GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

1997 SESSION

 

 

S.L. 1997-443

SENATE BILL 352

 

 

AN ACT TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS AND FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR STATE DEPARTMENTS, INSTITUTIONS, AND AGENCIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

 

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

 

PART I.  INTRODUCTION AND TITLE OF ACT

 

INTRODUCTION

Section 1.  The appropriations made in this act are for maximum amounts necessary to provide the services and accomplish the purposes described in the budget.  Savings shall be effected where the total amounts appropriated are not required to perform these services and accomplish these purposes and, except as allowed by the Executive Budget Act, or this act, the savings shall revert to the appropriate fund at the end of each fiscal year.

 

TITLE OF ACT

Section 1.1.  This act shall be known as "The Current Operations and Capital Improvements Appropriations Act of 1997."

 

PART II.  CURRENT OPERATIONS/GENERAL FUND

 

Section 2.  Appropriations from the General Fund of the State for the maintenance of the State departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes as enumerated are made for the biennium ending June 30, 1999, according to the following schedule:

 

Current Operations - General Fund                               1997-98                         1998-99

 

General Assembly                                                       $  31,226,277              $  34,642,598

 

Judicial Department                                                      327,814,503                327,102,308

 

Office of the Governor

01.       Office of the Governor                                   5,232,934                     5,150,352

02.       Office of State Budget

            and Management                                            13,923,220                   10,930,838

03.       Office of State Planning                                 1,802,450                     1,815,850

04.       Housing Finance Agency                                7,300,000                     2,300,000

 

Office of the Lieutenant Governor                                     609,230                        609,390

 

Department of Secretary of State                                    6,553,012                     5,310,680

 

Department of State Auditor                                          10,184,864                   10,016,613

 

Department of State Treasurer                                       18,890,311                   18,872,768

 

Department of Public Education                              4,510,318,741             4,493,194,418

 

Department of Justice                                                     68,842,172                   66,765,852

 

Department of Administration                                       57,334,144                   57,814,012

 

Department of Agriculture and

Consumer Services                                                         51,089,660                   49,822,632

 

Department of Labor                                                       15,917,134                   15,828,463

 

Department of Insurance                                                24,184,863                   24,086,190

 

Department of Transportation                                        10,609,854                   11,246,445

 

Department of Environment, Health, and

Natural Resources                                                         287,546,128                254,633,571

 

Office of Administrative Hearings                                  2,357,389                     2,357,389

 

Rules Review Commission                                                  521,892                        273,441

 

Department of Human Resources

01.       Office of the Secretary                                 37,256,324                   33,022,064

02.       Division of Aging                                          24,613,916                   23,610,127

03.       Division of Child Development                 168,572,257                171,638,076

04.       Division of Services for the

            Deaf and Hard of Hearing                             27,843,994                   27,797,823

05.       Division of Social Services                        179,223,588                184,413,623

06.       Division of Medical Assistance             1,170,658,044             1,387,538,513

07.       Division of Services

            for the Blind                                                   15,317,973                   15,335,955

08.       Division of Mental Health,

            Developmental Disabilities, and

            Substance Abuse Services                          528,512,951                550,619,886

09.       Division of Facility Services                          9,080,211                     8,981,543

10.       Division of Vocational

            Rehabilitation Services                                 33,034,755                   32,834,876

11.       Division of Youth Services                          87,956,421                   89,415,373

Total Department of Human Resources            2,282,070,434             2,525,207,859

 

Department of Correction                                      823,126,067                867,817,472

 

Department of Commerce

01.       Commerce                                                     47,174,494                   38,577,339

02.       Biotechnology Center                                   16,164,396                     7,664,396

03.       MCNC                                                              4,500,000                     2,500,000

04.       Rural Economic Development

            Center                                                               7,270,000                     3,920,000

05.       State Aid to non-State

            Entities                                                           12,375,000                     2,000,000

 

Department of Revenue                                                  67,717,995                   68,746,867

 

Department of Cultural Resources                                65,279,672                   56,053,016

 

Department of Crime Control

and Public Safety                                                             33,668,542                   33,720,830

 

Office of the State Controller                                        15,892,773                   10,705,706

 

University of North Carolina - Board

of Governors

01.       General Administration                                37,443,621                   37,490,589

02.       University Institutional

            Programs                                                        75,802,073                   78,742,189

03.       Related Educational Programs                     66,753,509                   68,955,374

04.       University of North Carolina

at Chapel Hill

            a.  Academic Affairs                                   162,467,906                164,296,136

            b.  Health Affairs                                         132,016,759                132,683,647

            c.  Area Health Education

               Centers                                                        38,509,297                   38,490,957

05.       North Carolina State University

            at Raleigh

            a.  Academic Affairs                                   211,354,779                211,818,650

            b.  Agricultural Research Service                41,079,652                   41,103,356

            c.  Cooperative Extension Service               32,591,088                   32,583,657

06.       University of North Carolina at

            Greensboro                                                    62,615,773                   63,259,089

07.       University of North Carolina at

            Charlotte                                                        68,572,932                   69,123,675

08.       University of North Carolina at

            Asheville                                                        20,148,640                   20,203,241

09.       University of North Carolina at

            Wilmington                                                    38,963,548                   39,371,864

10.       East Carolina University

            a.  Academic Affairs                                      85,275,602                   85,913,647

            b.  Division of Health Affairs                       41,088,406                   41,131,370

11.       North Carolina Agricultural and

            Technical State University                            49,636,690                   50,003,439

12.       Western Carolina University                        43,611,199                   43,669,689

13.       Appalachian State University                        62,165,987                   62,468,839

14.       The University of North

            Carolina at Pembroke                                   18,657,889                   18,532,989

15.       Winston-Salem State University                  20,085,918                   20,100,137

16.       Elizabeth City State

            University                                                       18,063,568                   18,080,687

17.       Fayetteville State University                        23,655,086                   23,823,586

18.       North Carolina Central

            University                                                       35,630,746                   36,325,468

19.       North Carolina School of the

            Arts                                                                 11,842,424                   11,889,783

20.       North Carolina School of

            Science and Mathematics                               9,519,375                     9,582,725

21.       UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill                      35,615,701                   35,615,701

Total University of North

Carolina - Board of Governors                                 1,443,168,168             1,455,260,484

 

Department of Community Colleges                          517,690,489                504,200,909

 

State Board of Elections                                                   1,552,787                     2,135,381

 

Contingency and Emergency                                            1,125,000                     1,125,000

 

Reserve for Compensation Increase                           344,716,757                343,409,871

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment                                        (20,331,500)                             -

 

Reserve for Salary Adjustments                                       9,073,829                     9,573,829

 

Debt Service                                                                  117,326,552                205,373,699

 

Reserve for Structured Sentencing                                     400,000                        400,000

 

Postage Reduction                                                              (300,000)                     (300,000)

 

Debt Service - Federal                                                      1,155,948                     1,155,948

 

GRAND TOTAL CURRENT OPERATIONS -

GENERAL FUND                                                 $11,243,076,181         $11,532,022,416

 

PART III.  CURRENT OPERATIONS AND EXPANSION/HIGHWAY FUND

 

Section 3.  Appropriations from the Highway Fund of the State for the maintenance and operation of the Department of Transportation, and for other purposes as enumerated, are made for the biennium ending June 30, 1999, according to the following schedule:

 

Current Operations - Highway Fund                                  1997-98                          1998-99

Department of Transportation

01.       Administration                                          $   57,934,614              $   58,109,718

02.       Operations                                                      34,667,278                   34,723,375

03.       Construction and Maintenance

a.         Construction

(01)     Primary Construction                      -                                         -

(02)     Secondary Construction        78,620,024                   83,283,000

(03)     Urban Construction                14,000,000                   14,000,000

(04)     Access and Public

            Service Roads                           2,000,000                     2,000,000

(05)     Discretionary Fund                10,000,000                   10,000,000

(06)     Spot Safety Construction         9,100,000                     9,100,000

b.         State Funds to Match Federal

Highway Aid                                       12,158,062                   36,112,802

c.         State Maintenance                            453,235,320                 441,395,548

d.         Ferry Operations                                18,098,290                   18,098,290

e.         Capital Improvements                        12,100,000                                     0

f.          State Aid to Municipalities               78,620,024                   83,283,000

g.         State Aid for Public

            Transportation & Railroads               42,846,921                   29,446,921

h.         OSHA - State                                            925,000                         425,000

04.       Governor's Highway Safety Program                 311,609                         312,080

05.       Division of Motor Vehicles                          89,007,931                   89,071,677

06.       Reserves and Transfers                                238,696,226                 235,264,326

GRAND TOTAL CURRENT OPERATIONS

AND EXPANSION                                                  $1,152,321,299           $1,144,625,737

 

PART IV.  HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

 

Section 4.  Appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund are made for the fiscal biennium ending June 30, 1999, according to the following schedule:

 

Highway Trust Fund                                                                1997-98                       1998-99

01.       Intrastate System                                       $381,880,586               $397,487,432

02.       Secondary Roads Construction                     71,497,038                   73,700,275

03.       Urban Loops                                                 154,416,605                 160,727,363

04.       State Aid - Municipalities                             40,068,181                   41,705,703

05.       Program Administration                                25,918,895                   27,072,575

06.       Transfer to General Fund                            170,000,000                 170,000,000

GRAND TOTAL - HIGHWAY TRUST FUND         $843,781,305               $870,693,348

 

PART V. BLOCK GRANT FUNDS

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

DHR BLOCK GRANT PROVISIONS

Section 5.  (a) Appropriations from federal block grant funds are made for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, according to the following schedule:

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Community Action Agencies                                                            $ 11,546,034

 

02.       Limited Purpose Agencies                                                                        641,446

 

03.       Department of Human Resources

            to administer and monitor

            the activities of the

            Community Services Block Grant                                                            641,446

 

TOTAL COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT                                      $ 12,828,926

 

SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       County departments of social services                                            $ 30,395,663

 

02.       Allocation for in-home services provided

by county departments of social services                                             2,101,113

 

03.       Division of Mental Health, Developmental

Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services                                          4,764,124

 

04.       Division of Services for the Blind                                                         3,205,711

 

05.       Division of Youth Services                                                                        950,674

 

06.       Division of Facility Services                                                                     343,341

 

07.       Division of Aging - Home and Community

Care Block Grant                                                                                     1,915,234

 

08.       Day care services                                                                                  13,853,152

 

09.       Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -

            United Cerebral Palsy                                                                                  71,484

 

10.       State administration                                                                                1,954,237

 

11.       Child Medical Evaluation Program                                                           238,321

 

12.       Adult day care services                                                                           2,255,301

 

13.       County departments of social services for

child abuse/prevention and

            permanency planning                                                                                  394,841

 

14.       Transfer to Preventive Health

            Block Grant for emergency medical services                                         213,128

 

15.       Allocation to Preventive Health Block

Grant for AIDS education, counseling,

            and testing                                                                                                      66,939

 

16.       Transfer to Department of Administration

for the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs

            In-Home Services Program for the elderly                                              203,198

 

17.       Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -

            Easter Seals Society                                                                                   116,779

 

18.       UNC-CH CARES Program for training and

            consultation services                                                                                  247,920

 

19.       Transfer to Department of Environment, Health,

and Natural Resources for the Adolescent

            Pregnancy Prevention Program                                                                 239,261

 

20.       Office of the Secretary - Office of Economic

Opportunity for N.C. Senior Citizens'

Federation for outreach services to

            low-income elderly persons                                                                        41,302

 

21.       County departments of social services

            for child welfare improvements                                                             2,211,687

 

22.       Division of Mental Health, Developmental

Disabilities, and Substance Abuse

            Services for juvenile offenders                                                              1,182,280

 

TOTAL SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT                                                 $ 66,965,690

 

LOW-INCOME ENERGY BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Energy Assistance Programs                                                              $ 6,284,055

 

02.       Crisis Intervention                                                                                   6,393,661

 

03.       Administration                                                                                         1,428,386

 

04.       Weatherization Program                                                                         4,128,479

 

05.       Indian Affairs                                                                                                 33,022

 

TOTAL LOW-INCOME ENERGY BLOCK GRANT                                       $ 18,267,603

 

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Provision of community-based

services in accordance with the

Mental Health Study Commission's

Adult Severe and Persistently

            Mentally Ill Plan                                                                                   $ 3,794,179

 

02.       Provision of community-based

services in accordance with the

Mental Health Study Commission's

            Child Mental Health Plan                                                                       1,819,931

 

03.       Administration                                                                                            624,231

 

TOTAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BLOCK GRANT                                $ 6,238,341

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Provision of community-based

alcohol and drug abuse services,

tuberculosis services, and services

provided by the Alcohol, Drug Abuse

            Treatment Centers                                                                             $ 10,935,939

 

02.       Continuation of services for pregnant women

and women with dependent children                                                      5,060,076

 

03.       Continuation and expansion of

services to IV drug abusers and others

            at risk for HIV diseases                                                                          4,836,407

 

04.       Provision of services in accordance with

the Mental Health Study Commission's

Child and Adolescent Alcohol and Other

            Drug Abuse Plan                                                                                      5,964,093

 

05.       Services for former SSI recipients                                                        1,123,757

 

06.       Gender specific services and EmployeeAssistance

Program services for Work First recipients                                            893,811

 

07.       Juvenile offender services and substance abuse pilot                             300,000

 

08.       Administration                                                                                         1,841,742

 

TOTAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

      AND TREATMENT BLOCK GRANT                                                         $ 30,955,825

 

CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Child care services                                                                            $ 17,581,167

 

02.       Administrative expenses and quality

            and availability initiatives                                                                           488,366

 

03.       Before and After School Child Care Programs

            and Early Childhood Development Programs                                       1,750,000

 

04.       Quality improvement activities                                                                 740,000

 

TOTAL CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT                  $ 20,559,533

 

CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT FUND BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Child care subsidies                                                                           $ 99,845,334

 

02.       Quality and availability initiatives                                                          4,388,806

 

03.       Administrative expenses                                                                         5,486,007

 

04.       Transfer from TANF Block Grant for

            child care subsidies and support                                                            5,599,759

 

05.       Transfer from TANF Block Grant for the

development of child care centers at

            community colleges                                                                                   500,000

 

TOTAL CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT FUND

      BLOCK GRANT                                                                                           $115,819,906

 

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF) BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Work First Cash Assistance/Block

Grants to county departments

of social services                                                                              $302,029,076

 

02.       Transfer to Child Care and Development

Fund for development of child care centers

at community colleges                                                                               500,000

 

03.       Transfer to the Child Care and

Development Fund for Work First child

care subsidies                                                                                          5,599,759

 

04.       Allocation to the Division of Mental

Health, Developmental Disabilities, and

Substance Abuse Services for Work First

substance abuse treatment and testing services                                    3,000,000

 

05.       Allocation to the Division of Social

Services for evaluation                                                                               400,000

 

06.       Allocation to the Division of Social

Services for State and county

staff development                                                                                       500,000

 

07.       Allocation to the Department of

Environment, Health, and Natural

Resources for the reduction of

out-of-wedlock births                                                                             1,600,000

 

08.       Allocation to the Division of Mental

Health, Developmental Disabilities, and

Substance Abuse Services for screening,

diagnostic, and counseling services

related to substance abuse services

for Work First participants                                                                     2,300,000

 

09.       Transfer to the Social Services Block Grant

for substance abuse services for juveniles                                            1,182,280

 

10.       Transfer to the Social Services Block Grant

to establish the Special Children

Adoption Fund                                                                                             300,000

 

TOTAL TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES

      (TANF) BLOCK GRANT                                                                             $317,411,115

 

(b)       Decreases in Federal Fund Availability Except the TANF Block Grant

If federal funds are reduced below the amounts specified above after the effective date of this act, then every program in each of the federal block grants listed above shall be reduced by equal percentages to total the reduction in federal funds.

(c)       Increases in Federal Fund Availability - Block Grant Funds Except the Social Services Block Grant, the TANF Block Grant, and the Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant

Any block grant funds appropriated by the United States Congress in addition to the funds specified in this act shall be expended by the Department of Human Resources, provided that the resultant increases are in accordance with federal block grant requirements, by allocating the additional funds for direct services only among the programs funded in this section.

(d)       Increases in Federal Fund Availability - Social Services Block Grant

Any block grant funds appropriated by the United States Congress in addition to the funds specified in this act shall be expended by the Department of Human Resources, provided the resultant increases are in accordance with federal block grant requirements, as follows:

(1)       Fifty percent (50%) of the funds shall be allocated to the county departments of social services for mandatory services; and

(2)       The remaining fifty percent (50%) shall be allocated for direct services only among the programs funded in this section.

All these budgeted increases shall be reported to the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and to the Fiscal Research Division.

(e)       Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, the sum of one million three hundred thousand dollars ($1,300,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of one million three hundred thousand dollars ($1,300,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be allocated to county departments of social services for hiring or contracting for additional child protective services, foster care, and adoption worker positions created after this act becomes law based upon a formula which takes into consideration the number of child protective services, foster care, and adoption cases, and child protective services, foster care, and adoption workers necessary to meet recommended standards adopted by the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services.  No local match shall be required as a condition for receipt of these funds.

(f)        There is established in the Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, a Special Children Adoption Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to provide funds for adoptive placements of children described in G.S. 108A-50 in foster care above those funds that participating licensed public and private adoption agencies can provide with existing resources.

Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Special Children Adoption Fund, the sum of nine hundred eleven thousand six hundred eighty-seven dollars ($911,687) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of nine hundred eleven thousand six hundred eighty-seven dollars ($911,687) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used to implement this subsection.  Of the monies in the Special Children Adoption Fund, the Department shall award a minimum of four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) to licensed private adoption agencies.  The Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, in consultation with the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services and representatives of licensed private adoption agencies, shall develop guidelines for the awarding of funds to licensed public and private adoption agencies upon successful placement for adoption of children described in G.S. 108A-50 and in foster care.  No local match shall be required as a condition for receipt of these funds.

The Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, shall report by May 1, 1998, to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources on the use of funds allocated in this subsection and the number of children placed.

(g)       The Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, shall consult with the Department of Human Resources, Division of Youth Services, the Administrative Office of the Courts, local juvenile court counselors, and local area mental health programs on the expenditure of the funds allocated to the Department of Human Resources from the Social Services Block Grant to ensure that those funds are used for substance abuse services for juveniles.

(h)       Funding for the Weatherization Program from the Low-Income Energy Block Grant is contingent upon approval of a federal waiver to increase funding.  In the event the federal waiver is not approved, the funds appropriated for the Weatherization Program will be reduced to fifteen percent (15%) of the Block Grant, and excess funds will be transferred to the Crisis Intervention Program.

(i)        Increases in Federal Fund Availability - Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant

The Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant funds appropriated by the United States Congress in addition to the funds specified in this act shall be expended by the Department of Human Resources, provided the resultant increases are in accordance with federal block grant requirements and are within the scope of the block grant plan approved by the General Assembly.

(j)        If funds appropriated through the Child Care and Development Fund, which includes the Child Care and Development Block Grant, for any program cannot be obligated or spent in that program within the obligation or liquidation periods allowed by the federal grants, the Department may move funds to other programs, in accordance with federal requirements of the grant, in order to use the federal funds fully.

(k)       Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Child Development, the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for fiscal year 1997-98 shall be transferred to the Department of Community Colleges to establish three model early childhood education centers in three community colleges, one in the eastern part of the State, one in the western part of the State, and one in the Piedmont.

(l)        The Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources and the county departments of public health shall consult with the Department of Human Resources and the county departments of social services on the expenditure of the funds allocated to the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Block Grant to ensure that those funds are used for meeting the goal of reducing out-of-wedlock births.

(m)      The Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, shall consult with the county departments of social services and the area mental health programs on the expenditure of funds allocated to the Department of Human Resources from the TANF Block Grant to ensure that those funds are used for substance abuse services.

(n)       By January 1, 1998, the Department of Human Resources shall report to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources on the process undertaken for determining how the funds described in subsections (g), (l), and (m) of this section will be allocated.

(o)       If the United States Congress reduces the amount of TANF funds below the amounts specified above after the effective date of this act, then the Department shall reduce every item in the TANF Block Grant section listed above pro rata.  Any TANF funds appropriated by the United States Congress in addition to the funds specified in this act shall not be expended until appropriated by the General Assembly.  Any TANF Block Grant fund changes shall be reported to the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and to the Fiscal Research Division.

(p)       Notwithstanding the amounts specified in this section for the components of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant, the Department may expend TANF Block Grant funds during the first quarter of the 1997-98 fiscal year for the same purposes for which those funds were expended during the last quarter of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Mitchell, Baker, Carpenter

NER BLOCK GRANT FUNDS

Section 5.1.  (a) Appropriations from federal block grant funds are made for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, according to the following schedule:

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       State Administration                                                               $  1,000,000

 

02.       Urgent Needs and Contingency                                                  2,177,500

 

03.       Community Empowerment                                                         2,000,000

 

04.       Economic Development                                                             8,710,000

 

05.       Community Revitalization                                                        29,000,000

 

06.       State Technical Assistance                                                            450,000

 

07.       Housing Development                                                                1,662,500

 

TOTAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

      - 1998 Program Year                                                                                     $ 45,000,000

 

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Healthy Mother/Healthy Children

            Block Grants to Local Health

            Departments                                                                             $ 9,838,074

 

02.       High Risk Maternity Clinic Services,

            Perinatal Education and Training,

            Childhood Injury Prevention,

            Public Information and Education, and

            Technical Assistance to Local Health

            Departments                                                                                 1,722,869

 

03.       Services to Children With Special Health

            Care Needs                                                                                   4,954,691

 

TOTAL MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH BLOCK GRANT                     $ 16,515,634

 

PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

 

01.       Emergency Medical Services                                                     $ 213,128

 

02.       Hypertension Programs                                                                 711,813

 

03.       Statewide Health Promotion Programs                                     2,777,924

 

04.       Dental Health for Fluoridation

            of Water Supplies                                                                           224,170

 

05.       Rape Prevention and Rape

            Crisis Programs                                                                              187,110

 

06.       Rape Prevention and Rape Education                                           935,552

 

07.       AIDS/HIV Education, Counseling,

            and Testing                                                                                         66,939

 

08.       Office of Minority Health and

            Minority Health Council                                                                186,478

 

09.       Administrative and Indirect Cost                                                   217,762

 

TOTAL PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES BLOCK GRANT                       $ 5,520,876

 

(b)       Decreases in Federal Fund Availability

Decreases in federal fund availability shall be allocated as follows:

(1)       For the Community Development Block Grants - If federal funds are reduced below the amounts specified above after the effective date of this act, then every program in each of these federal block grants shall be reduced by the same percentage as the reduction in federal funds.

(2)       For the Maternal and Child Health and Preventive Health Services federal block grant - If federal funds are reduced less than ten percent (10%) below the amounts specified above after the effective date of this act, then every program in the Maternal and Child Health and in the Preventive Health Services Block Grants shall be reduced by the same percentage as the reduction in federal funds. If federal funds are reduced by ten percent (10%) or more below the amounts specified above after the effective date of this act, then for the Maternal and Child Health and the Preventive Health Services Block Grants the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources shall allocate the decrease in funds after considering the effectiveness of the current level of services.

(c)       Increases in Federal Fund Availability

Any block grant funds appropriated by the Congress of the United States in addition to the funds specified in this act shall be expended as follows:

(1)       For the Community Development Block Grant - Each program category under the Community Development Block Grant shall be increased by the same percentage as the increase in federal funds.

(2)       For the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant - Thirty percent (30%) of these additional funds shall be allocated to services for children with special health care needs and seventy percent (70%) shall be allocated to local health departments to assist in the reduction of infant mortality.

(3)       For the Preventive Health Block Grants -  These additional funds may be budgeted by the appropriate department, with the approval of the Office of State Budget and Management, after considering the effectiveness of the current level of services and the effectiveness of services to be funded by the increase, provided the resultant increases are in accordance with federal block grant requirements and are within the scope of the block grant plan approved by the General Assembly.

(d)       Changes to budgeted allocations to the Maternal and Child Health and the Preventive Health Services Block Grants due to increases or decreases in federal funds shall be reported to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Fiscal Research Division within 30 days of the allocation.  All other increases shall be reported to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and to the Director of the Fiscal Research Division.

(e)       Limitations on Community Development Block Grant Funds

Of the funds appropriated in this section for the Community Development Block Grant, the following shall be allocated in each category for each program year: up to one million dollars ($1,000,000) may be used for State administration; up to two million one hundred seventy-seven thousand five hundred dollars ($2,177,500) may be used for Urgent Needs and Contingency; up to two million dollars ($2,000,000) may be used for Community Empowerment; up to eight million seven hundred ten thousand dollars ($8,710,000) may be used for Economic Development; not less than twenty-nine million dollars ($29,000,000) shall be used for Community Revitalization; up to four hundred fifty thousand dollars ($450,000) may be used for State Technical Assistance; up to one million six hundred sixty-two thousand five hundred dollars ($1,662,500) may be used for Housing Development.  If federal block grant funds are reduced or increased by the Congress of the United States after the effective date of this act, then these reductions or increases shall be allocated in accordance with subsection (b) or (c) of this section, as applicable.  If funds are available from program income, deobligated funds, or urgent needs and contingency, then the Department of Commerce shall use up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for an Infrastructure Demonstration Project that will focus on innovative approaches to straight piping and pit privy problems.

(f)        Limitations on Preventive Health Service Block Grant Funds

Twenty-five percent (25%) of funds allocated for Rape Prevention and Rape Education shall be allocated as grants to nonprofit organizations to provide rape prevention and education programs targeted for middle, junior high, and high school students.  Any rape crisis center or other nonprofit organization that receives funds under this section to provide rape education and rape prevention programs to schools shall give priority to schools with an abstinence-based sex education curriculum.

 

 

PART VI.  GENERAL FUND AND HIGHWAY FUND AVAILABILITY STATEMENTS

 

GENERAL FUND AVAILABILITY STATEMENTS

 

Section 6.  The General Fund and availability used in developing the 1997-99 budget is shown below:

                                                                                                                                       ($ Millions)

(1)       Composition of the 1997-98 beginning availability

a.         Revenue collections unaddressed in 1996-97                                     200.0

b.         Disaster Relief Reserve                                                                       (115.0)

c.         Revenue collections in 1996-97 in excess of

            authorized estimates                                                                              539.1

d.         Unexpended appropriations during 1996-97

            (Reversions)                                                                                           140.9

e.         Adjustment for Emergency Appropriation to

            Community Colleges, S.L. 1997-38                                                       (4.7)

            Subtotal                                                                                                   760.3

f.          Transfer to Reserve for Repairs and Renovations

            (Supplemental)                                                                                        (39.3)

g.         Transfer to Reserve for Repairs and Renovations

            (by formula)                                                                                          (135.0)

h.         Transfer to Clean Water Management Reserve                                    (49.4)

i.          Appropriation Adjustment in 1996-97                                                     0.3

j.          Reserve for Intangible Tax Refunds                                                    (156.0)

            Ending Fund Balance                                                                              380.9

 

*The State Treasurer is authorized to invest $61,000,000 for the purchase of the North Carolina Railroad.

 

                                                                                                  ($ Millions)              ($ Millions)

                                                                                                     1997-98                    1998-99

(2)       Beginning Unrestricted Fund Balance                       319.9                            -

(3)       Revenues Based on Existing

Tax Structure                                                          11,202.0                        11,868.9

(4)       Tax Changes:

H57 Nonresident Withholding                           8.5                               10.0

H59 Internal Revenue Code Update                 (8.5)                            (16.8)

S323 Historic Rehabilitation

Tax Credit                                                        -                                   (0.1)

H260 Conservation Tax Credit                         (3.2)                               (3.2)

S727 Reduce Sales Tax on Food                         -                                 (83.8)

H35 Conform Sales Tax Refund Period             -                                     0.2

H204 Foreclosure Filing Fee                             0.1                                  0.1

S316 Amend Bill Lee Act                                    -                                   (0.3)

H13 Simplify and Reduce

Inheritance Tax                                                -                                   (2.5)

H15 Conform Tax on Restored Income           (0.1)                               (0.1)

H14 Update Custom Computer Software          0.5                                  0.7

S93 Ports Tax Credit                                            -                                   (0.5)

H754 Illicit Liquor Tax                                       0.1                                  0.1

H1057 Exempt Audiovisual Masters                (1.0)                               (1.6)

(5)       Court Fee Increase (S727)                                           12.6                               15.1

(6)       Insurance Regulatory Charge (S727)                              -                                      -

(7)       Secretary of State Fee

Increase (S727)                                                          1.5                                  1.7

(8)       Treasurer's Banking and Local

Government Commission                                         0.5                                  0.5

(9)       Revenue-Corporate Filing Charge                                  0.3                                  1.2

(10)     Disproportionate Share Receipts                                    -                                   83.0

(11)     Highway Fund Transfer                                                 12.6                               13.4

(12)     Revenue Assessments for Additional

Interstate Auditors                                                     2.6                                  7.9

(13)     State Health Plan Purchasing Alliance

Board-Transfer Cash Balance                                   0.6                                  -

(14)     Earmarked Refunds for Federal

Retirees                                                                   (35.5)                            (35.5)

 

Total  Availability                                                                     11,513.5                        11,858.4

 

Requested by:  Representatives Holmes, Creech, Esposito, Crawford

HIGHWAY FUND AVAILABILITY

Section 6.1  The Highway Fund appropriations availability used in developing the 1997-99 Highway Fund budget is shown below:

                                                                                   1997-98                                 1998-99

Beginning Credit Balance                              $  33,669,547                       $          -

Estimated Revenue                                      1,118,651,752                       1,144,625,737

 

Total Highway Fund Availability                   $1,152,321,299                    $1,144,625,737

 

PART VII.  GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Requested by:   Senators Plyler, Perdue, Odom, Representatives Holmes, Esposito, Creech, Crawford

SPECIAL FUNDS, FEDERAL FUNDS, AND DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS/AUTHORIZATION FOR EXPENDITURES

Section 7.  (a) There is appropriated out of the cash balances, federal receipts, and departmental receipts available to each department, sufficient amounts to carry on authorized activities included under each department's operations.  All these cash balances, federal receipts, and departmental receipts shall be expended and reported in accordance with provisions of the Executive Budget Act, except as otherwise provided by statute, and shall be expended at the level of service authorized by the General Assembly.  If the receipts, other than gifts and grants that are unanticipated and are for a specific purpose only, collected in a fiscal year by an institution, department, or agency exceed the receipts certified for it in General Fund Codes or Highway Fund Codes, then the Director of the Budget shall decrease the amount he allots to that institution, department, or agency from appropriations from that Fund by the amount of the excess, unless the Director of the Budget finds that the appropriations from the Fund are necessary to maintain the function that generated the receipts at the level anticipated in the certified Budget Codes for that Fund.  Funds that become available from overrealized receipts in General Fund Codes and Highway Fund Codes, other than gifts and grants that are unanticipated and are for a specific purpose only, shall not be used for new permanent employee positions or to raise the salary of existing employees except:

(1)       As provided in G.S. 116-30.1, 116-30.2, 116-30.3, 116-30.4, or 143-27; or

(2)       If the Director of the Budget finds that the new permanent employee positions are necessary to maintain the function that generated the receipts at the level anticipated in the certified budget codes for that Fund.  The Director of the Budget shall notify the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the chairmen of the appropriations committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Office that he intends to make such a finding at least 10 days before he makes the finding.  The notification shall set out the reason the positions are necessary to maintain the function.

The Office of State Budget and Management shall report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and to the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Office within 30 days after the end of each quarter the General Fund Codes or Highway Fund Codes that did not result in a corresponding reduced allotment from appropriations from that Fund.

(b)       The Director of the Budget shall develop necessary budget controls, regulations, and systems to ensure that these funds and other State funds subject to the Executive Budget Act, are not spent in a manner which would cause a deficit in expenditures.

(c)       G.S. 143-34.2 reads as rewritten:

" 143-34.2. Information as to requests for nonstate funds for projects imposing obligation on State; statement of participation in contracts, etc., for nonstate funds; limiting clause required in certain contracts or grants.

All State agencies, funds, or state-supported institutions shall submit to the Office of State Budget and Management, as of the original date thereof, copies of all applications and requests for nonstate funds, (including federal funds), to be used for any purpose to which this section is applicable. This section shall be applicable to all projects and programs which do or may impose upon the State of North Carolina any substantial financial obligation at the time of or subsequent to the acceptance of any funds received upon any such application or request. Every State agency, fund or state-supported institution seeking nonstate funds for any such project or program shall furnish to the Office of State Budget and Management and the Advisory Budget Commission with each such copy of application or request, a statement of the purposes for which any such project or program is desired or advocated, the source and amount of funds to be granted or provided therefor, and a statement of the conditions, if any, upon which such funds are to be provided.  Prior to approval of any such project or program, the Office of State Budget and Management shall furnish to the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly a list of the projects or purposes and the current and future financial impact of those projects or purposes.

It shall be required of all State agencies, funds, or state-supported institutions, commissions or regional planning and development bodies to submit to the Office of State Budget and Management a statement of participation in any contract, agreement, plan or request for nonstate funds (including federal funds).

Any contract or grant entered into by a State board, commission, agency, department or institution for the operation of a new program by such State board, commission, agency, department or institution or for the enrichment of an ongoing program of such State board, commission, agency, department or institution shall include a limiting clause which specifically states that continuation of the contract or grant program with State appropriations beyond the current State fiscal year is subject to State funds being appropriated by the General Assembly specifically for that program.

The function of the Advisory Budget Commission under this section applies only if the Director of the Budget consults with the Commission in preparation of the budget."

 

Requested by:  Senators Odom, Plyler, Perdue

INSURANCE AND FIDELITY BONDS

Section 7.1.  All insurance and all official fidelity and surety bonds authorized for the several departments, institutions, and agencies shall be effected and placed by the Insurance Department, and the cost of placement shall be paid by the affected department, institution, or agency with the approval of the Insurance Commissioner.

 

Requested by:  Senators Odom, Plyler, Perdue, Gulley, Ballance, Rand, Representatives Justus, Kiser, Thompson, Hill

CONTINGENCY AND EMERGENCY FUND ALLOCATIONS

Section 7.2.  (a) Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Contingency and Emergency Fund, the sum of nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be designated for emergency allocations, which are for the purposes outlined in G.S. 143-23(a1)(3), (4), and (5).  Two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($225,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($225,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be designated for other allocations from the Contingency and Emergency Fund.

(b)       Section 5 of S.L. 1997-388 reads as rewritten:

"Section 5. (a) Section 4 of this act is effective for taxable  years beginning on or after January 1, 1997.  The remainder of this act is effective when it becomes law and applies to persons pardoned on or after July 1, 1995.

(b)       Notwithstanding the five-year limitation set forth in G.S. 148-82, as rewritten by Section 1 of this act, the petition of a person who has received a pardon of innocence prior to July 1, 1995, may be presented at any time prior to July 1, 1998, and this act shall apply to that petition, regardless of any prior claims for compensation filed and settled or otherwise resolved. If the petitioner has received compensation pursuant to a prior claim, the Industrial Commission shall consider the amount of the award received by the petitioner and may deduct that amount, plus interest, from the date the award was made, from an award granted pursuant to this act."

 

Requested by:  Senators Odom, Plyler, Perdue

AUTHORIZED TRANSFERS

Section 7.3.  The Director of the Budget may transfer to General Fund budget codes from the General Fund Salary Adjustment Reserves appropriation, and may transfer to Highway Fund budget codes from the Highway Fund Salary Adjustment Reserve appropriation amounts required to support approved salary adjustments made necessary by difficulties in recruiting and holding qualified employees in State government.  The funds may be transferred only when salary reserve funds in individual operating budgets are not available.

Any remaining appropriations for legislative salary increases not required for that purpose may be used to supplement the Salary Adjustment Fund.  These funds shall first be used to provide reclassifications of those positions already approved by the Office of State Personnel.

 

Requested by:  Senators Odom, Plyler, Perdue

EXPENDITURES OF FUNDS IN RESERVES LIMITED

Section 7.4.  All funds appropriated by this act into reserves may be expended only for the purposes for which the reserves were established.

 

Requested by:  Senators Odom, Plyler, Perdue

STATE MONEY RECIPIENTS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

Section 7.5.  Each private, nonprofit entity eligible to receive State funds, either by General Assembly appropriation, or by grant, loan, or other allocation from a State agency, before funds may be disbursed to the entity, shall file with the disbursing agency a notarized copy of that entity's policy addressing conflicts of interest that may arise involving the entity's management employees and the members of its board of directors or other governing body.  The policy shall address situations where any of these individuals may directly or indirectly benefit, except as the entity's employees or members of the board or other governing body, from the entity's disbursing of State funds, and shall include actions to be taken by the entity or the individual, or both, to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety.

 

Requested by:  Senators Plyler, Perdue, Odom

BUDGETING OF PILOT PROGRAMS

Section 7.6.  (a) Any program designated by the General Assembly as experimental, model, or pilot shall be shown as a separate budget item and shall be considered as an expansion item until a succeeding General Assembly reapproves it.

Any new program funded in whole or in part through a special appropriations bill shall be designated as an experimental, model, or pilot program.

(b)       The Governor shall submit to the General Assembly with his proposed budget a report of which items in the proposed budget are subject to the provisions of this section.

 

Requested by:  Senators Plyler, Perdue, Odom

AUTHORIZATION OF PRIVATE LICENSE TAGS ON STATE-OWNED MOTOR VEHICLE

Section 7.7.  (a) Pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 14-250, for the 1997-99 fiscal biennium, the General Assembly authorizes the use of private license tags on State-owned motor vehicles only for the State Highway Patrol and for the following:

Department                            Exemption Category                         Number

Motor Vehicles                     License and Theft                                   97

Justice                                    SBI Agents                                            277

Correction                             Probation/Parole Surveillance

Officers (intensive

                                                probation)                                                25

Crime Control and

Public Safety                         ALE Officers                                          92

Revenue                                                                                                      4

Capitol Area Police                                                                                  2

(b)       The 92 ALE vehicles authorized by this section to use private license tags shall be distributed as follows:

(1)       54 among Agent I officers;

(2)       20 among Agent II officers;

(3)       1 to the Deputy Director;

(4)       12 to the District Offices/Extra Vehicles; and

(5)       5 to the Director, to be distributed at the Director's discretion.

