer or animal control officer determines that there is an immediate risk to public safety, the officer shall not be required to consult with representatives of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences or the North Carolina Zoological Park as provided by this subsection.subsection and may kill the reptile.

(b)        If the Museum or the Zoological Park or their designated representatives find that a seized reptile is a venomous reptile, large constricting snake, or crocodilian regulated under this Article, the Museum or the Zoological Park or their designated representative shall determine final an interim disposition of the reptile in a manner consistent with the safety of the public, which in until a final disposition is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. In the case of a venomous reptile for which antivenin approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration is not readily available, shall the reptile may be euthanized unless the species is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Where the Museum or the Zoological Park or their designated representative determines euthanasia to be the appropriate interim disposition, or where a reptile seized pursuant to this Article dies of natural or unintended causes, the Museum, the Zoological Park, or their designated representatives shall not be liable to the reptile's owner.

(b1)      Upon conviction of any offense contained in this Article, the court shall order a final disposition of the confiscated venomous reptiles, large constricting snakes, or crocodilians, which may include the transfer of title to the State of North Carolina and reimbursement for the necessary expenses incurred in the seizure, delivery, and storage thereof.

(c)        If the Museum or the Zoological Park or their designated representatives find that the reptile is not a venomous reptile, large constricting snake, or crocodilian regulated under this Article, and either no criminal warrants or indictments are initiated in connection with the reptile within 10 days of initial seizure, or a court of law determines that the reptile is not being owned, possessed, used, transported, or trafficked in violation of this Article, then it shall be the duty of the law enforcement officer to return the reptile or reptiles to the person from whom they were seized within 15 days."

SECTION 3.17.(b)  The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission shall jointly study and develop a list of potential designated representatives for the storage and safekeeping of venomous reptiles, large constricting snakes, or crocodilians.

SECTION 3.17.(c)  The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission shall jointly study and develop recommendations for potential procedural and policy changes to improve the regulation of certain reptiles pursuant to Article 55 of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes. The Department and the Commission shall consider public health and safety risks, permitting requirements, exemptions, notification of escape, investigation of suspected violations, seizure and examination of reptiles, disposition of seized reptiles, and any other issues determined relevant to the regulation of certain reptiles. The Department and the Commission shall submit a report, including any legislative recommendations, to the Environmental Review Commission no later than December 31, 2017.

 

PROVIDE FOR LOW‑FLOW DESIGN ALTERNATIVES FOR PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

SECTION 3.18.(a)  15A NCAC 18C .0409(b)(1) (Daily Flow Requirements). – Until the effective date of the revised permanent rule that the Commission for Public Health is required to adopt pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the Commission, the Department of Environmental Quality, and any other political subdivision of the State shall implement 15A NCAC 18C .0409(b)(1) (Daily Flow Requirements), as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

SECTION 3.18.(b)  Implementation. – Notwithstanding the Daily Flow Requirements rates listed in Table No. 1 of 15A NCAC 18C .0409(b)(1) (Daily Flow Requirements), a public water supply system shall be exempt from the Daily Flow Requirements, and any other design flow standards established by the Department or the Commission, provided the flow rates that are less than those required in Table No. 1 of 15A NCAC 18C .0409(b)(1) (Daily Flow Requirements) (i) are achieved through an engineering design that utilizes low‑flow fixtures and low‑flow reduction technologies and the design is prepared, sealed, and signed by a professional engineer licensed pursuant to Chapter 89C of the General Statutes and (ii) provide for a flow that is sufficient to sustain the water usage required in the engineering design.

SECTION 3.18.(c)  Additional Rule‑Making Authority. – The Commission shall adopt a rule to amend 15A NCAC 18C .0409(b)(1) (Daily Flow Requirements), consistent with subsection (b) of this section. Notwithstanding G.S. 150B‑19(4), the rule adopted by the Commission pursuant to this section shall be substantively identical to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are not subject to G.S. 150B‑21.8 through G.S. 150B‑21.14. Rules adopted pursuant to this section shall become effective as provided in G.S. 150B‑21.3(b1) as though 10 or more written objections had been received as provided by G.S. 150B‑21.3(b2).

SECTION 3.18.(d)  Sunset. – Subsection (b) of this section expires on the date that rules adopted pursuant to subsection (c) of this section become effective.

 

ESTABLISH NORTH CAROLINA SENTINEL LANDSCAPES COMMITTEE

SECTION 3.19.(a)  Committee Established. – There is established the North Carolina Sentinel Landscape Committee (Committee).

