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A list of bills Easley signed into law July 28, 2008

Posted July 29, 2008

A list of bills Easley signed Monday, July 28, 2008:

House Bill 93 - “An act to direct the Department of Transportation to study issues relating to individuals being transported in vehicles while seated in wheelchairs, as recommended by the North Carolina Study Commission on Aging.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake), Beverly Earle (D-Mecklenburg), and Bob England (D-Cleveland). The law becomes effective upon the governor’s signature.

House Bill 685 - “An act to allow the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., to retain unexpended funds for the 2007‑2008 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter.” The bill was sponsored by Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange). The law becomes effective July 1, 2008.

House Bill 738 - “An act to require uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage; make technical changes to insurance financial provisions; amend the unauthorized insurer laws; make technical changes to the Rate Evasion Law to clarify that it applies only to private passenger vehicles and to add a termination restriction consistent with G.S. 58‑37‑50 to clarify that the Rate Evasion Law applies to ceded and unceded policies; revise managed care and HMO record retention laws; make changes to the health insurance risk pool laws; strengthen professional employer organization protections; make changes to the law governing the Code Officials Qualification Board.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Bruce Goforth (D-Buncombe) and Hugh Holliman (D-Davidson). Portions of the law become effective upon the governor’s signature, other parts on Oct. 1, 2008 and Jan. 1, 2009.

House Bill 821 - “An act to specify those areas outside of the state of North Carolina in which notices related to a proposed interbasin transfer of water shall be given and to provide for a study by the Environmental Review Commission of the delineation of major river basins and subbasins within this state as a part of the ongoing study of the allocation of water resources by the commission.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Lucy Allen (D-Franklin) and Pryor Gibson (D-Anson). The law becomes effective upon the governor’s signature.

House Bill 964 - “An act to expand the definition of home care services to include in‑home companion, sitter, and respite care services provided to an individual and to increase the annual license fee for home care agencies.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Debbie Clary (R-Cleveland), Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson) and Beverly Earle (D-Mecklenburg). Portions the law are effective upon the governor’s signature, others on Jan. 1, 2009 and Jan. 1, 2010.

House Bill 1003 - “An act to provide that the court may consider a defendant's prior willful failures to comply with conditions of release when placed on supervised probation, parole, or post‑release supervision as an aggravating factor and to provide that a court may extend or modify.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus), Jeff Barnhart (R-Cabarrus) and Fred Steen (R-Rowan). The law becomes effective Dec. 1, 2008.

House Bill 1076 - “An act to waive fees as well as tuition for certain persons attending classes at a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina or at a community college.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Cullie Tarleton (D-Ashe) and Larry Womble (D-Forsyth). The law becomes effective Aug. 1, 2008.

House Bill 1134 - “An act to protect public health and the environment by encouraging counties to develop plans that provide for the deconstruction of abandoned manufactured homes and the removal of reusable or recyclable components, by providing for the abatement of abandoned manufactured homes that are determined to be a nuisance, and to designate that a portion of the solid waste management trust fund be used to fund the deconstruction and removal of abandoned manufactured homes.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Phillip Haire (D-Buncombe), Lucy Allen (D-Franklin), Joe Tolson (D-Edgecombe) and Carolyn Justice (R-New Hanover). The law becomes effective July 1, 2009 and expires Oct. 1, 2023.

House Bill 1284 - “An act to provide that a cause of action against a local government arising out of a contract to improve real property otherwise barred by the statute of limitations may be commenced no later than ninety days after substantial completion of the construction.” The bill was sponsored by Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake). The law is effective upon the governor’s signature.

House Bill 1549 - “An act to amend the process of appointments to the North Carolina Auctioneers Commission.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Bill McGee (R-Forsyth) and Paul Stam (R-Wake). The law is effective upon the governor’s signature.

House Bill 1624 - “An act to limit the frequency of parole reviews for inmates convicted of murder.” The bill was sponsored by Jeff Barnhart (R-Cabarrus), David Almond (R-Montgomery), Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland) and Melanie Goodwin (R-Richmond). The law becomes effective Oct. 1, 2008.

House Bill 2438 - “An act to make technical, clarifying, and other modifications to the state budget.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Mickey Michaux (D-Durham), Joe Tolson (D-Edgecombe) and Doug Yongue (D-Scotland). The law becomes effective July 1, 2008.

House Bill 2728
- “An act to consolidate the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina 401(k) Plan and the board of trustees of the North Carolina Public Employee Deferred Compensation Plan into the Supplemental Retirement Board of Trustees, and concerning compensation of employees in the investment division.” The bill was sponsored by Reps. Larry Bell (D-Sampson) and James Harrell (D-Alleghany). Portions of the law become effective July 1, 2008 and other portions become effective July 1, 2009.

Senate Bill 4 - “An act to improve the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity data to public health officials and to the statewide data processor.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Snow (D-Cherokee). The law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Senate Bill 175 -“An act to enact the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact in North Carolina.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Snow (D-Cherokee). The law becomes effective Oct. 1, 2008.

Senate Bill 180
- “An act to clarify that certain server‑based electronic game promotions are prohibited.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Tony Rand (D-Cumberland). The law becomes effective Dec. 1, 2008.

Senate Bill 212 - “An act to limit access to identifying information of minor participants in parks and recreation programs of local governments.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Ellie Kinnaird (D-Orange). The law is effective upon the governor’s signature.

Senate Bill 944 “An act to make leaving the scene of an accident where a person suffers serious bodily injury a Class F felony and to provide that theft of fixtures attached to real property is larceny.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Walter Dalton (D-Rutherford). The law becomes effective Dec. 1, 2008.

Senate Bill 1046 -
“An act to study the impacts on the state of North Carolina of the potential issuance of a 50-year license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the operation of the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus). The law becomes effective upon the governor’s signature.

Senate Bill 1100 -“An act to allow the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety to expend funds to cover funeral expenses for members of the State Highway Patrol killed in the line of duty, and to study the payment of funeral expenses for state law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Snow (D-Cherokee). The law becomes effective June 1, 2008 and expires June 1, 2009.

Senate Bill 1259 - “An act to provide that water supplied by a public water system regulated under the North Carolina Drinking Water Act is not subject to certain warranties.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Tony Rand (D-Cumberland). The law becomes effective upon the governor’s signature.

Senate Bill 1340 - “An act to provide for the sale of blocks of ten, 10‑day coastal recreational fishing licenses.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Clark Jenkins (D-Edgecombe). The law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Senate Bill 1704 - “An act to make technical, clarifying, and administrative changes to the tax and related laws.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus). Portions of the law become effective upon the governor’s signature, others become effective on Jan. 1, 2009.

Senate Bill 1770 - “An act to require all deaths occurring in certain state facilities be reported, to expand the jurisdiction of medical examiners to include these deaths, and to study death reporting requirements.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe). The law becomes effective upon the governor’s signature.

Senate Bill 2117 - “An act to make certain clarifying changes to the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Act, to clarify the requirements of membership on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board under certain circumstances, and to amend the laws requiring a passing score on an oral examination thereby affecting fees charged by the board under the laws regulating substance abuse professionals.” The bill was sponsored by Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe). The law becomes effective upon the governor’s signature.

Information courtesy of the Gov. Mike Easley's office.

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