(c)       Except as provided in this section, all State-owned motor vehicles shall bear permanent registration plates issued under G.S. 20-84.

(d)       The Appropriations Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate may study the current laws regarding the authorization and issuance of private, confidential, and fictitious license tags on State-owned vehicles issued under G.S. 20-56, 20-39, 80-11.1(e), 14-250, and any other State law, and the authorization and issuance of motor vehicle drivers licenses and motor vehicle registration plates under assumed names using false or fictitious addresses.  In its study the Committees may study the number of these licenses and tags actually issued under State law, the criteria used to determine whether it is appropriate to issue the license or tag requested, the need for such licenses and tags, the records kept with regard to those tags and licenses, and any other relevant issues.

The Committees may report to the 1997 General Assembly (1998 Regular Session) and to the 1999 General Assembly.

 

Requested by:  Senators Plyler, Perdue, Odom, Representatives Holmes, Esposito, Creech, Crawford

MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET ACT

Section 7.8.  (a) G.S. 143-16.3 reads as rewritten:

" 143-16.3.  No expenditures for purposes for which the General Assembly has considered but not enacted an appropriation.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no funds from any source, except for gifts, grants, funds allocated from the Repair and Renovations Account in accordance with G.S. 143-15.3A, and funds allocated from the Contingency and Emergency Fund in accordance with G.S. 143-12(b), may be expended for any new or expanded purpose, position, or other expenditure for which the General Assembly has considered but not enacted an appropriation of funds for the current fiscal period. period; provided, however, that in the event the Director of the Budget declares that it is necessary to deviate from this provision, he may do so after prior consultation with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.  For the purpose of this section, the General Assembly has considered a purpose, position, or other expenditure when that purpose is included in a bill, amendment, or petition and when any committee of the Senate or the House of Representatives deliberates on that purpose."

(b)       G.S. 143-16.3 does not apply to the Blue Ridge Parkway-Scenic Vistas Parkway.

(c)       G.S. 143-23 reads as rewritten:

" 143-23.  All maintenance funds for itemized purposes; transfers between objects or line items.

(a)       All appropriations now or hereafter made for the maintenance of the various departments, institutions and other spending agencies of the State, are for the (i) purposes or programs and (ii) objects or line items enumerated in the itemized requirements of such departments, institutions and other spending agencies submitted to the General Assembly by the Director of the Budget and the Advisory Budget Commission, as amended by the General Assembly.  The function of the Advisory Budget Commission under this subsection applies only if the Director of the Budget consults with the Commission in preparation of the budget.

(a1)     Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, a department, institution, or other spending agency may, with approval of the Director of the Budget, spend more than was appropriated for:

(1)       An object or line item within a purpose or program so long as the total amount expended for the purpose or program is no more than was appropriated from all sources for the purpose or program for the fiscal period;

(2)       A purpose or program, without consultation with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, if the overexpenditure of the purpose or program is:

a.         Required by a court, Industrial Commission, or administrative hearing officer's order;

b.         Required to respond to an unanticipated disaster such as a fire, hurricane, or tornado; or

c.         Required to call out the National Guard.

            The Director of the Budget shall report on a quarterly basis to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations on any overexpenditures under this subdivision; or

(3)       A purpose or program, after consultation with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations in accordance with G.S. 120-76(8), and only if: (i) the overexpenditure is required to continue the purpose or programs due to complications or changes in circumstances that could not have been foreseen when the budget for the fiscal period was enacted and (ii) the scope of the purpose or program is not increased. Total overexpenditures of a purpose or program for a fiscal year under this subdivision shall be limited to the lesser of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or ten percent (10%) of the amount appropriated from all sources for the purpose or program, unless such overexpenditures are necessary to provide matching funds for federal entitlement programs.  The consultation is required as follows:

a.         For a purpose or program with a certified budget of up to five million dollars ($5,000,000), consultation is required when the authorization for the overexpenditure exceeds ten percent (10%) of the certified budget;

b.         For a purpose or program with a certified budget of from five million dollars ($5,000,000) up to twenty million dollars ($20,000,000), consultation is required when the authorization for the overexpenditure exceeds five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or seven and one-half percent (7.5%) of the certified budget, whichever is greater;

c.         For a purpose or program with a certified budget of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) or more, consultation is required when the authorization for the overexpenditure exceeds one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) or five percent (5%) of the certified budget, whichever is greater;

d.         For a purpose or program supported by federal funds or when expenditures are required for the reasons set out in subdivision (2) of this subsection, no consultation is required.

If the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations does not meet for more than 30 days, the Director of the Budget may satisfy the requirements of the subsection to report to or consult with the Commission by reporting to or consulting with a joint meeting of the Chairs of the Appropriations Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(a2)     Funds appropriated for salaries and wages are also subject to the limitation that they may only be used for:

(1)       Salaries and wages or for premium pay, overtime pay, longevity, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, temporary wages, moving expenses of employees, payment of accumulated annual leave, certain awards to employees, tort claims, and employer's social security, retirement, and hospitalization payments;

(2)       Contracted personal services if (i) the contract is for temporary services or special project services, (ii) the term of the contract does not extend beyond the fiscal year, (iii) the contract does not impose obligations on the State after the end of the fiscal year; and (iv) the total of all overexpenditures for contracted personal services approved in a program for a fiscal year does not exceed the greater of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or ten percent (10%) of the lapsed salary funds in the program for the fiscal year; and

(3)       Uses for which overexpenditures are permitted by subdivision (2) of subsection (a1) of this section but the Director of the Budget shall include such use and the reason for it in his quarterly report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

Lapsed salary funds that become available from vacant positions are also subject to the limitation that they may not shall not be used for new permanent employee positions or to raise the salary of existing employees.

(a3),(a4)   Repealed by Session Laws 1996, Second Extra Session, c. 18, s. 7.4(f).

(b)       Repealed by Session Laws 1985, c. 290, s. 8.

(c)       Transfers or changes as between objects or line items in the budget of the Senate may be made by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

(d)       Transfers or changes as between objects or line items in the budget of the House of Representatives may be made by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(e)       Transfers or changes as between objects or line items in the budget of the General Assembly other than of the Senate and House of Representatives may be made jointly by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(e1)     Transfers or changes as between objects or line items in the budget of the Office of the Governor may be made by the Governor.

(e2)     Transfers or changes as between objects or line items in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor may be made by the Lieutenant Governor.

(f)        As used in this section:

(1)       'Object or line item' means a budgeted expenditure or receipt in the budget enacted by the General Assembly that is designated by (i) a thirteen-digit code in the 1000-object code series or (ii) an eleven-digit code in all other object code series, in accordance with the Budget Code Structure and the State Accounting System Uniform Chart of Accounts set out in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual of the Office of the State Controller.

(2)       'Purpose or program' means a group of objects or line items for support of a specific activity outlined in the budget adopted by the General Assembly that is designated by a nine-digit fund code in accordance with the Budget Code Structure and the State Accounting System Uniform Chart of Accounts set out in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual of the Office of the State Controller."

(d)       G.S. 143-27 reads as rewritten:

" 143-27. Appropriations to educational, charitable and correctional institutions are in addition to receipts by them.

All appropriations now or hereafter made to the educational institutions, and to the charitable and correctional institutions, and to such other departments and agencies of the State as receive moneys available for expenditure by them are declared to be in addition to such receipts of said institutions, departments or agencies, and are to be available as and to the extent that such receipts are insufficient to meet the costs anticipated in the budget authorized by the General Assembly, of maintenance of such institutions, departments, and agencies; Provided, however, that if the receipts, other than gifts and grants that are unanticipated and are for a specific purpose only, collected in a fiscal year by an institution, department, or agency exceed the receipts certified for it in General Fund Codes, Highway Fund Codes, or budgeted Special Wildlife Fund Codes, the Director of the Budget shall decrease the amount he allots to that institution, department, or agency from appropriations from that Fund by the amount of the excess, unless the Director of the Budget has consulted with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and unless the Director of the Budget finds that (i)           the appropriations from that Fund are necessary to maintain the function that generated the receipts at the level anticipated in the certified Budget Codes for that Fund and (ii) the funds may be expended in accordance with G.S. 143-23.  Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, receipts within The University of North Carolina realized in excess of budgeted levels shall be available, up to a maximum of ten percent (10%) above budgeted levels, for each Budget Code, in addition to appropriations, to support the operations generating such receipts, as approved by the Director of the Budget.

The Office of State Budget and Management shall report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and to the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Office within 30 days after the end of each quarter on expenditures of receipts in excess of the amounts certified in General Fund Codes, Highway Fund Codes, or budgeted Special Wildlife Fund Codes, that did not result in a corresponding reduced allotment from appropriations from that Fund."

(e)       G.S. 120-76(8) reads as rewritten:

"(8)      The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations shall be consulted by the Governor before the Governor does any of the following:

a.         Makes allocations from the Contingency and Emergency Fund.

b.         Authorizes expenditures in excess of the total requirements of a purpose or program as enacted by the General Assembly, Assembly and as provided by G.S. 143-23(a1)(3), except for trust funds as defined in G.S. 116-36.1(g).

c.         Proceeds to reduce programs subsequent to a reduction of ten percent (10%) or more in the federal fund level certified to a department and any subsequent changes in distribution formulas.

d.         Takes extraordinary measures under Article III, Section 5(3) of the Constitution to effect necessary economies in State expenditures required for balancing the budget due to a revenue shortfall, including, but not limited to, the following: loans among funds, personnel freezes or layoffs, capital project reversions, program eliminations, and use of reserves. However, if the Committee fails to meet within 10 calendar days of a request by the Governor for its consultation, the Governor may proceed to take the actions he feels are appropriate and necessary and shall then report those actions at the next meeting of the Commission.

e.         Approves a new capital improvement project funded from gifts, grants, receipts, special funds, self-liquidating indebtedness, and other funds or any combination of funds for the project not specifically authorized by the General Assembly. The budget for each capital project must include projected revenues in an amount not less than projected expenditures.

                  Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision or any other provision of law requiring prior consultation by the Governor with the Commission, whenever an expenditure is required because of an emergency that poses an imminent threat to public health or public safety, and is either the result of a natural event, such as a hurricane or a flood, or an accident, such as an explosion or a wreck, the Governor may take action under this subsection without consulting the Commission if the action is determined by the Governor to be related to the emergency. The Governor shall report to the Commission on any expenditures made under this paragraph no later than 30 days after making the expenditure and shall identify in the report the emergency, the type of action taken, and how it was related to the emergency."

 

Requested by:   Senators Odom, Plyler, Perdue, Representatives Holmes, Esposito, Creech, Crawford

CLEAN WATER TRUST FUND/PRIORITIZE BETWEEN SAVINGS RESERVE ACCOUNT AND CLEAN WATER MANAGEMENT TRUST FUND

Section 7.9.  (a) G.S. 143-15.3B(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      The Clean Water Management Trust Fund is established in G.S. 113-145.3.  The State Controller shall reserve to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund six and one-half percent (6.5%) of any unreserved credit balance remaining in the General Fund at the end of each fiscal year. year or thirty million dollars ($30,000,000), whichever is greater.

As used in this section, the term 'unreserved credit balance' means the credit balance amount, as determined on a cash basis, before funds are reserved by the State Controller to the Savings Reserve Account, the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account, or the Clean Water Management Trust Fund pursuant to this section, G.S. 143-15.3, and G.S. 143-15.3A."

(b)       G.S. 143-15.2 reads as rewritten:

" 143-15.2.  Use of General Fund credit balance. balance; priority uses.

The State Controller shall reserve up to one-fourth of any unreserved credit balance, as determined on a cash basis, remaining in the General Fund at the end of each fiscal year to the Savings Reserve Account as provided in G.S. 143-15.3, unless that would result in the Savings Reserve Account having funds in excess of five percent (5%) of the amount appropriated the preceding year for the General Fund operating budget, including local government tax-sharing funds if directly appropriated; in that case, only funds sufficient to reach the five percent (5%) level shall be reserved. The State Controller shall also reserve from the unreserved credit balance, as determined on a cash basis, remaining in the General Fund three percent (3%) of the replacement value of all State buildings supported from the General Fund, at the end of each fiscal year to the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account as provided in G.S. 143-15.3A. The General Assembly may appropriate that part of the anticipated General Fund credit balance not expected to be reserved to the Savings Reserve Account or the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account only for capital improvements or other one-time expenditures. As used in this section, the term 'unreserved credit balance' means the credit balance amount, as determined on a cash basis, before funds are reserved by the Controller to the Savings Reserve Account or the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account pursuant to G.S. 143-15.3 and G.S. 143-15.3A.

(a)       As used in G.S. 143-15.3, 143-15.3A, and 143-15.3B, the term 'unreserved credit balance' means the credit balance amount, as determined on a cash basis, before funds are reserved by the State Controller to the Savings Reserve Account, the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account, or the Clean Water Management Trust Fund pursuant to G.S. 143-15.3, 143-15.3A, and 143-15.3B.

(b)       The State Controller shall transfer funds from the unreserved credit balance to the Savings Reserve Account in accordance with G.S. 143-15.3(a).

(c)       The State Controller shall transfer funds from the unreserved credit balance to the Repairs and Renovation Reserve Account in accordance with G.S. 143-15.3A(a).

(d)       The State Controller shall transfer funds from the unreserved credit balance to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund in accordance with G.S. 143-15.3B(a).

(e)       The General Assembly may appropriate that part of the anticipated General Fund credit balance not expected to be reserved only for capital improvements or other one-time expenditures."

(c)       G.S. 143-15.3 reads as rewritten:

" 143-15.3.  Savings Reserve Account.

(a)       There is established a Savings Reserve Account as a restricted reserve in the General Fund. The State Controller shall reserve to the Savings Reserve Account one-fourth of any unreserved credit balance remaining in the General Fund at the end of each fiscal year until the account contains funds equal to five percent (5%) of the amount appropriated the preceding year for the General Fund operating budget, including local government tax-sharing funds. funds, that were directly appropriated.  In the event that the one-fourth exceeds the amount necessary to reach the five percent (5%) level, only funds necessary to reach that level shall be reserved.  If there are insufficient funds in the unreserved credit balance for the Savings Reserve Account, the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account, and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, then the requirements of this section shall be complied with first, and any remaining funds shall be reserved to the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account, in accordance with G.S. 143-15.3A, and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, in accordance with G.S. 143-15.3B.

(a1)     If the balance in the Savings Reserve Account falls below this the five percent (5%)         level during a fiscal year, the State Controller shall shall, in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, reserve to the Savings Reserve Account for the following fiscal years up to one-fourth of any unreserved credit balance remaining in the General Fund at the end of each fiscal year until the account again equals the five percent (5%) of the amount appropriated the preceding year for the General Fund operating budget, including local government tax-sharing funds. level set out in subsection (a) of this section.  As used in this section, the term 'unreserved credit balance"means the credit balance amount, as determined on a cash basis, before funds are reserved by the Controller to the Savings Reserve Account or the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account pursuant to this section and G.S. 143-15.3A.

(b)       The Director may not use funds in the Savings Reserve Account unless the use has been approved by an act of the General Assembly."

(d)       G.S. 143-15.3A reads as rewritten:

" 143-15.3A.  Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account.

(a)       There is established a Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account as a restricted reserve in the General Fund. The State Controller shall reserve to the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account three percent (3%) of the replacement value of all State buildings supported from the General Fund, at the end of each fiscal year. As used in this section, the term 'unreserved credit balance' means the credit balance amount, as determined on a cash basis, before funds are reserved by the Controller to the Savings Reserve Account or the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account pursuant to this section and G.S. 143-15.3.

(b)       The funds in the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account shall be used only for the repair and renovation of State facilities and related infrastructure that are supported from the General Fund. Funds from the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account shall be used only for the following types of projects:

(1)       Roof repairs and replacements;

(2)       Structural repairs;

(3)       Repairs and renovations to meet federal and State standards;

(4)       Repairs to electrical, plumbing, and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems;

(5)       Improvements to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., as amended;

(6)       Improvements to meet fire safety needs;

(7)       Improvements to existing facilities for energy efficiency;

(8)       Improvements to remove asbestos, lead paint, and other contaminants, including the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks;

(9)       Improvements and renovations to improve use of existing space;

(10)     Historical restoration;

(11)     Improvements to roads, walks, drives, utilities infrastructure; and

(12)     Drainage and landscape improvements.

Funds from the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account shall not be used for new construction or the expansion of the footprint of an existing facility unless required in order to comply with federal or State codes or standards.

The Director of the Budget shall not use funds in the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account unless the use has been approved by an act of the General Assembly or, if the General Assembly is not in session, the Director of the Budget has first consulted with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations under G.S. 143-15.3A(c).

(c)       The Governor shall consult with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations before making allocations from the Repairs and Renovations Reserve Account.

Notwithstanding this subsection, whenever an expenditure is required because of an emergency that poses an imminent threat to public health or public safety, and is either the result of a natural event, such as a hurricane or a flood, or an accident, such as an explosion or a wreck, the Governor may take action under this subsection without consulting the Commission if the action is determined by the Governor to be related to the emergency. The Governor shall report to the Commission on any expenditures made under this paragraph no later than 30 days after making the expenditure and shall identify in the report the emergency, the type of action taken, and how it was related to the emergency."

(e)       This section becomes effective June 30, 1997.

 

Requested by:   Representative Mitchell

CLEAN WATER MANAGEMENT TRUST FUND REPORTS

Section 7.10.  (a) Article 13A of Chapter 113 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 113-145.6A.  Clean Water Management Trust Fund:  reporting requirement.

(a)       The Chair of the Trustees shall report each year by November 1 to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, the Environmental Review Commission and the Subcommittees on Natural and Economic Resources of the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees regarding the implementation of this Article.  A written copy of the report shall also be sent to the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly by November 1 of each year.

(b)       No later than November 1, 1997, and quarterly thereafter, the Chair of the Trustees shall submit to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, the Environmental Review Commission and the Subcommittees on Natural and Economic Resources of the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees a list of the projects awarded grants from the Fund that quarter.  The list shall include for each project a description of the project, the amount of the grant awarded for the project, and the total cost of the project.  A written copy of the list and other information regarding the projects shall also be sent to the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly by November 1, 1997, and for each subsequent quarter."

 

Requested by:  Representatives Gray, Holmes, Creech, Esposito, Crawford, Senator Kerr

INTANGIBLES TAX REMEDY

Section 7.11.  Of the unreserved credit balance as of June 30, 1997, the sum of one hundred fifty-six million dollars ($156,000,000) is reserved for the costs of intangibles tax refunds required by G.S. 105-267 and other intangibles tax refunds, including interest, and the Department of Revenue's additional costs of administering the refunds.  If this sum is not sufficient, the Department of Revenue may draw additional funds from collections under Division II of Article 4 of Chapter 105 of the General Statutes, as necessary, but in no case may the Department of Revenue receive pursuant to this subsection more than a total of six hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($675,000) for its additional costs of administering the refunds.

 

Requested by:  Senators Gulley, Ballance, Rand, Representatives Holmes, Creech, Esposito, Crawford, Justus, Kiser, Thompson

DISASTER RELIEF/NATIONAL GUARD PAY DATE

Section 7.12.  (a) The Department of Crime Control and Public Safety shall report to the 1997 General Assembly, 1998 Regular Session, regarding the status of the federal disaster relief funds.  The report shall include the purpose for which the funds were spent, the total amount of the expenditure, and the total funds remaining for disaster relief.  A copy of the report shall also be provided to the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly.

(b)       State funds that are designated to match federal funds for disaster relief, but that are not needed as matching funds, shall revert to the General Fund.

(c)       Section 8 of S.L. 1997-153 reads as rewritten:

"Section 8.  Sections 1 through 7 1, 4, 5, and 7 of this act become effective December 1, 1997. Sections 2, 3, and 6 of this act become effective July 1, 1997.  Section 8 of this act is effective when it becomes law."

 

Requested by:  Representatives Holmes, Creech, Esposito, Crawford, Justus, Thompson, Kiser, Redwine

ANALYSIS OF STATE ADMINISTRATIVE SPAN OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL

Section 7.13.  The Office of State Budget and Management shall continue to review and analyze the administrative span of control of State agencies.  That study was authorized by the General Assembly in Section 10.1 of Chapter 324 of the 1995 Session Laws.  The starting point for the continued review shall be the recommendations in the May 1996 study report, "Study of State Agency Spans of Control and Organizational Layers." In its review, the Office of State Budget and Management shall focus on four major areas:  (i) excessively narrow spans of control goals (supervisors with few employees to supervise); (ii) excessive layers of management between top management and employees; (iii) one-to-one reporting relationships; and (iv) work units with small numbers of staff.

The study goals shall be fewer management layers; realistic supervisor to employee ratios; proper classification of supervisors; cost savings by eliminating unnecessary positions; and improved policies and procedures for reviewing and monitoring organizational layers and supervisor to employee ratios.

The review shall be conducted as a joint effort between the Office of State Budget and Management, the Office of State Personnel and State agencies to further review the number of organizational levels and the average span of control in each State agency and determine the appropriate span of control and management levels for the agency and for each major division and section within that agency.  This review shall use the statewide benchmarks in the 1996 Span of Control study as a starting point for analysis, not as the required goal for each department.  However, the study shall highlight the reasons for any deviation from the statewide benchmarks recommended in the 1996 study.

In its study, the Office of State Budget and Management shall:

(1)       Document any cost savings available from eliminating positions.  These cost savings must be based on a reduced number of organizational layers and positions or a reduced number of supervisors due to increasing employee to supervisor ratios.

(2)       Highlight classifications that appear to be improperly classified as supervisors and, conversely, those nonsupervisory classifications that should be designated as supervisors.  Potential costs or cost savings for reclassification of positions should be documented where possible.

(3)       Recommend new policies and procedures to be implemented by the Office of State Budget and Management and the Office of State Personnel for reviewing and monitoring agency organizational and supervisory changes.  State Personnel should specifically review possible modifications to the State Personnel Management Information System that would allow for easy access and monitoring of agency organizational layers and supervisor to employee ratios.

(4)       Expand its scope to include The University of North Carolina System and the North Carolina Community College System.

(5)       Include a timetable for completing implementation of the study recommendations.

The Office of State Budget and Management shall report its findings and recommendations to the 1997 General Assembly by April 1, 1998.  A progress report shall be provided quarterly by the Office of State Budget and Management to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, the Chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, and the Fiscal Research Division.

 

PART VIII.  PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Section 8.1. (a) The State Board of Education shall use funds available for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 fiscal years to ensure that individual employees do not receive less on a monthly basis in salary and State-funded bonuses during the 1997-98 fiscal year or during the 1998-99 fiscal year than they received on a monthly basis during the 1994-95 fiscal year, so long as the employees qualify for bonuses under the local differentiated pay plan.  The State Board of Education may also use funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 fiscal years as is necessary to hold individual employees harmless as provided in this subsection.

(b)       Funds appropriated for local school administrative units receiving career development funds for the 1996-97 fiscal year that did not revert on June 30, 1997, shall not be used for expenses other than the costs of holding individual employees harmless as provided in subsection (a) of this section.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING IN LOW-WEALTH COUNTIES

Section 8.2.  (a) Funds for Supplemental Funding. - The General Assembly finds that it is appropriate to provide supplemental funds in low-wealth counties to allow those counties to enhance the instructional program and student achievement; therefore, funds are appropriated to Aid to Local School Administrative Units for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the 1998-99 fiscal year to be used for supplemental funds for schools.

(b)       Use of Funds for Supplemental Funding. - Local school administrative units shall use funds received pursuant to this section only to provide instructional positions, instructional support positions, teacher assistant positions, clerical positions, instructional supplies and equipment, staff development, and textbooks;  provided, however, local school administrative units may use these funds for salary supplements for instructional personnel and instructional support personnel.

(c)       Definitions. - As used in this section:

(1)       "Anticipated county property tax revenue availability"means the county adjusted property tax base multiplied by the effective State average tax rate.

(2)       "Anticipated total county revenue availability"means the sum of the:

a.         Anticipated county property tax revenue availability,

b.         Local sales and use taxes received by the county that are levied under Chapter 1096 of the 1967 Session Laws or under Subchapter VIII of Chapter 105 of the General Statutes,

c.         Food stamp exemption reimbursement received by the county under G.S. 105-164.44C,

d.         Homestead exemption reimbursement received by the county under G.S. 105-277.1A,

e.         Inventory tax reimbursement received by the county under G.S. 105-275.1 and G.S. 105-277A,

f.          Intangibles tax distribution and reimbursement received by the county under G.S. 105-213 and G.S. 105-213.1, and

g.         Fines and forfeitures deposited in the county school fund for the most recent year for which data are available.

(3)       "Anticipated total county revenue availability per student"means the anticipated total county revenue availability for the county divided by the average daily membership of the county.

(4)       "Anticipated State average revenue availability per student"means the sum of all anticipated total county revenue availability divided by the average daily membership for the State.

(5)       "Average daily membership"means average daily membership as defined in the North Carolina Public Schools Allotment Policy Manual, adopted by the State Board of Education.  If a county contains only part of a local school administrative unit, the average daily membership of that county includes all students who reside within the county and attend that local school administrative unit.

(6)       "County adjusted property tax base"shall be computed as follows:

a.         Subtract the present-use value of agricultural land, horticultural land, and forestland in the county, as defined in G.S. 105-277.2, from the total assessed real property valuation of the county,

b.         Adjust the resulting amount by multiplying by a weighted average of the three most recent annual sales assessment ratio studies,

c.         Add to the resulting amount the:

1.         Present-use value of agricultural land, horticultural land, and forestland, as defined in G.S. 105-277.2,

2.         Value of property of public service companies, determined in accordance with Article 23 of Chapter 105 of the General Statutes, and

3.         Personal property value for the county.

(7)       "County adjusted property tax base per square mile"means the county adjusted property tax base divided by the number of square miles of land area in the county.

(8)       "County wealth as a percentage of State average wealth"shall be computed as follows:

a.         Compute the percentage that the county per capita income is of the State per capita income and weight the resulting percentage by a factor of five-tenths,

b.         Compute the percentage that the anticipated total county revenue availability per student is of the anticipated State average revenue availability per student and weight the resulting percentage by a factor of four-tenths,

c.         Compute the percentage that the county adjusted property tax base per square mile is of the State adjusted property tax base per square mile and weight the resulting percentage by a factor of one-tenth,

d.         Add the three weighted percentages to derive the county wealth as a percentage of the State average wealth.

(9)       "Effective county tax rate"means the actual county tax rate multiplied by a weighted average of the three most recent annual sales assessment ratio studies.

(10)     "Effective State average tax rate"means the average of effective county tax rates for all counties.

(10a)   "Local current expense funds"means the most recent county current expense appropriations to public schools, as reported by local boards of education in the audit report filed with the Secretary of the Local Government Commission pursuant to G.S. 115C-447.

(11)     "Per capita income"means the average for the most recent three years for which data are available of the per capita income according to the most recent report of the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, including any reported modifications for prior years as outlined in the most recent report.

(12)     "Sales assessment ratio studies"means sales assessment ratio studies performed by the Department of Revenue under G.S. 105-289(h).

(13)     "State average current expense appropriations per student"means the most recent State total of county current expense appropriations to public schools, as reported by local boards of education in the audit report filed with the Secretary of the Local Government Commission pursuant to G.S. 115C-447.

(14)     "State average adjusted property tax base per square mile"means the sum of the county adjusted property tax bases for all counties divided by the number of square miles of land area in the State.

(14a)   "Supplant"means to decrease local per student current expense appropriations from one fiscal year to the next fiscal year.

(15)     "Weighted average of the three most recent annual sales assessment ratio studies"means the weighted average of the three most recent annual sales assessment ratio studies in the most recent years for which county current expense appropriations and adjusted property tax valuations are available.  If real property in a county has been revalued one year prior to the most recent sales assessment ratio study, a weighted average of the two most recent sales assessment ratios shall be used.  If property has been revalued the year of the most recent sales assessment ratio study, the sales assessment ratio for the year of revaluation shall be used.

(d)       Eligibility for Funds. - Except as provided in subsection (h) of this section, the State Board of Education shall allocate these funds to local school administrative units located in whole or in part in counties in which the county wealth as a percentage of the State average wealth is less than one hundred percent (100%).

(e)       Allocation of Funds. - Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, the amount received per average daily membership for a county shall be the difference between the State average current expense appropriations per student and the current expense appropriations per student that the county could provide given the county's wealth and an average effort to fund public schools.  (To derive the current expense appropriations per student that the county could be able to provide given the county's wealth and an average effort to fund public schools, multiply the county wealth as a percentage of State average wealth by the State average current expense appropriations per student.)

The funds for the local school administrative units located in whole or in part in the county shall be allocated to each local school administrative unit, located in whole or in part in the county, based on the average daily membership of the county's students in the school units.

If the funds appropriated for supplemental funding are not adequate to fund the formula fully, each local school administrative unit shall receive a pro rata share of the funds appropriated for supplemental funding.

(f)        Formula for Distribution of Supplemental Funding Pursuant to This Section Only. - The formula in this section is solely a basis for distribution of supplemental funding for low-wealth counties and is not intended to reflect any measure of the adequacy of the educational program or funding for public schools.  The formula is also not intended to reflect any commitment by the General Assembly to appropriate any additional supplemental funds for low-wealth counties.

(g)       Minimum Effort Required. - Counties that had effective tax rates in the 1994-95 fiscal year that were above the State average effective tax rate but that had effective rates below the State average in the 1995-96 fiscal year or thereafter shall receive reduced funding under this section.  This reduction in funding shall be determined by subtracting the amount that the county would have received pursuant to Section 17.1(g)(ii) of Chapter 507 of the 1995 Session Laws  from the amount that the county would have received if qualified for full funding and multiplying the difference by ten percent (10%).  This method of calculating reduced funding shall apply one time only.

This method of calculating reduced funding shall not apply in cases in which the effective tax rate fell below the statewide average effective tax rate as a result of a reduction in the actual property tax rate.  In these cases, the minimum effort required shall be calculated in accordance with Section 17.1(g)(ii) of Chapter 507 of the 1995 Session Laws.

If the county documents that it has increased the per student appropriation to the school current expense fund in the current fiscal year, the State Board of Education shall include this additional per pupil appropriation when calculating minimum effort pursuant to Section 17.1(g)(ii) of Chapter 507 of the 1995 Session Laws.

(h)       Nonsupplant requirement. - A county in which a local school administrative unit receives funds under this section shall use the funds to supplement local current expense funds and shall not supplant local current expense funds. For the 1997-99 fiscal biennium, the State Board of Education shall not allocate funds under this section to a county found to have used these funds to supplant local per student current expense funds.  The State Board of Education shall make a finding that a county has used these funds to supplant local current expense funds in the prior year, or the year for which the most recent data are available, if:

(1)       The current expense appropriation per student of the county for the current year is less than ninety-five percent (95%) of the average of the local current expense appropriations per student for the three prior fiscal years; and

(2)       The county cannot show (i) that it has remedied the deficiency in funding, or (ii) that extraordinary circumstances caused the county to supplant local current expense funds with funds allocated under this section.

The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement this section.

(i)        Reports. - The State Board of Education shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to May 1, 1998, on its analysis of whether counties supplanted funds.

(j)        Department of Revenue Reports. - The Department of Revenue shall provide to the Department of Public Instruction a preliminary report for the current fiscal year of the assessed value of the property tax base for each county prior to March 1 of each year and a final report prior to May 1 of each year.  The reports shall include for each county the annual sales assessment ratio and the taxable values of (i) total real property, (ii) the portion of total real property represented by the present-use value of agricultural land, horticultural land, and forestland as defined in G.S. 105-277.2, (iii) property of public service companies determined in accordance with Article 23 of Chapter 105 of the General Statutes, and (iv) personal property.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

SMALL SCHOOL SYSTEM SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING

Section 8.3.  (a) Funds for small school systems. - Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the State Board of Education shall allocate funds appropriated for small school system supplemental funding (i) to each county school administrative unit with an average daily membership of less than 3,150 students and (ii) to each county school administrative unit with an average daily membership of from 3,150 to 4,000 students if the county in which the local school administrative unit is located has a county adjusted property tax base per student that is below the State adjusted property tax base per student and if the total average daily membership of all local school administrative units located within the county is from 3,150 to 4,000 students.  The allocation formula shall:

(1)       Round all fractions of positions to the next whole position.

(2)       Provide five and one-half additional regular classroom teachers in counties in which the average daily membership per square mile is greater than four, and seven additional regular classroom teachers in counties in which the average daily membership per square mile is four or less.

(3)       Provide additional program enhancement teachers adequate to offer the standard course of study.

(4)       Change the duty-free period allocation to one teacher assistant per 400 average daily membership.

(5)       Provide a base for the consolidated funds allotment of at least $235,000, excluding textbooks.

(6)       Allot vocational education funds for grade 6 as well as for grades 7-12.

If funds appropriated for each fiscal year for small school system supplemental funding are not adequate to fund fully the program, the State Board of Education shall reduce the amount allocated to each county school administrative unit on a pro rata basis.  This formula is solely a basis for distribution of supplemental funding for certain county school administrative units and is not intended to reflect any measure of the adequacy of the educational program or funding for public schools.  The formula is also not intended to reflect any commitment by the General Assembly to appropriate any additional supplemental funds for such county administrative units.

(b)       Nonsupplant requirement. - A county in which a local school administrative unit receives funds under this section shall use the funds to supplement local current expense funds and shall not supplant local current expense funds. For the 1997-99 fiscal biennium, the State Board of Education shall not allocate funds under this section to a county found to have used these funds to supplant local per student current expense funds.  The State Board of Education shall make a finding that a county has used these funds to supplant local current expense funds in the prior year, or the year for which the most recent data are available, if:

(1)       The current expense appropriation per student of the county for the current year is less than ninety-five percent (95%) of the average of the local current expense appropriations per student for the three prior fiscal years; and

(2)       The county cannot show (i) that it has remedied the deficiency in funding, or (ii) that extraordinary circumstances caused the county to supplant local current expense funds with funds allocated under this section.

The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement this section.

(c)       Phase-out provision. - If a local school administrative unit becomes ineligible for funding under this formula solely because of an increase in population or an increase in the county adjusted property tax base per student of the county in which the local school administrative unit is located, funding for that unit shall be phased-out over a two-year period.  For the first year of ineligibility, the unit shall receive the same amount it received for the prior fiscal year.  For the second year of ineligibility, it shall receive half of that amount.

(d)       Definitions. - As used in this section:

(1)       "Average daily membership"means within two percent (2%) of the average daily membership as defined in the North Carolina Public Schools Allotment Policy Manual, adopted by the State Board of Education.

(2)       "County adjusted property tax base per student"means the total assessed property valuation for each county, adjusted using a weighted average of the three most recent annual sales assessment ratio studies, divided by the total number of students in average daily membership who reside within the county.

(2a)     "Local current expense funds"means the most recent county current expense appropriations to public schools, as reported by local boards of education in the audit report filed with the Secretary of the Local Government Commission pursuant to G.S. 115C-447.

(3)       "Sales assessment ratio studies"means sales assessment ratio studies performed by the Department of Revenue under G.S. 105-289(h).

(4)       "State adjusted property tax base per student"means the sum of all county adjusted property tax bases divided by the total number of students in average daily membership who reside within the State.

(4a)     "Supplant"means to decrease local per student current expense appropriations from one fiscal year to the next fiscal year.

(5)       "Weighted average of the three most recent annual sales assessment ratio studies"means the weighted average of the three most recent annual sales assessment ratio studies in the most recent years for which county current expense appropriations and adjusted property tax valuations are available.  If real property in a county has been revalued one year prior to the most recent sales assessment ratio study, a weighted average of the two most recent sales assessment ratios shall be used.  If property has been revalued the year of the most recent sales assessment ratio study, the sales assessment ratio for the year of revaluation shall be used.

(e)       Reports. - The State Board of Education shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to May 1, 1998, on the results of its analysis of whether counties supplanted funds.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

LITIGATION RESERVE

Section 8.4.  (a) Funds in the State Board of Education's Litigation Reserve that are not expended or encumbered on June 30, 1997, shall not revert on July 1, 1997, but shall remain available for expenditure until June 30, 1999.

(b)       The State Board of Education may expend up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year from unexpended funds for certified employees' salaries to pay expenses related to pending litigation.

(c)       Subsection (a) of this section becomes effective June 30, 1997.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN FUNDS

Section 8.5.  (a) The funds appropriated for exceptional children in this act shall be allocated as follows:

(1)       Each local school administrative unit shall receive for academically gifted children the sum of seven hundred ten dollars and sixty-one cents ($710.61) per child for four percent (4%) of the 1997-98 allocated average daily membership in the local school administrative unit, regardless of the number of children identified as academically gifted in the local school administrative unit. The total number of children for which funds shall be allocated pursuant to this subdivision is 49,045 for the 1997-98 school year.

(2)       Each local school administrative unit shall receive for exceptional children other than academically gifted children the sum of two thousand one hundred thirty-one dollars and eighty-seven cents ($2,131.87) per child for the lesser of (i) all children who are identified as exceptional children other than academically gifted children or (ii) twelve and five-tenths percent (12.5%) of the 1997-98 allocated average daily membership in the local school administrative unit. The maximum number of children for which funds shall be allocated pursuant to this subdivision is 142,956 for the 1997-98 school year.

The dollar amounts allocated under this subsection for exceptional children shall also increase in accordance with legislative salary increments for personnel who serve exceptional children.

(b)       American Sign Language may be offered in the public schools, four-year State universities, colleges, and community colleges as a modern language with credit for individuals attending.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

MINIMUM VACATION LEAVE FOR BUS DRIVERS

Section 8.6.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all regular school bus drivers, who have been employed for at least one academic year and who are not entitled to more than one day of paid vacation leave, are entitled to one day of paid vacation leave in each subsequent school year.  An employee who is terminated or resigns before taking the leave day is not entitled to compensation for the day.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore, Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell

LOSS OF BUDGET FLEXIBILITY UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES/PROHIBITION ON USE OF STATE FUNDS TO BUY OUT SUPERINTENDENTS' CONTRACTS

Section 8.7.  (a) G.S. 115C-451 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-451.  Reports to State Board of Education; failure to comply with School Budget Act.