SECTION 3.19.(b)  Findings and Purpose. – The General Assembly finds that sentinel landscapes are places where preserving the working and rural character of the State's private lands is important for both national defense and conservation priorities. It is the intent of the General Assembly to direct the Committee to coordinate the overlapping priority areas in the vicinity of and where testing and training occur near or adjacent to major military installations, as that term is defined in G.S. 143‑215.115, or other areas of strategic benefit to national defense. Further, the Committee shall assist landowners in improving their land to benefit their operations and enhance wildlife habitats while furthering the State's vested economic interest in preserving, maintaining, and sustaining land uses that are compatible with military activities at major military installations and National Guard facilities. In its work, the Committee shall develop and implement programs and strategies that (i) protect working lands in the vicinity of and where testing and training occur near or adjacent to major military installations or other areas of strategic benefit to national defense, (ii) address restrictions that inhibit military testing and training, and (iii) forestall incompatible development in the vicinity of and where testing and training occur near or adjacent to military installations or other areas of strategic benefit to national defense.

SECTION 3.19.(c)  Powers and Duties. – The Committee shall:

(1)        Recognize all lands in the State as sentinel landscapes areas that are so designated by the United States Department of Defense.

(2)        Identify and designate certain additional lands to be contained in the sentinel landscapes of this State that are of particular import to the nation's defense and in the vicinity of and where testing and training occur on, near, or adjacent to major military installations or are of other strategic benefit to the nation's defense. In this work, the Committee may seek advice and recommendations from stakeholders who have experience in this sort of identification and designation.

(3)        In designating sentinel lands as directed by subdivision (1) of this subsection, the Committee shall evaluate all working or natural lands that the Committee identifies as contributing to the long‑term sustainability of the military missions conducted in this State. In its evaluation of which lands to designate as sentinel lands, the Committee shall consult with and seek input from:

a.         The United States Department of Defense.

b.         The North Carolina Commander's Council.

c.         The United States Department of Agriculture.

d.         The United States Department of the Interior.

e.         Elected officials from units of local government located in the vicinity of and where testing and training occur on the proposed sentinel lands.

f.          Any other stakeholders that the Committee deems appropriate.

(4)        Develop recommendations to encourage landowners located within the sentinel landscape designated pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection to voluntarily participate in and begin or continue land uses compatible with the United States Department of Defense operations in this State.

(5)        Provide technical support services and assistance to landowners who voluntarily participate in the sentinel landscape program.

SECTION 3.19.(d)  Membership. – The Committee shall consist of at least the five following members:

(1)        The Commissioner of Agriculture, or the Commissioner's designee.

(2)        The Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, or the Secretary's designee.

(3)        The Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources, or the Secretary's designee.

(4)        The Executive Director of the Wildlife Resources Commission, or the Executive Director's designee.

(5)        The Dean of the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, or the Dean's designee.

The Commissioner of Agriculture or the Commissioner's designee shall serve as Committee chair for an initial two‑year term. Thereafter, the Committee chair shall be one of the five listed members above. The Committee chair may appoint members representing other State agencies, local government officials, and nongovernmental organizations that are experienced in land management activities within sentinel lands.

SECTION 3.19.(e)  Transaction of Business. – The Committee shall meet, at a minimum, at least once during each calendar quarter and at other times at the call of the chair. A majority of members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The first Committee meeting shall take place within 30 days of the effective date of this act.

SECTION 3.19.(f)  Reports. – The Committee shall report on its activities conducted to implement this section, including any findings, recommendations, and legislative proposals, to the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission and the Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission beginning September 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, until such time as the Committee completes its work.

SECTION 3.19.(g)  Administrative Assistance. – All clerical and other services required by the Committee shall be supplied by the membership and shall be provided with funds available.

 

PART iv. ELIMINATE, CONSOLIDATE, AND AMEND REPORTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW COMMISSION

 

ELIMINATE ANNUAL REPORT ON MINING ACCOUNT PURSUANT TO THE MINING ACT OF 1971 BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

SECTION 4.1.  G.S. 74‑54.1(c) is repealed.

 

ELIMINATE ANNUAL REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS PROGRAM BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

SECTION 4.2.(a)  G.S. 143‑135.39(f) and (g) are repealed.

SECTION 4.2.(b)  G.S. 143‑135.40(b) is repealed.

 

ELIMINATE QUARTERLY REPORT ON SYSTEMWIDE MUNICIPAL AND DOMESTIC WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM PERMIT PROGRAM BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION

SECTION 4.3.  G.S. 143‑215.9B reads as rewritten:

"§ 143‑215.9B.  Systemwide municipal and domestic wastewater collection system permit program report.

