As she works through the more than 200 bills state lawmakers sent her last week, Gov. Bev Perdue released a list of 22 bills signed today, and one she allowed to become law without her signature.
Here's the list of bills the governor acted on today, with brief explanations provided by Perdue's office:
HB 916 Statewide Expansion of 1915 (b)(c) waiver – The Department of Health and Human Services shall proceed with statewide restructuring of the management responsibilities for the delivery of services for individuals with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders through expansion of the 1915(b)/(c) Medicaid Waiver.
SB 708 Building Code Rules/Effective Dates – This is an act to reconcile the effective dates of certain rules adopted by the building code council related to the 2012 energy conservation code and the 2012 NC residential code.
SB 683 Residential Building Inspections – An act requiring counties and cities to have reasonable cause before inspecting residential buildings or structures.
SB 593 Government Reduction Act – An act reducing state government by abolishing certain state boards, commissions and committees.
(Perdue issued the following statement on S593: “I sent a list of 345 boards and commissions to the General Assembly for elimination or consolidation back in January. While this bill is a good start toward streamlining North Carolina’s government, there is truly much more to do. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to consolidate and eliminate ineffective and redundant boards and reauthorizing only those that are essential.”)
HB 588 The Founding Principles Act – An act to require high schools to teach a course entitled “American History I – The Founding Principles,” which includes: “the Creator-endowed inalienable rights, structure of government, separation of powers with checks and balances, frequent and free elections in a representative government.”
SB 578 Facilitate State Psychiatric Hospital Beds Community Facility – An act to facilitate the transfer of beds from a state psychiatric hospital to a community facility within certain LMES.
HB 36 Employers & Local Gov't Must Use E-Verify
HB 650 Omnibus Gun Bill - This bill makes multiple changes across an array of statutes related to gun possession and use. The bill’s most significant change is implementing the castle doctrine in North Carolina.
HB 736 Amend Law Regarding School Discipline – An act to reorganize the general statutes relating to school discipline; prevent litigation.
SB 498 Modify Law Corporal Punishment Permission - Punishment shall not be administered on a student whose parents or guardian has stated in writing that corporal punishment shall not be administered to that student.
SB 479 Testing in the Public Schools – An act to provide the assessment of career and college readiness with nationally and internationally benchmarked tests; the continuation of North Carolina’s participation in the development and implementation of test related to common core state standards adopted by a majority of states; and diagnostic tools to assist in teaching and student learning.
HB 427 Run and You’re Done – An act to provide for the seizure, forfeiture and sale of motor vehicles used by defendants in felony cases involving speeding to avoid arrest.
HB 677 Discharge Adult Care Home Residents -- An act to provide adult care homes with greater flexibility in the transfer and discharge of residents and to enact appeal rights for adult care home residents and adult care homes with respect to discharge decisions and to create adult care home resident discharge teams within every county which contains an adult care home licensed under chapter 131D of the general statutes.
SB 484 Reps Credits at Cleanfield Parks - An act to provide that the additional credits assigned to the first ten megawatts of biomass renewable energy facility generation capacity pursuant to S.L. 2010-195 are eligible to satisfy the poultry waste set aside.
SB 135 Allow Juvenile Record/Risk Determination/Bond - An act to allow a juvenile record to be considered in making the risk determination for establishing a bond under the laws pertaining to the juvenile code.
SB 397 Expunge Nonviolent Offense by Minor - An act to provide that a youthful offender’s criminal record may be expunged of nonviolent felonies but to allow the criminal justice education and training standards commission and the sheriff’s education and training standards commission access to the records of the expunction.
HB 350 Property Tax Uniformity for Conservation Land - An act to modify when land used for conservation purposes is to be excluded from property tax base.
SB 272 Victim’s Compensation Law Changes - An act to clarify the role of charitable donations and write-offs as collateral sources for crime victims compensation, to modify the scope of dependent’s economic loss for crime victims compensation, to clarify the confidentially of crime victims compensation commission records, to require suspension of crime victims compensation proceedings upon request of the attorney general, and to provide that certain state bar records on disciplinary matters and the lawyers assistance program are not public record.
HB 49 – Laura’s Law creates harsher punishment for repeat DWI offenders. The bill was named after 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry who was killed last July by a driver who had three previous drunk driving convictions.
HB 642 – Justice Reinvestment Act strengthens current probation laws and increases penalties for habitual felons. The law also expands the scope of felony drug treatment programs offered by the state.
SB 268 – Enhance Protection of Victims and Witnesses enhances protection for victims and witnesses by increasing the criminal penalty for intimidating or interfering with a witness.
SB 449 - Task Force on Fraud against Older Adults creates a task force that protects older adults against fraud.
HB 351 Voter ID Bill – An act to restore confidence in government by requiring voters provide photo identification before voting.
HB 678 Pilot Release of Inmates to Adult Care Homes – Directs DHHS and the Department of Correction to establish a pilot to allow certain inmates released from confinement, who have been determined by DOC to be in need of personal care services and medication management, to be placed in one adult care home. The ACH selected for the pilot would be prohibited from having or admitting any residents who are not inmates.