(a)       The State Board of Education shall have authority to require local school administrative units to make such reports as it may deem advisable with respect to the financial operation of the public schools.

(b)       The State Board of Education shall be responsible for assuring that local boards of education comply with State laws and regulations regarding the budgeting, management, and expenditure of funds.  When a local board of education willfully or negligently fails or refuses to comply with these laws and regulations, the State Board of Education shall issue a warning to the local board of education and direct it to take remedial action.  In addition, the State Board may suspend the flexibility given to the local board under G.S. 115C-105.21A and may require the local board to use funds during the term of suspension only for the purposes for which they were allotted or for other purposes with the specific approval from the State Board.

(c)       If the local board of education, after warning, persists in willfully or negligently failing or refusing to comply with these laws and regulations, the State Board of Education shall by resolution assume control of the financial affairs of the local board of education and shall appoint an administrator to exercise the powers assumed.  The adoption of a resolution shall have the effect of divesting the local board of education of its powers as to the adoption of budgets, expenditure of money, and all other financial powers conferred upon the local board of education by law."

(b)       G.S. 115C-271 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-271.  Selection by local board of education, term of office.

Each local board of education shall elect a superintendent of schools for a term of one to four years, ending on June 30th of the final 12 months of the contract.  The board of education may, with the written consent of the current superintendent, extend or renew the term of the superintendent's contract at any time after the first 12 months of the contract; provided, however, that the current superintendent's contract may not be extended for a term of greater than four years; and provided, further, that if new board members have been elected or appointed and are to be sworn in, the board may not act to extend or renew the current superintendent's contract until after the new members have been sworn in.  The term and conditions of employment shall be stated in a written contract which shall be entered into between the board of education and the superintendent.  A copy of the contract shall be filed with the Superintendent of Public Instruction before any person is eligible for this office.

Contracts of employment for a period of less than one year shall be governed and limited by G.S. 115C-275.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina that the superintendents of each of the several school administrative units be hired solely at the discretion of the local boards of education and that a candidate for superintendent of a local school administrative unit must have been, at least, a principal in a North Carolina public school or have equivalent experience as prescribed by the State Board of Education and have other minimum credentials, educational prerequisites and experience requirements as the State Board of Education shall prescribe.  The State Board of Education is directed to promulgate prerequisites for candidacy for superintendent not later than January 1, 1985.

If any board of education shall elect a person to serve as superintendent of schools in any local school administrative unit who is not qualified, or cannot qualify, according to this section, such election is null and void and it shall be the duty of such board of education to elect a person who can qualify.

(a)       It is the policy of the State that each local board of education has the sole discretion to elect a superintendent of schools.  However, the State Board shall adopt rules that establish the qualifications for election.  At a minimum, each superintendent shall have been a principal in a North Carolina public school or shall have equivalent experience.  In addition, the State Board may establish other minimum credentials, educational prerequisites, and experience requirements.  It is the duty of each local board to elect a superintendent who is qualified. If a local board elects a superintendent who is not qualified or who cannot qualify under this section, then the election and contract are null and void, and the board shall elect a person who is qualified.

(b)       Each local board of education shall elect a superintendent under a written contract of employment for a term of no more than four years, ending on June 30 of the final months of the contract.  Contracts of employment for a period of less than one year shall be governed and limited by G.S. 115C-275.  Each local board shall file a copy of the contract with the State Board of Education before the individual is eligible for this office.

(c)       At any time after the first 12 months of the contract, a local board may, with the written consent of the current superintendent, extend or renew the term of the superintendent's contract for a term of no more than four years from the date of the extension. If new board members have been elected or appointed and are to be sworn in, a board shall not act to extend or renew the current superintendent's contract until after the new members have been sworn in.

(d)       A local board may terminate the superintendent's contract before the contract term of employment has expired so long as all the following conditions are met:

(1)       No State funds are used for this purpose.

(2)       Local funds appropriated for teachers, textbooks, or classroom materials, supplies, and equipment are not transferred or used for this purpose.

(3)       The local board makes public the funds that are to be transferred or used for this purpose.

(4)       The local board notifies the State Board of the funds that are to be transferred or used for this purpose.

(5)       No funds acquired through donation or fund-raising are used for this purpose, except for funds raised specifically for this purpose or for funds donated by private for-profit corporations.

Immediately upon receipt of the notification from a local board under this subsection, the State Board shall review the accounts of that local school administrative unit. If the State Board finds that the local board failed to meet all the conditions set out in this subsection, the State Board shall issue a warning to the local board as provided in G.S. 115C-451 and, in addition to any other actions the State Board may take under G.S. 115C-451, shall order the local board to take action to comply with this subsection."

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

DELETE REPORT ON GUARANTEED ENERGY SAVINGS CONTRACTS

Section 8.8.  Section 9 of Chapter 775 of the 1993 Session Laws is repealed.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

SCHOOL PAY DATE FLEXIBILITY PILOT PROGRAM

Section 8.9.  The State Board of Education may continue a pilot program to grant no more than four local boards of education additional flexibility in setting the pay dates for their 10-month employees.  Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 115C-302(a) and G.S. 115C-316(a), local school administrative units participating in the pilot may pay 10-month employees for a full month of employment when days employed are less than a full month at the beginning or the end of the teachers' contracts.  No local school administrative unit shall be required to participate in the pilot.  A local board participating in the pilot shall bear all of the cost of recouping funds prepaid for work never done and the cost of these funds that cannot be recouped.

The State Board of Education shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the pilot program prior to September 15, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS/AT-RISK STUDENTS

Section 8.10.  (a) Local boards of education may use funds from the Alternative Schools/At-Risk Student allotment to form partnerships with the Communities In Schools Program or to contract with the Communities In Schools Program for services.

(b)       Local boards of education shall not use these State funds in the Alternative Schools/At-Risk Student allotment to supplant local funds.

(c)       The State Board of Education may use up to two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) of the funds in the Alternative Schools/At-Risk Student allotment to implement G.S. 115C-12(24).

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Foxx, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS

Section 8.11.  (a) Advanced Placement tests are taken by many high school students who are seeking college credit for coursework completed in high school. The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina is encouraged to develop a standardized system of credit for the Advanced Placement test scores to ensure that college credit granted for Advanced Placement courses is equitable and predictable.

(b)       The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall encourage the University system to assist the public school systems of the State to provide education for teachers who are instructors of Advanced Placement courses.

(c)       Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State Board of Community Colleges shall allow a college to earn regular budget FTEs for a college level course taught to high school students even though the course instructor is a local high school teacher under contract, provided the following criteria are met:

(1)       The course does not duplicate or supplant the Advanced Placement courses or the other college level course offerings of the high school.

(2)       The contractual responsibilities of the high school teacher employed as an instructor for the course do not supplant the regular classroom and teaching responsibilities of the teacher.

(3)       The State Board of Community Colleges is satisfied that the substance, quality, and level at which the course is taught merits it being considered a college level course.

(d)       The State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by March 1, 1998, regarding the cooperative effort being made to encourage high school students to complete college general education courses through the community college system.  The report shall include information about the curricula designed to encourage this effort, the number of students enrolled in college courses, and the fiscal impact of these efforts.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

DATA ON TEACHER ASSISTANTS' YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, CREDENTIALS, AND PLACEMENT ON LOCALLY ADOPTED SALARY SCHEDULES/REVIEW OF TEACHER ASSISTANT EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND STANDARDS

Section 8.12.  (a) The State Board of Education shall:

(1)       Collect data on teacher assistants' years of experience in the public schools and in State and local government and the degrees that they hold; and

(2)       Collect data on locally adopted salary schedules for teacher assistants and the distribution of teacher assistants on the locally adopted schedules.

The State Board of Education shall report on the results of these studies to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to December 15, 1998.

(b)       The State Board of Education, in cooperation with the State Board of Community Colleges and the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, shall:

(1)       Review existing teacher assistant education programs, including the program offered by the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants; and

(2)       Recommend whether there should be educational standards, goals, competencies, and certification  for teacher assistants, and if so, what they should be, how those should be developed, and the cost of implementation.

The State Board of Education shall report on the results of these studies to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to March 15, 1998.

(c)       The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee shall review the results of recent studies of noncertified public school personnel in North Carolina.  The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee shall consider the results of these studies, any actions taken to implement the study recommendations, and the cost of implementing the remainder of these recommendations.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

CLASS-SIZE COMPUTATION FOR K-2

Section 8.13.  The expansion budget funds appropriated by the 1993 and 1995 General Assemblies to provide teacher positions to reduce class size in kindergarten through second grade shall be allocated by the State Board of Education to local school administrative units on the basis of one teacher for every 23 students in each grade.  Local school administrative units shall use these funds (i) to reduce class size in kindergarten through second grade or (ii) to hire reading teachers within kindergarten through second grade or otherwise reduce the student-teacher ratio within kindergarten through second grade.

Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 115C-301(c), both the maximum average class size for the grade span kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, and the maximum size of an individual class within the grade span shall be 26 students.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

ABC'S PERFORMANCE RECOGNITION FOR PERSONNEL SERVING PREKINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE

Section 8.14.  G.S. 115C-105.36(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      The personnel in schools that achieve a level of expected growth greater than one hundred percent (100%) at a level to be determined by the State Board of Education are eligible for financial awards in amounts set by the State Board. Schools and personnel shall not be required to apply for these awards. For the purpose of this section, 'personnel' includes the principal, assistant principal, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to that school. (i) serving students in one or more of the grades kindergarten through 12 or (ii) assigned to a public school prekindergarten program that is located within a public elementary school and is designed to prepare students for kindergarten at that school."

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

SCHOOL LAW REVISION SUBCOMMITTEE EXTENDED

Section 8.15.  (a) The cochairs of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee may appoint a subcommittee to revise the public school laws.

The subcommittee shall consist of equal numbers of members appointed by the Senate chair and the House chair.  Either chair may appoint to the subcommittee members, including public members, who are not also members of the Committee.

Members of the subcommittee who are not members of the Committee may participate fully in all subcommittee business, including all deliberations and votes; however, these members are not members of the Committee for any other purpose.

(b)       The subcommittee may:

(1)       Conduct a comprehensive review of the public school laws;

(2)       Identify laws that are outdated, vague, unnecessary, or otherwise in need of revision; and

(3)       Recommend revisions to the public laws so they are consistent with the North Carolina Constitution and with the goals of the General Assembly and the State Board of Education in order to improve student performance, increase local flexibility and control, and promote economy and efficiency.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

AVID PROGRAM

Section 8.16.  Of the funds appropriated to the State Board of Education, the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used to implement Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) pilot programs in three local school administrative units.  The purpose of the AVID pilot programs shall be to improve the academic performance of underachieving students so that they will become eligible to attend postsecondary education institutions.  Local school administrative units selected as pilot units shall state how they plan to evaluate the success of the program.

The State Board of Education shall allocate the funds to the pilot programs in proportion to the number of students proposed to be served.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM

Section 8.17.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, funds appropriated to the State Board of Education and to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units for the Distance Learning Program shall be used for distance learning educational purposes, as directed by the State Board of Education.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

CRIME CONTROL GRANTS FOR THE N.C. CENTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE

Section 8.18.  The Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety shall continue to make grants for the 1997-99 fiscal biennium for the operating expenses of the North Carolina Center for the Prevention of School Violence.  If grant funds are not available for this purpose, the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina may use funds within its budget for the expenses of the Center.

 

Requested by:  Senator Perdue

CHARTER SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

Section 8.19. (a) G.S. 115C-238.29F(f) reads as rewritten:

"(f)      Accountability. -

(1)       The school is subject to the financial audits, the audit procedures, and the audit requirements adopted by the State Board of Education for charter schools. These audit requirements may include the requirements of the School Budget and Fiscal Control Act.

(2)       The school shall comply with the reporting requirements established by the State Board of Education in the Uniform Education Reporting System.

(3)       The school shall report at least annually to the chartering entity and the State Board of Education the information required by the chartering entity or the State Board."

(b)       If the projected average daily membership of schools other than charter schools in a county school administrative unit with 3,000 or less students is decreased by more than four percent (4%) due to projected shifts of enrollment to charter schools, the State Board of Education may use funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units for the 1997-98 fiscal year to reduce the loss of funds to the schools other than charter schools in the unit to a maximum of four percent (4%).  This subsection applies to the 1997-98 fiscal year only, which is the first year of operation of charter schools.

(c)       The State Board of Education may spend up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) from State Aid to Local School Administrative Units for the 1997-98 fiscal year to establish a charter school advisory committee.

 

Requested by:  Senators Perdue, Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

CIVIL PENALTY AND FORFEITURE FUND ESTABLISHED

Section 8.20.  (a) Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:

"ARTICLE 31A.

"Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund.

" 115C-457.1.  Creation of Fund; administration.

(a)       There is created the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund.  The Fund shall consist of the clear proceeds of all civil penalties and civil forfeitures that are collected by a State agency and are payable to the County School Fund pursuant to Article IX, Section 7 of the Constitution.

(b)       The Fund shall be administered by the Office of State Budget and Management.  The Fund and all interest accruing to the Fund shall be faithfully used exclusively for maintaining free public schools.

" 115C-457.2.  Remittance of moneys to the Fund.

The clear proceeds of all civil penalties and civil forfeitures that are collected by a State agency and are payable to the County School Fund pursuant to Article IX, Section 7 of the Constitution shall be remitted to the Office of State Budget and Management by the officer having custody of the funds within 10 days after the close of the calendar month in which the revenues were received or collected.  Notwithstanding any other law, all funds which are civil penalties or civil forfeitures within the meaning of Article IX, Section 7 of the Constitution shall be deposited in the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund. The clear proceeds of such funds include the full amount of all such penalties and forfeitures collected under authority conferred by the State, diminished only by the actual costs of collection, not to exceed ten percent (10%) of the amount collected.

" 115C-457.3. Transfer of funds to the State School Technology Fund.

The Office of State Budget and Management shall transfer funds accruing to the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund to the State School Technology Fund.  These funds shall be allocated to local school administrative units on the basis of average daily membership."

(b)       This section becomes effective September 1, 1997.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Section 8.21.  G.S. 115C-417 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-417.  Availability of funds allocated for staff development.

Funds allocated by the State Board of Education for staff development at the local level shall become available for expenditure on September 1 July 1 of each fiscal year and shall remain available for expenditure until August 31 December 31 of the subsequent fiscal year."

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Section 8.22.  (a) The State Board of Education shall establish an advisory committee to assist it in studying the lateral entry program, a program which encourages lateral entry into the profession of teaching by skilled individuals from the private sector.  In the course of the study, the State Board shall consider the recruitment, retention, training, and evaluation of persons who enter the teaching profession by lateral entry.  The State Board shall place special emphasis on lateral entry of teachers at the high school level who have significant postbachelors degree experience.

The State Board of Education shall report the results of its study to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to April 15, 1998.

(b)       The State Board of Education shall review the issue of certifying out-of-state teachers to determine how to facilitate the certification in North Carolina of qualified teachers who are trained in other states. The State Board of Education shall report the results of this review to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to December 15, 1998.

(c)       Article 14 of Chapter 116 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 116-143.5.  Tuition of certain teachers.

Notwithstanding G.S. 116-143.1, any teacher or other personnel paid on the teacher salary schedule who (i) has established a legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and (ii) is employed full-time by a North Carolina public school, shall be eligible to be charged the in-State tuition rate for courses relevant to teacher certification or to professional development as a teacher."

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

FUNDS FOR NATIONAL BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS

Section 8.23.  (a) Funds appropriated to the Department of Public Instruction in this act shall be used to pay for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) participation fee and for up to three days of approved paid leave for teachers participating in the NBPTS program during the 1997-98 school year and the 1998-99 fiscal year for State-paid teachers who (i) have completed three years of teaching in North Carolina schools operated by local boards of education, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Correction, or The University of North Carolina, or affiliated with The University of North Carolina, prior to application for NBPTS certification, and (ii) have not previously received State funds for participating in any certification area in the NBPTS program.  Teachers participating in the program shall take paid leave only with the approval of their supervisors.

A teacher for whom the State pays the participation fee (i) who does not complete the process or (ii) who completes the process but does not teach in a North Carolina public school for at least one year after completing the process, shall repay the certification fee to the State.   Repayment is not required if the process is not completed or the teacher fails to teach for one year due to the death or disability of the teacher or other extenuating circumstances as may be recognized by the State Board.

(b)       The State Board shall adopt policies and guidelines to implement this section.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Daughtry, Arnold, Grady, Preston

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO EXPAND TECHNOLOGY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Section 8.24.  (a) Of the funds appropriated to the State Board of Education, the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used to establish a public-private partnership to encourage, promote, and expand technology in North Carolina Public Schools.

(b)       The purposes of the public-private partnership are to enlist public, private, and volunteer sectors to develop creative means of bringing technology to North Carolina Public School classrooms at minimal cost and expense to the State and its taxpayers:

(1)       Help schools wire classrooms with high-speed data wire that enables them to connect to school networks as well as the Internet.

(2)       Develop a plan to increase the number of computers, computing equipment, and networking equipment in North Carolina Public Schools.

(3)       Develop a plan that will assure every school can connect to the Internet so that this tool is made available equally to all children in North Carolina Public Schools.

(4)       Help develop programs to train teachers and other educators in the use of technology.

(5)       Develop Internet-based learning programs designed to assist teachers in the job of helping young people learn.

(6)       Test and evaluate the benefits of each of the projects; investigate and develop other means of using computer-based technology in classrooms; and assure that this information is available to educators.

(c)       Pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section, a vocational education computer recycling pilot program shall be established.  The purposes of the pilot program are to:

(1)       Develop and implement high school vocational education programs that train students to test, repair, reconfigure, upgrade, and maintain donated computers.

(2)       Enhance a community's opportunities for economic development by providing vocational education students with educational, job, and hireability skills as well as skills in computer technology.

(3)       Provide upgraded computers to schools, consistent with State-approved local school technology plans at a cost of four hundred dollars ($400.00) to six hundred dollars ($600.00) per unit rather than new computers costing around three thousand dollars ($3,000) each.

(4)       Help communities support their schools by encouraging business and industry to donate computer components to schools or sell them at greatly reduced prices.

(5)       The State Board of Education, after consultation with ExplorNet, shall select seven local administrative units to participate in the computer recycling program.  In selecting the pilot units, the State Board shall consider (i) indicators of the readiness of a unit to participate in the program, (ii) the degree of community support for such a program, and (iii) indicators of the need for the program in the community, such as lack of comparable training or resources in the community.

(6)       The Information Resources Management Commission, in consultation with the State Board of Education, shall review and modify its standards for technical components of local school technology purchases to facilitate the implementation of the programs.

(d)       The State Board of Education shall contract with the nonprofit corporation, ExplorNet, to administer the programs.

(e)       The provisions of Article 3 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes do not apply to contracts for supplies, materials, equipment, and contractual services to implement these programs.  The Department of Administration may make its services available to the State Board of Education, when requested by the State Board of Education.

(f)        The State Board of Education shall evaluate the educational components of the programs.

The State Board's contract with ExplorNet shall require ExplorNet to evaluate the technical components of the program and to submit the results of its evaluation to the Information Resources Management Commission for review and comment by May 15, 1999.  The Information Resources Management Commission shall submit the evaluation done by ExplorNet and the Commission's comments on it to the State Board of Education by August 15, 1999.

The State Board of Education shall report the results of these evaluations to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by September 15, 1999.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

UNIFORM EDUCATION REPORTING SYSTEMS FUNDS/BUILDING LEVEL REPORTS ON SCHOOL FUNDING

Section 8.25.  (a) Funds appropriated for the 1997-99 fiscal biennium for the Uniform Education Reporting System shall be used for the maintenance, enhancement, or purchase of financial, personnel, or student information software, in order to support the State Board of Education's responsibilities under G.S. 115C-12(18).

(b)       The State Board of Education shall modify the Uniform Education Reporting System to provide clear, accurate, and standard information on the use of funds at the unit and school level.  The plan shall provide information that will enable the General Assembly to determine State, local, and federal expenditures for personnel at the unit and school level.  The plan also shall allow the tracking of expenditures for textbooks, educational supplies and equipment, capital outlay, at-risk students, and other purposes.  The revised Uniform Education Reporting System shall be implemented beginning with the 1998-99 school year.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

LEGISLATORS MAY SERVE ON SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION

Section 8.26.  (a) G.S. 115C-102.5, as amended by Section 7 of S.L. 1997-148, reads as rewritten:

" 115C-102.5.  Commission on School Technology created; membership.

(a)       There is created the Commission on School Technology. The Commission shall be located administratively in the Department of Public Instruction but shall exercise all its prescribed statutory powers independently of the Department of Public Instruction.

(b)       The Commission shall consist of the following 16 18 members:

(1)       The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designee;

(2)       One representative of The University of North Carolina, appointed by the President of The University of North Carolina;

(3)       One representative of the North Carolina Community College System, appointed by the President of the North Carolina Community College System;

(4)       A person with management responsibility concerning information technology related State Government functions, designated by the Secretary of Commerce;

(5)       Four members appointed by the Governor;

(6)       Four Six members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate in accordance with G.S. 120-121, two of whom shall be members of the Senate. one of whom One of these six members shall be recommended appointed by the President of the Senate to serve as cochair; and

(7)       Four Six members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in accordance with G.S. 120-121,  two of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives.  one of whom One of these six members shall be recommended appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to serve as cochair.

In appointing members pursuant to subdivisions (5), (6), and (7) of this subsection, the appointing entities persons shall select individuals with technical or applied knowledge or experience in learning and instructional management technologies or individuals with expertise in curriculum or instruction who have successfully used learning and instructional management technologies.

No producers, vendors, or consultants to producers or vendors of learning or instructional management technologies shall serve on the Commission.

Members shall serve for two-year terms. Vacancies in terms of members appointed by the Governor shall be filled by the appointing officer. Vacancies in terms of members appointed by the General Assembly shall be filled in accordance with G.S. 120-122. Persons appointed to fill vacancies shall qualify in the same manner as persons appointed for full terms.

(c)       Notwithstanding G.S. 120-123 and subsection (b) of this section, the Commission shall also include one member of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. These members shall be voting members. The term of office of these members shall end November 1, 1994.

(d)       Members of the Commission who are also members of the General Assembly shall be paid subsistence and travel expenses at the rate set forth in G.S. 120-3.1. Members of the Commission who are officials or employees of the State shall receive travel allowances at the rate set forth in G.S. 138-6. All other members of the Commission shall be paid the per diem and allowances set forth in G.S. 138-5.

(e)       The Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Community Colleges, and the Office of the State Controller shall provide requested professional and clerical staff to the Commission. The Commission may also employ professional and clerical staff and may hire outside consultants to assist it in its work. The Commission shall use an outside consultant to perform a requirements analysis for learning and instructional management technologies on a statewide basis that is based on information gathered from each local school administrative unit and that considers the needs of teachers, students, and administrators."

(b)       G.S. 115C-102.6B reads as rewritten:

" 115C-102.6B.  Approval of State school technology plan.

(a)       The Commission shall present the State school technology plan it develops to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee for their comments prior to January 1, 1995.  At least every two years thereafter, the Commission shall develop any necessary modifications to the State school technology plan and present them to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

(b)       After presenting the plan or any proposed modifications to the plan to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, the Commission shall submit the plan or any proposed modifications to (i) the Information Resources Management Commission for its approval of the technical components of the plan set out in G.S. 115C-102.6A(1) through (4), and (ii) the State Board of Education for its approval of information purposes only.  The State Board shall adopt a plan that includes the components of the a plan set out in G.S. 115C-103.6A(1) through (16).

At least one-fourth of the members of any technical committee that reviews the plan for the Information Resources Management Commission shall be people actively involved in primary or secondary education.

(c)       If no changes are made to the plan or the proposed modifications to the plan after the submission to the Information Resources Management Commission and the State Board of Education, the plan or the proposed modifications shall take effect upon approval by the Information Resources Management Commission and the State Board of Education."

(c)       G.S. 120-123(60) is repealed.

(d)       This section is effective when this act becomes law.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

RIGOROUS ACADEMIC CONTENT STANDARDS/PROFICIENCY BENCHMARKS

Section 8.27.  (a) G.S. 115C-12 is amended by adding the following new subdivision to read:

"(9a)    Power to Develop Content Standards. - The Board shall develop a comprehensive plan to revise content standards and the standard course of study in the core academic areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, geography, and civics. The Board shall involve and survey a representative sample of parents, teachers, and the public to help determine academic content standard priorities and usefulness of the content standards.  A full review of available and relevant academic content standards that are rigorous, specific, sequenced, clear, focused, and measurable, whenever possible, shall be a part of the process of the development of content standards.  The revised content standards developed in the core academic areas shall (i) reflect high expectations for students and an in-depth mastery of the content; (ii) be clearly grounded in the content of each academic area; (iii) be defined grade-by-grade and course-by-course; (iv) be understandable to parents and teachers; (v) be developed in full recognition of the time available to teach the core academic areas at each grade level; and (vi) be measurable, whenever possible, in a reliable, valid, and efficient manner for accountability purposes.

High school course content standards shall include the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the workforce and also shall be aligned with the coursework required for admission to the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina.  The Board shall develop and implement a plan for end-of-course tests for the minimum courses required for admission to the constituent institutions.  All end-of-course tests shall be aligned with the content standards.

The Board also shall develop and implement an ongoing process to align State programs and support materials with the revised academic content standards for each core academic area every five years. Alignment shall include revising textbook criteria, support materials, State tests, teacher and school administrator preparation, and ongoing professional development programs to be compatible with content standards.  The Board shall develop and make available to teachers and parents support materials, including teacher and parent guides, for academic content standards.  The State Board of Education shall work in collaboration with the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina to ensure that teacher and school administrator degree programs, ongoing professional development and other university activity in the State's public schools align with the State Board's priorities."

(b)       The State Board of Education shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by December 15, 1998, on the implementation of this section, including the Board's comprehensive plan to revise content standards and the standard course of study and the Board's proposed timetable to align State programs and support materials with these standards so that the first cycle of alignment is completed by December 31, 2002.  The Board, in its report, may recommend any necessary statutory changes.

(c)       The North Carolina Standards and Accountability Commission has completed its work and submitted a report to the State Board of Education.  Therefore, effective August 1, 1997, Article 8A of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is repealed.

Recognizing the important role of the Commission's work, there is established the Committee on Standards and Accountability.  The Committee shall advise the State Board of Education on student performance standards.  The Committee shall be composed of  13 members, nine appointed by the Governor, two appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and two appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Of the Governor's nine appointments, one shall be for a chair of the Committee.  The chair shall be a person in North Carolina who understands the connection of high and rigorous standards with student preparation for the world of work and other post-high school opportunities.

(d)       Funds appropriated for the Standards and Accountability Commission for the 1997-99 fiscal biennium shall be used by the State Board of Education to implement the provisions of this section.  Of these funds, up to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) may be used for expenses of the Committee on Standards and Accountability established under subsection (c) of this section.

(e)       G.S. 115C-12 is amended by adding the following new subdivision to read:

"(9b)    Power to Develop Exit Exams. - The Board shall develop a plan to implement high school exit exams, grade-level student proficiency benchmarks, student proficiency benchmarks for academic courses required for admission to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina, and student proficiency benchmarks for the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the workforce.  The State Board may develop student proficiency benchmarks for other courses offered to secondary school students.  The high school exit exams and student proficiency benchmarks shall be aligned with G.S. 115C-12(9a) and may contain pertinent components of the school-based accountability annual performance goals."

(f)        The State Board shall implement the high school exit exams by the spring semester of the 1999-2000 school year.  The State Board may extend that date if it determines that it is not practically feasible to implement the exams by the year 2000. Prior to December 15, 1998, the State Board of Education shall provide to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee a progress report on the plan required under subsection (e) of this section.  The Board, in its report, may recommend any statutory changes it considers necessary to implement the plan.

(g)       The State Board of Education shall study the feasibility of requiring two high school courses in United States history and two high school courses in Economic, Legal, and Political Systems in Action as a condition of graduation.  The State Board shall report the results of this study to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to December 15, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senators Rand, Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN FUNDS

Section 8.28.  Of the funds appropriated to the State Board of Education, the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year shall be allocated to local educational agencies for children with special needs reassigned to group homes but not included in the head count of children with special needs upon which the original funding for local educational agencies was based or for children with special needs in counties with special populations that frequently fluctuate in numbers such as military personnel.  The State Board of Education shall allocate these funds upon applications made by local educational agencies.

 

Requested by:   Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Black, Moore

SAFE SCHOOLS

Section 8.29.  (a)

(1)       Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the State Board of Education may use up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year to provide assistance teams to schools to assist those schools in restoring safety and order.

(2)       Effective when this act becomes law, Part 2 of Article 8B of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding the following new section:

" 115C-105.28.  Safe and orderly schools.

A school improvement team or a parent organization at a school may ask the local board of education to provide assistance in promoting or restoring safety and an orderly learning environment at a school.  The school improvement team or parent organization shall file a copy of this request with the State Board.  If the local board fails to provide adequate assistance to the school, then the school improvement team or parent organization may ask the State Board to provide an assistance team to the school.

The State Board may provide an assistance team, established under G.S. 115C-105.38, to a school in order to promote or restore safety and an orderly learning environment at that school if one of the following applies:

(1)       The local board of education or superintendent requests that the State Board provide an assistance team to a school and the State Board determines that the school needs assistance.

(2)       The State Board determines within 10 days after its receipt of the request for assistance from a school improvement team or parent organization of a school that the school needs assistance and that the local board has failed to provide adequate assistance to that school.

If an assistance team is assigned to a school under this section, the team shall spend a sufficient amount of time at the school to assess the problems at the school, assist school personnel with resolving those problems, and work with school personnel and others to develop a long-term plan for restoring and maintaining safety and an orderly learning environment at the school.  The assistance team also shall make recommendations to the local board of education and the superintendent on actions the board and the superintendent should consider taking to resolve problems at the school.  These recommendations shall be in writing and are public records.  If an assistance team is assigned to a school under this section, the powers given to the State Board and the assistance team under G.S. 115C-105.38 and G.S. 115C-105.39 shall apply as if the school had been identified as low-performing under this Article."

(b)       Effective when this act becomes law, Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:

"ARTICLE 27A.

"Management and Placement of Disruptive Students.

" 115C-397.1.  Management and placement of disruptive students.

If, after a teacher has requested assistance from the principal two or more times due to a student's disruptive behavior, the teacher finds that the student's disruptive behavior continues to interfere with the academic achievement of that student or other students in the class, then the teacher may refer the matter to a school-based committee.  The teacher may request that additional classroom teachers participate in the committee's proceedings.  For the purposes of this section, the committee shall notify the student's parent, guardian, or legal custodian and shall encourage that person's participation in the proceedings of the committee concerning the student.  A student is not required to be screened, evaluated, or identified as a child with special needs under this section.  The committee shall review the matter and shall take one or more of the following actions: (i) advise the teacher on managing the student's behavior more effectively, (ii) recommend to the principal the transfer of the student to another class within the school, (iii) recommend to the principal a multidisciplinary diagnosis and evaluation of the student, (iv) recommend to the principal that the student be assigned to an alternative learning program, or (v) recommend to the principal that the student receive any additional services that the school or the school unit has the resources to provide for the student.  If the principal does not follow the recommendation of the committee, the principal shall provide a written explanation to the committee, the teacher who referred the matter to the committee, and the superintendent, of any actions taken to resolve the matter and of the reason the principal did not follow the recommendation of the committee.

This section shall be in addition to and supplemental to disciplinary action taken in accordance with any other law.  The recommendation of the committee is final and shall not be appealed under G.S. 115C-45(c). Nothing in this section shall authorize a student to refer a disciplinary matter to this committee or to have the matter of the student's behavior referred to this committee before any discipline is imposed on the student."

(c)       Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the sum of three million two hundred thousand dollars ($3,200,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of three million two hundred thousand dollars ($3,200,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used to provide additional teachers for middle school children who are academically below grade level.  Middle school children are children in a school that serves grades six, seven, and eight, and no other grades.

(1)       The State Board of Education shall allocate these teacher positions to pilot middle schools on the basis of the number of students in grade six who scored at proficiency Level I on the end-of-grade test in mathematics, on the end-of-grade test in reading, or on both, at the end of their last school year.  The funds shall be used in schools that have at least 50 such students at a ratio of one teacher to every 50 students.  No partial positions shall be allocated.

(2)       The purpose of these funds is to improve the academic performance and the behavior of these students during the first school year after elementary school by placing them in classes with a low student-to-teacher ratio for either all of their core academic subjects or for the subject or subjects in which they are below grade level.  In order to accomplish this purpose, local school administrative units shall use (i) the teachers allocated for these students pursuant to the regular teacher allotment and (ii) the teachers allocated for these students under this section only to improve the academic performance and the behavior of these students. Local boards of education shall adopt rules to ensure that each student for whom funds for additional teacher positions are allocated under this section shall be assigned a teacher who is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of the student.

(3)       Of the funds appropriated in this section, the State Board of Education may use up to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to evaluate the effectiveness of these smaller classes in improving academic performance and discipline in middle schools.

(d)       Effective November 1, 1997, G.S. 115C-366 is amended by adding the following new subsections to read:

"(a4)    When a student transfers into the public schools of a local school administrative unit, that local board shall require the student's parent, guardian, or custodian to provide a statement made under oath or affirmation before a qualified official indicating whether the student is, at the time, under suspension or expulsion from attendance at a private or public school in this or any other state or has been convicted of a felony in this or any other state.  This subsection does not apply to the enrollment of a student who has never been enrolled in or attended a private or public school in this or any other state.

(a5)     Notwithstanding any other law, a local board may deny admission to or place reasonable conditions on the admission of a student who has been suspended from a school under G.S. 115C-391 or who has been suspended from a school for conduct that could have led to a suspension from a school within the local school administrative unit where the student is seeking admission until the period of suspension has expired.  Also, a local board may deny admission to or place reasonable conditions on the admission of a student who has been expelled from a school under G.S. 115C-391 or who has been expelled from a school for behavior that indicated the student's continued presence in school constituted a clear threat to the safety of other students or employees or who has been convicted of a felony in this or any other state.  If the local board denies admission to a student who has been expelled or convicted of a felony, the student may request the local board to reconsider that decision in accordance with G.S. 115C-391(d)."

(e)       Effective November 1, 1997, Article 54 of Chapter 7A of the General Statutes is amended by adding the following new section to read:

" 7A-675.2.  Notification of schools when juveniles are alleged or found to be delinquent.

(a)       Notwithstanding G.S. 7A-675, the juvenile court counselor shall deliver verbal and written notification of the following actions to the principal of the school that the juvenile attends:

(1)       A petition is filed under G.S. 7A-560 that alleges delinquency for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult;

(2)       The judge transfers jurisdiction over a juvenile to superior court under G.S. 7A-608;

(3)       The judge dismisses under G.S. 7A-637 the petition that alleges delinquency for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult;

(4)       The judge issues a dispositional order under Article 52 of Chapter 7A of the General Statutes including, but not limited to, an order of probation that requires school attendance, concerning a juvenile alleged or found delinquent for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult; or

(5)       The judge modifies or vacates any order or disposition under G.S. 7A-664 concerning a juvenile alleged or found delinquent for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult.

Notification of the school principal in person or by telephone shall be made before the beginning of the next school day. Delivery shall be made as soon as practicable but at least within five days of the action.  Delivery shall be made in person or by certified mail.  Notification that a petition has been filed shall describe the nature of the offense.  Notification of a dispositional order, a modified or vacated order, or a transfer to superior court shall describe the judge's action and any applicable disposition requirements.  As used in this subsection, the term 'offense' shall not include any offense under Chapter 20 of the General Statutes.

(b)       If the principal of the school the juvenile attends returns any notification as required by G.S. 115C-404, and if the juvenile court counselor learns that the juvenile is transferring to another school, the juvenile court counselor shall deliver the notification to the principal of the school to which the juvenile is transferring.  Delivery shall be made as soon as practicable and shall be made in person or by certified mail.

(c)       Principals shall handle any notification delivered under this section in accordance with G.S. 115C-404.

(d)       For the purpose of this section, 'school' means any public or private school in the State that is authorized under Chapter 115C of the General Statutes."

(f)        Effective November 1, 1997, Article 29 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 115C-404.  Use of juvenile court information.

(a)       Written notifications received in accordance with G.S. 7A-675.1 are confidential records, are not public records as defined under G.S. 132-1, and shall not be made part of the student's official record under G.S. 115C-402.  Immediately upon receipt, the principal shall maintain these documents in a safe, locked record storage that is separate from the student's other school records.  The principal shall maintain these documents until the principal receives notification that the judge dismissed the petition under G.S. 7A-637, the judge transferred jurisdiction over the student to superior court under G.S. 7A-608, or the judge granted the student's petition for expunction of the records.  At that time, the principal shall shred, burn, or otherwise destroy the documents to protect the confidentiality of this information. In no case shall the principal make a copy of these documents.

(b)       Documents received under this section may be used only to protect the safety of or to improve the educational opportunities for the student or others.  Upon receipt of each document, the principal shall share the document with those individuals who have (i) direct guidance, teaching, or supervisory responsibility for the student, and (ii) a specific need to know in order to protect the safety of the student or others.  Those individuals shall indicate in writing that they have read the document and that they agree to maintain its confidentiality.  Failure to maintain the confidentiality of these documents as required by this section is grounds for the dismissal of an employee who is not a career employee and is grounds for dismissal of an employee who is a career employee, in accordance with G.S. 115C-325(e)(1)i.

(c)       If the student graduates, withdraws from school, is suspended for the remainder of the school year, is expelled, or transfers to another school, the principal shall return the documents to the juvenile court counselor and, if applicable, shall provide the counselor with the name and address of the school to which the student is transferring."

(g)       Effective November 1, 1997,  G.S. 15A-505 reads as rewritten:

" 15A-505.  Notification of minor's parent.  parent and school.

(a)       A law-enforcement law enforcement officer who charges a minor with a criminal offense shall notify the minor's parent or guardian of the charge, as soon as practicable, in person or by telephone.  If the minor is taken into custody, the law enforcement officer or the officer's immediate superior shall notify a parent or guardian in writing that the minor is in custody within 24 hours of the minor's arrest.  If the parent or guardian of the minor cannot be found, then the officer or the officer's immediate superior shall notify the minor's next-of-kin of the minor's arrest as soon as practicable.