The Environmental Management Commission shall develop and implement a permit program for municipal and domestic wastewater collection systems on a systemwide basis. The collection system permit program shall provide for performance standards, minimum design and construction requirements, a capital improvement plan, operation and maintenance requirements, and minimum reporting requirements. In order to ensure an orderly and cost‑effective phase‑in of the collection system permit program, the Commission shall implement the permit program over a five‑year period beginning 1 July 2000. The Commission shall issue permits for approximately twenty percent (20%) of municipal and domestic wastewater collection systems that are in operation on 1 July 2000 during each of the five calendar years beginning 1 July 2000 and shall give priority to those collection systems serving the largest populations, those under a moratorium imposed by the Commission under G.S. 143‑215.67, and those for which the Department of Environmental Quality has issued a notice of violation for the discharge of untreated wastewater. The Commission shall report on its progress in developing and implementing the collection system permit program required by this section as a part of each quarterly report the Environmental Management Commission makes to the Environmental Review Commission pursuant to G.S. 143B‑282(b)."

 

ELIMINATE ANNUAL REPORTS ON EMISSIONS FROM STATE EMPLOYEE AND PRIVATE SECTOR VEHICLES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

SECTION 4.4.(a)  G.S. 143‑215.107C(d) and (e) are repealed.

SECTION 4.4.(b)  G.S. 143‑215.107B is repealed.

 

ELIMINATE ANNUAL REPORT ON PURCHASE OF NEW MOTOR VEHICLES AND FUEL SAVINGS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

SECTION 4.5.  G.S. 143‑341(8)i.2b. reads as rewritten:

"2b.      As used in this sub‑sub‑subdivision, "fuel economy" and "class of comparable automobiles" have the same meaning as in Part 600 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (July 1, 2008 Edition). As used in this sub‑sub‑subdivision, "passenger motor vehicle" has the same meaning as "private passenger vehicle" as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01. Notwithstanding the requirements of sub‑sub‑subdivision 2a. of this sub‑subdivision, every request for proposals for new passenger motor vehicles to be purchased by the Department shall state a preference for vehicles that have a fuel economy for the new vehicle's model year that is in the top fifteen percent (15%) of its class of comparable automobiles. The award for every new passenger motor vehicle that is purchased by the Department shall be based on the Department's evaluation of the best value for the State, taking into account fuel economy ratings and life cycle cost that reasonably consider both projected fuel costs and acquisition costs. This sub‑sub‑subdivision does not apply to vehicles used in law enforcement, emergency medical response, and firefighting. The Department shall report the number of new passenger motor vehicles that are purchased as required by this sub‑sub‑subdivision, the savings or costs for the purchase of vehicles to comply with this sub‑sub‑subdivision, and the quantity and cost of fuel saved for the previous fiscal year on or before October 1 of each year to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Environmental Review Commission."

 

ELIMINATE BIENNIAL STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

SECTION 4.6.  G.S. 143B‑279.5 is repealed.

 

ELIMINATE ANNUAL REPORT ON FISH KILL ACTIVITY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

SECTION 4.7.  G.S. 143B‑279.7(c) is repealed.

 

ELIMINATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION QUARTERLY REPORT ON DEVELOPING ENGINEERING STANDARDS GOVERNING MUNICIPAL AND DOMESTIC SYSTEMS TO ALLOW REGIONAL INTERCONNECTION

SECTION 4.8.  Section 11.1 of S.L. 1999‑329 reads as rewritten:

"Section 11.1. The Environmental Management Commission shall develop engineering standards governing municipal and domestic wastewater collection systems that will allow interconnection of these systems on a regional basis. The Commission shall report on its progress in developing the engineering standards required by this section as a part of each quarterly report the Commission makes to the Environmental Review Commission pursuant to G.S. 143B-282(b)."

 

ELIMINATE BIENNIAL REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NORTH CAROLINA BEACH AND INLET MANAGEMENT PLAN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

SECTION 4.9.  Section 13.9(d) of S.L. 2000‑67 reads as rewritten:

"Section 13.9.(d)  Each plan shall be as complete as resources and available information allow. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall revise the plan every two years and shall submit the revised plan to the General Assembly no later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year. The Department may issue a supplement to the plan in even-numbered years if significant new information becomes available."

 

ELIMINATE ANNUAL REPORT ON INFORMAL REVIEW PROCESS FOR AGENCY REVIEW OF ENGINEERING WORK

SECTION 4.10.  Sections 29(j) and 29(k) of S.L. 2014‑120 are repealed.