(b)       The notification provided for by subsection (a) of this section shall not be required if:

(1)       The minor is emancipated;

(2)       The minor is not taken into custody and has been charged with a motor vehicle moving violation for which three or fewer points are assessed under G.S. 20-16(c), except an offense involving impaired driving, as defined in G.S. 20-4.02(24a); or

(3)       The minor has been charged with a motor vehicle offense that is not a moving violation.

(c)       A law enforcement officer who charges a person with a criminal offense that is a felony, except for a criminal offense under Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, shall notify the principal of any school the person attends of the charge as soon as practicable but at least within five days. The notification may be made in person or by telephone.  If the person is taken into custody, the law enforcement officer or the officer's immediate supervisor shall notify the principal of any school the person attends. This notification shall be in writing and shall be made within five days of the person's arrest.  If a principal receives notification under this subsection, a representative from the district attorney's office shall notify that principal of the final disposition at the trial court level.  This notification shall be in writing and shall be made within five days of the disposition. As used in this subsection, the term 'school' means any public or private school in the State that is authorized under Chapter 115C of the General Statutes."

(h)       The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall develop a plan for ensuring that school administrator and teacher preparation and continuing education programs provide their students with the training and experience  they need to maintain and restore safety and order in schools.

The Board of Governors shall report on the plan, prior to February 15, 1998, to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

(i)        The State Board of Education shall review and consider modifications to its school facility guidelines in light of research on the relationship between (i) school design components, especially school size,  and (ii) school climate and order.

The State Board shall also develop recommendations to local boards of education on modifications to the design or organization of existing schools that would improve school climate and order.

The State Board of Education shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to February 15, 1998, on actions taken to implement the provisions of this section.

(j)        Prior to November 15, 1997, the State Board of Education shall review and modify, if necessary, its policies and procedures on data kept and reports made on acts of violence in school and on students suspended or expelled from school, to ensure that data and reports are accurate and consistent on a statewide basis.  The State Board shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to March 15, 1998, on the impact of its efforts to attain accurate and consistent reports.

(k)       Effective when this act becomes law, G.S. 115C-307(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      To Maintain Order and Discipline. - It shall be the duty of all teachers, including student teachers, substitute teachers, voluntary teachers, and teacher assistants when given authority over some part of the school program by the principal or supervising teacher, to maintain good order and discipline in their respective schools.  A teacher, student teacher, substitute teacher, voluntary teacher, or teacher assistant shall report to the principal acts of violence in school and students suspended or expelled from school as required to be reported in accordance with State Board policies."

(1)       There is created the At-Risk Students Task Force under the State Board of Education.  The Task Force shall consist of the Chair of the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the President of the Community College System, the Secretary of Human Resources, the State Health Director, and the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.  Each officer may designate one representative from that officer's department or office to represent that officer on the Task Force.  These officers also may appoint additional members who represent other State and local public agencies to the Task Force.  The Chair of the State Board of Education, or the Chair's designee, shall serve as the Chair of the Task Force.  The Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Human Resources shall provide staff and clerical support to the Task Force.  The State Board of Education shall fund the Task Force within funds available to it.

(2)       The Task Force shall develop a plan to develop interagency agreements between local school administrative units and other local public agencies, including, among others, health departments, departments of social services, mental health agencies, and courts, in order to provide cooperative services to students who are at risk of school failure, at risk of participation in juvenile crime, or both.

(3)       The Task Force shall report its plan, along with any suggested statutory revisions, to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by January 15, 1998, at which time the Task Force shall terminate.

(m)      G.S. 143B-152.5 reads as rewritten:

" 143B-152.5.  Grants review and selection.

(a)       The Department shall develop and disseminate a request for applications and establish procedures to be followed in developing and submitting applications to establish local S.O.S. programs and administering grants to establish local S.O.S. programs.  This information shall include examples of the design and types of S.O.S. programs that evaluations have shown are likely to be successful in improving the academic performance of the participants or in reducing disruptive or illegal behavior.

(b)       The Secretary of Human Resources shall appoint a State task force to assist the Secretary in reviewing grant applications.  The State task force shall include representatives of the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Public Instruction, local school administrative units, educators, parents, the juvenile justice system, social services, and governmental agencies providing services to children, and other members the Secretary considers appropriate.  In appointing the State task force, the Secretary shall consult with the Superintendent of Public Instruction in an effort to coordinate the membership of this State task force, the State task force appointed by the Secretary pursuant to G.S. 143B-152.14, and the State task force appointed by the Superintendent pursuant to G.S. 115C-238.42.

In reviewing grant applications, the Secretary and the State task force may consider (i) the severity of the local problems as determined by the needs assessment data, (ii) the likelihood that the locally designed plan will result in high quality after-school services for school-aged children, (iii) evidence of local collaboration and coordination of services, (iv) any innovative or experimental aspects of the plan that will make it a useful model for replication in other neighborhoods and communities, and (v) evidence that similarly designed programs have been efficient and effective in improving the academic performance of the participants or in reducing disruptive or illegal behavior, and (vi) any other factors which affect the well-being of school-aged children.

(c)       In determining the amount of funds an applicant receives, the Secretary and the State task force may consider (i) the number of children to be served, (ii) the number and percentage of children to be served who participate in the subsidized lunch program, (iii) the number and percentage of school-aged children with two working parents or one single parent to be served, (iv) the availability of other resources or funds, and (v) the amount needed to implement the proposal.

(d)       The Secretary shall award the grants."

(n)       G.S. 143B-152.7(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      The Department of Human Resources shall develop and implement an evaluation system that will assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the S.O.S. Program.  The Department shall design this system to:

(1)       Provide information to the Department and to the General Assembly on how to improve and refine the programs;

(1a)     Develop information for dissemination to potential grant applicants on the design of programs that experience has shown are likely to be successful;

(2)       Enable the Department and the General Assembly to assess the overall quality, efficiency, and impact of the existing programs;

(3)       Enable the Department and the General Assembly to determine whether to modify the S.O.S. Program; and

(4)       Provide a detailed fiscal analysis of how State funds for these programs were used."

(o)       G.S. 115C-12(24), as amended by Section 15(e) of S.L. 1997-18 and Section 1 of S.L. 1997-239, reads as rewritten:

"(24)   Duty to Develop Guidelines for Alternative Learning Programs, Provide Technical Assistance on Implementation of Programs, and Evaluate Programs. - The State Board of Education shall adopt guidelines for assigning students to alternative learning programs. These guidelines shall include (i) a description of the programs and services that are recommended to be provided in alternative learning programs and (ii) a process for ensuring that an assignment is appropriate for the student and that the student's parents are involved in the decision.

                  The State Board of Education shall also adopt guidelines to require that local school administrative units shall use (i) the teachers allocated for students assigned to alternative learning programs pursuant to the regular teacher allotment and (ii) the teachers allocated for students assigned to alternative learning programs only to serve the needs of these students.

                  The State Board of Education shall provide technical support to local school administrative units to assist them in developing and implementing plans for alternative learning programs.

                  The State Board of Education shall recommend to local boards of education ways to measure the academic achievement of students while they are in the alternative learning programs or in remedial learning programs.

                  The State Board shall evaluate the effectiveness of alternative learning programs and, in its discretion, of any other programs funded from the Alternative Schools/At-Risk Student allotment. Local school administrative units shall report to the State Board of Education on how funds in the Alternative Schools/At-Risk Student allotment are spent and shall otherwise cooperate with the State Board of Education in evaluating the alternative learning programs. The State Board of Education shall report annually to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, beginning in December 1996, on the results of this evaluation."

(p)       The State Board of Education and the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources shall appoint an advisory committee to consider the advisability of and to develop a proposal for creating regional residential schools for students with emotional and behavioral problems so severe that the public schools cannot serve them.  The advisory committee shall clearly define the population and the age limits of the population for whom such a residential school would be appropriate, estimate the number of students in that population, devise a plan for building and operating such schools, and estimate the costs and benefits of such schools.  The advisory committee shall consider whether any existing State facilities would be available and appropriate to house such a school.  The State Board of Education shall convene and coordinate the meetings of the advisory committee.  The advisory committee shall report the results of its study, including its recommendation on the advisability of creating these schools, to the State Board of Education and the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources prior to January 15, 1998.  The State Board of Education shall report the results of the study to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to February 15, 1998.

(q)

(1)       G.S. 115C-391 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-391.  Corporal punishment, suspension, or expulsion of pupils.

(a)       Local boards of education shall adopt policies not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitutions of the United States and North Carolina, governing the conduct of students and establishing procedures to be followed by school officials in suspending or expelling any student, or in disciplining any student if the offensive behavior could result in suspension, expulsion, or the administration of corporal punishment. The policies that shall be adopted for the administration of corporal punishment shall include at a minimum the following conditions:

(1)       Corporal punishment shall not be administered in a classroom with other children present;

(2)       The student body shall be informed beforehand what general types of misconduct could result in corporal punishment;

(3)       Only a teacher, substitute teacher, principal, or assistant principal may administer corporal punishment and may do so only in the presence of a principal, assistant principal, teacher, substitute teacher, teacher assistant, or student teacher, who shall be informed beforehand and in the student's presence of the reason for the punishment; and

(4)       An appropriate school official shall provide the child's parent or guardian with notification that corporal punishment has been administered, and upon request, the official who administered the corporal punishment shall provide the child's parent or guardian a written explanation of the reasons and the name of the second school official who was present.

The Each local board shall publish all the policies mandated by this subsection and make them available to each student and his parent or guardian at the beginning of each school year.

Notwithstanding any policy adopted pursuant to this section, school personnel may use reasonable force, including corporal punishment, to control behavior or to remove a person from the scene in those situations when necessary:

(1)       To quell a disturbance threatening injury to others;

(2)       To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects on the person, or within the control, of a student;

(3)       For self-defense; or

(4)       For the protection of persons or property. property; or

(5)       To maintain order on school property, in the classroom, or at a school-related activity on or off school property.

(b)       The principal of a school, or his delegate, shall have authority to suspend for a period of 10 days or less any student who willfully violates policies of conduct established by the local board of education: Provided, that a student suspended pursuant to this subsection shall be provided an opportunity to take any quarterly, semester or grading period examinations missed during the suspension period.

(c)       The principal of a school, with the prior approval of the superintendent, shall have the authority to suspend for periods of times in excess of 10 school days but not exceeding the time remaining in the school year, any pupil who willfully violates the policies of conduct established by the local board of education. The pupil or his parents may appeal the decision of the principal to the local board of education.

(d)       Notwithstanding G.S. 115C-378, a local board of education may, upon recommendation of the principal and superintendent, expel any student 14 years of age or older whose behavior indicates that the student's continued presence in school constitutes a clear threat to the safety of other students or employees. The local board of education's decision to expel a student under this section shall be based on clear and convincing evidence. Prior to ordering the expulsion of a student pursuant to this subsection, the local board of education shall consider whether there is an alternative program offered by the local school administrative unit that may provide education services for the student who is subject to expulsion. At any time after the first July 1 that is at least six months after the board's decision to expel a student under this subsection, a student may request the local board of education to reconsider that decision. If the student demonstrates to the satisfaction of the local board of education that the student's presence in school no longer constitutes a threat to the safety of other students or employees, the board shall readmit the student to a school in that local school administrative unit on a date the board considers appropriate. Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 115C-112, a local board of education has no duty to continue to provide a child with special needs, expelled pursuant to this subsection, with any special education or related services during the period of expulsion.

(d1)     A local board of education shall suspend for 365 days any student who brings a weapon, as defined in G.S. 14-269.2(b) and (g), G.S. 14-269.2(g), onto school property.  The local board of education upon recommendation by the superintendent may modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis which that includes, but is not limited to, the procedures set out in G.S. 115C-112 established for the discipline of students with disabilities and may also provide, or contract for the provision of, educational services to any student suspended pursuant to this subsection in an alternative school setting or in another setting that provides educational and other services.

(d2)     (1)       A local board of education shall remove to an alternative educational setting, as provided in subdivision (4) of this subsection, any student who is at least 13 and who physically assaults and seriously injures a teacher or other school personnel.  If no appropriate alternative educational setting is available, then the board shall suspend for no less than 300 days but no more than 365 days any student who is at least 13 and who physically assaults and seriously injures a teacher or other school personnel.

(2)       A local board of education may remove to an alternative educational setting any student who is at least 13 and who does one of the following:

a.         Physically assaults a teacher or other adult who is not a student.

b.         Physically assaults another student if the assault is witnessed by school personnel.

c.         Physically assaults and seriously injures another student.

If no appropriate alternative educational setting is available, then the board may suspend this student for up to 365 days.

(3)       For purposes of this subsection, the conduct leading to suspension or removal to an alternative educational setting must occur on school property or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property.  This subsection shall not apply when the student who is subject to suspension or removal was acting in self-defense.  If a teacher is assaulted or injured and as a result a student is suspended or removed to an alternative educational setting under this subsection, then the student shall not be returned to that teacher's classroom unless the teacher consents.  If a student is suspended under this subsection, the board may assign the student to an alternative educational setting upon the expiration of the period of suspension.

(4)       If the local board removes the student to an alternative educational setting, as provided in subdivision (1) of this subsection, and the conduct leading to the removal occurred on or before the ninetieth school day, the board shall remove the student to that setting for the remainder of the current school year and the first 90 school days in the following school year. If the board chooses to remove the student to an alternative educational setting, as provided in subdivision (1) of this subsection, and the conduct leading to the removal occurred after the ninetieth school day, the board shall remove the student to that setting for the remainder of the current school year and for the entire subsequent school year.  Notwithstanding these requirements, the local board may authorize a shorter or longer length of time a student must remain in an alternative educational setting if the board finds this would be more appropriate based upon the recommendations of the principals of the alternative school and the school to which the student will return.

(e)       A decision of a local board under subsection (c), (d), or (d1) (d1), or (d2) of this section is final and, except as provided in this subsection, is subject to judicial review in accordance with Article 4 of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes. A person seeking judicial review shall file a petition in the superior court of the county where the local board made its decision.

(f)        Local boards of education shall, no later than December 1, 1993, reevaluate and update their policies related to school safety so they reflect changes authorized by the 1993 General Assembly. In particular, boards shall ensure they have clear policies governing the conduct of students, which students.  At a minimum, these policies shall state the consequences of violent or assaultive behavior, possessions of weapons, and criminal acts committed on school property or at school-sponsored functions. The State Board shall develop guidelines to assist local boards in this process.

(g)       Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the policies and procedures for the discipline of students with disabilities shall be consistent with federal laws and regulations.

(h)       Notwithstanding any other law, no officer or employee of the State Board of Education or of a local board of education shall be civilly liable for using reasonable force, including corporal punishment, in conformity with State law, State or local rules, or State or local policies regarding the control, discipline, suspension, and expulsion of students.  Furthermore, the burden of proof is on the claimant to show that the amount of force used was not reasonable."

(2)       This subsection is effective November 1, 1997, and applies to conduct occurring on or after that date.

(r)        Effective when this act becomes law:

(1)       Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:

"ARTICLE 8C.

"Local Plans for Maintaining Safe and Orderly Schools.

" 115C-105.45.  Legislative findings.

The General Assembly finds that all schools should be safe, secure, and orderly.  If students are to aim for academic excellence, it is imperative that there is a climate of respect in every school and that every school is free of disruption, drugs, violence, and weapons. All schools must have plans, policies, and procedures for dealing with disorderly and disruptive behavior.  All schools and school units must have effective measures for assisting students who are at risk of academic failure or of engaging in disruptive and disorderly behavior.

" 115C-105.46.  State Board of Education responsibilities.

In order to implement this Article, the State Board of Education:

(1)       Shall adopt guidelines for developing local plans under G.S. 115C-105.47;

(2)       Shall provide, in cooperation with the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, ongoing technical assistance to the local school administrative units in the development, implementation, and evaluation of their local plans under G.S. 115C-105.47;

(3)       May require a local board of education to withhold the salary of any administrator or other employee of a local school administrative unit who delays or refuses to prepare and implement local safe school plans in accordance with G.S. 115C-105.47; and

(4)       May revoke the certificate of the superintendent, pursuant to G.S. 115C-274(c), for failure to fulfill the superintendent's duties under a local safe school plan.

" 115C-105.47.  Local safe school plans.

(a)       Each local board of education shall develop a local school administrative unit safe school plan designed to provide that every school in the local school administrative unit is safe, secure, and orderly, that there is a  climate of respect in every school, and that appropriate personal conduct is a priority for all students and all public school personnel.  The board shall include parents, the school community, representatives of the community, and others in the development or review of this plan. The plan may be developed by or in conjunction with other committees.

(b)       Each plan shall include each of the following components:

(1)       Clear statements of the standard of behavior expected of students at different grade levels and of school personnel  and clear statements of the consequences that will result from one or more violations of those standards.  There shall be a statement of consequences for students under the age of 13 who physically assault and seriously injure a teacher or other individual on school property or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity.  The consequences may include placement in an alternative setting.

(2)       A clear statement of the responsibility of the superintendent for coordinating the adoption and the implementation of the plan, evaluating principals' performance regarding school safety, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of safety plans at the school level, and coordinating with local law enforcement and court officials appropriate aspects of implementation of the plan.  The statement of responsibility shall provide appropriate disciplinary consequences that may occur if the superintendent fails to carry out these responsibilities.  These consequences may include a reprimand in the superintendent's personnel file or withholding of the superintendent's salary, or both.

(3)       A clear statement of the responsibility of the school principal for restoring, if necessary, and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly school environment and of the consequences that may occur if the principal fails to meet that responsibility.  The principal's duties shall include exhibiting appropriate leadership for school personnel and students, providing for alternative placements for students who are seriously disruptive, reporting all criminal acts under G.S. 115C-288(g), and providing appropriate disciplinary consequences for disruptive students.  The consequences to the principal that may occur shall include a reprimand in the principal's personnel file and  disciplinary proceedings under G.S. 115C-325.

(4)       Clear statements of the roles of other administrators, teachers, and other school personnel in restoring, if necessary, and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly school environment.

(5)       Procedures for identifying and serving the needs of students who are at risk of academic failure or of engaging in disruptive or disorderly behavior.

(6)       Mechanisms for assessing the needs of disruptive and disorderly students, providing them with services to assist them in achieving academically and in modifying their behavior, and removing them from the classroom when necessary.

(7)       Measurable objectives for improving school safety and order.

(8)       Measures of the effectiveness of efforts to assist students at risk of academic failure or of engaging in disorderly or disruptive behavior.

(9)       Professional development clearly matched to the goals and objectives of the plan.

(10)     A plan to work effectively with local law enforcement officials and court officials to ensure that schools are safe and laws are enforced.

(11)     A plan to provide access to information to the school community, parents, and representatives of the local community on the ongoing implementation of the local plan, monitoring of the local plan, and the integration of educational and other services for students into the total school program.

(12)     The name and role description of the person responsible for implementation of the plan.

(13)     Direction to school improvement teams within the local school administrative unit to consider the special conditions at their schools and to incorporate into their school improvement plans the appropriate components of the local plan for maintaining safe and orderly schools.

(14)     A clear and detailed statement of the planned use of federal, State, and local funds allocated for at-risk students, alternative schools, or both.

(15)     Any other information the local board considers necessary or appropriate to implement this Article.

A local board may develop its plan under this section by conducting a comprehensive review of its existing policies, plans, statements, and procedures to determine whether they: (i)        are effective; (ii) have been updated to address recent changes in the law; (iii) meet the current needs of each school in the local school administrative unit; and (iv) address the components required to be included in the local plan.  The board then may consolidate and supplement any previously developed policies, plans, statements, and procedures that the board determines are effective and updated, meet the current needs of each school, and meet the requirements of this subsection.

Once developed, the board shall submit the local plan to the State Board of Education and shall ensure the plan is available and accessible to parents and the school community.  The board shall provide annually to the State Board information that demonstrates how the At-Risk Student Services/Alternative Schools Funding Allotment has been used to (i)         prevent academic failure or (ii) promote school safety.

(c)       The local board may amend the plan as often as it considers necessary or appropriate."

(2)       G.S. 115C-105.27, as amended by Section 1 of S.L. 1997-159, reads as rewritten:

" 115C-105.27.  Development and approval of school improvement plans.

In order to improve student performance, each school shall develop a school improvement plan that takes into consideration the annual performance goal for that school that is set by the State Board under G.S. 115C-105.35. The principal of each school, representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to the school building, and parents of children enrolled in the school shall constitute a school improvement team to develop a school improvement plan to improve student performance.  Unless the local board of education has adopted an election policy, parents shall be elected by parents of children enrolled in the school in an election conducted by the parent and teacher organization of the school or, if none exists, by the largest organization of parents formed for this purpose. Parents serving on school improvement teams shall reflect the racial and socioeconomic composition of the students enrolled in that school and shall not be members of the building-level staff. Parental involvement is a critical component of school success and positive student achievement; therefore, it is the intent of the General Assembly that parents, along with teachers, have a substantial role in developing school improvement plans. To this end, school improvement team meetings shall be held at a convenient time to assure substantial parent participation. The strategies for improving student performance shall include a plan for the use of staff development funds that may be made available to the school by the local board of education to implement the school improvement plan. plan and shall include a plan to address school safety and discipline concerns in accordance with the safe school plan developed under Article 8C of this Chapter.  The strategies may include a decision to use State funds in accordance with G.S. 115C-105.25. The strategies may also include requests for waivers of State laws, rules, or policies for that school. A request for a waiver shall meet the requirements of G.S. 115C-105.26.

Support among affected staff members is essential to successful implementation of a school improvement plan to address improved student performance at that school. The principal of the school shall present the proposed school improvement plan to all of the principals, assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to the school building for their review and vote. The vote shall be by secret ballot. The principal shall submit the school improvement plan to the local board of education only if the proposed school improvement plan has the approval of a majority of the staff who voted on the plan.

The local board of education shall accept or reject the school improvement plan. The local board shall not make any substantive changes in any school improvement plan that it accepts. If the local board rejects a school improvement plan, the local board shall state with specificity its reasons for rejecting the plan; the school improvement team may then prepare another plan, present it to the principals, assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to the school building for a vote, and submit it to the local board to accept or reject. If no school improvement plan is accepted for a school within 60 days after its initial submission to the local board, the school or the local board may ask to use the process to resolve disagreements recommended in the guidelines developed by the State Board under G.S. 115C-105.20(b)(5). If this request is made, both the school and local board shall participate in the process to resolve disagreements. If there is no request to use that process, then the local board may develop a school improvement plan for the school. The General Assembly urges the local board to utilize the school's proposed school improvement plan to the maximum extent possible when developing such a plan.

A school improvement plan shall remain in effect for no more than three years; however, the school improvement team may amend the plan as often as is necessary or appropriate. If, at any time, any part of a school improvement plan becomes unlawful or the local board finds that a school improvement plan is impeding student performance at a school, the local board may vacate the relevant portion of the plan and may direct the school to revise that portion. The procedures set out in this subsection shall apply to amendments and revisions to school improvement plans."

(3)       The State Board of Education shall develop a plan to reward school principals for improving school safety and school climate.  The Board shall report this plan, along with any recommended statutory changes, to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by April 15, 1998.

(4)       Local boards of education shall begin implementation of local safe school plans developed under this section by the beginning of the 1998-99 school year.

(s)       Effective when this act becomes law, G.S. 115C-402 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-402.  Student records; maintenance; contents; confidentiality.

The official record of each student enrolled in North Carolina public schools shall be permanently maintained in the files of the appropriate school after the student graduates, or should have graduated, from high school unless the local board determines that such files may be filed in the central office or other location designated by the local board for that purpose.

The official record shall contain, as a minimum, adequate identification data including date of birth, attendance data, grading and promotion data, and such other factual information as may be deemed appropriate by the local board of education having jurisdiction over the school wherein the record is maintained.  Each student's official record also shall include notice of any suspension for a period of more than 10 days or of any expulsion under G.S. 115C-391 and the conduct for which the student was suspended or expelled.   The notice of suspension or expulsion shall be expunged from the record if the student (i)           graduates from high school or (ii) is not expelled or suspended again during the two-year period commencing on the date of the student's return to school after the expulsion or suspension.

The official record of each student is not a public record as the term 'public record' is defined by G.S. 132-1. The official record shall not be subject to inspection and examination as authorized by G.S. 132-6."

(t)        Effective November 1, 1997, G.S. 115C-288(g) reads as rewritten:

"(g)      To Report Certain Acts to Law Enforcement. - When the principal has a reasonable belief personal knowledge or actual notice from school personnel that an act has occurred on school property involving assault resulting in serious personal injury, sexual assault, sexual offense, rape, kidnapping, indecent liberties with a minor, assault involving the use of a weapon, possession of a firearm in violation of the law, possession of a weapon in violation of the law, or possession of a controlled substance in violation of the law, the principal shall immediately report the act to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. Failure to report under this subsection is a Class 3 misdemeanor.  For purposes of this subsection, 'school property' shall include any public school building, bus, public school campus, grounds, recreational area, or athletic field, in the charge of the principal.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that the principal notify the superintendent and the superintendent notify the local board of any report made to law enforcement under this subsection."

(u)       G.S. 115C-12 is amended by adding the following new subdivision to read:

"(27)   Reporting Dropout Rates and Expelled Students. - The State Board shall not include students that have been expelled from school when calculating the dropout rate.  The Board shall maintain a separate record of the number of students who are expelled from school."

(v)       The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, in consultation with the State Board of Education, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, and other appropriate State agencies, shall develop a program for the ongoing training of school officials, local law enforcement officials, and local court officials.  The program shall be designed to promote local collaboration on school safety and discipline issues.  The Board of Governors shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the development of this program by January 15, 1998.

(w)      Of the funds appropriated to the State Board of Education, the sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be allocated to Alternative Schools/At-Risk Students.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

SCHOOL-BASED ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES

Section 8.30.  (a) Funds appropriated to the Reserve for Compensation Increase shall be used for the implementation of the salary schedule for school-based administrators as provided in this section.  These funds shall be used for State-paid employees only.

(b)       The salary schedule for school-based administrators shall apply only to principals and assistant principals.  The salary schedule for the 1997-98 fiscal year, commencing July 1, 1997, is as follows:

Assistant Principal                                                       Principal I

Step        Base                Base              Base                            Base             Base             Base

                                          + 1%             + 2%                                                + 1%            + 2%

 

 

4          $2,713            $2,740          $2,767                                -                   -                   - 

5            2,763              2,791            2,818                                -                   -                   - 

6            2,815              2,843            2,871                                -                   -                   - 

7            2,867              2,896            2,924                                -                   -                   - 

8            2,920              2,949            2,978                        $2,920         $2,949         $2,978

9            2,972              3,002            3,031                          2,972            3,002            3,031

10          3,026              3,056            3,087                          3,026            3,056            3,087

11          3,083              3,114            3,145                          3,083            3,114            3,145

12          3,139              3,170            3,202                          3,139            3,170            3,202

13          3,197              3,229            3,261                          3,197            3,229            3,261

14          3,256              3,289            3,321                          3,256            3,289            3,321

15          3,316              3,349            3,382                          3,316            3,349            3,382

16          3,377              3,411            3,445                          3,377            3,411            3,445

17          3,439              3,473            3,508                          3,439            3,473            3,508

18          3,504              3,539            3,574                          3,504            3,539            3,574

19          3,569              3,605            3,640                          3,569            3,605            3,640

20          3,637              3,673            3,710                          3,637            3,673            3,710

21          3,705              3,742            3,779                          3,705            3,742            3,779

22          3,773              3,811            3,848                          3,773            3,811            3,848

23          3,843              3,881            3,920                          3,843            3,881            3,920

24          3,915              3,954            3,993                          3,915            3,954            3,993

25          3,988              4,028            4,068                          3,988            4,028            4,068

26          4,064              4,105            4,145                          4,064            4,105            4,145

27          4,140              4,181            4,223                          4,140            4,181            4,223

28          4,219              4,261            4,303                          4,219            4,261            4,303

29          4,303              4,346            4,389                          4,303            4,346            4,389

30          4,389              4,433            4,477                          4,389            4,433            4,477

31          4,477              4,522            4,567                          4,477            4,522            4,567

32               -                      -                    -                            4,567            4,613            4,658

 

Principal II                                                                    Principal III

Step        Base                Base              Base                            Base             Base             Base

                                          + 1%             + 2%                                                + 1%            + 2%

 

4                  -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   - 

5                  -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   - 

6                  -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   - 

7                  -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   - 

8                  -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   - 

9                  -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   - 

10       $3,083            $3,114          $3,145                                -                   -                   - 

11          3,139              3,170            3,202                                -                   -                   - 

12          3,197              3,229            3,261                        $3,256         $3,289         $3,321

13          3,256              3,289            3,321                          3,316            3,349            3,382

14          3,316              3,349            3,382                          3,377            3,411            3,445

15          3,377              3,411            3,445                          3,439            3,473            3,508

16          3,439              3,473            3,508                          3,504            3,539            3,574

17          3,504              3,539            3,574                          3,569            3,605            3,640

18          3,569              3,605            3,640                          3,637            3,673            3,710

19          3,637              3,673            3,710                          3,705            3,742            3,779

20          3,705              3,742            3,779                          3,773            3,811            3,848

21          3,773              3,811            3,848                          3,843            3,881            3,920

22          3,843              3,881            3,920                          3,915            3,954            3,993

23          3,915              3,954            3,993                          3,988            4,028            4,068

24          3,988              4,028            4,068                          4,064            4,105            4,145

25          4,064              4,105            4,145                          4,140            4,181            4,223

26          4,140              4,181            4,223                          4,219            4,261            4,303

27          4,219              4,261            4,303                          4,303            4,346            4,389

28          4,303              4,346            4,389                          4,389            4,433            4,477

29          4,389              4,433            4,477                          4,477            4,522            4,567

30          4,477              4,522            4,567                          4,567            4,613            4,658

31          4,567              4,613            4,658                          4,658            4,705            4,751

32          4,658              4,705            4,751                          4,751            4,799            4,846

33          4,751              4,799            4,846                          4,846            4,894            4,943

34          4,846              4,894            4,943                          4,943            4,992            5,042

35               -                      -                    -                            5,042            5,092            5,143

36               -                      -                    -                            5,143            5,194            5,246

 

                          Principal IV                                                                Principal V

Step        Base                Base              Base                            Base             Base             Base

                                          + 1%             + 2%                                                + 1%            + 2%

 

4                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

5                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

6                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

7                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

8                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

9                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

10                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

11                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

12                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

13       $3,377            $3,411          $3,445                                  -                   -                   -

14          3,439              3,473            3,508                        $3,504         $3,539         $3,574

15          3,504              3,539            3,574                          3,569            3,605            3,640

16          3,569              3,605            3,640                          3,637            3,673            3,710

17          3,637              3,673            3,710                          3,705            3,742            3,779

18          3,705              3,742            3,779                          3,773            3,811            3,848

19          3,773              3,811            3,848                          3,843            3,881            3,920

20          3,843              3,881            3,920                          3,915            3,954            3,993

21          3,915              3,954            3,993                          3,988            4,028            4,068

22          3,988              4,028            4,068                          4,064            4,105            4,145

23          4,064              4,105            4,145                          4,140            4,181            4,223

24          4,140              4,181            4,223                          4,219            4,216            4,303

25          4,219              4,261            4,303                          4,303            4,346            4,389

26          4,303              4,346            4,389                          4,389            4,433            4,477

27          4,389              4,433            4,477                          4,477            4,522            4,567

28          4,477              4,522            4,567                          4,567            4,613            4,658

29          4,567              4,613            4,658                          4,658            4,705            4,751

30          4,658              4,705            4,751                          4,751            4,799            4,846

31          4,751              4,799            4,846                          4,846            4,894            4,943

32          4,846              4,894            4,943                          4,943            4,992            5,042

33          4,943              4,992            5,042                          5,042            5,092            5,143

34          5,042              5,092            5,143                          5,143            5,194            5,246

35          5,143              5,194            5,246                          5,246            5,298            5,351

36          5,246              5,298            5,351                          5,351            5,405            5,458

37          5,351              5,405            5,458                          5,458            5,513            5,567

38                 -                      -                    -                          5,567            5,623            5,678

39                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

40                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

41                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

 

Principal VI                                                                  Principal VII

Step        Base                Base              Base                            Base             Base             Base

                                          + 1%             + 2%                                                + 1%            + 2%

 

4                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

5                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

6                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

7                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

8                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

9                    -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

10                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

11                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

12                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

13                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

14                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

15                 -                      -                    -                                  -                   -                   -

16       $3,705            $3,742          $3,779                                  -                   -                   -

17          3,773              3,811            3,848                        $3,843         $3,881         $3,920

18          3,843              3,881            3,920                          3,915            3,954            3,993

19          3,915              3,954            3,993                          3,988            4,028            4,068

20          3,988              4,028            4,068                          4,064            4,105            4,145

21          4,064              4,105            4,145                          4,140            4,181            4,223

22          4,140              4,181            4,223                          4,219            4,261            4,303

23          4,219              4,261            4,303                          4,303            4,346            4,389

24          4,303              4,346            4,389                          4,389            4,433            4,477

25          4,389              4,433            4,477                          4,477            4,522            4,567

26          4,477              4,522            4,567                          4,567            4,613            4,658

27          4,567              4,613            4,658                          4,658            4,705            4,751

28          4,658              4,705            4,751                          4,751            4,799            4,846

29          4,751              4,799            4,846                          4,846            4,894            4,943

30          4,846              4,894            4,943                          4,943            4,992            5,042

31          4,943              4,992            5,042                          5,042            5,092            5,143

32          5,042              5,092            5,143                          5,143            5,194            5,246

33          5,143              5,194            5,246                          5,246            5,298            5,351

34          5,246              5,298            5,351                          5,351            5,405            5,458

35          5,351              5,405            5,458                          5,458            5,513            5,567

36          5,458              5,513            5,567                          5,567            5,623            5,678

37          5,567              5,623            5,678                          5,678            5,735            5,792

38          5,678              5,735            5,792                          5,792            5,850            5,908

39          5,792              5,850            5,908                          5,908            5,967            6,026

40          5,908              5,967            6,026                          6,026            6,086            6,147

41                 -                      -                    -                          6,147            6,208            6,270

 

(c)       The appropriate classification for placement of principals and assistant principals on the salary schedule, except for principals in alternative schools, shall be determined in accordance with the following schedule:

Number of Teachers

Classification                                   Supervised

Assistant Principal

Principal I                                           Less than 11 Teachers

Principal II                                         11-21 Teachers

Principal III                                        22-32 Teachers

Principal IV                                        33-43 Teachers

Principal V                                         44-54 Teachers

Principal VI                                        55-65 Teachers

Principal VII                                       More than 65 Teachers

The number of teachers supervised includes teachers and assistant principals paid from State funds only; it does not include teachers or assistant principals paid from non-State funds or the principal or teacher assistants.

The beginning classification for principals in alternative schools shall be the Principal III level.  Principals in alternative schools who supervise 33 or more teachers shall be classified according to the number of teachers supervised.

(d)       A principal shall be placed on the step on the salary schedule that reflects total number of years of experience as a certificated employee of the public schools and an additional step for every three years of experience as a principal.

(e)       For the 1997-98 fiscal year, a principal or assistant principal shall be placed on the appropriate step plus one percent (1%) if:

(1)       The employee's school meets or exceeds the projected levels of improvement in student performance for the 1997-98 fiscal year, in accordance with the ABC's of Public Education Program; or

(2)       The local board of education finds that the employee's school has met objectively measurable goals set by the local board of education for maintaining a safe and orderly school.

The principal or assistant principal shall be placed on the appropriate step plus two percent (2%) if the conditions set out in both subdivision (1) and (2) are satisfied.  The principal or assistant principal shall receive a lump sum payment for the 1997-98 fiscal year service if the conditions set out in subdivision (1) or (2) or both are satisfied.   The lump sum shall be paid as determined by guidelines adopted by the State Board.  Placement on the salary schedule in the following year shall be based upon these increases.

(f)        For the 1998-99 fiscal year, a principal or assistant principal shall be placed on the appropriate step plus one percent (1%) if:

(1)       The employee's school meets or exceeds the projected levels of improvement in student performance for the 1998-99 fiscal year, in accordance with the ABC's of Public Education Program; or

(2)       The local board of education finds that the employee's school has met the goals of the local plan for maintaining a safe and orderly school.

The principal or assistant principal shall be placed on the appropriate step plus two percent (2%) if the conditions set out in both subdivision (1) and (2) are satisfied.  The principal or assistant principal shall receive a lump sum payment for the 1997-98 fiscal year service if the conditions set out in subdivision (1) or (2) or both are satisfied.   The lump sum shall be paid as determined by guidelines adopted by the State Board.  Placement on the salary schedule in the following year shall be based upon these increases.

(g)       Principals and assistant principals with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level shall be paid a salary supplement of one hundred twenty-six dollars ($126.00) per month and at the doctoral degree level shall be paid a salary supplement of two hundred fifty-three dollars ($253.00) per month.

(h)       There shall be no State requirement that superintendents in each local school unit shall receive in State-paid salary at least one percent (1%) more than the highest paid principal receives in State salary in that school unit:  Provided, however, the additional State-paid salary a superintendent who was employed by a local school administrative unit for the 1992-93 fiscal year received because of that requirement shall not be reduced because of this subsection for subsequent fiscal years that the superintendent is employed by that local school administrative unit so long as the superintendent is entitled to at least that amount of additional State-paid salary under the rules in effect for the 1992-93 fiscal year.

(i)        Longevity pay for principals and assistant principals shall be as provided for State employees.

(j)(1)   If a principal is reassigned to a higher job classification because the principal is transferred to a school within a local school administrative unit with a larger number of State-allotted teachers, the principal shall be placed on the salary schedule as if the principal had served the principal's entire career as a principal at the higher job classification.

(2)       If a principal is reassigned to a lower job classification because the principal is transferred to a school within a local school administrative unit with a smaller number of State-allotted teachers, the principal shall be placed on the salary schedule as if the principal had served the principal's entire career as a principal at the lower job classification.

This subdivision applies to all transfers on or after the ratification date of this act, except transfers in school systems that have been created, or will be created, by merging two or more school systems.  Transfers in these merged systems are exempt from the provisions of this subdivision for one calendar year following the date of the merger.

(k)       The State Board may authorize local boards of education to pay persons for one year at the entry-level step of the assistant principal's salary schedule if they (i) are serving as assistant principals, (ii) have completed one year of a masters in school administration program, and (iii) are not certified as principals.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore, Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell

SCHOOL CENTRAL OFFICE SALARIES

Section 8.31.  (a) The following monthly salary ranges apply to assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers for the 1997-98 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 1997:

(1)         School Administrator I:                          $2,818 - $4,715

(2)         School Administrator II:                        $2,991 - $5,004

(3)         School Administrator III:                       $3,174 - $5,311

(4)         School Administrator IV:                       $3,302 - $5,526

(5)         School Administrator V:                        $3,435 - $5,750

(6)         School Administrator VI:                       $3,645 - $6,102

(7)         School Administrator VII:                      $3,792 - $6,349

The local board of education shall determine the appropriate category and placement for each assistant superintendent, associate superintendent, director/coordinator, supervisor, or finance officer within the salary ranges and within funds appropriated by the General Assembly for central office administrators and superintendents.  The category in which an employee is placed shall be included in the contract of any employee hired on or after July 1, 1997.

(b)       The following monthly salary ranges apply to public school superintendents for the 1997-98 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 1997:

(1)         Superintendent I (Up to 2,500 ADM):  $4,025 - $6,738

(2)         Superintendent II (2,501 - 5,000 ADM): $4,272 - $7,149

(3)         Superintendent III (5,001 - 10,000 ADM): $4,533 - $7,587

(4)         Superintendent IV (10,001 - 25,000 ADM): $4,811 - $8,051

(5)         Superintendent V (Over 25,000 ADM): $5,106 - $8,544

The local board of education shall determine the appropriate category and placement for the superintendent based on the average daily membership of the local school administrative unit and within funds appropriated by the General Assembly for central office administrators and superintendents.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, a local board of education may pay an amount in excess of the applicable range to a superintendent who is entitled to receive the higher amount under Section 8.30 of this act.

(c)       Longevity pay for superintendents, assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers shall be as provided for State employees.

(d)       Superintendents, assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level shall receive a salary supplement of one hundred twenty-six dollars ($126.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for pursuant to this section.  Superintendents, assistant superintendents, associate superintendents, directors/coordinators, supervisors, and finance officers with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level shall receive a salary supplement of two hundred fifty-three dollars ($253.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for under this section.

(e)       The State Board shall not permit local school administrative units to transfer State funds from other funding categories for salaries for public school central office administrators.

(f)        The Director of the Budget shall transfer from the Reserve for Salary Increases created in this act for fiscal year 1997-98, beginning July 1, 1997, funds necessary to provide an average annual salary increase of four percent (4%), including funds for the employer's retirement and social security contributions, commencing July 1, 1997, for all permanent full-time personnel paid from the Central Office Allotment. The State Board of Education shall allocate these funds to local school administrative units.  The local boards of education shall establish guidelines for providing their salary increases to these personnel.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore, Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell

NONCERTIFIED PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES' SALARY INCREASE

Section 8.32.  The Director of the Budget may transfer from the Reserve for Compensation Increase created in this act for fiscal year 1997-98, commencing July 1, 1997, funds necessary to provide a salary increase of four percent (4%), including funds for the employer's retirement and social security contributions, commencing July 1, 1997, for all noncertified public school employees whose salaries are supported from the State's General Fund.  Local boards of education shall increase the rates of pay for all such employees who were employed during fiscal year 1996-97 and who continue their employment for fiscal year 1997-98 by at least four percent (4%), commencing July 1, 1997.  These funds shall not be used for any purpose other than for the salary increases and necessary employer contributions provided by this section.

The Director of the Budget may transfer from the Reserve for Compensation Increase created in this act for fiscal year 1997-98, beginning July 1, 1997, funds necessary to provide the salary increases for noncertified public school employees whose salaries are supported from the State's General Fund in accordance with the provisions of this section.

The State Board of Education may enact or create salary ranges for noncertified personnel to support increases of four percent (4%) for the 1997-98 fiscal year.

 

Requested by:  Senators Plyler, Perdue, Odom, Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Holmes, Esposito, Creech, Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULES

Section 8.33.  (a) Effective for the 1997-98 school year, the Director of the Budget may transfer from the Reserve for Compensation Increase for the 1997-98 fiscal year funds necessary to implement the teacher salary schedule set out in subsection (b) of this section, including funds for the employer's retirement and social security contributions and funds for annual longevity payments at one percent (1%) of base salary for 10 to 14 years of State service, one and one-half percent (1.5%) of base salary for 15 to 19 years of State service, two percent (2%) of base salary for 20 to 24 years of State service, and four and one-half percent (4.5%) of base salary for 25 or more years of State service, commencing July 1, 1997, for all teachers whose salaries are supported from the State's General Fund.  These funds shall be allocated to individuals according to rules adopted by the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The longevity payment shall be paid in a lump sum once a year.

(b)(1) For the 1997-98 school year, the following monthly salary schedules shall apply to certified personnel of the public schools who are classified as teachers.  The schedule contains 30 steps with each step corresponding to one year of teaching experience.

 

1997-98 Monthly Salary Schedule

"A" Teachers

 

  Years of                                    "A"                                  NBPTS

Experience                       Teachers                                  Certification

 

          0                                    2,215                                   N/A

          1                                    2,257                                   N/A

          2                                    2,300                                   N/A

          3                                    2,427                               2,718

          4                                    2,528                               2,831

          5                                    2,575                               2,884

          6                                    2,623                               2,937

          7                                    2,672                               2,992

          8                                    2,721                               3,047

          9                                    2,770                               3,102

        10                                    2,820                               3,158

        11                                    2,872                               3,216

        12                                    2,925                               3,276

        13                                    2,979                               3,336

        14                                    3,034                               3,398

        15                                    3,090                               3,460

        16                                    3,147                               3,524

        17                                    3,205                               3,589

        18                                    3,265                               3,656

        19                                    3,326                               3,725

        20                                    3,389                               3,795

        21                                    3,452                               3,866

        22                                    3,516                               3,937

        23                                    3,581                               4,010

        24                                    3,648                               4,085

        25                                    3,717                               4,163

        26                                    3,787                               4,241

        27                                    3,858                               4,320

        28                                    3,931                               4,402

        29+                                 4,005                               4,485

 

1997-98 Monthly Salary Schedule

"G"Teachers

 

     Years of                                 "G"                                  NBPTS

   Experience                     Teachers                                  Certification

 

          0                                    2,353                                   N/A

          1                                    2,398                                   N/A

          2                                    2,444                                   N/A

          3                                    2,579                               2,888

          4                                    2,686                               3,008

          5                                    2,736                               3,064

          6                                    2,787                               3,121

          7                                    2,839                               3,179

          8                                    2,891                               3,237

          9                                    2,943                               3,296

        10                                    2,996                               3,355

        11                                    3,052                               3,418

        12                                    3,108                               3,480

        13                                    3,165                               3,544

        14                                    3,224                               3,610

        15                                    3,283                               3,676

        16                                    3,344                               3,745

        17                                    3,405                               3,813

        18                                    3,469                               3,885

        19                                    3,534                               3,958

        20                                    3,601                               4,033

        21                                    3,668                               4,108

        22                                    3,736                               4,184

        23                                    3,805                               4,261

        24                                    3,876                               4,341

        25                                    3,949                               4,422

        26                                    4,024                               4,506

        27                                    4,099                               4,590

        28                                    4,177                               4,678

        29+                                 4,255                               4,765

(2)       Certified public school teachers with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level shall receive a salary supplement of one hundred twenty-six dollars ($126.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for certified personnel of the public schools who are classified as "G"teachers.  Certified public school teachers with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level shall receive a salary supplement of two hundred fifty-three dollars ($253.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for certified personnel of the public schools who are classified as "G"teachers.

(c)       Effective for the 1997-98 school year, the first step of the salary schedule for school psychologists shall be equivalent to Step 5, corresponding to five years of experience, on the salary schedule established in this section for certified personnel of the public schools who are classified as "G"teachers.  Certified psychologists shall be placed on the salary schedule at an appropriate step based on their years of experience.  Certified psychologists shall receive longevity payments based on years of State service in the same manner as teachers.

Certified psychologists with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level shall receive a salary supplement of one hundred twenty-six dollars ($126.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for certified psychologists.  Certified psychologists with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level shall receive a salary supplement of two hundred fifty-three dollars ($253.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for certified psychologists.

(d)       Effective for the 1997-98 school year, speech pathologists who are certified as speech pathologists at the masters degree level and audiologists who are certified as audiologists at the masters degree level and who are employed in the public schools as speech and language specialists and audiologists shall be paid on the school psychologist salary schedule.

Speech pathologists and audiologists with certification based on academic preparation at the six-year degree level shall receive a salary supplement of one hundred twenty-six dollars ($126.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for speech pathologists and audiologists.  Speech pathologists and audiologists with certification based on academic preparation at the doctoral degree level shall receive a salary supplement of two hundred fifty-three dollars ($253.00) per month in addition to the compensation provided for speech pathologists and audiologists.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

EXTRA PAY FOR MENTOR TEACHERS

Section 8.34.  Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the sum of three million five hundred thousand dollars ($3,500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year shall be used to provide every newly certified teacher with a qualified and well-trained mentor.  These funds shall be used to compensate each mentor at the rate of (i) one hundred dollars ($100.00) per month for a maximum of 10 months for serving as a mentor during the school year, and (ii) one hundred dollars ($100.00) for serving as a mentor for one day prior to the beginning of the school year.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

EXTRA PAY FOR NEW TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

Section 8.35.  Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the sum of eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year shall be used to provide every newly certified teacher with three extra days of employment for orientation and classroom preparation.  These funds shall be used to compensate each newly certified teacher at the daily pay rate of an entry-level teacher.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT THE ABC'S OF PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM

Section 8.36.  (a) Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the State Board of Education may use up to seventy-two million four hundred thousand dollars ($72,400,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year to  provide incentive funding for schools that meet or exceed the projected levels of improvement in student performance, in accordance with the ABC's of Public Education Program.  In accordance with State Board of Education policy, incentive awards in schools that achieve higher than expected improvements may be up to: (i)   one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) for each teacher and for certified personnel; and (ii) five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each teacher assistant.  In accordance with State Board of Education policy, incentive awards in schools that meet the expected improvements may be up to: (i) seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for each teacher and for certified personnel; and (ii) three hundred seventy-five dollars ($375.00) for each teacher assistant.

(b)       The State Board of Education may use funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units for assistance teams to low-performing schools.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

EXTRA PAY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Section 8.37.  Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the sum of six million eight hundred thousand dollars ($6,800,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of six million eight hundred thousand dollars ($6,800,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used only for assistance teams to low-performing schools and for professional development relating to the State Board's reading plan under the ABC's Plan and  mathematics education.

 

Requested by:   Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

PUBLIC SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES/EXTRA PAY FOR EXTRA DAYS

Section 8.38. (a) G.S. 115C-84 is repealed.

(b)       G.S. 115C-84.1(c) is repealed.  It is the intent of the General Assembly to extend to all local school administrative units for one year the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of G.S. 115C-84.1.   Effective July 1, 1998, G.S. 115C-84.1, as amended by this subsection, is repealed.

(c)       Part 2 of Article 8 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 115C-84.2.  School calendar.

(a)       School Calendar. - Each local board of education shall adopt a school calendar consisting of 220 days all of which shall fall within the fiscal year.  A school calendar shall include the following:

(1)       A minimum of 180 days and 1,000 hours of instruction covering at least nine calendar months.  The local board shall designate when the 180 instructional days shall occur.  The number of instructional hours in an instructional day may vary according to local board policy and does not have to be uniform among schools in the administrative unit.  Local boards may approve school improvement plans that include days with varying amounts of instructional time.  If school is closed early due to inclement weather, the day and the scheduled amount of instructional hours may count towards the required minimum to the extent allowed by State Board policy.  The school calendar shall include a plan for making up days and instructional hours missed when schools are not opened due to inclement weather.

(2)       A minimum of 10 annual vacation leave days.

(3)       The same or an equivalent number of legal holidays occurring within the school calendar as those designated by the State Personnel Commission for State employees.

(4)       Ten days, as designated by the local board, for use as teacher workdays, additional instructional days, or other lawful purposes.  A local board may delegate to the individual schools some or all of the 10 days to schedule under subdivision (5) of this subsection.  A local board may schedule different purposes for different personnel on any given day and is not required to schedule the same dates for all personnel.

(5)       The remaining days shall be scheduled by each individual school by the school's principal in consultation with the school improvement team.  Days may be scheduled for any of the purposes allowed under subdivision (4) of this subsection.  Days may be scheduled for different purposes for different personnel and there is no requirement to schedule the same dates for all personnel.

Local boards and individual schools are encouraged to use the calendar flexibility in order to meet the annual performance standards set by the State Board.  Local boards of education shall consult with parents and the employed  public school personnel in the development of the school calendar.

(b)       Limitations. - The following limitations apply when developing the school calendar:

(1)       The total number of teacher workdays for teachers employed for a 10 month term shall not exceed 200 days.

(2)       The calendar shall include at least 30 consecutive days when teacher attendance is not required unless:  (i) the school is a year-round school; or (ii) the teacher is employed for a term in excess of 10 months.

(3)       School shall not be held on Sundays.

(4)       Veteran's Day shall be a holiday for all students enrolled in the public schools.

(c)       Emergency Conditions. - During any period of emergency in any section of the State where emergency conditions make it necessary, the State Board of Education may order general, and if necessary, extended recesses or adjournment of the public schools.

(d)       Opening and Closing Dates. - Local boards of education shall determine the dates of opening and closing the public schools under subdivision (a)(1) of this section.  A local board may revise the scheduled closing date if necessary in order to comply with the minimum requirements for instructional days or instructional time.  Different opening and closing dates may be fixed for schools in the same administrative unit."

(d)       G.S. 115C-302 is repealed.

(e)       Article 20 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 115C-302.1.  Salary.

(a)       Prompt Payment. - Teachers shall be paid promptly when their salaries are due provided the legal requirements for their employment and service have been met. All teachers employed by any local school administrative unit who are to be paid from local funds shall be paid promptly as provided by law and as State-allotted teachers are paid.

(b)       Salary Payments. - State-allotted teachers shall be paid for a term of 10 months. State-allotted months of employment for vocational education to local boards shall be used for the employment of teachers of vocational and technical education for a term of employment to be determined by the local boards of education.  However, local boards shall not reduce the term of employment for any vocational agriculture teacher personnel position that was 12 calendar months for the 1982-83 school year for any school year thereafter.

Each local board of education shall establish a set date on which monthly salary payments to State-allotted teachers shall be made.  This set pay date may differ from the end of the month of service. The daily rate of pay for teachers shall equal one twenty-second of the monthly rate of pay.

Teachers may be prepaid on the monthly pay date for days not yet worked.  A teacher who fails to attend scheduled workdays or who has not worked the number of days for which the teacher has been paid and who resigns, is  dismissed, or whose contract is not renewed shall repay to the local board any salary payments received for days not yet worked.  A teacher who has been prepaid and continues to be employed by a local board but fails to attend scheduled workdays may be subject to dismissal under G.S.  115C-325 or other appropriate discipline.

Any individual teacher who is not employed in a year-round school may be paid in 12 monthly installments if the teacher so requests on or before the first day of the school year. The request shall be filed in the local school administrative unit which employs the teacher. The payment of the annual salary in 12 installments instead of 10 shall not increase or decrease the teacher's annual salary nor in any other way alter the contract made between the teacher and the local school administrative unit.  Teachers employed for a period of less than 10 months shall not receive their salaries in 12 installments.

(c)       Vacation. - Included within the 10-month term shall be annual vacation leave at the same rate provided for State employees, computed at one-twelfth of the annual rate for State employees for each month of employment.  Local boards shall provide at least 10 days of annual vacation leave at a time when students are not scheduled to be in regular attendance. However, instructional personnel who do not require a substitute may use annual vacation leave on days that students are in attendance.  Vocational and technical education teachers who are employed for 11 or 12 months may, with prior approval of the principal, work on annual vacation leave days designated in the school calendar and may use those annual vacation leave days during the eleventh or twelfth month of employment.

On a day that pupils are not required to attend school due to inclement weather, but employees are required to report for a workday, a teacher may elect not to report due to hazardous travel conditions and to take an annual vacation day or to make up the day at a time agreed upon by the teacher and the teacher's immediate supervisor or principal.  On a day that school is closed to employees and pupils due to inclement weather, a teacher shall work on the scheduled makeup day.

All vacation leave taken by the teacher will be upon the authorization of the teacher's immediate supervisor and under policies established by the local board of education. Annual vacation leave shall not be used to extend the term of employment.

Teachers may accumulate annual vacation leave days without any applicable maximum until June 30 of each year. In order that only 30 days of annual vacation leave carry forward to July 1, on June 30 of each year any teacher or other personnel paid on the teacher salary schedule who has accumulated more than 30 days of annual vacation leave shall:

(1)       Convert to either sick leave or pay the excess accumulation that is the result of the teacher having to forfeit annual vacation leave in order to attend required workdays; and

(2)       Convert to sick leave the remaining excess accumulation.

Local boards of education shall identify which days are accumulated due to the teacher forfeiting annual vacation leave in order to attend required workdays.  Actual payment for excess accumulated annual vacation leave may be made after July 1.

Upon separation from service due to service retirement, resignation, dismissal, reduction in force, or death, an employee shall be paid in a lump sum for accumulated annual leave not to exceed a maximum of 30 days.  In addition to the maximum of 30 days pay for accumulated annual leave, upon separation from service due to service retirement, any teacher or other personnel paid on the teacher salary schedule with more than 30 days of accumulated annual vacation leave may convert some or all of the excess accumulation to sick leave for creditable service towards retirement or pay if the excess accumulation is the result of the teacher having to forfeit annual vacation leave in order to attend required workdays.  Local boards of education shall identify which days are accumulated due to the teacher forfeiting annual vacation leave in order to attend required workdays.  Employees going onto term disability may exhaust annual leave rather than be paid in a lump sum.

Notwithstanding any provisions of this subsection to the contrary, no person shall be entitled to pay for any vacation day not earned by that person.

(d)       Personal Leave. - Teachers earn personal leave at the rate of .20 days for each full month of employment not to exceed two days per year.  Personal leave may be accumulated to a maximum of five days.  Personal leave may be used only upon the authorization of the teacher's immediate supervisor, but if the request is made at least five days in advance, the teacher cannot be required to provide a reason for the request.  Unless approved by the principal, a teacher shall not take personal leave on the first day the teacher is required to report for the school year, on required teacher workdays, or on the day before or the day after holidays or scheduled vacation days.  Teachers may transfer personal leave days between local school administrative units.  The local school administrative unit shall credit a teacher who has separated from service and is reemployed within 60 months from the date of separation with all personal leave accumulated at the time of separation.  Local school administrative units shall not advance personal leave.  Teachers using personal leave receive full salary less the required substitute deduction.

(e)       Teachers in Year-Round Schools. - Compensation for teachers employed in year-round schools shall be the same as teachers paid for a 10-month term, but those days may be scheduled over 12 calendar months. Annual leave, sick leave, workdays, holidays, salary, and longevity for teachers who are employed at year-round schools shall be equivalent to those of other teachers employed for the same number of months, respectively.  Teachers paid for a term of 10 months in year-round schools shall receive their salary in 12 equal installments.

(f)        Overpayment. - Each local board of education shall sustain any loss by reason of an overpayment to any teacher paid from State funds.

(g)       Service in Armed Forces. - The State Board of Education, in fixing the State standard salary schedule of teachers as authorized by law, shall provide that teachers who entered the armed or auxiliary forces of the United States after September 16, 1940, and who left their positions for such service shall be allowed experience increments for the period of such service as though the same had not been interrupted thereby, in the event such persons return to the position of teachers, principals, and superintendents in the public schools of the State after having been honorably discharged from the armed or auxiliary forces of the United States.

(h)       Teachers Paid From Other Funds. - Every local board of education may adopt, as to teachers not paid out of State funds, a salary schedule similar to the State salary schedule, but it likewise shall recognize a difference in salaries based on different duties, training, experience, professional fitness, and continued service in the same school system. If a local board of education does not adopt a local salary schedule, the State salary schedule shall apply. No teacher shall receive a salary higher than that provided in the salary schedule, unless by action of the board of education a higher salary is allowed for special fitness, special duties, or under extraordinary circumstances.

Whenever a higher salary is allowed, the minutes of the board shall show what salary is allowed and the reason.  A board of education may authorize the superintendent to supplement the salaries of all teachers from local funds, and the minutes of the board shall show what increase is allowed each teacher.

(i)        Longevity Pay. - Longevity pay shall be based on the annual salary on the employee's anniversary date.

(j)        Parental Leave. - A teacher may use annual leave, personal leave, or leave without pay to care for a newborn child or for a child placed with the teacher for adoption or foster care. The leave may be for consecutive workdays during the first 12 months after the date of birth or placement of the child, unless the teacher and local board of education agree otherwise."

(f)        G.S. 115C-272(b)(1) reads as rewritten:

"(1)      Each local board of education shall establish a set date on which monthly salary payments to superintendents shall be made. This set pay date may differ from the end of the calendar month of service. Superintendents shall only be paid for the days employed as of the set pay date. Payment for a full month when days employed are less than a full month is prohibited as this constitutes prepayment. The daily rate of pay shall equal the number of weekdays in the pay period.  Included within their term of employment shall be annual vacation leave at the same rate provided for State employees. Included within the 12 months' employment each local board of education shall designate the same or an equivalent number of legal holidays as those designated by the State Personnel Commission for State employees."

(g)       G.S. 115C-285(b)(1) reads as rewritten:

"(1)      Classified principals and State-allotted supervisors shall be employed for a term of 12 calendar months. Each local board of education shall establish a set date on which monthly salary payments to classified principals and State-allotted supervisors shall be made. This set pay date may differ from the end of the calendar month of service. Classified principals and State-allotted supervisors shall only be paid for the days employed as of the set pay date. Payment for a full month when days employed are less than a full month is prohibited as this constitutes prepayment.  The daily rate of pay shall equal the number of weekdays in the pay period.  They shall earn annual vacation leave at the same rate provided for State employees. On a day that employees are required to report for a workday but pupils are not required to attend school due to inclement weather, an employee may elect not to report due to hazardous travel conditions and to take one of his the employee's annual vacation days or to make up the day at the time agreed upon by the employee and his the employees's immediate supervisor. They shall be provided by the board the same or an equivalent number of legal holidays as those designated by the State Personnel Commission for State employees."

(h)       G.S. 115C-316(a)(1) reads as rewritten:

"(1)      Employees Other than Superintendents, Supervisors and Classified Principals on an Annual Basis. - Each local board of education shall establish a set date on which monthly salary payments to employees other than superintendents, supervisors, and classified principals employed on an annual basis, shall be made.  This set pay date may differ from the end of the calendar month of service. These employees shall only be paid for the days employed as of the set pay date. Payment for a full month when days employed are less than a full month is prohibited as this constitutes prepayment. Employees may be prepaid on the monthly pay date for days not yet worked.  An employee who fails to attend scheduled workdays or who has not worked the number of days for which the employee has been paid  and who resigns or is  dismissed shall repay to the local board any salary payments received for days not yet worked.  An employee who has been prepaid and who continues to be employed by a local board but fails to attend scheduled workdays may be subject to dismissal or other appropriate discipline.  The daily rate of pay shall equal the number of weekdays in the pay period.  Included within their term of employment shall be annual vacation leave at the same rate provided for State employees, computed at one-twelfth (1/12) of the annual rate for state employees for each calendar month of employment.  On a day that employees are required to report for a workday but pupils are not required to attend school due to inclement weather, an employee may elect not to report due to hazardous travel conditions and to take one of his the employee's annual vacation days or to make up the day at a time agreed upon by the employee and his the employee's immediate supervisor or principal.  On a day that school is closed to employees and pupils due to inclement weather, an employee shall work on the scheduled makeup day.  Included within their term of employment each local board of education shall designate the same or an equivalent number of legal holidays as those designated by the State Personnel Commission for State employees."

(i)        G.S. 115C-316(a)(2) reads as rewritten:

"(2)      School Employees Paid on an Hourly or Other Basis. - Salary payments to employees other than those covered in G.S. 115C-272(b)(1), 115C-285(a)(1) and (2), 115C-302(a)(1) and (2), 115C-302.1(b), and 115C-316(a)(1) shall be made at a time determined by each local board of education. Expenditures for the salary of these employees from State funds shall be within allocations made by the State Board of Education and in accordance with rules and regulations approved by the State Board of Education concerning allocations of State  funds: Provided, that school employees employed for a term of 10 calendar months in year-round schools shall be paid in 12 equal installments: Provided further, that any individual school employee employed for a term of 10 calendar months who is not employed in a year-round school may be paid in 12 monthly installments if the employee so requests on or before the first day of the school year. Such request shall be filed in the administrative unit which employs the employee. The payment of the annual salary in 12 installments instead of 10 shall not increase or decrease said annual salary nor in any other way alter the contract between the employee and the said administrative unit. Employees may be prepaid on the set pay date for days not yet worked.  An employee who fails to attend scheduled workdays or who has not worked the number of days for which the employee has been paid and who resigns or is  dismissed shall repay to the local board any salary payments received for days not yet worked.  An employee who has been prepaid and who continues to be employed by a local board but fails to attend scheduled workdays may be subject to dismissal or other appropriate discipline.  The daily rate of pay shall equal the number of weekdays in the pay period.  Included within the term of employment shall be provided for full-time employees annual vacation leave at the same rate provided for State employees, computed at one-twelfth (1/12) of the annual rate for State employees for each calendar month of employment, to be taken under policies determined by each local board of education. On a day that employees are required to report for a workday but pupils are not required to attend school due to inclement weather, an employee may elect not to report due to hazardous travel conditions and to take one of his annual vacation days or to make up the day at a time agreed upon by the employee and his immediate supervisor or principal.  On a day that school is closed to employees and pupils due to inclement weather, the employee shall work on the scheduled makeup day.  Included within their term of employment, each local board of education shall designate the same or an equivalent number of legal holidays occurring within the period of employment as those designated by the State Personnel Commission for State employees."

(j)        G.S. 115C-47(5) reads as rewritten:

"(5)      To Fix Time of Opening and Closing Schools. - The time of opening and closing the public schools shall be fixed pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 115C-84(e). under G.S. 115C-84.2."

(k)       G.S. 115C-47(11) reads as rewritten:

"(11)   To Determine the Length of the School Day, the School Month and the School Term.School Calendar. - Local boards of education shall determine the school calendar under G.S. 115C-84.2. length of the school day, the school month and the school term pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 115C-84(a) through (c)."

(l)        G.S. 115C-47(21) reads as rewritten:

"(21)   It is the duty of every local board of education to provide for the prompt monthly payment of all salaries due teachers and other school officials and employees, and of all current bills and other necessary operating expenses. All salaries and bills shall be paid as provided by law for disbursing State and local funds.

      The local board shall determine salary schedules of employees pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 115C-273, 115C-285(b), 115C-302(c), 115C-302.1(i), and 115C-316(b).

      The authority for boards of education to issue salary vouchers to all school employees, whether paid from State or local funds, shall be a monthly payroll prepared on forms approved by the State Board of Education and containing all information required by the State Board of Education. This monthly payroll shall be signed by the principal of each school."

(m)      By December 15, 1997, the State Board of Education shall review and revise its rules, policies, and guidelines to make them consistent with this section.  The State Board may use its authority under G.S. 150B-21.1 regarding the adoption of temporary rules consistent with this section.

(n)       Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the sum of eight million five hundred thousand dollars ($8,500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of eight million five hundred thousand dollars ($8,500,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used by local boards of education to pay teachers for working on, and thereby forfeiting, vacation days, in accordance with G.S. 115C-302.1(c).  The State Board of Education shall make available to each local school administrative unit sufficient funds to provide pay for a maximum of 4 days for each teacher who is qualified to receive additional pay for forfeited vacation days under G.S. 115C-302.1(c).  Notwithstanding any other law, for the 1997-98 fiscal year the funds allotted under this subsection shall be available as follows: one half for days scheduled by the local board and one half for days scheduled by school principals in consultation with school improvement teams.  For the 1998-99 fiscal year, the funds allotted under this subsection shall be available for days scheduled by local boards and individual schools as follows: one half for days scheduled by the local board of education under G.S. 115C-84.2(a)(4); and one half for days scheduled by school principals in consultation with school improvement teams under G.S. 115C-84.2(a)(5).

(o)       Subsections (a), (c), (f), (g), (j), and (k) of this section, and the daily rate of pay provisions in subsections (e), (h), and (i) of this section shall become effective July 1, 1998.  All other subsections and provisions become effective July 1, 1997.  For  the 1997-98 fiscal year, the provisions of G.S. 115C-302.1(c), as enacted by subsection (e) of this section, that permit teachers to opt to have excess vacation leave converted to pay apply only if a local board of education or a school principal in consultation with the school improvement team opts to require the teachers to work on these days.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Senators Winner, Lee

GLOBAL CURRICULUM PROGRAM

Section 8.39.  The funds appropriated in this act for the Global Curriculum Program shall be used to improve the knowledge and understanding of middle and high school students in the areas of international and cultural studies, by identifying and training  master teachers and providing orientations and materials.  The State Board of Education may enter into contracts to implement the Program.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Reynolds, Arnold, Grady, Preston, Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell

PILOT PROGRAM FOR COMPUTER NETWORK ADMINISTRATION

Section 8.40.  (a) Of the funds appropriated in this act for State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the State Board of Education shall use up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year to establish pilot programs in the administration, design, and maintenance of computer  networks in public schools business programs as part of Tech Prep and School-to-Work.

(b)       The State Board of Education shall select local school administrative units to participate in the pilot program.  In selecting the pilot units, the State Board shall consider (i) indicators of the readiness of a unit to participate in the program, (ii) the degree of community support for such a program, (iii) indicators of the need for the program in the community, such as lack of comparable training or resources in the community, and (iv) the availability of the necessary computer hardware.

The program shall be implemented in one to three high schools in each participating unit. Two teachers shall participate at each high school in which the program is implemented.  Classes shall be limited to 15 students each.

(c)       Each pilot program shall meet the following criteria:

(1)       The program shall be available to high school juniors and seniors and shall be four semesters in length, including a work-based learning component;

(2)       The program shall be taught by a certified North Carolina business education teacher who is appropriately certified in computer network administration, design, and maintenance;

(3)       Courses shall be taught in an appropriate classroom/laboratory environment;

(4)       The program shall be designed to extend into the community college system to provide engineer and instructor certification;

(5)       Students successfully completing the program shall be provided an opportunity to take the appropriate certification examination in network administration, design, and maintenance; and

(6)       The program shall be monitored and managed by the State Board of Education, in consultation with private industry business partners.

(d)       The State Board of Education may contract with outside consultants or with private nonprofit corporations to assist it in implementing and evaluating the pilot programs.

(e)       The State Board of Education shall evaluate the educational components of the programs.

The State Board of Education shall report the results of these evaluations to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by September 15, 1999.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell

FUNDS TO GRADE STANDARDIZED TESTS

Section 8.41.  Of the funds appropriated for the State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the State Board of Education may use up to eight hundred fifty thousand dollars ($850,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year to grade short essay tests for grade levels designated by the State Board of Education.

The  General Assembly encourages the Director of the Budget to include these funds in the continuation budget request for subsequent fiscal years.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Senators Winner, Lee

PROTOTYPE SCHOOL DESIGN CLEARINGHOUSE

Section 8.42.  Of the funds appropriated to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units, the State Board of Education may use up to one hundred seventy thousand four hundred dollars ($170,400) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and up to seventy-seven thousand nine hundred dollars ($77,900) for the 1998-99 fiscal year to establish a prototype school design clearinghouse in accordance with G.S. 115C-521(e).

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

STUDY OF TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Section 8.43.  (a) The State Board of Education, in coordination with the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina and independent colleges and universities that offer teacher education programs, shall conduct a comprehensive teacher supply and demand study as provided in Section 4(b) of S.L. 1997-221.

(b)       The State Board of Education, in coordination with the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, and independent colleges and universities that offer masters degree programs in school administration shall conduct a comprehensive school administrator supply and demand study as provided in section 4(c) of S.L. 1997-221.

(c)       The State Board of Education may use up to seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) of funds appropriated by this act to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units for the 1997-98 fiscal year for the supply and demand studies required under subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

(d)       The State Board of Education may use up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) of funds appropriated by this act to State Aid to Local School Administrative Units for the 1997-98 fiscal year to study principals' salaries including the relationship of principals' salaries to the salaries of teachers and other certified school personnel.  The State Board of Education shall report the results of the study to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to December 15, 1998.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Thompson, Clary, Justus, Weatherly, Baker, G. Wilson, Owens

ALLOCATION OF INVESTMENT EARNINGS ON SCHOOL BONDS TO SMALL COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEMS

Section 8.44. (a) Section 5 of Chapter 631 of the 1995 Session Laws reads as rewritten:

"Sec. 5.  Uses of Bond and Note Proceeds. - The proceeds of Public School Building Bonds and notes shall be used for the purpose of making grants to counties for paying the cost of public school capital outlay projects.

Any additional moneys that may be received by means of a grant or grants from the United States of America or any agency or department thereof or from any other source to aid in financing the cost of any public school capital outlay projects authorized by this act may be placed by the State Treasurer in the Public School Building Bonds Fund or in a separate account or fund and shall be disbursed, to the extent permitted by the terms of the grant or grants, without regard to any limitations imposed by this act.

Moneys in the Public School Building Bonds Fund or in any separate fund or account may be invested from time to time by the State Treasurer in the same manner permitted for investment of moneys belonging to the State or held in the State treasury except with respect to grant money to the extent otherwise directed by the terms of the grant, and any investment earnings shall be credited to the Public School Building Bonds Fund or the particular fund or account from which the investment was made.  When the State Budget Officer determines that uncommitted funds are available, the State Board of Education shall allocate from these investment earnings the sum of one million four hundred forty thousand eight hundred twenty-one dollars ($1,440,821) as a grant to Avery County, the sum of one million three hundred ninety-three thousand sixty-nine dollars ($1,393,069) as a grant to Alleghany County, the sum of one million three hundred fifty-seven thousand eight hundred thirty-five dollars ($1,357,835) as a grant to Currituck County, and the sum of one million four hundred seventy-one thousand nine hundred seventeen dollars ($1,471,917) as a grant to Polk County, because these counties (i) have a small county school system, (ii) did not receive an allocation under Section 6(b) of this act, and (iii) have school construction needs that were not met by the allocations under Section 6(c) of this act.

All moneys deposited in, or accruing to the credit of, the Public School Building Bonds Fund, other than moneys set aside for administrative expenses, including expenses related to determining compliance with applicable requirements of the federal tax law and cost of issuance, shall be used to pay the cost of public school capital outlay projects in the manner authorized by this act.

The proceeds of Public School Building Bonds and notes may be used with any other moneys made available by the General Assembly for public school capital outlay projects, including the proceeds of any other State bond issues, whether heretofore made available or that may be made available at the session of the General Assembly at which this act is ratified or any subsequent sessions.  The proceeds of Public School Building Bonds and notes shall be expended and disbursed under the direction and supervision of the Director of the Budget.  The funds provided by this act for public school capital outlay projects shall be disbursed for the purposes provided in this act upon warrants drawn on the State Treasurer by the State Controller, which warrants shall not be drawn until requisition has been approved by the Director of the Budget and which requisition shall be approved only after full compliance with the Executive Budget Act, Article 1 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes.

The Director of the Budget shall provide quarterly reports to the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the General Assembly on the expenditure of moneys from the Public School Building Bonds Fund.  Reports to the General Assembly shall be filed with the Legislative Library, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Fiscal Research Division."

(b)       This section is effective when this act becomes law.

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

CLARIFICATION OF LAW ON IDENTIFICATION OF LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Section 8.45.  The General Assembly finds that G.S. 115C-105.37, which pertains to the identification of low-performing schools, is being misconstrued and misunderstood.  The General Assembly finds further that it is essential to resolve the misconstruction and misunderstanding of this statute immediately for the benefit of parents, children, and school systems; therefore, G.S. 115C-105.37(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      The State Board of Education shall design and implement a procedure to identify low-performing schools on an annual basis. Low-performing schools are those in which there is a failure to meet the minimum growth standards, as defined by the State Board, and a majority of students tested in accordance with G.S. 115C-174.11(c) are performing below grade level."

 

Requested by:  Senators Winner, Lee, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

REPORT ON PILOT AND MODEL PROGRAMS

Section 8.46.  Local boards of education and nonprofit corporations that are implementing the following pilot or model programs with State funds shall report to the State Board of Education prior to December 15, 1998, on how those programs have improved student performance:

(1)       Total Quality Management;

(2)       A+ Schools;

(3)       AVID

(4)       Communities-in-Schools;

(5)       Global Curriculum;

(6)       Public-Private Partnership to Expand Technology in Public Schools;

(7)       Pilot Program for Computer Network Administration;

(8)       Schools Attuned Program; and

(9)       Model Teacher Education Program.

 

PART IX.  COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUNDING FLEXIBILITY

Section 9.  A local community college may use all State funds allocated to it, except for Literacy Funds and Funds for New and Expanding Industries, for any authorized purpose that is consistent with the college's Institutional Effectiveness Plan.  Each local community college shall submit an Institutional Effectiveness Plan that indicates to the State Board of Community Colleges how the college will use this funding flexibility to meet the demands of the local community and maintain a presence in all previously funded categorical programs.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

COMMUNITY COLLEGE TUITION AND FEE PAYMENTS

Section 9.1.  The General Assembly finds that the North Carolina Community College System's change from a three quarter academic year to a two semester academic year may make it difficult for students to pay all of their tuition for a semester in a single payment; therefore, the General Assembly urges the community colleges to exercise the authority granted to them under State Board of Community College rules to permit students to make their payments at prescribed intervals instead of in a lump sum.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

ASSESSMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL EXTENSION FORMULA

Section 9.2.  As the State Board of Community Colleges completes Phase Three of its consultant's study on the budget formula, the State Board shall reexamine whether and the extent to which the faculty-student ratio for occupational extension programs should vary by college size.  The State Board shall also consider the appropriate funding level for occupational extension programs based on analysis of cost.