 

CONSOLIDATE REPORTS ON THE COASTAL HABITAT PROTECTION PLAN

SECTION 4.11.(a)  G.S. 143B‑279.8(e) reads as rewritten:

"(e)      The Coastal Resources Commission, the Environmental Management Commission, and the Marine Fisheries Commission shall report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Environmental Review Commission on progress in developing and implementing the Coastal Habitat Protection Plans, including the extent to which the actions of the three commissions are consistent with the Plans, on or before 1 September September 1 of each year.year in which any significant revisions to the Plans are made."

SECTION 4.11.(b)  G.S. 143B‑279.8(f) is repealed.

 

CONSOLIDATE AND REDUCE FREQUENCY OF REPORTS ON COST AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING PROGRAMS

SECTION 4.12.(a)  G.S. 143‑215.3A(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c)      The Department shall report to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division on the cost of the State's environmental permitting programs contained within the Department on or before 1 November January 1 of each odd‑numbered year. The report shall include, but is not limited to, fees set and established under this Article, fees collected under this Article, revenues received from other sources for environmental permitting and compliance programs, changes made in the fee schedule since the last report, anticipated revenues from all other sources, interest earned and any other information requested by the General Assembly. The Department shall submit this report with the report required by G.S. 143B‑279.17 as a single report."

SECTION 4.12.(b)  G.S. 143B‑279.17 reads as rewritten:

"§ 143B‑279.17.  Tracking and report on permit processing times.

The Department of Environmental Quality shall track the time required to process all permit applications in the One‑Stop for Certain Environmental Permits Programs established by G.S. 143B‑279.12 and the Express Permit and Certification Reviews established by G.S. 143B‑279.13 that are received by the Department. The processing time tracked shall include (i) the total processing time from when an initial permit application is received to issuance or denial of the permit and (ii) the processing time from when a complete permit application is received to issuance or denial of the permit. No later than March 1 January 1 of each odd‑numbered year, the Department shall report to the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly and the Environmental Review Commission on the permit processing times required to be tracked pursuant to this section. The Department shall submit this report with the report required by G.S. 143‑215.3A(c) as a single report."

SECTION 4.12.(c)  The first combined report required by subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division no later than January 1, 2019.

 

CONSOLIDATE AND REDUCE FREQUENCY OF REPORTS BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION

SECTION 4.13.(a)  G.S. 143B‑282(b) reads as rewritten:

"(b)      The Environmental Management Commission shall submit quarterly written reports as to its operation, activities, programs, and progress to the Environmental Review Commission. Commission by January 1 of each year. The Environmental Management Commission shall supplement the written reports required by this subsection with additional written and oral reports as may be requested by the Environmental Review Commission. The Environmental Management Commission shall submit the written reports required by this subsection whether or not the General Assembly is in session at the time the report is due."

SECTION 4.13.(b)  G.S. 143‑215.1(h) reads as rewritten:

"(h)      Each applicant for a new permit or the modification of an existing permit issued under subsection (c) of this section shall include with the application: (i) the extent to which the new or modified facility is constructed in whole or in part with funds provided or administered by the State or a unit of local government, (ii) the impact of the facility on water quality, and (iii) whether there are cost‑effective alternative technologies that will achieve greater protection of water quality. The Commission shall prepare a quarterly an annual summary and analysis of the information provided by applicants pursuant to this subsection. The Commission shall submit the summary and analysis required by this subsection to the Environmental Review Commission (ERC) as a part of each quarterly annual report that the Commission is required to make to the ERC under G.S. 143B‑282(b)."

SECTION 4.13.(c)  The first combined report required by subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission no later than January 1, 2018.

 

CONSOLIDATE WASTE MANAGEMENT REPORTS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

SECTION 4.14.(a)  G.S. 130A‑309.06(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c)      The Department shall report to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division on or before 15 January January 15 of each year on the status of solid waste management efforts in the State. The report shall include:

(1)        A comprehensive analysis, to be updated in each report, of solid waste generation and disposal in the State projected for the 20‑year period beginning on 1 July July 1, 1991.

(2)        The total amounts of solid waste recycled and disposed of and the methods of solid waste recycling and disposal used during the calendar year prior to the year in which the report is published.

(3)        An evaluation of the development and implementation of local solid waste management programs and county and municipal recycling programs.

(4)        An evaluation of the success of each county or group of counties in meeting the municipal solid waste reduction goal established in G.S. 130A‑309.04.

(5)        Recommendations concerning existing and potential programs for solid waste reduction and recycling that would be appropriate for units of local government and State agencies to implement to meet the requirements of this Part.

(6)        An evaluation of the recycling industry, the markets for recycled materials, the recycling of polystyrene, and the success of State, local, and private industry efforts to enhance the markets for these materials.