The State Board shall report the results of its studies to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to April 30, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

MODIFICATIONS IN THE FTE FUNDING FORMULA TO REFLECT FLUCTUATIONS IN ENROLLMENT

Section 9.3.  The State Board of Community Colleges shall study alternative methods of protecting colleges from the budgetary impact of fluctuations in enrollment.  The State Board shall report to the General Assembly on its recommended budget stability proposals and on an appropriate transition period prior to April 30, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

STUDENT CENSUS DATE

Section 9.4.  (a) The census date for reporting student membership hours for curriculum and occupational extension classes shall be at the ten percent (10%) point of the class.

(b)       Subsection (a) of this section does not apply to courses offered on a contact-hour basis.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

NEW AND EXPANDING INDUSTRY REPORT DATE MODIFIED

Section 9.5.  G.S. 115D-5(i) reads as rewritten:

"(i)       The State Board of Community Colleges shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on March 1 and September 1 October 1 of each year on expenditures for the New and Expanding Industry Program each fiscal year.  The report shall include, for each company or individual that receives funds for New and Expanding Industry:

(1)       The total amount of funds received by the company or individual;

(2)       The amount of funds per trainee received by the company or individual;

(3)       The amount of funds received per trainee by the community college training the trainee;

(4)       The number of trainees trained by company and by community college; and

(5)       The number of years the companies or individuals have been funded.

The September 1, 1996, report shall include this information for the prior three fiscal years."

 

Requested by:  Senator Perdue, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

NEW AND EXPANDING INDUSTRY GUIDELINES

Section  9.6.  (a) G.S. 115D-5 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

"(j)       The North Carolina Community College System's New and Expanding Industry Training (NEIT) Program Guidelines, which were adopted by the State Board of Community Colleges on April 18, 1997, apply to all funds appropriated for the Program after June 30, 1997.  A project approved as an exception under these Guidelines, or these Guidelines as modified by the State Board of Community Colleges, shall be approved for one year only."

(b)       Of the funds appropriated to the Department of Community Colleges for the New and Expanding Industry Program, the Department of Community Colleges may use up to one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($125,000) a year to monitor compliance with the North Carolina Community College System's New and Expanding Industry Training (NEIT) Program Guidelines.  The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee shall review the expenditure of these funds.

 

Requested by:   Senator Plyler

ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW MULTICAMPUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO SERVE ANSON AND UNION COUNTIES AUTHORIZED

Section 9.7.  (a) On February 21, 1997, the State Board of Community Colleges recommended the establishment of a multicampus college whose administrative and service delivery area will be Anson County and Union County.  Under the recommendation of the State Board, the structure of the Board of Trustees shall ensure equal representation to both Anson County and Union County and the new Board of Trustees shall select the name of the new college; therefore, Anson and Union Counties shall act pursuant to G.S. 115D-59 to jointly propose and submit to the State Board of Community Colleges such a contract for the establishment of the new institution to serve the multiple-county administrative area of Anson and Union Counties.

(b)       Effective the later of the date this act becomes law and the date the State Board of Community Colleges approves the terms of the contract: (i) the new institution to serve the multiple-county administrative area of Anson and Union Counties is established and (ii) Anson Community College is abolished.

(c)       The State Board of Community Colleges shall provide special oversight during the transition period to the new college structure.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAM EFFICIENCY

Section 9.8.  The State Board of Community Colleges shall direct the community colleges to continue to review classes with low enrollment to determine whether some classes should be terminated or consolidated into other programs to increase the efficiency of the Community College System.  The State Board of Community Colleges shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the results of this review by November 1, 1998, and November 1, 1999.

 

Requested by:  Senator Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

HOSPITAL-BASED NURSING PROGRAMS

Section 9.9.  Funds appropriated to the Department of Community Colleges for hospital-based diploma nursing programs shall be made available to both associate degree nursing programs and diploma nursing programs.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

HRD MULTI-ENTRY/MULTI-EXIT CLASSES

Section 9.10.  (a) The State Board of Community Colleges may allow the Human Resources Development Program to offer multi-entry/multi-exit classes for their students and to count the class hours on a contact-hour basis.

(b)       Nothing in this section allows these classes to generate budget FTE.

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE OF PLANT FUNDS

Section 9.11. (a) Of the funds allocated to Central Carolina Community College for the 1998-99 fiscal year, the College may use up to one hundred ninety thousand dollars ($190,000) for the operations and maintenance of the plant.

(b)       Of the funds allocated to Southwestern Community College for the 1998-99 fiscal year, the College may use up to one hundred twenty-one thousand dollars ($121,000) for the operations and maintenance of the plant.

(c)       Central Carolina Community College and Southwestern Community College shall work with the counties in their service delivery areas to develop a plan for sharing the costs of operations and maintenance of plant costs equitably among the counties.  The colleges shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to March 15, 1998, on the plans they develop.

 

Requested by:   Representative Berry

HOSIERY TECHNOLOGY CENTER FUNDS

Section 9.12.  Funds in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) that are appropriated in this act to the Department of Community Colleges for the Hosiery Technology Center of North Carolina are for the 1997-98 fiscal year only.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that the Center operate in subsequent fiscal years without any special or supplemental funding.

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Hardy

STATE BOARD RESERVE FUND

Section 9.13.  The State Board of Community Colleges shall use expansion budget funds in the amount of three hundred eighty thousand dollars ($380,000) appropriated to the Department of Community Colleges for the 1997-98 fiscal year and two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) appropriated for the 1998-99 fiscal year to increase the State Board Reserve.  These additional funds in the Reserve shall be used to fund new programs in accordance with Board policies, including, for the 1997-98 fiscal year, the new program at Beaufort Community College for prisoners at the Hyde County Correctional Institution.

 

PART X. UNIVERSITIES

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

WAKE FOREST AND DUKE MEDICAL SCHOOL ASSISTANCE/FUNDING FORMULA

Section 10.  (a) Funds appropriated in this act to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina for continuation of financial assistance to the medical schools of Duke University and Wake Forest University shall be disbursed on certifications of the respective schools of medicine that show the number of North Carolina residents as first-year, second-year, third-year, and fourth-year students in each medical school as of November 1, 1997, and November 1, 1998.  Disbursement to Wake Forest University shall be made in the amount of eight thousand dollars ($8,000) for each medical student who is a North Carolina resident, one thousand dollars ($1,000) of which shall be placed by the school in a fund to be used to provide financial aid to needy North Carolina students who are enrolled in the medical school.  The maximum aid given to any student from this fund in a given year shall not exceed the amount of the difference in tuition and academic fees charged by the school and those charged at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Disbursement to Duke University shall be made in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each medical student who is a North Carolina resident, five hundred dollars ($500.00) of which shall be placed by the school in a fund to be used to provide student financial aid to financially needy North Carolina students who are enrolled in the medical school.  No individual student may be awarded assistance from this fund in excess of two thousand dollars ($2,000) each year.  In addition to this basic disbursement for each year of the biennium, a disbursement of one thousand dollars ($1,000) shall be made for each medical student who is a North Carolina resident in the first-year, second-year, third-year, and fourth-year classes to the extent that enrollment of each of those classes exceeds 30 North Carolina students.

The Board of Governors shall establish the criteria for determining the eligibility for financial aid of needy North Carolina students who are enrolled in the medical schools and shall review the grants or awards to eligible students.  The Board of Governors shall adopt rules for determining which students are residents of North Carolina for the purposes of these programs.  The Board shall also make any regulations as necessary to ensure that these funds are used directly for instruction in the medical programs of the schools and not for religious or other nonpublic purposes.  The Board shall encourage the two schools to orient students toward primary care, consistent with the directives of G.S. 143-613(a).  The two schools shall supply information necessary for the Board to comply with G.S. 143-613(d).

(b)       If the funds appropriated in this act to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina for continuation of financial assistance to the medical schools of Duke University and Wake Forest University are insufficient to cover the enrolled students in accordance with this section, then the Board of Governors may transfer unused funds from other programs in the Related Educational Programs budget code to cover the extra students.

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Adams, Oldham

UNC EQUITY FUNDS/CAPITAL FACILITIES STUDY

Section 10.1.  (a) The funds appropriated to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina for equity funds are to address relative inequities in State operating funding revealed through a study of the constituent institutions in the university system.  The General Assembly notes that the study dealt with equity based upon current funding from State appropriations and tuition for operations and did not consider historical equity in funding for physical facilities or funding from non-State sources.  Therefore, in making this appropriation, the General Assembly does not conclude that the total funding of any institution, including specifically the historically black universities, is adequate in light of all considerations.

(b)       Based on findings of the Legislative Study Commission on the Status of Education at The University of North Carolina, the General Assembly is still  concerned about perceived differences in the quality of capital facilities on the different campuses, which may impact the ability of some campuses to attract students and faculty.  Since the Board of Governors has recently completed studies of equity of funding for operating costs among the constituent institutions and of the Board of Governors' capital improvements request process, it is timely that the question of equity of facilities be addressed.

The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall study the relative equity and adequacy of the physical facilities of its constituent institutions.  The study shall consider the condition of the facilities, whether or not facilities are comparable among the campuses given the different missions of the institutions, comparable adequacy of the physical facilities given the size and projected growth of the school, and such other factors deemed appropriate by the Board of Governors.  The study shall include all facilities contributing to the accomplishment of the campuses' missions.  First, the Board of Governors shall study those facilities considered central to the academic missions of the campuses that are generally supported from General Fund appropriations.  Secondly, the Board of Governors shall study those facilities that contribute to the overall missions of the campuses, including residential, dining, research, and other facilities regardless of the sources of funding.  The Board of Governors shall consider its policies on funding of self-liquidating projects and whether those policies contribute to any inequities among the campuses, including the overall costs to the students.

The Board of Governors shall report to the General Assembly by January 15, 1999, with the results of its study.  The report shall include recommendations to rectify any inequities or inadequacies found in the study. 

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Rand, Shaw of Cumberland, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady, Kinney

MILITARY RESIDENCY/UNC TUITION

Section 10.2.  G.S. 116-143.3(b) reads as rewritten:

"(b)      Any member of the armed services qualifying for admission to an institution of higher education as defined in G.S. 116-143.1(a)(3) but not qualifying as a resident for tuition purposes under G.S. 116-143.1 shall be charged the out-of-State tuition rate; provided, that the out-of-State tuition shall be forgiven to the extent that the out-of-State tuition rate exceeds any amounts payable to the institution or the service member by the service member's employer by reason of enrollment pursuant to such admission while the member is abiding in this State incident to active military duty, plus the amount that represents the percentage of the out-of-State tuition rate paid to the institution or the service member by the service member's employer multiplied by the in-State tuition rate and then subtracted from the in-State tuition rate.  Any member of the armed services who does not qualify for any payment by the member's employer shall be eligible to be charged the in-State tuition rate and shall pay the full amount of the in-State tuition rate."

 

Requested by:   Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

FUNDING FOR OFF-CAMPUS AND DISTANCE LEARNING DEGREE-CREDIT EXTENSION INSTRUCTION

Section 10.3.  The General Assembly has focused attention in recent sessions on increasing access and providing for additional enrollment in higher education.  The 1995 Session Laws directed the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina to "consider different funding approaches to meeting the needs of an increasing pool of high school graduates, as well as adult learners unable to return to a university campus for additional education." Among the methods the Board was directed to consider was funding for off-campus degree programs "on a basis more comparable to the current regular term funding." The Board recommended that "state-appropriated support for instruction be extended to all forms of regular term degree-credit instruction, whether it occurs on campus or off-campus, through traditional means or distance learning technologies." It stated that the funding mechanisms for implementing this recommendation would be addressed in the new funding model currently being developed.  In a second report responding to legislative directives, the Board found evidence of deep and widespread desire for access to higher education throughout the State and reiterated the importance of funding comparable to that provided for regular-term instruction in order to meet these demands and provide an alternative means of delivering education to the large number of North Carolinians expected to seek higher education in the future.

The Board of Governors shall provide to the 1998 reconvened session of the General Assembly the cost estimates for funding off-campus and distance learning degree-credit extension instruction that is proportional to regular-term funding and shall recommend tuition rates that are comparable to the rates charged for regular-term instruction.  The cost estimates shall be sufficient to provide for projected off-campus and distance learning enrollments in the 1998-99 fiscal year.  These cost estimates request shall be provided to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Education and to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by March 1, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

AID TO STUDENTS ATTENDING PRIVATE COLLEGES PROCEDURE

Section 10.4.  (a) Funds appropriated in this act to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina for aid to private colleges shall be disbursed in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 116-19, 116-21, and 116-22.  These funds shall provide up to seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) per full-time equivalent North Carolina undergraduate student enrolled at a private institution as of October 1 each year.

These funds shall be placed in a separate, identifiable account in each eligible institution's budget or chart of accounts.  All funds in this account shall be provided as scholarship funds for needy North Carolina students during the fiscal year.  Each student awarded a scholarship from this account shall be notified of the source of the funds and of the amount of the award.  Funds not utilized under G.S. 116-19 shall be available for the tuition grant program as defined in subsection (b) of this section.

(b)       In addition to any funds appropriated pursuant to G.S. 116-19 and in addition to all other financial assistance made available to private educational institutions located within the State, or to students attending these institutions, there is granted to each full-time North Carolina undergraduate student attending an approved institution as defined in G.S. 116-22, a sum, not to exceed one thousand four hundred fifty dollars ($1,450) per academic year, which shall be distributed to the student as hereinafter provided.

The tuition grants provided for in this section shall be administered by the State Education Assistance Authority pursuant to rules adopted by the State Education Assistance Authority not inconsistent with this section.  The State Education Assistance Authority shall not approve any grant until it receives proper certification from an approved institution that the student applying for the grant is an eligible student.  Upon receipt of the certification, the State Education Assistance Authority shall remit at such times as it shall prescribe the grant to the approved institution on behalf, and to the credit, of the student.

In the event a student on whose behalf a grant has been paid is not enrolled and carrying a minimum academic load as of the tenth classroom day following the beginning of the school term for which the grant was paid, the institution shall refund the full amount of the grant to the State Education Assistance Authority.  Each approved institution shall be subject to examination by the State Auditor for the purpose of determining whether the institution has properly certified eligibility and enrollment of students and credited grants paid on the behalf of the students.

In the event there are not sufficient funds to provide each eligible student with a full grant:

(1)       The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, with the approval of the Office of State Budget and Management, may transfer available funds to meet the needs of the programs provided by subsections (a) and (b) of this section; and

(2)       Each eligible student shall receive a pro rata share of funds then available for the remainder of the academic year within the fiscal period covered by the current appropriation.

Any remaining funds shall revert to the General Fund.

(c)       Expenditures made pursuant to this section may be used only for secular educational purposes at nonprofit institutions of higher learning.  Expenditures made pursuant to this section shall not be used for any student who:

(1)       Is incarcerated in a State or federal correctional facility for committing a Class A, B, B1, or B2 felony; or

(2)       Is incarcerated in a State or federal correctional facility for committing a Class C through I felony and is not eligible for parole or release within 10 years.

(d)       The State Education Assistance Authority shall document the number of full-time equivalent North Carolina undergraduate students that are enrolled in off-campus programs and the State funds collected by each institution pursuant to G.S. 116-19 for those students.  The State Education Assistance Authority shall also document the number of scholarships and the amount of the scholarships that are awarded under G.S. 116-19 to students enrolled in off-campus programs.  An "off-campus program"is any program offered for degree credit away from the institution's main permanent campus.

The State Education Assistance Authority shall include in its annual report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee the information it has compiled and its findings regarding this program.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

AID TO STUDENTS ATTENDING PRIVATE COLLEGES/LEGISLATIVE TUITION GRANT LIMITATIONS

Section 10.5.  (a) No Legislative Tuition Grant funds shall be expended for a program at an off-campus site of a private institution, as defined in G.S. 116-22(1), established after May 15, 1987, unless (i) the private institution offering the program has previously notified and secured agreement from other private institutions operating degree programs in the county in which the off-campus program is located or operating in the counties adjacent to that county or (ii) the degree program is neither available nor planned in the county with the off-campus site or in the counties adjacent to that county.

An "off-campus program"is any program offered for degree credit away from the institution's main permanent campus.

(b)       Any member of the armed services as defined in G.S. 116-143.3(a), abiding in this State incident to active military duty, who does not qualify as a resident for tuition purposes as defined under G.S. 116-143.1, is eligible for a Legislative Tuition Grant pursuant to this section if the member is enrolled as a full-time student.  The member's Legislative Tuition Grant shall not exceed the cost of tuition less any tuition assistance paid by the member's employer.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS ENDOWMENT TRUST FUND

Section 10.6.  G.S. 116-41.18(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      Each constituent institution that receives, through private gifts and an allocation by the Board of Governors, funds for the purpose shall, under procedures established by rules of the Board of Governors and the board of trustees of the constituent institution, select a holder of the Distinguished Professorship. Once given, that designation shall be retained by the distinguished professor as long as he remains in the full-time service of the institution. institution as a faculty member, or for more limited lengths of time when authorized by the Board of Governors and the board of trustees at the institution when the Distinguished Professorship is originally established or vacated.  When a distinguished professorship becomes vacant, it shall remain assigned to the institution and another distinguished professor shall be selected under procedures established by rules of the Board of Governors and the board of trustees of the constituent institution."

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

Section 10.7.  Of the funds appropriated to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, the sum of nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year shall be allocated to North Carolina State University to match additional federal funds for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

UNC OVERHEAD RECEIPT FLEXIBILITY

Section 10.8.  G.S. 116-30.2 reads as rewritten:

" 116-30.2.  Appropriations to special responsibility constituent institutions.

All General Fund appropriations made by the General Assembly for continuing operations of a special responsibility constituent institution of The University of North Carolina shall be made in the form of a single sum to each budget code of the institution for each year of the fiscal period for which the appropriations are being made.  Notwithstanding G.S. 143-23(a1), G.S. 143-23(a2), and G.S. 143-23(a3) and G.S. 120-76(8), each special responsibility constituent institution may expend monies from the overhead receipts special fund budget code and the General Fund monies so appropriated to it in the manner deemed by the Chancellor to be calculated to maintain and advance the programs and services of the institutions, consistent with the directives and policies of the Board of Governors.  The preparation, presentation, and review of General Fund budget requests of special responsibility constituent institutions shall be conducted in the same manner as are requests of other constituent institutions.  The quarterly allotment procedure established pursuant to G.S. 143-17 shall apply to the General Fund appropriations made for the current operations of each special responsibility constituent institution.  All General Fund monies so appropriated to each special responsibility constituent institution shall be recorded, reported, and audited in the same manner as are General Fund appropriations to other constituent institutions."

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

UNC ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Section 10.9.  Funding in this act is provided to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina for several initiatives to work cooperatively with the public schools to improve public education in North Carolina.  The Board of Governors shall redirect the funding provided for educational consortia at eight constituent institutions to these initiatives requested for the 1997-99 biennium.  The Board of Governors  shall redirect at least one-third of the consortia appropriations during the 1997-98 fiscal year and the balance for the 1998-99 fiscal year toward these efforts.  The Board of Governors shall also reallocate sufficient funds from other resources to fully fund these initiatives for the 1997-98 fiscal year.

Upon request of a constituent institution with a current consortium program, the Board of Governors may direct continual funding to that program.

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS FUNDING

Section 10.10.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, the sum of two million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,750,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of two million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,750,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be allocated to the Area Health Education Centers programs for continuation of the restructuring of educational programs for health care professionals.  Of these funds, sufficient funds shall be allocated to the Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program to provide assistance comparable to other family medicine residency slots for 16 residencies.  The Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program shall provide all information required by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors to comply with the reporting requirements of G.S. 143-613.

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

UNC LIBRARIES FUNDING

Section 10.11.  Of the funds appropriated to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina in this act, the sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) shall be allocated each year of the biennium for enhancement of libraries for the constituent institutions.  Of this amount, a sufficient sum each year shall be used for the development of the NC-LIVE project, a cooperative effort of The University of North Carolina, the Department of Community Colleges, and the State Library of North Carolina designed to improve access to information resources across the State and to reduce the duplication of expenditures for library resources.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES

Section 10.12.  (a)  The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee and the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall undertake a joint review and study of the role, funding, personnel resources, programs, and other aspects of the Cooperative Extension Services of The University of North Carolina given the changing nature of the agricultural base of the State.

(b)       The study shall consider all of the following:

(1)       The role of cooperative extension services in the environmental aspects of agricultural activities and other activities.

(2)       The reduced or increased needs for various current extension services due to changes in the State's agricultural base.

(3)       The top priority agricultural needs of the State and whether or not current cooperative extension services are aligned with those needs.

(4)       The duplication, if any, of cooperative extension services with services offered by other entities.

(c)       The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee and the Board of Governors may appoint a subcommittee to work cooperatively on this study.  The Chairs of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee shall designate one member of the Subcommittee to serve as a cochair and the Chair of the Board of Governors shall designate one member of the Subcommittee to serve as a cochair.

(d)       The Subcommittee shall meet at such times and places as the Subcommittee cochairs designate.  The facilities of the State Legislative Building and the Legislative Office Building shall be available to the Subcommittee subject to the approval of the Legislative Services Commission.  The facilities of the university system shall also be available to the Subcommittee.

(e)       Subject to the approval of the Legislative Services Commission, the staff resources of the Legislative Services Commission shall be available to the Subcommittee without cost except for travel, subsistence, supplies, and materials.  Subject to the approval of the Board of Governors, the staff resources of the Board of Governors shall also be available to the Subcommittee without cost except for travel, subsistence, supplies, and materials which shall be the expense of the Board of Governors.

(f)        The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee and the Board of Governors shall report their findings to the General Assembly by May 1, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

SCHOLARSHIP FUND BALANCES

Section 10.13.  The remaining balances in the Social Worker Education Loan Fund shall be transferred to the Nurse Scholars Scholarship Fund account to implement the budget reductions in that program.

 

Requested by:  Senator Perdue, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

UNIVERSITY FIRE SAFETY COSTS LIMITED

Section 10.14.  G.S. 116-44.7 reads as rewritten:

" 116-44.7.  Exemption from certain fees and charges.

No water system serving a residence hall or fraternity or sorority housing shall levy or collect any water-meter fee, water-hydrant fee, tap fee, or similar service fee on a residence hall or fraternity or sorority house with respect to supporting a supplemental fire safety protection system in excess of the actual marginal cost to the water system to support the fire safety protection system."

 

Requested by:   Senators Odom, Perdue, Plyler, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT FUNDS CLARIFICATION

Section 10.15.  In Section 16.11 of Chapter 18 of the Session Laws for the 1996 Second Extra Session, the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina were directed to allocate, for the 1996-97 fiscal year the amount of seventeen million eight hundred thousand dollars ($17,800,000) between the constituent institutions classified as Research University I campuses in direct proportion to the funds to be raised on each campus for the 1996-97 fiscal year from the tuition increases authorized under Section 15.15 of Chapter 507 of the 1995 Session Laws.

There has been no directive as to which budget codes the funds should be credited.  Since these funds are part of the continuation budget, each campus shall have the authority to allocate these funds among the General Fund budget codes on that campus based on campus priorities.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

ASU CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Section 10.16.  The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall allocate from balances in its overhead receipts fund the sum of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year to Appalachian State University for costs associated with the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of Appalachian State University.

 

Requested by:  Senators Odom, Perdue, Plyler, Representatives Preston, Arnold, Grady

AGRICULTURAL ENHANCEMENT

Section 10.17. (a)  North Carolina State University may allocate a total of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from the overhead receipts special fund code for the 1997-98 fiscal year to the General Fund budget codes for the Agricultural Research Service and the Cooperative Extension Service for the line items from which State funds were transferred during the 1996-97 fiscal year for salary increases for employees exempt from the State Personnel Act.

(b)       For the 1997-98 fiscal year, the required reversion amounts from the General Fund appropriations as required by G.S. 116-30.3 for the Agricultural Research Service budget code and the Cooperative Extension Service budget code at North Carolina State University are reduced by a total of five hundred thousand ($500,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year. North Carolina State University shall reallocate this amount of funding into the line items from which State funds were transferred during the 1996-97 fiscal year for salary increases for employees exempt from the State Personnel Act.

(c)       The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall review the issue of the salary request made by the Board for "Program Enhancement"for the Agricultural Research Service and the Cooperative Extension Service and make a recommendation to the General Assembly on how to address the issues raised by the request. The Board shall include in its recommendations to the General Assembly the Board's policies on providing salary increases that cost more than the level of expansion budget funding provided by the General Assembly for that purpose. The Board's recommendations shall be submitted to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Education by March 15, 1998.

 

Requested by:   Senators Odom, Perdue, Plyler

UNC OVERHEAD RECEIPTS

Section 10.18.  Of the funds appropriated to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina in this act, the sum of seven million seven hundred thousand six hundred fifty-nine dollars ($7,700,659) shall be allocated for the 1998-99 fiscal year to the campuses of the constituent institutions to replace the ten percent (10%) of overhead receipts that currently support General Fund budget code operations.  The Board of Governors shall report to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Education on expenditures of these funds.

 

Requested by:   Senators Odom, Perdue, Plyler

UNC MANAGEMENT FLEXIBILITY

Section 10.19.  G.S. 116-30.3 reads as rewritten:

" 116-30.3.  Reversions.

(a)       Of the General Fund current operations appropriations credit balance remaining at the end of each fiscal year in each budget code of a special responsibility constituent institution, except for the budget code of the Area Health Education Centers of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, any amount greater than two percent (2%) of the General Fund appropriation for that fiscal year may be carried forward by the institution to the next fiscal year and may be used for one-time expenditures that will not impose additional financial obligations on the State. Of the General Fund current operations appropriations credit balance remaining in the budget code of the Area Health Education Centers of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, any amount greater than one percent (1%) of the General Fund appropriation for that fiscal year may be carried forward in that budget code to the next fiscal year and may be used for one-time expenditures that will not impose additional financial obligations on the State. However, the amount carried forward under this section shall not exceed two and one-half percent (2 1/2%) of the General Fund appropriation. The Director of the Budget, under the authority set forth in G.S. 143-25, shall establish the General Fund current operations credit balance remaining in each budget code of each institution.

(b)       An institution shall cease to be a special responsibility constituent institution under the following circumstances:

(1)       An institution, other than the Area Health Education Centers of the University of North Carolina, does not revert at least two percent (2%) of its General Fund current operations credit balance remaining in each budget code of that institution, or

(2)       The Area Health Education Centers of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill does not revert at least one percent (1%) of its General Fund current operations credit balance remaining in its budget code.

However, if the Board of Governors finds that the low reversion rate is due to adverse and unforeseen conditions, the Board may allow the institution to remain a special responsibility constituent institution for one year to come into conformity with this section. The Board may make this exception only one time for any special responsibility constituent institution, and shall report these exceptions to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

(c)       One-half of the reversions required in subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be returned to the General Fund credit balance at the end of each fiscal year.

(d)       For fiscal year 1997-98 and each subsequent fiscal year, one-half of the reversions required in subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be available to each special responsibility constituent institution of The University of North Carolina.  Those funds shall be used by the institution at the campus level for any of the following:  the nonrecurring costs of technology, including the installation of technology infrastructure for academic facilities on the campus of the special responsibility constituent institution, the implementation by the constituent institution of its campus technology plan as approved by the Board of Governors,  or for libraries.  The funds shall not be used to support positions.  Each special responsibility constituent institution shall report annually to the Board of Governors regarding how the institution spent the funds made available under this section."

 

Requested by:   Senators Odom, Perdue, Plyler

JOHN KERNODLE FUND

Section 10.20.  Funds in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) are appropriated in this act to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina for the Lineberger Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for cancer research.  These funds are appropriated in memory of Dr. John Kernodle.

 

Requested by:  Representative Arnold

TUITION POLICY

Section 10.21.  (a)          Notwithstanding G.S. 116-143, the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina may set tuition rates for students in the Masters of Business Administration and the Masters of Accounting programs of the School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that are higher than those currently set pursuant to G.S. 116-143.  If the Board of Governors does set higher tuition rates for those programs, then the additional funds generated by such tuition increases shall be used to enhance programs of the School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A minimum of five percent (5%) of the funds so generated shall be used for need-based financial aid for North Carolina residents in the Masters of Business Administration program and the Masters of Accounting program.

(b)       If the Board of Governors increases tuition pursuant to this section, the action shall be based on plans presented by the School of Business to the President and the Board of Governors with the approval of the Chancellor.  The President and the Board of Governors shall notify the Office of State Budget and Management and the Fiscal Research Division of the amount of the increase, the additional receipts anticipated, and the allocation of these funds under these plans.

(c)       The Board of Governors shall conduct a study of tuition levels, other charges, and costs of graduate and professional education and shall establish policies with respect to tuition differentials that are educationally and fiscally sound for such programs based on the results of this study.  The Board of Governors shall adjust the tuition rates for students in the Masters of Business Administration and the Masters of Accounting programs of the School of Business of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to align with its policies on tuition differentials as developed pursuant to this section.  The Board of Governors shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by January 15, 1999, regarding the findings of its study and shall also report on any action and results of actions taken under this section.

(d)       The authority provided under this section may provide for phased implementation over a period of up to three years, beginning with the 1998-99 academic year.  Tuition increases implemented under this section shall in no event exceed a total of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) per semester per student during the period fiscal year 1998-99 through fiscal year 2000-2001.  The total increase in tuition by the end of fiscal year 2000-2001 shall not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000).

 

Requested by:   Senators Plyler, Perdue, Odom, Representatives Holmes, Esposito, Creech, Crawford

INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT/KNAPP BUILDING

Section 10.22.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may proceed with the construction of the addition and renovation to the Knapp Building in planned phases.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may proceed with contracts for site development, installation of utilities infrastructure, and such other phases that can be completed within existing funding in a fiscally prudent manner.

 

Requested by:   Senators Lee, Winner, Perdue, Hartsell, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston, Moore

STUDY IMPACT OF BUDGET CUTS ON UNC HOSPITALS AT UNC-CHAPEL HILL

Section 10.23.  The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall study the impact, if any, that reductions  in General Fund operating support have had on UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill, the hospitals' ability to serve and treat indigent patients, and the impact that continuing those same cuts may or may not have.

In conducting the study, the Board shall consider the impacts of managed care, federal reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid, and increased competition in the health care industry on the Hospitals' ability to generate sufficient revenues to carry out its missions for medical education and quality health care.

The Board of Governors shall report its findings and recommendations regarding this study to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by April 15, 1998.

 

Requested by: Senators Lee, Winner, Representatives Arnold, Grady, Preston

NATURAL RESOURCES LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Section 10.24.  For the 1997-98 fiscal year, the requirement for reversion of General Fund appropriations as required by G.S. 116-30.3 for the Cooperative Extension Service budget code at North Carolina State University is reduced by one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) in order to provide funding for the Natural Resources Leadership Institute sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service.

 

PART XI.  DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

DISPOSITION OF DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE RECEIPT CLARIFICATION

Section 11.  For the 1997-98 fiscal year, as it receives funds associated with Disproportionate Share Payments from the State hospitals, the Division of Medical Assistance shall deposit funds appropriated for the Medicaid program in a sum equal to the federal share of the Disproportionate Share Payments as departmental receipts.  Any of these funds that are not appropriated by the General Assembly shall be reserved by the State Controller for future appropriation.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

DEVELOPMENT OF REORGANIZATION PLAN

Section 11.2. (a) The Department of Health and Human Services shall, using the report of KPMG Peat Marwick, L.L.P. to the General Assembly dated March 20, 1997, develop and begin implementing a plan to reorganize the Department of Human Resources.  The reorganization plan shall be designed:

(1)       To structure planning, management, and service delivery around a strategic shared mission and long-range vision for the Department;

(2)       To better achieve a consolidated family-center services orientation that facilitates identification of gaps in services, improvement of efficient and effective access to services, and reduces fragmentation of leadership, management, and service delivery;

(3)       To facilitate a system of incentives within the Department and within local agencies that will reinforce personnel efforts at integrated services delivery; and

(4)       To enable assessment of program performance in terms of actual client outcomes, effective and efficient service delivery, and the impact services and departmental functions are having in the lives of clients, rather than in terms of process measures.

(b)       With funds from within the Department, and in consultation with the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources, the Department of Health and Human Services shall engage an entity with proven expertise to provide the Department leadership and management with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure a change in departmental culture that creates an environment:

(1)       Where there is an understanding and appreciation for a departmental mission and primary goals that portray a coordinated system of services, rather than a group of independently operating group of services;

(2)       Where, although the Department delivers few direct services, a client needing multiple services can have them delivered in a coordinated manner through local governing entities and by local service providers;

(3)       Where counties have the opportunity, where practicable, to develop approaches to service delivery that work best for them;

(4)       Where the Department can restructure around functions rather than programs; and

(5)       Where the Department can develop an internal management capacity for strategic planning, program planning and evaluation, and formal senior management reviews, on a regular basis, of client needs, program performance, and issues related to resource allocation and risk assessment.

(c)       The Department of Health and Human Services shall give very strong consideration to establishing the following service delivery functions:  services, regulation, institutional management, education, and health care financing.

(d)       The Department of Human Resources shall give very strong consideration to establishing the following coordination and infrastructure functions:  information services and performance services.

 

Requested by:  Senator Odom, Representative Clary

MEDICAL RECORDS COPY FEES/SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CLAIMS

Section 11.3.  G.S. 90-411 reads as rewritten:

" 90-411.  Record copy fee.

A health care provider may charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs incurred in searching, handling, copying, and mailing medical records to the patient or the patient's designated representative. The maximum fee for each request shall be fifty seventy-five cents (50)           (75) per page, page for the first 25 pages, fifty cents (50) per page for pages 26 through 100, and twenty-five cents (25) for each page in excess of 100 pages, provided that the health care provider may impose a minimum fee of up to ten dollars ($10.00), inclusive of copying costs. If requested by the patient or the patient's designated representative, nothing herein shall limit a reasonable professional fee charged by a physician for the review and preparation of a narrative summary of the patient's medical record. This section shall only apply with respect to liability claims for personal injury, and claims for social security disability, except that charges for medical records and reports related to claims under Article 1 of Chapter 97 of the General Statutes shall be governed by the fees established by the North Carolina Industrial Commission pursuant to G.S. 97-26.1. This section shall not apply to Department of Human Resources Disability Determination Services requests for copies of medical records made on behalf of an applicant for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income disability."

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

RECEIPTS OF FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Section 11.4.  The Department of Human Resources may use up to twenty-five percent (25%) of federal Title IV-Emergency Assistance funds, received after June 30, 1997, as reimbursement for retroactive claims filed for defined critical needs.  The remainder of these funds shall be placed in a reserve for appropriation by the General Assembly.  The Department may submit a prioritized list of recommended needs for these funds to the cochairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources for consideration.

 

Requested by:  Senators Martin of Guilford, Perdue, Representative Cansler

STANDARDS FOR HEALTH CARE QUALITY AND ACCESS/STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

Section 11.5. (a) The Secretary of the Department of Human Resources shall prepare proposed standards to ensure that the citizens of the State have access to quality and affordable health care with special emphasis on health care for children.  The proposed standards shall be presented to the General Assembly on or before April 1, 1998.

(b)       The Department of Human Resources shall develop a State plan for the establishment of a State Children's Health Insurance Program that would qualify for federal funds to expand the availability of health care to uninsured, low-income children.  In developing the State plan, the Department shall consider not only the expansion of health benefits coverage for eligible children under the State Medicaid program, but also options for providing health care services and coverage through or in coordination with private and other public sector health care benefits and services programs.  The Department shall report its progress in developing the State plan to the 1997 General Assembly, Regular Session 1998, upon its convening.  The report shall include the following:

(1)       Identification of potential sources of State matching funds for the Program;

(2)       Recommendations for implementation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, including performance goals and measures;

(3)       An estimate of the fiscal impact of the Program on the State budget over the next five years; and

(4)       Any other information and recommendations the Secretary of Human Resources deems relevant to the General Assembly's review and approval of the State plan.

The Department shall not submit its State plan or application for federal funds for the implementation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program without specific approval of the General Assembly.  The Department shall not expend or obligate State funds not specifically appropriated for the purpose of implementing the State Children's Health Insurance Program, without the specific approval of the General Assembly.

 

Requested by:   Senators Plyler, Perdue, Odom

PROCEDURE FOR AWARD OF HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS

Section 11.6.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, the sum of four million dollars ($4,000,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year shall be used for grants for programs that provide services to older adults, adults with disabilities, at-risk children, and youth and families.  The Secretary of the Department of Human Resources shall establish a process for the review, evaluation, and consideration of applications for these grants.

In awarding grants, the Secretary shall consider the merits of the program, the benefit to the State and local communities of the program, and the cost of the program.  Prior to awarding grants, the Secretary shall consult with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

DHR STUDY OF PROVIDER REIMBURSEMENT RATES/REPORT

Section 11.7.  The Department of Human Resources shall study the process of setting provider reimbursement rates for programs within the Department.  This study shall include an analysis of the following:

(1)       The extent to which rates are set in accordance with clear policies that are consistent across program lines;

(2)       Whether there are general principles and assumptions that are or should be included in all rate-setting processes;

(3)       The policies and economic and accounting principles that are utilized for setting rates in each program and a comparison of those policies and principles between the programs; and

(4)       How any differences between programs in setting rates are justified.