(7)        Recommendations to the Governor and the Environmental Review Commission to improve the management and recycling of solid waste in the State, including any proposed legislation to implement the recommendations.

(8)        A description of the condition of the Solid Waste Management Trust Fund and the use of all funds allocated from the Solid Waste Management Trust Fund, as required by G.S. 130A‑309.12(c).

(9)        A description of the review and revision of bid procedures and the purchase and use of reusable, refillable, repairable, more durable, and less toxic supplies and products by both the Department of Administration and the Department of Transportation, as required by G.S. 130A‑309.14(a1)(3).

(10)      A description of the implementation of the North Carolina Scrap Tire Disposal Act that includes the amount of revenue used for grants and to clean up nuisance tire collection under the provisions of G.S 130A‑309.64.

(11)      A description of the management of white goods in the State, as required by G.S. 130A‑309.85.

(12)      A summary of the report by the Department of Transportation on the amounts and types of recycled materials that were specified or used in contracts that were entered into by the Department of Transportation during the previous fiscal year, as required by G.S. 136‑28.8(g).

(13)      Repealed by Session Laws 2010‑142, s. 1, effective July 22, 2010.

(14)      (Expiring October 1, 2023) A description of the activities related to the management of abandoned manufactured homes in the State in accordance with G.S. 130A‑117, the beginning and ending balances in the Solid Waste Management Trust Fund for the reporting period and the amount of funds used, itemized by county, for grants made under Part 2F of Article 9 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes.

(15)      A report on the recycling of discarded computer equipment and televisions in the State pursuant to G.S. 130A‑309.140(a).

(16)      An evaluation of the Brownfields Property Reuse Act pursuant to G.S. 130A‑310.40.

(17)      A report on the Inactive Hazardous Waste Response Act of 1987 pursuant to G.S. 130A‑310.10(a).

(18)      A report on the Dry‑Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act of 1997 pursuant to G.S. 143‑215.104U(a) until such time as the Act expires pursuant to Part 6 of Article 21A of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes.

(19)      A report on the implementation and cost of the hazardous waste management program pursuant to G.S. 130A‑294(i)."

SECTION 4.14.(b)  G.S. 130A‑309.140(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      No later than January 15 of each year, the Department shall submit a report on The Department shall include in the status of solid waste management report required to be submitted on or before January 15 of each year pursuant to G.S. 130A‑309.06(c) a report on the recycling of discarded computer equipment and televisions in the State under this Part to the Environmental Review Commission.Part. The report must include an evaluation of the recycling rates in the State for discarded computer equipment and televisions, a discussion of compliance and enforcement related to the requirements of this Part, and any recommendations for any changes to the system of collection and recycling of discarded computer equipment, televisions, or other electronic devices."

SECTION 4.14.(c)  G.S. 130A‑310.40 reads as rewritten:

"§ 130A‑310.40.  Legislative reports.

The Department shall prepare and submit to the Environmental Review Commission, concurrently with the report on the Inactive Hazardous Sites Response Act of 1987 required under G.S. 130A‑310.10, include in the status of solid waste management report required to be submitted on or before January 15 of each year pursuant to G.S. 130A‑309.06(c) an evaluation of the effectiveness of this Part in facilitating the remediation and reuse of existing industrial and commercial properties. This evaluation shall include any recommendations for additional incentives or changes, if needed, to improve the effectiveness of this Part in addressing such properties. This evaluation shall also include a report on receipts by and expenditures from the Brownfields Property Reuse Act Implementation Account."

SECTION 4.14.(d)  G.S. 130A‑310.10(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      The Secretary shall include in the status of solid waste management report required to be submitted on or before January 15 of each year pursuant to G.S. 130A‑309.06(c) a report on inactive hazardous sites to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, the Environmental Review Commission, and the Fiscal Research Division on or before October 1 of each year. The report shall include that includes at least the following:

(1)        The Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites Priority List.

(2)        A list of remedial action plans requiring State funding through the Inactive Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund.

(3)        A comprehensive budget to implement these remedial action plans and the adequacy of the Inactive Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund to fund the cost of said plans.

(4)        A prioritized list of sites that are eligible for remedial action under CERCLA/SARA together with recommended remedial action plans and a comprehensive budget to implement such plans. The budget for implementing a remedial action plan under CERCLA/SARA shall include a statement as to any appropriation that may be necessary to pay the State's share of such plan.

(5)        A list of sites and remedial action plans undergoing voluntary cleanup with Departmental approval.

(6)        A list of sites and remedial action plans that may require State funding, a comprehensive budget if implementation of these possible remedial action plans is required, and the adequacy of the Inactive Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund to fund the possible costs of said plans.