The Department shall provide a status report before February 1, 1998, and a final report to the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and the Fiscal Research Division before February 1, 1999.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

TRANSFER OF CERTAIN FUNDS AUTHORIZED

Section 11.8.  In order to assure maximum utilization of funds in county departments of social services, county or district health agencies, and area mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services authorities, the Director of the Budget may transfer excess funds appropriated to a specific service, program, or fund, whether specified service in a block grant plan or General Fund appropriation, into another service, program, or fund for local services within the budget of the respective State agency.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

MEDICAID TRUST FUND TRANSFER/SHORTFALL

Section 11.9.  Upon certification to the Director of the Budget that all medical assistance program funds are expended and receipt of approval by the Director of the Budget, notwithstanding any prohibition which may exist in G.S. 143-23.2, the Department may use up to twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) during fiscal year 1997-98 from the fund established pursuant to G.S. 143-23.2 to support Medicaid program expenditures.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

MEDICAID GROWTH REDUCTION

Section 11.10. (a) The Department of Human Resources shall develop and implement a plan that is designed to reduce the growth of Medicaid to eight percent (8%) by the year 2001.  However, the Department shall not eliminate categories of eligibles or categories of services to achieve this reduction unless the General Assembly identifies specific categories of eligibles or categories of services that it wants eliminated.

(b)       The Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, shall consider the following actions in developing the plan to reduce Medicaid growth:

(1)       Changes in the methods of reimbursement;

(2)       Changes in the method of determining or limiting inflation factors or both;

(3)       Recalibration of existing methods of reimbursement;

(4)       Develop more specific criteria for determining medical necessity of services;

(5)       Contracting for services;

(6)       Application of limits on specific numbers of slots or expenditure levels for certain services or both;

(7)       Expansion of managed care; and

(8)       Recommend changes in statutes to enhance the ability of the Department to manage the program.

(c)       In considering the actions listed in subsection (b) of this section and in the development of the Medicaid growth reduction plan, the Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, shall not adjust reimbursement rates to levels which would cause Medicaid providers of service to be out of compliance with certification requirements, licensure rules, or other mandated quality or safety standards.

(d)       The Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, may make periodic progress reports to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and shall make a final report no later than September 1, 1997, on any actions the Department intends to take to meet the required reductions for 1998-99.  The Division of Medical Assistance shall not implement any of these actions until after the intended actions have been reported to the Chairs.

(e)       The Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, shall report to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources by April 1, 1998, on the final plan to reduce Medicaid growth to eight percent (8%) by the year 2001.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

MEDICAID

Section 11.11.  (a) Funds appropriated in this act for services provided in accordance with Title XIX of the Social Security Act (Medicaid) are for both the categorically needy and the medically needy.  Funds appropriated for these services shall be expended in accordance with the following schedule of services and payment bases.  All services and payments are subject to the language at the end of this subsection.

Services and payment bases:

(1)       Hospital-Inpatient - Payment for hospital inpatient services will be prescribed in the State Plan as established by the Department of Human Resources.  Administrative days for any period of hospitalization shall be limited to a maximum of three days.

(2)       Hospital-Outpatient - Eighty percent (80%) of allowable costs or a prospective reimbursement plan as established by the Department of Human Resources.

(3)       Nursing Facilities - Payment for nursing facility services will be prescribed in the State Plan as established by the Department of Human Resources.  Nursing facilities providing services to Medicaid recipients who also qualify for Medicare, must be enrolled in the Medicare program as a condition of participation in the Medicaid program.  State facilities are not subject to the requirement to enroll in the Medicare program.

(4)       Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded - As prescribed in the State Plan as established by the Department of Human Resources.

(5)       Drugs - Drug costs as allowed by federal regulations plus a professional services fee per month excluding refills for the same drug or generic equivalent during the same month.  Reimbursement shall be available for up to six prescriptions per recipient, per month, including refills.  Payments for drugs are subject to the provisions of subsection (h) of this section and to the provisions at the end of subsection (a) of this section, or in accordance with the State Plan adopted by the Department of Human Resources consistent with federal reimbursement regulations.  Payment of the professional services fee shall be made in accordance with the State Plan adopted by the Department of Human Resources, consistent with federal reimbursement regulations.  The professional services fee shall be five dollars and sixty cents ($5.60) per prescription.  Adjustments to the professional services fee shall be established by the General Assembly.

(6)       Physicians, Chiropractors, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Dentists, Certified Nurse Midwife Services - Fee schedules as developed by the Department of Human Resources.  Payments for dental services are subject to the provisions of subsection (g) of this section.

(7)       Community Alternative Program, EPSDT Screens - Payment to be made in accordance with rate schedule developed by the Department of Human Resources.

(8)       Home Health and Related Services, Private Duty Nursing, Clinic Services, Prepaid Health Plans, Durable Medical Equipment - Payment to be made according to reimbursement plans developed by the Department of Human Resources.

(9)       Medicare Buy-In - Social Security Administration premium.

(10)     Ambulance Services - Uniform fee schedules as developed by the Department of Human Resources.

(11)     Hearing Aids - Actual cost plus a dispensing fee.

(12)     Rural Health Clinic Services - Provider-based, reasonable cost; nonprovider-based, single-cost reimbursement rate per clinic visit.

(13)     Family Planning - Negotiated rate for local health departments.  For other providers - see specific services, for instance, hospitals, physicians.

(14)     Independent Laboratory and X-Ray Services - Uniform fee schedules as developed by the Department of Human Resources.

(15)     Optical Supplies - One hundred percent (100%) of reasonable wholesale cost of materials.

(16)     Ambulatory Surgical Centers - Payment as prescribed in the reimbursement plan established by the Department of Human Resources.

(17)     Medicare Crossover Claims - An amount up to the actual coinsurance or deductible or both, in accordance with the State Plan, as approved by the Department of Human Resources.

(18)     Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy - Services limited to EPSDT eligible children.  Payments are to be made only to qualified providers at rates negotiated by the Department of Human Resources.

(19)     Personal Care Services - Payment in accordance with the State Plan approved by the Department of Human Resources.

(20)     Case Management Services - Reimbursement in accordance with the availability of funds to be transferred within the Department of Human Resources.

(21)     Hospice - Services may be provided in accordance with the State Plan developed by the Department of Human Resources.

(22)     Other Mental Health Services - Unless otherwise covered by this section, coverage is limited to agencies meeting the requirements of the rules established by the Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, and reimbursement is made in accordance with a State Plan developed by the Department of Human Resources not to exceed the upper limits established in federal regulations.

(23)     Medically Necessary Prosthetics or Orthotics for EPSDT Eligible Children - Reimbursement in accordance with the State Plan approved by the Department of Human Resources.

(24)     Health Insurance Premiums - Payments to be made in accordance with the State Plan adopted by the Department of Human Resources consistent with federal regulations.

(25)     Medical Care/Other Remedial Care - Services not covered elsewhere in this section include related services in schools; health professional services provided outside the clinic setting to meet maternal and infant health goals; and services to meet federal EPSDT mandates.  Services addressed by this paragraph are limited to those prescribed in the State Plan as established by the Department of Human Resources.  Providers of these services shall be certified as meeting program standards of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources.

(26)     Pregnancy Related Services - Covered services for pregnant women shall include nutritional counseling, psychosocial counseling, and predelivery and postpartum home visits by maternity care coordinators and public health nurses.

Services and payment bases may be changed with the approval of the Director of the Budget.

Reimbursement is available for up to 24 visits per recipient per year to any one or combination of the following: physicians, clinics, hospital outpatient, optometrists, chiropractors, and podiatrists.  Prenatal services, all EPSDT children, and emergency rooms are exempt from the visit limitations contained in this paragraph.  Exceptions may be authorized by the Department of Human Resources where the life of the patient would be threatened without such additional care.  Any person who is determined by the Department to be exempt from the 24-visit limitation may also be exempt from the six-prescription limitation.

(b)       Allocation of Nonfederal Cost of Medicaid.  The State shall pay eighty-five percent (85%); the county shall pay fifteen percent (15%) of the nonfederal costs of all applicable services listed in this section.

(c)       Copayment for Medicaid Services.  The Department of Human Resources may establish copayment up to the maximum permitted by federal law and regulation.

(d)       Medicaid and Aid to Families With Dependent Children Income Eligibility Standards.  The maximum net family annual income eligibility standards for Medicaid and Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and the Standard of Need for Aid to Families with Dependent Children shall be as follows:

 

                   Categorically Needy                                        Medically Needy

Family                     Standard                         AFDC Payment

Size                          of Need                               Level*                              AA, AB, AD*

1                           $ 4,344                             $ 2,172                                   $ 2,900

2                              5,664                                2,832                                      3,800

3                              6,528                                3,264                                      4,400

4                              7,128                                3,564                                      4,800

5                              7,776                                3,888                                      5,200

6                              8,376                                4,188                                      5,600

7                              8,952                                4,476                                      6,000

8                              9,256                                4,680                                      6,300

*Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC); Aid to the Aged (AA); Aid to the Blind (AB); and Aid to the Disabled (AD).

 

The payment level for Aid to Families With Dependent Children shall be fifty percent (50%) of the standard of need.

These standards may be changed with the approval of the Director of the Budget with the advice of the Advisory Budget Commission.

(e)       All Elderly, Blind, and Disabled Persons who receive Supplemental Security Income are eligible for Medicaid coverage.

(f)        ICF and ICF/MR Work Incentive Allowances.  The Department of Human Resources may provide an incentive allowance to Medicaid-eligible recipients of ICF and ICF/MR facilities who are regularly engaged in work activities as part of their developmental plan and for whom retention of additional income contributes to their achievement of independence.  The State funds required to match the federal funds that are required by these allowances shall be provided from savings within the Medicaid budget or from other unbudgeted funds available to the Department.  The incentive allowances may be as follows:

 

                        Monthly Net Wages                                      Monthly Incentive Allowance

                          $1.00 to $100.99                                                           Up to $50.00

                     $101.00 - $200.99                                                                        $80.00

                     $201.00 to $300.99                                                                    $130.00

                     $301.00 and greater                                                                    $212.00.

(g)       Dental Coverage Limits.  Dental services shall be provided on a restricted basis in accordance with rules adopted by the Department to implement this subsection.

(h)       Dispensing of Generic Drugs.  Notwithstanding G.S. 90-85.27 through G.S. 90-85.31, under the Medical Assistance Program (Title XIX of the Social Security Act) a prescription order for a drug designated by a trade or brand name shall be considered to be an order for the drug by its established or generic name, except when the prescriber personally indicates, either orally or in the prescriber's own handwriting on the prescription order, "dispense as written"or words of similar meaning.  Generic drugs, when available in the pharmacy, shall be dispensed at a lower cost to the Medical Assistance Program rather than trade or brand name drugs, subject to the prescriber's "dispense as written"order as noted above.

As used in this subsection "brand name"means the proprietary name the manufacturer places upon a drug product or on its container, label, or wrapping at the time of packaging; and "established name"has the same meaning as in section 502(e)(3) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as amended, 21 U.S.C. 352(e)(3).

(i)        Exceptions to Service Limitations, Eligibility Requirements, and Payments.  Service limitations, eligibility requirements, and payments bases in this section may be waived by the Department of Human Resources, with the approval of the Director of the Budget, to allow the Department to carry out pilot programs for prepaid health plans, managed care plans, or community-based services programs in accordance with plans approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, or when the Department determines that such a waiver will result in a reduction in the total Medicaid costs for the recipient.

(j)        Volume Purchase Plans and Single Source Procurement.  The Department of Human Resources, Division of Medical Assistance, may, subject to the approval of a change in the State Medicaid Plan, contract for services, medical equipment, supplies, and appliances by implementation of volume purchase plans, single source procurement, or other similar processes in order to improve cost containment.

(k)       Cost Containment Programs.  The Department of Human Resources, Division of Medical Assistance, may undertake cost containment programs including preadmissions to hospitals and prior approval for certain outpatient surgeries before they may be performed in an inpatient setting.

(l)        For all Medicaid eligibility classifications for which the federal poverty level is used as an income limit for eligibility determination, the income limits will be updated each April 1 immediately following publication of federal poverty guidelines.

(m)      The Department of Human Resources shall provide Medicaid to 19-, 20-, and 21-year olds in accordance with federal rules and regulations.

(n)       The Department of Human Resources shall provide coverage to pregnant women and to children according to the following schedule:

(1)       Pregnant women with incomes equal to or less than one hundred eighty-five percent (185%) of the federal poverty guidelines as revised each April 1 shall be covered for Medicaid benefits.

(2)       Infants under the age of 1 with family incomes equal to or less than one hundred eighty-five percent (185%) of the federal poverty guidelines as revised each April 1 shall be covered for Medicaid benefits.

(3)       Children aged 1 through 5 with family incomes equal to or less than one hundred thirty-three percent (133%) of the federal poverty guidelines as revised each April 1 shall be covered for Medicaid benefits.

(4)       Children aged 6 through 18 with family incomes equal to or less than the federal poverty guidelines as revised each April 1 shall be covered for Medicaid benefits. 

(5)       The Department of Human Resources shall provide Medicaid coverage for adoptive children with special or rehabilitative needs regardless of the adoptive family's income.

Services to pregnant women eligible under this subsection continue throughout the pregnancy but include only those related to pregnancy and to those other conditions determined by the Department as conditions that may complicate pregnancy.  In order to reduce county administrative costs and to expedite the provision of medical services to pregnant women, to infants, and to children described in subdivisions (3) and (4) of this subsection, no resources test shall be applied.

(o)       The Department of Human Resources may use Medicaid funds budgeted from program services to support the cost of administrative activities to the extent that these administrative activities produce a net savings in services requirements.  Administrative initiatives funded by this section shall be first approved by the Office of State Budget and Management.

(p)       The Department of Human Resources shall submit a monthly status report on expenditures for acute care and long-term care services to the Fiscal Research Division and to the Office of State Budget and Management.  This report shall include an analysis of budgeted versus actual expenditures for eligibles by category and for long-term care beds.  In addition, the Department shall revise the program's projected spending for the current fiscal year and the estimated spending for the subsequent fiscal year on a quarterly basis.  Reports for the preceding month shall be forwarded to the Fiscal Research Division and to the Office of State Budget and Management no later than the third Thursday of the month.

(q)       The Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, may provide incentives to counties that successfully recover fraudulently spent Medicaid funds by sharing State savings with counties responsible for the recovery of the fraudulently spent funds.

(r)        If first approved by the Office of State Budget and Management, the Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, may use funds that are identified to support the cost of development and acquisition of equipment and software through contractual means to improve and enhance information systems that provide management information and claims processing.

(s)       The Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, may administer Medicaid estate recovery mandated by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, (OBRA 1993), 42 U.S.C. 1396p(b), and G.S. 108-70.5 using temporary rules pending approval of final rules promulgated pursuant to Chapter 150B of the General Statutes.

(t)        The Department of Human Resources may adopt temporary rules according to the procedures established in G.S. 150B-21.1 when it finds that such rules are necessary to maximize receipt of federal funds, to reduce Medicaid expenditures, and to reduce fraud and abuse.  Prior to the filing of these temporary rules with the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Department shall consult with the Office of State Budget and Management on the possible fiscal impact of the temporary rule and its effect on State appropriations and local governments.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

NONMEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT CHANGES

Section 11.12.  Providers of medical services under the various State programs, other than Medicaid, offering medical care to citizens of the State shall be reimbursed at rates no more than those under the North Carolina Medical Assistance Program.  Hospitals that provide psychiatric inpatient care for Thomas S. class members or adults with mental retardation and mental illness may be paid an additional incentive payment not to exceed fifteen percent (15%) of their regular daily per diem reimbursement.

The Department of Human Resources may reimburse hospitals at the full prospective per diem rates without regard to the Medical Assistance Program's annual limits on hospital days.  When the Medical Assistance Program's per diem rates for inpatient services and its interim rates for outpatient services are used to reimburse providers in non-Medicaid medical service programs, retroactive adjustments to claims already paid shall not be required.

Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph one, the Department of Human Resources may negotiate with providers of medical services under the various Department of Human Resources programs, other than Medicaid, for rates as close as possible to Medicaid rates for the following purposes:  contracts or agreements for medical services and purchases of medical equipment and other medical supplies.  These negotiated rates are allowable only to meet the medical needs of its non-Medicaid eligible patients, residents, and clients who require such services which cannot be provided when limited to the Medicaid rate.

Maximum net family annual income eligibility standards for services in these programs shall be as follows:

 

Medical Eye                                All

Family Size                          Care Adults                            Rehabilitation                             Other

           1                                   $  4,860                                  $  8,364                                 $ 4,200

           2                                       5,940                                    10,944                                    5,300

           3                                       6,204                                    13,500                                    6,400

           4                                       7,284                                    16,092                                    7,500

           5                                       7,824                                    18,648                                    7,900

           6                                       8,220                                    21,228                                    8,300

           7                                       8,772                                    21,708                                    8,800

           8                                       9,312                                    22,220                                    9,300

 

The eligibility level for children in the Medical Eye Care Program in the Division of Services for the Blind and for adults in the Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Program in the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services shall be one hundred percent (100%) of the federal poverty guidelines, as revised annually by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and in effect on July 1 of each fiscal year.  Additionally, those adults enrolled in the Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Program who become gainfully employed may continue to be eligible to receive State support, in decreasing amounts, for the purchase of atypical antipsychotic medication and related services up to three hundred percent (300%) of the poverty level.

State financial participation in the Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Program for those enrollees who become gainfully employed is as follows:

 

      Income                                         State Participation                             Client Participation

(% of poverty)

0-100%                                                100%                                                      0%

101-120%                                              95%                                                      5%

121-140%                                              85%                                                    15%

141-160%                                              75%                                                    25%

161-180%                                              65%                                                    35%

181-200%                                              55%                                                    45%

201-220%                                              45%                                                    55%

221-240%                                              35%                                                    65%

241-260%                                              25%                                                    75%

261-280%                                              15%                                                    85%

281-300%                                                5%                                                    95%

301%-over                                                0%                                                  100%.

 

The Department of Human Resources shall contract at, or as close as possible to, Medicaid rates for medical services provided to residents of State facilities of the Department.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

DHR EMPLOYEES/IN-KIND MATCH

Section 11.13.  Notwithstanding the limitations of G.S. 143B-139.4, the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources may assign employees of the Office of Rural Health and Resource Development to serve as in-kind match to nonprofit corporations working to establish health care programs that will improve health care access while controlling costs.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

FIRE PROTECTION REVOLVING LOAN FUND

Section 11.14.  Proceeds from the Fire Protection Revolving Loan Fund, established pursuant to G.S. 122A-5.13, may be used to provide staff support to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for loan processing and to the Department of Human Resources for review and approval of fire protection plans and inspection of fire protection systems.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

MEDICAL DATA PROCESSING FUNDS

Section 11.15.  The sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) for each of the 1997-98 and 1998-99 fiscal years is transferred from the Insurance Regulatory Fund established pursuant to G.S. 58-6-25 to the Division of Facility Services, Department of Human Resources, to certify statewide data processors pursuant to Article 11A of Chapter 131E of the General Statutes, to purchase data from statewide data processors, and to process and analyze the data.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

SENIOR CENTER OUTREACH

Section 11.16.  (a) Funds appropriated to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging, for the 1997-99 fiscal biennium, shall be used by the Division of Aging to enhance senior center programs as follows:

(1)       To test "satellite"services provided by existing senior centers to unserved or underserved areas; or

(2)       To provide start-up funds for new senior centers.

All of these funds shall be allocated by October 1 of each fiscal year.

(b)       Prior to funds being allocated pursuant to this section for start-up funds for a new senior center, the county commissioners of the county in which the new center will be located shall:

(1)       Formally endorse the need for a center;

(2)       Formally agree on the sponsoring agency for the center; and

(3)       Make a formal commitment to use local funds to support the ongoing operation of the center.

(c)       State funding shall not exceed ninety percent (90%) of reimbursable costs.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary, Senators Perdue, Martin of Guilford

SENIOR CENTER FUNDS

Section 11.17.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, the sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year shall be used to support existing senior centers and to assist in the development of new senior centers.  The Department shall allocate funds equally among senior centers throughout the State as determined by the Division of Aging.  Expenditures of State funds for senior centers shall not exceed ninety percent (90%) of all funds expended for this purpose.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary, Senator Martin of Guilford

IN-HOME AND CAREGIVER SUPPORT FUNDS

Section 11.18.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging, the sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be allocated via the Home and Community Care Block Grant for home and community care services for older persons who are not eligible for Medicaid and who are on the waiting list for these services.  These funds shall be used only for direct services.  Service recipients shall pay for services based on their income in accordance with G.S. 143B-181.1(a)(10).

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

SURROGATE CONSENT FOR HEALTH CARE/STUDY

Section 11.19.  (a) The North Carolina Study Commission on Aging, as established under G.S. 120-180, shall study and recommend a procedure for determining which person or persons may make health care decisions for adult individuals in nursing homes and other health care facilities who lack sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate health care decisions for themselves and for whom there is no authorized health care agent, guardian of the person, or attorney-in-fact to make the decision.  The Commission shall ensure that the procedure recommended operates consistently with existing law, including living wills, health care powers of attorney, and durable powers of attorney.  In conducting the study, the Commission may consider the provisions of House Bill 1112, first edition, 1997 General Assembly.

(b)       The Commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the 1997 General Assembly, Regular Session 1998, upon its convening.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

COMMISSION ON AGING STUDY OF ADULT CARE HOME MONITORING

Section 11.20.  The North Carolina Study Commission on Aging shall study the effectiveness and efficiency of State and county monitoring and regulation of adult care homes.  The Commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the 1997 General Assembly, Regular Session 1998, upon its convening.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ADULT CARE HOMES REPORT

Section 11.21.  Beginning October 1, 1997, the Department of Health and Human Services shall report annually, on the previous fiscal year's activities, to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Office as to the status of the following:

(1)       Rate-setting and financing of adult care homes, including the use of Medicaid funds for personal care services;

(2)       Quality assurance and enhancement of adult care homes, including case management for residents with special care needs, monitoring of adult care home facilities, and specialized training of direct care staff; and

(3)       The process of the evaluation of the Adult Care Home Financing and Quality Assurance Program.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

FOSTER CARE ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS

Section 11.22.  The maximum rates for State participation in the foster care assistance program are established on a graduated scale as follows:

(1)       $315.00 per child per month for children aged birth through 5;

(2)       $365.00 per child per month for children aged 6 through 12; and

(3)       $415.00 per child per month for children aged 13 through 18.

Of these amounts, fifteen dollars ($15.00) is a special needs allowance for the child.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

AUTHORIZED ADDITIONAL USE OF HIV FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTIVE FAMILY FUNDS

Section 11.23.  (a) In addition to providing board payments to foster and adoptive families of HIV-infected children, as prescribed in Chapter 324 of the 1995 Session Laws, any additional funds remaining that were appropriated in Chapter 324 of the 1995 Session Laws for this purpose shall be used as follows:

(1)       To provide medical training in avoiding HIV transmission in the home; and

(2)       To transfer funds to the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources to create three social work positions within the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, for the eastern part of North Carolina to enable the case managing of families with HIV-infected children so that the children and the parents get access to medical care and so that child protective services issues are addressed rapidly and effectively.  The three positions shall be medically based and located:

a.         One in the northeast, covering Northampton, Hertford, Halifax, Gates, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Bertie, Wilson, Edgecombe, and Nash Counties;

b.         One in the central east, covering Martin, Pitt, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Jones, Greene, Craven, and Pamlico Counties; and

c.         One in the southeast, covering New Hanover, Robeson, Brunswick, Carteret, Onslow, Lenoir, Pender, Duplin, Bladen, and Columbus Counties.

(b)       The maximum rates for State participation in HIV foster care and adoptions assistance are established on a graduated scale as follows:

(1)       $800.00 per month per child with indeterminate HIV status;

(2)       $1,000 per month per child confirmed HIV-infected, asymptomatic;

(3)       $1,200 per month per child confirmed HIV-infected, symptomatic; and

(4)       $1,600 per month per child terminally ill with complex care needs.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS

Section 11.24.  The maximum rates for State participation in the adoption assistance program are established on a graduated scale as follows:

(1)       $315.00 per child per month for children aged birth through 5;

(2)       $365.00 per child per month for children aged 6 through 12; and

(3)       $415.00 per child per month for children aged 13 through 18.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Section 11.25.  (a) The funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, for the 1997-99 fiscal biennium for Child Protective Services shall be allocated to county departments of social services based upon a formula which takes into consideration the number of Child Protective Services cases and the number of Child Protective Services workers necessary to meet recommended standards adopted by the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services.

(b)       Funds allocated under subsection (a) of this section shall be used by county departments of social services for carrying out investigations of reports of child abuse or neglect or for providing protective or preventive services in which the department confirms abuse, neglect, or dependency.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

FOOD STAMP ELECTRONIC BENEFITS TRANSFER FUNDS SPECIFICATIONS

Section 11.26.  The Controller's Office, Department of Human Resources, shall manage the development, implementation, and operation of the Food Stamp Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (EBT).

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ANNUAL REPORT ON CARING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, INC.

Section 11.27.  The Caring Program for Children, Inc., shall report annually by May 1 to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and to the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Office, beginning with May 1, 1998, on its program for providing health care for children.

This report shall include the number of children served and the cost per child served.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

REVIEW OF AUTOMATED COLLECTION AND TRACKING SYSTEM

Section 11.28.  The Information Resource Management Commission shall conduct a quarterly review of the Automated Collection and Tracking System (ACTS) project being developed by the Department of Human Resources.  The review shall include an analysis of the problems encountered and progress achieved, identify critical issues to be resolved, and estimate the final cost and date of completion.  The review shall be submitted through the Office of the State Controller to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the Chairs of the House and Senate Human Resources Appropriations Subcommittees, the State Budget Director, and to the Director of the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Office no later than the last day of each quarter.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

MIXED BEVERAGE TAX FOR AREA MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Section 11.29.  Funds received by the Department of Human Resources from the tax levied on mixed beverages under G.S. 18B-804(b)(8) shall be expended by the Department of Human Resources as prescribed by G.S. 18B-805(h).  These funds shall be allocated to the area mental health programs for substance abuse services.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

PHYSICIAN SERVICES

Section 11.30.  With the approval of the Office of State Budget and Management, the Department of Human Resources may use funds appropriated in this act for across-the-board salary increases and performance pay to offset similar increases in the costs of contracting with private and independent universities for the provision of physician services to clients in facilities operated by the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.  This offsetting shall be done in the same manner as is currently done with constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER EXEMPTION

Section 11.31.  Section 8 of Chapter 732 of the 1991 Session Laws reads as rewritten:

"Sec. 8.  This act becomes effective January 1, 1992.  G.S. 90B-10(b)(3)a. is repealed effective January 1, 1997. 1999.  The term of the additional Board position for clinical social worker created by this act shall commence upon the expiration of the term of the public member whose term expires first."

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

LIABILITY INSURANCE

Section 11.32.  The Secretary of the Department of Human Resources, the Secretary of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, and the Secretary of the Department of Correction may provide medical liability coverage not to exceed one million dollars ($1,000,000) per incident on behalf of employees of the Departments licensed to practice medicine or dentistry, all licensed physicians who are faculty members of The University of North Carolina who work on contract for the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services for incidents that occur in Division programs, and on behalf of physicians in all residency training programs from The University of North Carolina who are in training at institutions operated by the Department of Human Resources.  This coverage may include commercial insurance or self-insurance and shall cover these individuals for their acts or omissions only while they are engaged in providing medical and dental services pursuant to their State employment or training.

The coverage provided under this section shall not cover any individual for any act or omission that the individual knows or reasonably should know constitutes a violation of the applicable criminal laws of any state or the United States, or that arises out of any sexual, fraudulent, criminal, or malicious act, or out of any act amounting to willful or wanton negligence.

The coverage provided pursuant to this section shall not require any additional appropriations and shall not apply to any individual providing contractual service to the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, or the Department of Correction, with the exception that coverage may include physicians in all residency training programs from The University of North Carolina who are in training at institutions operated by the Department of Human Resources and licensed physicians who are faculty members of The University of North Carolina who work for the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

PRIVATE AGENCY UNIFORM COST FINDING REQUIREMENT

Section 11.33.  To ensure uniformity in rates charged to area programs and funded with State-allocated resources, the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services of the Department of Human Resources may require a private agency that provides services under contract with two or more area programs, except for hospital services that have an established Medicaid rate, to complete an agencywide uniform cost finding in accordance with G.S. 122C-143.2(a) and G.S. 122C-147.2.  The resulting cost shall be the maximum included for the private agency in the contracting area program's unit cost finding.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CAROLINA ALTERNATIVES

Section 11.34.  The Department of Human Resources shall move forward with planning, readiness assessments, and other necessary activities to be able to expand the Carolina Alternatives Child and Adult Waiver Pilot Program.  Prior to actual implementation of additional covered populations, the Department shall:

(1)       Receive approval from the Health Care Financing Administration;

(2)       Continue the 10-site Carolina Alternatives pilot programs;

(3)       Make a determination that each area authority that is going to participate in the pilot has the capacity to implement the waiver;

(4)       Obtain certification from the Office of State Budget and Management that expansion of Carolina Alternatives is budget neutral, excluding the payment of claims related to the transition from fee-for-service to Medicaid managed care, and authorization from the Office of State Budget and Management to proceed with the pilot;

(5)       Evaluate capitation rates to determine if they are adequate to provide appropriate services;

(6)       Develop five-year cost estimates for Carolina Alternatives; and

(7)       Submit a progress report to the 1997 General Assembly, Regular Session 1998, and the Fiscal Research Division not later than May 1, 1998.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

WILLIE M.

Section 11.35.  (a) Legislative Findings. - The General Assembly finds:

(1)       That there is a need in North Carolina to provide appropriate treatment and education programs to children under the age of 18 who suffer from emotional, mental, or neurological handicaps accompanied by violent or assaultive behavior;

(2)       That children meeting these criteria have been identified as a Class in the case of Willie M., et al. v. Hunt, et al., formerly Willie M., et al. v. Martin, et al. [Willie M., 3:79 CV 294-MU (Western District); and as defined in G.S. 122C-3(13a) as Eligible Assaultive and Violent Children]; and

(3)       That these children have a need for a variety of services, in addition to those normally provided, that may include, but are not limited to, residential treatment services, educational services, and independent living arrangements.

(b)       Funds appropriated by the General Assembly to the Department of Human Resources for serving members of the Willie M. Class shall be expended only for programs serving members of the Willie M. Class identified in Willie M., et al. v. Hunt, et al., formerly Willie M., et al. v. Martin, et al., [or as Eligible Assaultive and Violent Children] including evaluations of potential Class members.  The Department shall reallocate these funds among services to Willie M. Class members during the year as it deems advisable in order to use the funds efficiently in providing appropriate services to Willie M. Class members.

(c)       Funds for Department of Public Education. - Funds appropriated to the Department of Public Education in this act for members of the Willie M. Class are to establish a supplemental reserve fund to serve only members of the Class identified in Willie M., et al. v. Hunt, et al., formerly Willie M., et al. v. Martin, et al., [or as Eligible Assaultive and Violent Children].  These funds shall be allocated by the State Board of Education to the local education agencies to serve those Class members who were not included in the regular average daily membership and the census of children with special needs, and to provide the additional program costs which exceed the per pupil allocation from the State Public School Fund and other State and federal funds for children with special needs.

(d)       The Department of Human Resources shall continue to implement its prospective unit cost reimbursement system and shall ensure that unit cost rates reflect reasonable costs by conducting cost center service type rate comparisons and cost centerline item budget reviews as may be necessary, and based upon these reviews and comparisons, the Department shall reduce and/or cap rates to programs which are significantly higher than those rates paid to other programs for the same service.

Any exception to this requirement shall be approved by the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, and shall be reported in the Department's annual joint report to the Governor and the General Assembly and in any periodic report the Department may make to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

(d1)     The Department of Human Resources shall implement a process to review those cases for whom treatment has been recommended whose annual cost is anticipated to be in excess of one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the average annual per client expenditure of the previous fiscal year and shall take actions to reduce these treatment costs where appropriate.

(e)       The Department of Human Resources and the Department of Public Education shall submit, by May 1 of each fiscal year, a joint report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the progress achieved in serving members of the Willie M. Class.  The report shall include the following unduplicated data for each area program/authority:  (i) the number of children nominated for the Willie M. Class;  (ii) the number of children actually identified as members of the Class in each area program/authority;  (iii) the number of children served as members of the Class in each area program/authority;  (iv) the number of children who remain unserved or for whom additional services are needed in order to be determined to be appropriately served;  (v) the types and locations of treatment and education services provided to Class members;  (vi) the cost of services, by type, to members of the Class and the maximum and minimum rates paid to providers for each service; (vii) the number of cases whose treatment costs were in excess of one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the average annual per client expenditure; (viii) information on the impact of treatment and education services on members of the Class; (ix) an explanation of, and justification for, any waiver of departmental rules that affect the Willie M. program; and (x) the total State funds expended, by program, on Willie M. Class members, other than those funds specifically appropriated for the Willie M. programs and services.

(e1)     From existing funds available to it, the Department of Human Resources shall begin a process to document and assess individual Class members' progress through the continuum of services.  Standardized measures of functioning shall be administered periodically to each member of the Class, and the information generated from these measures shall be used to assess client progress and program effectiveness.

(f)        The Departments of Human Resources and Public Education shall provide periodic reports of expenditures and program effectiveness on behalf of the Willie M. Class to the Fiscal Research Division.  As part of these reports, the Departments shall explain measures they have taken to control and reduce program expenditures.

(g)       In fulfilling the responsibilities vested in it by the Constitution of North Carolina, the General Assembly finds:

(1)       That the General Assembly has evaluated the known needs of the State and has endeavored to satisfy those needs in comparison to their social and economic priorities; and

(2)       That the funds appropriated will enable the development and implementation of placement and services for the Class members in Willie M., et al. v. Hunt, et al., formerly Willie M., et al. v. Martin, et al., [or Eligible Assaultive and Violent Children] within a reasonable period of time considered within the context of the needs of the Class members, the other needs of the State, and the resources available to the State.

(h)       The General Assembly supports the efforts of the responsible officials and agencies of the State to meet the requirements of the court order in Willie M., et al. v. Hunt, et al., formerly Willie M., et al. v. Martin, et al., [Willie M., 3:79 CV 294-MU (Western District)].  To ensure that Willie M. Class members are appropriately served, no State funds shall be expended on placement and services for Willie M. Class members except:

(1)       Funds specifically appropriated by the General Assembly for the placement and services of Willie M. Class members; and

(2)       Funds for placement and services for which Willie M. Class members are otherwise eligible.

This limitation shall not preclude the use of unexpended Willie M. funds from prior fiscal years to cover current or future needs of the Willie M. program subject to approval by the Director of the Budget.  These Willie M. expenditures shall not be subject to the requirements of G.S. 143-18.

(i)        Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the Department of Human Resources determines that a local program is not providing appropriate services to members of the Class identified in Willie M., et al. v. Hunt, et al., formerly Willie M., et al. v. Martin, et al., [or as Eligible Assaultive and Violent Children] the Department may ensure the provision of these services through contracts with public or private agencies or by direct operation by the Department of these programs.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

THOMAS S.

Section 11.36.  (a) Funds appropriated to the Department of Human Resources in this act for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the 1998-99 fiscal year for members of the Thomas S. Class as identified in Thomas S., et al. v. Britt, formerly Thomas S., et al. v. Flaherty, [Thomas S. et al. v. Bruton, Thomas S., C-C-82-0418M (Western District)] shall be expended only for programs serving Thomas S. Class members or for services for those clients who are:

(1)       Adults with mental retardation, or who have been treated as if they had mental retardation, who were admitted to a State psychiatric hospital on or after March 22, 1984, and who are included on the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services' official list of prospective Class members;

(2)       Adults with mental retardation who have a documented history of State psychiatric hospital admissions regardless of admission date and who, without funding support, have a good probability of being readmitted to a State psychiatric hospital;

(3)       Adults with mental retardation who have never been admitted to a State psychiatric hospital but who have a documented history of behavior determined to be of danger to self or others that results in referrals for inpatient psychiatric treatment and who, without funding support, have a good probability of being admitted to a State psychiatric hospital; or

(4)       Adults who are included on the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services' official list of prospective Class members and have yet to be confirmed as Class members, who currently reside in the community, and who have a good probability of being admitted to a facility licensed as a "home for the aged and disabled".

No more than five percent (5%) of the funds appropriated in this act for the Thomas S. program shall be used for clients meeting subdivision (2), (3), or (4) of this subsection.

(b)       To ensure that Thomas S. Class members are appropriately served, no State funds shall be expended on placement and services for Thomas S. Class members except:

(1)       Funds specifically appropriated by the General Assembly for the placement and services of Thomas S. Class members; and

(2)       Funds for placement and services for which Thomas S. Class members are otherwise eligible.

(b1) Thomas S. funds may be expended to support services for Thomas S. Class members in adult care homes when the service needs of individual Class members in these homes cannot be met via the established maximum adult care home rate.

(c)       The Department of Human Resources shall continue to implement a prospective unit cost reimbursement system and shall ensure that unit cost rates reflect reasonable costs by conducting cost center service type rate comparisons and cost center line item budget reviews as may be necessary.

(d)       The Department of Human Resources shall submit by April 1 of each fiscal year a report to the General Assembly on the progress achieved in serving members and prospective members of the Thomas S. Class.  The report shall include the following:

(1)       The number of Thomas S. clients confirmed as Class members;

(2)       The number of prospective Class members;

(3)       The number of confirmed Class members awaiting services;

(4)       The number of Class members or prospective Class members added in the preceding 12 months due to their admission to a State psychiatric hospital;

(5)       A description of the types of treatment services provided to Class members;

(6)       An analysis of the use of funds appropriated for the Class; and

(7)       The total State funds expended, by program, on Thomas S. Class members, other than those funds specifically appropriated for the Thomas S. program and services.

(e)       Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the Department of Human Resources determines that a local program is not providing minimally adequate services to members of the Class identified in Thomas S., et al. v. Britt, formerly Thomas S., et al. v. Flaherty, [Thomas S. et al. v. Bruton, Thomas S. C-C-82-0418M (Western District)] or does not show a willingness to do so, the Department may ensure the provision of these services through contracts with public or private agencies or by direct operation by the Department of these programs.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

THOMAS S. FUNDS/COST CONTAINMENT

Section 11.37. (a) If Thomas S. funds are not sufficient, then notwithstanding G.S. 143-16.3 and G.S. 143-23, the Director of the Budget may use funds available to the Department in an amount not to exceed fifteen million two hundred thousand dollars ($15,200,000).