(7)        A list of sites that pose an imminent hazard.

(8)        A comprehensive budget to develop and implement remedial action plans for sites that pose imminent hazards and that may require State funding, and the adequacy of the Inactive Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund.

(8a)      Repealed by Session Laws 2015‑286, s. 4.7(f), effective October 22, 2015.

(9)        Any other information requested by the General Assembly or the Environmental Review Commission."

SECTION 4.14.(e)  G.S. 143‑215.104U reads as rewritten:

"§ 143‑215.104U.  Reporting requirements.

(a)        The Secretary shall present an annual report to the Environmental Review Commission that shall include include in the status of solid waste management report required to be submitted on or before January 15 of each year pursuant to G.S. 130A‑309.06(c) a report on at least the following:

(1)        A list of all dry‑cleaning solvent contamination reported to the Department.

(2)        A list of all facilities and abandoned sites certified by the Commission and the status of contamination associated with each facility or abandoned site.

(3)        An estimate of the cost of assessment and remediation required in connection with facilities or abandoned sites certified by the Commission and an estimate of assessment and remediation costs expected to be paid from the Fund.

(4)        A statement of receipts and disbursements for the Fund.

(5)        A statement of all claims against the Fund, including claims paid, claims denied, pending claims, anticipated claims, and any other obligations.

(6)        The adequacy of the Fund to carry out the purposes of this Part together with any recommendations as to measures that may be necessary to assure the continued solvency of the Fund.

(b)        The Secretary shall make the annual report required by this section on or before 1 October of each year."

SECTION 4.14.(f)  G.S. 130A‑294(i) reads as rewritten:

"(i)       The Department shall report to Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, and the Environmental Review Commission on or before January 1 of each year include in the status of solid waste management report required to be submitted on or before January 15 of each year pursuant to G.S. 130A‑309.06(c) a report on the implementation and cost of the hazardous waste management program. The report shall include an evaluation of how well the State and private parties are managing and cleaning up hazardous waste. The report shall also include recommendations to the Governor, State agencies, and the General Assembly on ways to: improve waste management; reduce the amount of waste generated; maximize resource recovery, reuse, and conservation; and minimize the amount of hazardous waste which must be disposed of. The report shall include beginning and ending balances in the Hazardous Waste Management Account for the reporting period, total fees collected pursuant to G.S. 130A‑294.1, anticipated revenue from all sources, total expenditures by activities and categories for the hazardous waste management program, any recommended adjustments in annual and tonnage fees which may be necessary to assure the continued availability of funds sufficient to pay the State's share of the cost of the hazardous waste management program, and any other information requested by the General Assembly. In recommending adjustments in annual and tonnage fees, the Department may propose fees for hazardous waste generators, and for hazardous waste treatment facilities that treat waste generated on site, which are designed to encourage reductions in the volume or quantity and toxicity of hazardous waste. The report shall also include a description of activities undertaken to implement the resident inspectors program established under G.S. 130A‑295.02. In addition, the report shall include an annual update on the mercury switch removal program that shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:

(1)        A detailed description of the mercury recovery performance ratio achieved by the mercury switch removal program.

(2)        A detailed description of the mercury switch collection system developed and implemented by vehicle manufacturers in accordance with the NVMSRP.

(3)        In the event that a mercury recovery performance ratio of at least 0.90 of the national mercury recovery performance ratio as reported by the NVMSRP is not achieved, a description of additional or alternative actions that may be implemented to improve the mercury switch removal program.

(4)        The number of mercury switches collected and a description of how the mercury switches were managed.

(5)        A statement that details the costs required to implement the mercury switch removal program, including a summary of receipts and disbursements from the Mercury Switch Removal Account."

SECTION 4.14.(g)  The first combined report required by subsections (a) through (f) of this section shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division no later than January 15, 2018.

 

CONSOLIDATE SEDIMENTATION POLLUTION CONTROL ACT AND STORMWATER REPORTS

SECTION 4.15.(a)  G.S. 113A‑67 reads as rewritten:

"§ 113A‑67.  Annual Report.

The Department shall report to the Environmental Review Commission on the implementation of this Article on or before 1 October October 1 of each year. The Department shall include in the report an analysis of how the implementation of the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973 is affecting activities that contribute to the sedimentation of streams, rivers, lakes, and other waters of the State. The report shall also include a review of the effectiveness of local erosion and sedimentation control programs. The report shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission with the report required by G.S. 143‑214.7(e) as a single report."

SECTION 4.15.(b)  G.S. 143‑214.7(e) reads as rewritten:

"(e)      On or before October 1 of each year, the Commission Department shall report to the Environmental Review Commission on the implementation of this section, including the status of any stormwater control programs administered by State agencies and units of local government. The status report shall include information on any integration of stormwater capture and reuse into stormwater control programs administered by State agencies and units of local government. The report shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission with the report required by G.S. 113A‑67 as a single report."

SECTION 4.15.(c)  The first combined report required by subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission no later than October 1, 2017.

 

CONSOLIDATE VARIOUS WATER RESOURCES AND WATER QUALITY REPORTS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

SECTION 4.16.(a)  G.S. 143‑355(n) is repealed.

SECTION 4.16.(b)  G.S. 143‑355(o)(9) is repealed.

SECTION 4.16.(c)  G.S. 143‑355 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

"(p)      Report. – The Department of Environmental Quality shall report to the Environmental Review Commission on the implementation of this section, including the development of the State water supply plan and the development of basinwide hydrologic models, no later than November 1 of each year. The Department shall submit the report required by this subsection with the report on basinwide water quality management plans required by G.S. 143‑215.8B(d) as a single report."

SECTION 4.16.(d)  G.S. 143‑215.8B(d) reads as rewritten:

"(d)      The As a part of the report required pursuant to G.S. 143‑355(p), the Commission and the Department shall each report on or before 1 October November 1 of each year on an annual basis to the Environmental Review Commission on the progress in developing and implementing basinwide water quality management plans and on increasing public involvement and public education in connection with basinwide water quality management planning. The report to the Environmental Review Commission by the Department shall include a written statement as to all concentrations of heavy metals and other pollutants in the surface waters of the State that are identified in the course of preparing or revising the basinwide water quality management plans."

SECTION 4.16.(e)  The first combined report required by subsections (c) and (d) of this section shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission no later than November 1, 2017.

 

CONSOLIDATE REPORTS BY THE DIVISION OF WATER INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND THE STATE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY

SECTION 4.17.(a)  G.S. 159G‑26(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      Requirement. – The Department must shall publish a report each year on the accounts in the Water Infrastructure Fund that are administered by the Division of Water Infrastructure. The report must shall be published by 1 November 1 of each year and cover the preceding fiscal year. The Department must shall make the report available to the public and must shall give a copy of the report to the Environmental Review Commission and the Commission, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, and the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Commission.Division with the report required by G.S. 159G‑72 as a single report."

SECTION 4.17.(b)  G.S. 159G‑72 reads as rewritten:

"§ 159G‑72.  State Water Infrastructure Authority; reports.

No later than November 1 of each year, the Authority shall submit a report of its activity and findings, including any recommendations or legislative proposals, to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Natural and Economic Resources, the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, and the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Commission.Environmental Review Commission, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, and the Fiscal Research Division with the report required by G.S. 159G‑26(a) as a single report."

SECTION 4.17.(c)  The first combined report required by subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, and the Fiscal Research Division no later than November 1, 2017.

 

CONSOLIDATE REPORTS BY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION COMMISSION AND THE DIVISION OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

SECTION 4.18.(a)  G.S. 106‑850(e) reads as rewritten:

"(e)      The Soil and Water Conservation Commission shall report on or before 31 January 31 of each year to the Environmental Review Commission, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Fiscal Research Division. This report shall include a list of projects that received State funding pursuant to the program, the results of the evaluations conducted pursuant to subdivision (7) of subsection (b) of this section, findings regarding the effectiveness of each of these projects to accomplish its primary purpose, and any recommendations to assure that State funding is used in the most cost‑effective manner and accomplishes the greatest improvement in water quality. This report shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division with the reports required by G.S. 106‑860(e) and G.S. 139‑60(d) as a single report."

SECTION 4.18.(b)  G.S. 106‑860(e) reads as rewritten:

"(e)      Report. – The Soil and Water Conservation Commission shall report no later than 31 January 31 of each year to the Environmental Review Commission, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Fiscal Research Division. The report shall include a summary of projects that received State funding pursuant to the Program, the results of the evaluation conducted pursuant to subdivision (5) of subsection (b) of this section, findings regarding the effectiveness of each project to accomplish its primary purpose, and any recommendations to assure that State funding is used in the most cost‑effective manner and accomplishes the greatest improvement in water quality. This report shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division as a part of the report required by G.S. 106‑850(e)."

SECTION 4.18.(c)  G.S. 139‑60(d) reads as rewritten:

"(d)      Report. – No later than January 31 of each year, the Division of Soil and Water Conservation of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall prepare a comprehensive report on the implementation of subsections (a) through (c) of this section. The report shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division as a part of the report required by G.S. 106‑850(e)."

SECTION 4.18.(d)  The first combined report required by subsections (a) through (c) of this section shall be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission and the Fiscal Research Division no later than January 31, 2018.

 

DECREASE REPORTING FREQUENCY ON TERMINAL GROINS PILOT PROJECT BY THE COASTAL RESOURCES COMMISSION

SECTION 4.19.  G.S. 113A‑115.1(i) reads as rewritten:

"(i)       No later than September 1 of each year, January 1, 2019, and every five years thereafter, the Coastal Resources Commission shall report to the Environmental Review Commission on the implementation of this section. The report shall provide a detailed description of each proposed and permitted terminal groin and its accompanying beach fill project, including the information required to be submitted pursuant to subsection (e) of this section. For each permitted terminal groin and its accompanying beach fill project, the report shall also provide all of the following:

(1)        The findings of the Commission required pursuant to subsection (f) of this section.

(2)        The status of construction and maintenance of the terminal groin and its accompanying beach fill project, including the status of the implementation of the plan for construction and maintenance and the inlet management plan.

(3)        A description and assessment of the benefits of the terminal groin and its accompanying beach fill project, if any.

(4)        A description and assessment of the adverse impacts of the terminal groin and its accompanying beach fill project, if any, including a description and assessment of any mitigation measures implemented to address adverse impacts."

 

DECREASE REPORTING FREQUENCY ON PARKS SYSTEM PLAN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES

SECTION 4.20.  G.S. 143B‑135.48(d) reads as rewritten:

"(d)      No later than October 1 of each year, October 1, 2018, and every five years thereafter, the Department shall submit electronically the State Parks System Plan to the Environmental Review Commission, the Senate and the House of Representatives appropriations committees with jurisdiction over natural and cultural resources, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, and the Fiscal Research Division. Concurrently, the Department shall submit a summary of each change to the Plan that was made during the previous fiscal year.five fiscal years."

 

REDIRECT INTERAGENCY REPORT ON SUPERFUND COST SHARE TO THE ANER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

SECTION 4.21.  Section 15.6 of S.L. 1999‑237 reads as rewritten:

"Section 15.6.(a)  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Environmental Quality may use available funds, with the approval of the Office of State Budget and Management, to provide the ten percent (10%) cost share required for Superfund cleanups on the National Priority List sites, to pay the operating and maintenance costs associated with these Superfund cleanups, and for the cleanup of priority inactive hazardous substance or waste disposal sites under Part 3 of Article 9 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes.  These funds may be in addition to those appropriated for this purpose.

"Section 15.6.(b)  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Environmental Quality and the Office of State Budget and Management shall report to the Environmental Review Commission and the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources the amount and the source of the funds used pursuant to subsection (a) of this section within 30 days of the expenditure of these funds."

 

REDIRECT REPORT ON EXPENDITURES FROM BERNARD ALLEN EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER FUND TO ANER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

SECTION 4.22.  G.S. 87‑98(e) reads as rewritten:

"(e)      The Department, in consultation with the Commission for Public Health and local health departments, shall report no later than October 1 of each year to the Environmental Review Commission, the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Natural Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources and the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly on the implementation of this section. The report shall include the purpose and amount of all expenditures from the Fund during the prior fiscal year, a discussion of the benefits and deficiencies realized as a result of the section, and may also include recommendations for any legislative action."

 

REDIRECT REPORT ON PARKS AND RECREATION TRUST FUND TO THE ANER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

SECTION 4.23.  G.S. 143B‑135.56(f) reads as rewritten:

"(f)       Reports. – The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority shall report no later than October 1 of each year to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Natural and Economic Resources, Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, the Fiscal Research Division, and the Environmental Review Commission on allocations from the Trust Fund from the prior fiscal year. For funds allocated from the Trust Fund under subsection (c) of this section, this report shall include the operating expenses determined under subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (e) of this section."

 

PART V. SEVERABILITY CLAUSE AND EFFECTIVE DATE

SECTION 5.1.  If any section or provision of this act is declared unconstitutional or invalid by the courts, it does not affect the validity of this act as a whole or any part other than the part declared to be unconstitutional or invalid.

SECTION 5.2.  Except as otherwise provided, this act is effective when it becomes law.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 27th day of April, 2017.

 

 

                                                                    s/  Daniel J. Forest

                                                                         President of the Senate

 

 

                                                                    s/  Tim Moore

                                                                         Speaker of the House of Representatives

 

 

 

 

                                                                        _____________________________________

                                                                         Roy Cooper

                                                                         Governor

 

 

Approved __________.m. this ______________ day of ___________________, 2017