(b)       The Department of Human Resources, in conjunction with area mental health programs, shall develop and implement cost containment measures to reduce the cost of direct services.  The Department shall develop these strategies to emphasize positive client outcomes through developmental disability long-term managed supports rather than to emphasize process.  These measures shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1)       Reduction of those process-oriented tasks required by the State, including, but not limited to, tasks required by the Divisions of: Medical Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Social Services, Facilities Services, and Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services;

(2)       Single stream funding from all available sources;

(3)       Waivers of federal requirements in order to comply with the federal court order; and

(4)       Review and, if necessary, amendment or repeal of rules that conflict or otherwise interfere with cost containment measures.

(c)       The Department shall provide to the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources, and to the Fiscal Research Division a detailed report of the status of development and implementation of cost containment measures required under this section. The report shall address each of the measures listed in subsection (b) of this section, and any other related cost containment measures developed by the Department.  The Department shall provide the report on December 1, 1997, and May 1, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

THOMAS S. LAWSUIT COMPLIANCE

Section 11.38.  The Department of Justice and the Department of Human Resources shall pursue all administrative and legal options necessary to enable the State to resolve the Thomas S. lawsuit in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible and to seek elimination of the necessity for oversight by a special master.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

TRI-COUNTY REALIGNMENT INCENTIVE FUNDS

Section 11.39. (a) Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, the sum of one million two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of one million two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be allocated by the Division to any existing area authority that has aligned with one or more of the counties that comprised the Tri-County Area Authority.  Funds shall be allocated only if the per capita funding level for the existing area authority is greater than the per capita funding level of the county that aligned with the existing area authority.  Funds allocated to an existing area authority under this subsection shall not exceed the amount necessary in each fiscal year to raise the aligned county's level of per capita funding to that of the existing area authority.

(b)       Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year may be allocated by the Division to one or more of the former Tri-County Area Authority counties to address infrastructural needs necessary to accomplish the realignment authorized under this section.

(c)       Funds allocated under this section shall not be used for any purpose other than the purposes authorized.  Funds appropriated but not allocated at the end of the 1997-99 fiscal biennium shall revert to the General Fund.

 

Requested by:   Senators Cooper, Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

SPECIAL ALZHEIMER'S UNITS

Section 11.40. (a) The Special Alzheimer's Unit established in Wilson by funds appropriated in Chapter 507 of the 1995 Session Laws and the Special Alzheimer's Unit in Black Mountain shall serve only those clients who cannot be served by a similar private facility.

(b)       The Department of Human Resources shall solicit information from private providers for the operation of the Special Alzheimer's Units in Wilson and Black Mountain. The Department shall report to the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and the Fiscal Research Division by March 1, 1998.  The report shall provide the cost of operation of the Units by the State as compared to the cost of operation by private providers who have submitted information.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ALLOCATION OF MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE EXPANSION FUNDS

Section 11.41.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, Department of Human Resources, for expansion of mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse programs and services, other than crisis services, those funds needed by area authorities for "catch-up"purposes shall be allocated pursuant to the Incentive Method adopted by the Mental Health Study Commission and presented in the Commission's Report to the 1995 General Assembly, 1996 Regular Session.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM GRANTS

Section 11.42.  (a) Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, the sum of one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,250,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year shall be placed in a Reserve for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs.  The Secretary of Human Resources shall conduct a study of the various substance abuse treatment programs in the State, including but not limited to: The Pavilion Foundation in Polk County, Amythest in Charlotte, Charter Pines in Charlotte, Bethel Colony in Lenoir, and Appalachian Hall in Asheville.  The Secretary may use funds from the Reserve to allocate grants-in-aid to those substance abuse programs that the Secretary determines to be working most efficiently and effectively.  The Secretary shall also study whether the State should subsidize the treatment of persons covered under the Teachers' and State Employees' Comprehensive Major Medical Plan in those substance abuse facilities that are working efficiently and effectively, and may allocate up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) of the funds allocated to the Reserve under this subsection for the 1997-98 fiscal year to subsidize the treatment in those facilities determined by the Secretary to be working efficiently and effectively.

(b)       The Secretary shall report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations on the findings of the studies and on the grants-in-aid allocated under this section.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary, Senator Martin of Guilford

EARLY INTERVENTION FUNDING/REFERRAL

Section 11.43.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, the sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be allocated based on a plan developed in consultation with the affected divisions within the Department and the North Carolina Interagency Coordinating Council to meet the needs of those children who are on the waiting list for early intervention services.  The Department may create up to 41 new positions, as needed, in the Division of Services for the Blind and the Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing to expand early intervention-related preschool services.

The agencies providing early intervention services to children from birth through five years of age shall work together to develop procedures to ensure that Beginnings for Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children, Inc., shall be notified of children newly identified with hearing loss and determined to be eligible for services.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

EFFICIENCY STUDY OF STATE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS

Section 11.44.  (a) The Department of Human Resources shall contract with an independent consulting firm with proven experience in hospital administration/management and an understanding of the special operational issues related to psychiatric hospitals to conduct a study of the management and operation of the four State psychiatric hospitals.  The purpose of the study shall be to identify areas for improved operations and efficiency.  The study shall address, but not be limited to, patient-to-staff ratios, cost-efficiency of the various patient units within the hospitals, and potential areas for achieving greater cost-efficiencies by contracting with private providers.  If the findings of the study reflect the need for specific physical plant renovations, replacements, or new construction, the report shall provide information which reflects the cost-efficiencies which would result from the improvements and the time period over which the cost-efficiencies would repay the cost of improvements.  The study shall also consider all potential sources of revenue for the hospitals and what impact any proposed operational changes may have on that revenue and the overall need for appropriations from the General Fund.  Contract services shall be paid for from funds available to the Department.

(b)       The results of the study and the Department's response to the study shall be provided to the cochairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and the Fiscal Research Division not later than April 1, 1998.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Crawford, Gardner, Cansler, Clary, Wilkins

BUTNER COMMUNITY LAND RESERVATION

Section 11.45.  The Department of Human Resources shall reserve and dedicate the following described land for the construction of a Community Building and related facilities to serve the Butner Reservation: 

"Approximately 2 acres, on the east side it borders Central Avenue with a line running along the Wallace Bradshur property on the north back to the tree line next to the ADATC.  From there it follows the tree line south and west to and including the softball field.  From the softball field it turns east to the State Employees Credit Union and follows the Credit Union property on the south side back to Central Avenue."

This land shall be reserved and dedicated for the project which shall be funded with contributions from Granville County, contributions from the residents of the Butner Reservation, the use of cablevision franchise rebate funds received by the Department of Human Resources on behalf of the Butner Reservation, and other public and private sources.

The Butner Planning Council shall advise the Secretary of Human Resources, through resolutions adopted by the Council, regarding the use of this reserved and dedicated land, the construction of the Community Building, and the expenditure of the cablevision franchise rebate funds.

The Department of Human Resources shall reserve and dedicate the above described property for the above described purposes until the time, if any, that a permanent local government is established on the Butner Reservation at which time the land shall be transferred to the local government.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

LEGISLATIVE STUDY COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

Section 11.46.  (a) G.S. 120-205 reads as rewritten:

" 120-205.  Commission membership; meetings; terms; vacancies.

(a)       This commission shall be composed of 21 22 members appointed as follows:

(1)       Seven members of the House of Representatives at the time of their appointment, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Of these members, one shall be a Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources;

(2)       Seven members of the Senate at the time of their appointment, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Of these members, one shall be the Chair of the Senate Human Resources Appropriations Committee;

(3)       Three members who are representatives of Coalition 2001, appointed by the Governor. Of these members, one shall be a representative from mental health, one from developmental disabilities, and one from substance abuse services;

(4)       Two members of the public, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Of these members, one shall be a county commissioner at the time of appointment, selected from a list of four candidates nominated by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. If the Association has failed to submit nominations by September 1, 1996, the Speaker of the House of Representatives may appoint any county commissioner; and

(5)       Two members of the public, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Of these members, one shall be a county commissioner at the time of appointment, selected from a list of four candidates nominated by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. If the Association has failed to submit nominations by September 1, 1996, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate may appoint any county commissioner. commissioner; and

(6)       One member who is a representative of the North Carolina Hospital Association, appointed by the Governor.

(b)       The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall each select a legislative member from their appointments to serve as cochair of the commission. Meetings shall be called at the will of the cochairs.

(c)       All members shall serve at the will of their appointing officer. Unless removed or unless resigning, members shall serve for two-year terms. Members may be reappointed. Vacancies in membership shall be filled by the appropriate appointing officer."

(b)       This section is effective when this act becomes law.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

WHITAKER SCHOOL REPLACEMENT FACILITY

Section 11.47.  The Department of Human Resources and the Office of State Budget and Management shall, in consultation with the Human Rights Committee of the Whitaker School in Butner, attempt to locate a facility that would be a suitable replacement facility for the Whitaker School.  The facility may be located in Butner or elsewhere.   To be a suitable replacement, the existing facility must be of size and structural condition to reasonably accommodate current needs and must represent overall an improvement over the current facility housing Whitaker School.  The Department may also investigate and consider whether it would be more cost-effective to build a new facility than to renovate an existing facility.   If a suitable existing facility is located, then the Department and Office of State Budget and Management shall pursue funding for repairs and renovations that may be necessary to render the facility a suitable replacement.  Not later than May 1, 1998, the Department shall provide a status report on its search for a replacement facility to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources, the Fiscal Research Division, and the Human Rights Committee of the Whitaker School.  If the Department determines that it would be more cost-effective to build a new facility than to repair an existing facility, then the Department shall provide information supporting its determination in its May 1, 1998, report.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

FORENSIC TREATMENT PROGRAM

Section 11.48.  The Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services shall adopt temporary rules, in accordance with Chapter 150B of the General Statutes, to implement the forensic treatment program at Dorothea Dix Hospital.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 122C of the General Statutes pertaining to seclusion, the rules shall include, for the purpose of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of patients, employees, and the general public, provisions for locking the rooms of patients in the forensic treatment program during rest times, including normal sleeping hours.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

STUDY DOWNSIZING OF MENTAL RETARDATION CENTERS

Section 11.49.  The Department of Human Resources shall conduct a study of the impact of the plan for downsizing mental retardation centers currently being implemented by the Department.  The study shall include the time period from the commencement of implementation through June 30, 1996.  The study shall include, but is not limited to, the impact on patient census, staffing in general, staff-to-patient ratios, budget changes, placement of clients in the community, and development of community services for developmental disability clients.  The Department shall provide the results of the study to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and the Fiscal Research Division not later than March 2, 1998.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

MENTAL HEALTH FUNDS FOR CRISIS SERVICES

Section 11.50.  Purposes for which funds are appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, for the development of local crisis services shall include, but not be limited to, meeting the short-term crisis needs of mentally retarded children determined by the Division to need crisis services.  The Division shall pursue the use of available State resources and services for these children, including mental retardation centers, for short-term crisis treatment for appropriate minors, as determined by the Division.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ANNUAL EVALUATION OF WILDERNESS CAMP, COACH MENTOR TRAINING, AND GOVERNOR'S ONE-ON-ONE PROGRAMS

Section 11.51.  The Department of Human Resources shall conduct an annual evaluation of the Wilderness Camp, Coach Mentor Training, and Governor's One-on-One Programs.  The results of the evaluation shall be submitted to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations no later than October 1 of each year covering the program for the prior fiscal year.  In conducting the evaluation, among other things, the focus shall be on directing youth toward long-term positive and productive noncriminal behavior.  The review shall be qualitative and quantitative.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

DYS TRAINING SCHOOLS/STUDENT EVALUATIONS

Section 11.52.  The Department of Human Resources shall take immediate steps to ensure that multidisciplinary diagnoses and evaluations, as provided for in G.S. 115C-113, are made on all students in training schools operated by the Division of Youth Services and that the requisite resources and services are provided for all DYS training school students who are identified as children with special needs.  The Department may use funds available to provide evaluations, resources, and services, but shall not reduce current DYS services.  Lapsed salary funds shall not be used to create new permanent positions.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

COMMUNITY-BASED ALTERNATIVES PARTICIPATION

Section 11.53.  County governments participating in the Community-Based Alternatives Program shall certify annually to the Division of Youth Services, Department of Human Resources, that Community-Based Alternatives Aid to Counties shall not be used to duplicate or supplant other programs within the county.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

S.O.S. AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER GRANT PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATIVE COST LIMITS

Section 11.54.  (a) Of the funds appropriated to the Department of Human Resources in this act, not more than three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($350,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and not more than three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($350,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year may be used to administer the S.O.S. Program, to provide technical assistance to applicants and to local S.O.S. programs, and to evaluate the local S.O.S. programs.  The Department may contract with appropriate public or nonprofit agencies to provide the technical assistance, including training and related services.

(b)       Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources for the Family Resource Center Grant Program, the Department may use up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) in each fiscal year to administer the Program.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary, Shubert

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES PROGRAM

Section 11.55. (a) The General Assembly finds that it is essential to continue developing comprehensive programs that provide high quality early childhood education and development services locally for children and their families.  The General Assembly intends to expand the Early Childhood Education and Development Initiatives Program (the "Program") in a manner which ensures quality assurance and performance-based accountability for the Program.

(b)       Notwithstanding any provision of Part 10B of Article 3 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes or any other provision of law or policy, the Department of Human Resources and the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., jointly shall continue to implement the recommendations contained in the Smart Start Performance Audit prepared pursuant to Section 27A(1)b. of Chapter 324 of the 1995 Session Laws, as modified by Section 24.29 of Chapter 18 of the Session Laws, Second Extra Session 1996.  The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., shall continue to report quarterly to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations on its progress toward full implementation of the modified audit recommendations.

(c)       The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations shall, consistent with current law, continue to be the legislative oversight body for the Program.  The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives may appoint a subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations to carry out this function.  This subcommittee may conduct all initial reviews of plans, reports, and budgets relating to the Program and shall make recommendations to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

(d)       Administrative costs shall be equivalent to, on an average statewide basis for all local partnerships, not more than eight percent (8%) of the total statewide allocation to all local partnerships.  What counts as administrative costs shall be as defined in the Smart Start Performance Audit.

(e)       Any local partnership, before receiving State funds, shall be required annually to submit a plan and budget for State funds for appropriate programs to the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.  State funds to implement the programs shall not be allocated to a local partnership until the program plan is approved by the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.

(f)        The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and all local partnerships shall use competitive bidding practices in contracting for goods and services on all contract amounts of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) and above, and, where practicable, on contracts for amounts of less than one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500).

(g)       The role of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., shall continue to be expanded to incorporate all the aspects of the new role determined for the Partnership in the Smart Start Performance Audit recommendations and to provide technical assistance to local partnerships, assess outcome goals for children and families, ensure that statewide goals and legislative guidelines are being met, help establish policies and outcome measures, obtain non-State resources for early childhood and family services, and document and verify the cumulative contributions received by the partnerships.

(h)       The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and all local partnerships shall, in the aggregate, be required to match no less than fifty percent (50%) of the total amount budgeted for the Program in each fiscal year of the biennium as follows:  contributions of cash equal to at least ten percent (10%) and in-kind donated resources equal to no more than ten percent (10%) for a total match requirement of twenty percent (20%) for each fiscal year.  Only in-kind contributions that are quantifiable, as determined in the Smart Start Performance Audit, shall be applied to the in-kind match requirement.  Expenses, including both those paid by cash and in-kind contributions, incurred by other participating non-State entities contracting with the North Carolina Partnership for Children or the local partnerships, also may be considered resources available to meet the required private match.  In order to qualify to meet the required private match, the expenses shall:

(1)       Be verifiable from the contractor's records;

(2)       If in-kind, be quantifiable in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for nonprofit organizations;

(3)       Not include expenses funded by State funds;

(4)       Be supplemental to and not supplant preexisting resources for related program activities;

(5)       Be incurred as a direct result of the Early Childhood Initiatives Program and be necessary and reasonable for the proper and efficient accomplishment of the Program's objectives;

(6)       Be otherwise allowable under federal or State law;

(7)       Be required and described in the contractual agreements approved by the North Carolina Partnership for Children or the local partnership; and

(8)       Be reported to the North Carolina Partnership for Children or the local partnership by the contractor in the same manner as reimbursable expenses.

The North Carolina Partnership shall establish uniform guidelines and reporting format for local partnerships to document the qualifying expenses occurring at the contractor level.  Local partnerships shall monitor qualifying expenses to ensure they have occurred and meet the requirements prescribed in this subsection.

Failure to obtain a twenty percent (20%) match by May 1 of each fiscal year shall result in a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the appropriation for the Program for the next fiscal year.  The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., shall be responsible for compiling information on the private cash and in-kind contributions into a report that is submitted to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations pursuant to G.S. 143B-168.13(5) in a format that allows verification by the Department of Revenue.  The same match requirements shall apply to any expansion funds appropriated by the General Assembly.

(i)        Counties participating in the Program may use the county's allocation of State and federal child care funds to subsidize child care according to the county's Early Childhood Education and Development Initiatives Plan as approved by the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.  The use of federal funds shall be consistent with the appropriate federal regulations.  Child care providers shall, at a minimum, comply with the applicable requirements for State licensure or registration pursuant to Article 7 of Chapter 110 of the General Statutes, with other applicable requirements of State law or rule, including rules adopted for nonregistered child care by the Social Services Commission, and with applicable federal regulations.

(j)        The Department of Human Resources shall continue to implement the performance-based evaluation system.

(k)       The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center shall continue its evaluation of the Program.  Notwithstanding any policy to the contrary, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center may use any method legally available to it to track children who are participating or who have participated in any Early Childhood Education and Development Initiative in order to carry out its ongoing evaluation of the Program.

(l)        G.S. 143B-168.12(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      In order to receive State funds, the following conditions shall be met:

(1)       The North Carolina Partnership shall have a Board of Directors consisting of the following 39 members:

a.         The Secretary of Human Resources, ex officio;

b.         The Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, ex officio;

c.         The Superintendent of Public Instruction, ex officio;

d.         The President of the Department of Community Colleges, ex officio;

e.         One resident from each of the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Congressional Districts, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;

f.          One resident from each of the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th Congressional Districts, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

g.         Seventeen members, of whom four shall be members of the party other than the Governor's party, appointed by the Governor;

h.         The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or a designee;

i.          The Speaker of the House of Representatives, or a designee;

j.          The Majority Leader of the Senate, or a designee;

k.         The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, or a designee;

l.          The Minority Leader of the Senate, or a designee; and

m.        The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, or a designee.

(2)       The North Carolina Partnership shall agree to adopt procedures for its operations that are comparable to those of Article 33C of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes, the Open Meetings Law, and Chapter 132 of the General Statutes, the Public Records Law, and provide for enforcement by the Department.

(3)       The North Carolina Partnership shall oversee the development and implementation of the local demonstration projects as they are selected.

(4)       The North Carolina Partnership shall develop and implement a comprehensive standard fiscal accountability plan to ensure the fiscal integrity and accountability of State funds appropriated to it and to the local partnerships. The standard fiscal accountability plan shall, at a minimum, include a uniform, standardized system of accounting, internal controls, payroll, fidelity bonding, chart of accounts, and contract management and monitoring. The North Carolina Partnership may contract with outside firms to develop and implement the standard fiscal accountability plan. All local partnerships shall be required to participate in the standard fiscal accountability plan developed and adopted by the North Carolina Partnership pursuant to this subdivision.

(5)       The North Carolina Partnership shall develop and implement a centralized accounting and contract management system which incorporates features of the required standard fiscal accountability plan described in subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of this section.  The following local partnerships shall be required to participate in the centralized accountability system developed by the North Carolina Partnership pursuant to this subdivision:

a.         Local partnerships which have significant deficiencies in their accounting systems, internal controls, and contract management systems, as determined by the North Carolina Partnership based on the annual financial audits of the local partnerships conducted by the Office of the State Auditor; and

b.         Local partnerships which are in the first two years of operation following their selection. selection, except for those created by combination with existing local partnerships.  At the end of this two-year period, local partnerships shall continue to participate in the centralized accounting and contract management system.  With the approval of the North Carolina Partnership, local partnerships may perform accounting and contract management functions at the local level using the standardized and uniform accounting system, internal controls, and contract management systems developed by the North Carolina Partnership.

            Local partnerships which otherwise would not be required to participate in the centralized accounting and contract management system pursuant to this subdivision may voluntarily choose to participate in the system. Participation or nonparticipation shall be for a minimum of two years, unless, in the event of nonparticipation, the North Carolina Partnership determines that any partnership's annual financial audit reveals serious deficiencies in accounting or contract management.

(6)       The North Carolina Partnership shall develop a formula for allocating direct services funds appropriated for this purpose to local partnerships.

(7)       The North Carolina Partnership may adjust its allocations on the basis of local partnerships' performance assessments.  In determining whether to adjust its allocations to local partnerships, the North Carolina Partnership shall consider whether the local partnerships are meeting the outcome goals and objectives of the North Carolina Partnership and the goals and objectives set forth by the local partnerships in their approved annual program plans.

                  The North Carolina Partnership may use additional factors to determine whether to adjust the local partnerships' allocations. These additional factors shall be developed with input from the local partnerships and shall be communicated to the local partnerships when the additional factors are selected. These additional factors may include board involvement, family and community outreach, collaboration among public and private service agencies, and family involvement.

                  On the basis of performance assessments, local partnerships annually shall be rated 'superior', 'satisfactory', or 'needs improvement'.  Local partnerships rated 'superior' shall may receive, to the extent that funds are available, a ten percent (10%) increase in their annual funding allocation.  Local partnerships rated 'satisfactory' shall may receive their annual funding allocation.  Local partnerships rated 'needs improvement' shall may receive ninety percent (90%) of their annual funding allocation.

                  The North Carolina Partnership may contract with outside firms to conduct the performance assessments of local partnerships.

(8)       The North Carolina Partnership shall establish a local partnership advisory committee comprised of 15 members.  Eight of the members shall be chairs of local partnerships' board of directors, and seven shall be staff of local partnerships.  Members shall be chosen by the Chair of the North Carolina Partnership from a pool of candidates nominated by their respective boards of directors. The local partnership advisory committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the North Carolina Partnership and shall establish a schedule of regular meetings.  Members shall serve two-year terms and shall not serve more than two consecutive terms. Members shall be chosen from local partnerships on a rotating basis.  The advisory committee shall annually elect a chair from among its members.

(9)       The North Carolina Partnership shall report (i) quarterly to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and (ii) to the General Assembly and the Governor on the ongoing progress of all the local partnerships' work, including all details of the use to which the allocations were put, and on the continuing plans of the North Carolina Partnership and of the Department, together with legislative proposals, including proposals to implement the program statewide."

(m)      G.S. 143B-168.13(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      The Department shall:

(1)       Develop a statewide process, in cooperation with the North Carolina Partnership, to select the local demonstration projects.  The first 12 local demonstration projects developed and implemented shall be located in the 12 congressional districts, one to a district.  The locations of subsequent selections of local demonstration projects shall represent the various geographic areas of the State.

(2)       Develop and conduct a statewide needs and resource assessment every third year, beginning in the 1997-98 fiscal year.  This needs assessment shall be conducted in cooperation with the North Carolina Partnership and with the local partnerships.  The Department may contract with an independent firm to conduct the needs assessment.  The needs assessment shall be conducted in a way which enables the Department and the North Carolina Partnership to review, and revise as necessary, the total program cost estimate and methodology.  The data and findings of this needs assessment shall form the basis for annual program plans developed by local partnerships and approved by the North Carolina Partnership.  A report of the findings of the needs assessment shall be presented to the General Assembly prior to the beginning of the 1999 Session and every three years after that date.

(2a)     Develop and maintain an automated, publicly accessible database of all regulated child care programs.

(3)       Provide technical and administrative assistance to local partnerships, particularly during the first year after they are selected under this Part to receive State funds.  The Department, at any time, may authorize the North Carolina Partnership or a governmental or public entity to do the contracting for one or more local partnerships.  After a local partnership's first year, the Department may allow the partnership to contract for itself.

(4)       Adopt, in cooperation with the North Carolina Partnership, any rules necessary to implement this Part, including rules to ensure that State leave policy is not applied to the North Carolina Partnership and the local partnerships.  In order to allow local partnerships to focus on the development of long-range plans in their initial year of funding, the Department may adopt rules that limit the categories of direct services for young children and their families for which funds are made available during the initial year.

(5)       Repealed by Session Laws 1996, Second Extra Session, c. 18, s. 24.29(c).

(6)       Annually update its funding formula using the most recent data available. These amounts shall serve as the basis for determining 'full funding' amounts for each local partnership."

(n)       G.S. 143B-168.15 reads as rewritten:

" 143B-168.15.  Use of State funds.

(a)       State funds allocated to local projects for services to children and families shall be used to meet assessed needs, expand coverage, and improve the quality of these services.  The local plan shall address the assessed needs of all children to the extent feasible.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that the needs of both young children below poverty who remain in the home, as well as the needs of young children below poverty who require services beyond those offered in child care settings, be addressed.  Therefore, as local partnerships address the assessed needs of all children, they should devote an appropriate amount of their State allocations, considering these needs and other available resources, to meet the needs of children below poverty and their families.

(b)       Depending on local, regional, or statewide needs, funds may be used to support activities and services that shall be made available and accessible to providers, children, and families on a voluntary basis.  Of the total funds allocated to all local partnerships that are designated by the Secretary for direct services, seventy-five percent (75%) shall be used for any one or more of the following activities and services:

(1)       Child day care services, including:

a.         Child day care subsidies to reduce waiting lists;

b.         Raising the county child day care subsidy rate to the State market rate, if applicable, in return for improvements in the quality of child day care services;

c.         Raising the income eligibility for child day care subsidies to seventy-five percent (75%) of the State median family income;

d.         Start-up funding for child day care providers;

e.         Assistance to enable child day care providers to conform to licensing and building code requirements;

f.          Child day care resources and referral services;

g.         Enhancement of the quality of child day care provided;

h.         Technical assistance for child day care providers;

i.          Quality grants for child day care centers or family child day care homes;

j.          Expanded services or enhanced rates for children with special needs;

k.         Head Start services;

l.          Development of comprehensive child day care services that include child health and family support;

m.        Activities to reduce staff turnover;

n.         Activities to serve children with special needs;

o.         Transportation services related to providing child day care services;

p.         Evaluation of plan implementation of child day care services; and

q.         Needs and resources assessments for child day care services.

(2)       Family- and child-centered services, including early childhood education and child development services, including:

a.         Enhancement of the quality of family- and child-centered services provided;

b.         Technical assistance for family- and child-centered services;

c.         Needs and resource assessments for family- and child-centered services;

d.         Home-centered services; and

e.         Evaluation of plan implementation of family- and child-centered services.

(3)       Other appropriate activities and services for child day care providers and for family- and child-centered services, including:

a.         Staff and organizational development, leadership and administrative development, technology assisted education, and long-range planning; and

b.         Procedures to ensure that infants and young children receive needed health, immunization, and related services. seventy percent (70%) shall be used in child care-related activities and programs which improve access to child care services, develop new child care services, or improve the quality of child care services in all settings.

(c)       Long-term plans for local projects that do not receive their full allocation in the first year, other than those selected in 1993, should consider how to meet the assessed needs of low-income children and families within their neighborhoods or communities.  These plans also should reflect a process to meet these needs as additional allocations and other resources are received.

(d)       State funds designated for start-up and related activities may be used for capital expenses or to support activities and services for children, families, and providers. State funds designated to support direct services for children, families, and providers shall not be used for major capital expenses unless the North Carolina Partnership approves this use of State funds based upon a finding that a local partnership has demonstrated that (i) this use is a clear priority need for the local plan, (ii) it is necessary to enable the local partnership to provide services and activities to underserved children and families, and (iii) the local partnership will not otherwise be able to meet this priority need by using State or federal funds available to that local partnership.  The funds approved for capital projects in any two consecutive fiscal years may not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total funds for direct services allocated to a local partnership in those two consecutive fiscal years.

(e)       State funds allocated to local partnerships shall not supplant current expenditures by counties on behalf of young children and their families, and maintenance of current efforts on behalf of these children and families shall be sustained. State funds shall not be applied without the Secretary's approval where State or federal funding sources, such as Head Start, are available or could be made available to that county.

(f)        Local partnerships may carry over funds from one fiscal year to the next, subject to the following conditions:

(1)       Local partnerships in their first year of receiving direct services funding may, on a one-time basis only, carry over any unspent funds to the subsequent fiscal year.

(2)       Any local partnership may carry over any unspent funds to the subsequent fiscal year, subject to the limitation that funds carried over may not exceed the increase in funding the local partnership received during the current fiscal year over the prior fiscal year.

(g)       Not less than thirty percent (30%) of each local partnership's direct services allocation shall be used to expand child day care subsidies. To the extent practicable, these funds shall be used to enhance the affordability, availability, and quality of child day care services as described in this section.  The North Carolina Partnership may increase this percentage requirement up to a maximum of fifty percent (50%) when, based upon the local waiting list for subsidized child care or the total percentage of children served whose families are income eligible for subsidized child care, the North Carolina Partnership determines a higher percentage is justified."

(o)       The North Carolina Partnership shall not apply the subsidy requirement in G.S. 143B-168.15(g) to the 45 counties eligible to receive planning funds in 1997-98.

(p)       There is allocated from the funds appropriated to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Child Development, in this act, the sum of twenty-two million two hundred fifty-eight thousand six hundred twenty-five dollars ($22,258,625) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of twenty-five million two hundred ninety-eight thousand eight hundred thirty-eight dollars ($25,298,838) for the 1998-99 fiscal year to be used as follows:

(1)       Of the 35 partnerships existing as of the 1996-97 fiscal year, funds for direct services shall be increased a total of $15,215,912 for the 1997-98 fiscal year and $15,215,912 for the 1998-99 fiscal year.  The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., may use up to $1,500,000 of these funds in the 1997-98 fiscal year as planning funds for the remaining 45 unfunded counties.

(2)       For the 12 new partnerships planned for as of the 1996-97 fiscal year, funds shall be $5,252,713 for the 1997-98 fiscal year and $9,142,926 for the 1998-99 fiscal year to administer and deliver direct services.

(3)       The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., shall receive an additional $700,000 in the 1997-98 fiscal year and an additional $700,000 in the 1998-99 fiscal year for the State-level administration of the Program.

(4)       The Department of Human Resources shall receive $750,000 in nonrecurring funds in the 1997-98 fiscal year to conduct a statewide needs and resources assessment.

(5)       The Department of Human Resources shall receive $100,000 in nonrecurring funds in the 1997-98 fiscal year to complete the automation of a database of all regulated child care programs.

(6)       The Department of Human Resources shall receive $240,000 in the 1997-98 fiscal year and $240,000 in the 1998-99 fiscal year for professional development programs.

(q)       Of the funds appropriated to the Department of Human Resources for the Program for the 1997-99 biennium, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center shall receive the sum of eight hundred fifty thousand dollars ($850,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of eight hundred fifty thousand dollars ($850,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Cansler, Gardner, Clary

CHILD CARING INSTITUTION FUND

Section 11.56.  (a) There is allocated from the funds appropriated to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, Child Caring Institution Fund, the sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year in order to increase the balance in the CCI Fund.  Funds allocated under this section shall be used to increase the private child caring agency reimbursement rate for the State-funded portion of services to children who are not eligible for federal IV-E or AFDC-EA subsidies.

(b)       Funds allocated under this section shall be used to increase reimbursement rates to those child caring agencies providing residential care services and behavioral health care services under agreements with the county departments of social services during fiscal year 1996-97.  Counties shall not reduce their contributions to the agencies' cost of care as a result of the allocation of funds under subsection (a) of this section.  County contributions to the cost of care shall continue to be negotiated between the counties and the agencies.  County contributions to the cost of care shall not be used to reduce or offset State reimbursement for the cost of care in private child caring institutions.

(c)       Funds allocated under this section shall be allocated to agencies by the Division of Social Services according to the current and agreed upon formulas and reimbursement methodologies, adjusted to reflect the additional funds appropriated.  Funds allocated from the CCI Fund may be used by agencies to match federal funds for eligible children.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS

Section 11.57.  (a) Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, the sum of two million two hundred sixty-nine thousand seven hundred fifty-two dollars ($2,269,752) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of two million two hundred sixty-nine thousand seven hundred fifty-two dollars ($2,269,752) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be allocated to county departments of social services for hiring or contracting for additional foster care and adoption worker positions created after July 1, 1997, based upon a formula which takes into consideration the number of foster care and adoption cases and the number of foster care and adoption workers necessary to meet recommended standards adopted by the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services.  County departments of social services shall make diligent efforts to hire staff with a professional social work degree from an accredited social work program.

(b)       Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services, the sum of one hundred fifty-nine thousand dollars ($159,000) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of one hundred sixty-three thousand dollars ($163,000) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used to establish and maintain a State Child Fatality Review Team to conduct in-depth reviews of any child fatalities which have occurred involving children and families involved with local departments of social services child protective services in the 12 months preceding the fatality.

The purpose of these reviews shall be to implement a team approach to identifying factors which may have contributed to conditions leading to the fatality and to develop recommendations for improving coordination between local and State entities which might have avoided the threat of injury or fatality and to identify appropriate remedies.  The Division of Social Services shall make public the findings and recommendations developed for each fatality reviewed relating to improving coordination between local and State entities.

The State Child Fatality Review Team shall include representatives of the local departments of social services and the Division of Social Services, a member of the local Community Child Protection Team, a member of the local child fatality prevention team, a representative from local law enforcement, a prevention specialist, and a medical professional.

The State Child Fatality Review Team shall have access to all medical records, hospital records, and records maintained by this State, any county, or any local agency as necessary to carry out the purposes of this subsection, including police investigative data, medical examiner investigative data, health records, mental health records, and social services records.  Any member of the State Child Fatality Review Team may share, only in an official meeting of the State Child Fatality Review Team, any information available to that member that the State Child Fatality Review Team needs to carry out its duties.

Meetings of the State Child Fatality Review Team are not subject to the provisions of Article 33C of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes.  However, the State Child Fatality Review Team may hold periodic public meetings to discuss, in a general manner not revealing confidential information about children and families, the findings of their reviews and their recommendations for preventive actions.  Minutes of all public meetings, excluding those of executive sessions, shall be kept in compliance with Article 33C of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes.  Any minutes or any other information generated during any executive session shall be sealed from public inspection.

All otherwise confidential information and records acquired by the State Child Fatality Review Team, in the exercise of its duties are confidential; are not subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in any proceedings except pursuant to an order of the court; and may only be disclosed as necessary to carry out the purposes of the State Child Fatality Review Team.  In addition, all otherwise confidential information and records created by the State Child Fatality Review Team in the exercise of its duties are confidential; are not subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in any proceedings; and may only be disclosed as necessary to carry out the purposes of the State Child Fatality Review Team.  No member of the State Child Fatality Review Team, nor any person who attends a meeting of the State Child Fatality Review Team, may testify in any proceeding about what transpired at the meeting, about information presented at the meeting, or about opinions formed by the person as a result of the meetings.  This subsection shall not, however, prohibit a person from testifying in a civil or criminal action about matters within that person's independent knowledge.

Each member of the State Child Fatality Review Team and invited participant shall sign a statement indicating an understanding of and adherence to confidentiality requirements, including the possible civil or criminal consequences of any breach of confidentiality.

Funds allocated under this subsection shall be used as follows:

(1)       To contract with a statewide prevention organization and a statewide medical organization to identify and orient prevention specialists and medical professionals with experience in reviewing child fatalities to serve on the State Child Fatality Review Team; and

(2)       To pay per diem expenses for the five participants in each review who are not employed by the Division of Social Services or county departments of social services.

The Division of Social Services, Department of Human Resources, shall report quarterly to the Cochairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and the Fiscal Research Division on the activities of the State Child Fatality Review Team and shall provide a final report to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources within one week of the convening of the 1997 General Assembly, Regular Session 1998, including recommendations for changes in the statewide child protection system.

(c)       Counties shall not use State funds appropriated for child welfare services to supplant county funds or reduce county expenditures for child welfare services.

(d)       Notwithstanding G.S. 131D-10.6A, the Division of Social Services shall establish training requirements for child welfare services staff initially hired on and after January 1, 1998.  The minimum training requirements established by the Division shall be as follows:

(1)       Child welfare services workers must complete a minimum of 72 hours of preservice training before assuming direct client contact responsibilities;

(2)       Child protective services workers must complete a minimum of 18 hours of additional training that the Division determines is necessary to adequately meet training needs;

(3)       Foster care and adoption social workers must complete a minimum of 39 hours of additional training that the Division determines is necessary to adequately meet training needs;

(4)       Child Welfare Services supervisors must complete a minimum of 72 hours of preservice training before assuming supervisory responsibilities, and a minimum of 54 hours of additional training that the Division determines is necessary to adequately meet training needs; and

(5)       Child welfare services staff must complete 24 hours of continuing education annually thereafter.

The Division of Social Services shall ensure that training opportunities are available for county departments of social services and consolidated human services agencies to meet the training requirements of this subsection.

This subsection shall expire June 30, 1999.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

LIMITATIONS ON STATE ABORTION FUND

Section 11.58.  The limitations on funding of the performance of abortion established in Section 23.27 of Chapter 324 of the 1995 Session Laws, Regular Session 1996, as amended by Section 23.8A of Chapter 507 of the 1995 Session Laws, Regular Session 1996, apply to the 1997-98 and 1998-99 fiscal years.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

FAMILY SUPPORT/DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SERVICES CONTRACT

Section 11.59.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Department of Human Resources, for family support services, the sum of five hundred three thousand two hundred thirty-eight dollars ($503,238) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of five hundred three thousand two hundred thirty-eight dollars ($503,238) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used to contract with a private, nonprofit corporation licensed to do business in North Carolina to perform those services, including family support and advocacy services as well as technical assistance to professionals who work with families of hearing-impaired children.

 

Requested by:  Senators Martin of Guilford, Winner, Lee, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

IMPLEMENT ABC'S PLAN FOR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

Section 11.60.  (a) The Department of Human Resources shall plan to implement the State Board of Education's ABC's Plan for all of its residential schools where children are in attendance for more than 120 days a year.  The ABC's Plan shall be implemented for the 1998-99 school year, if possible.

(b)       The State Board of Education shall assist the Department of Human Resources with the implementation.  The Department of Human Resources and the State Board of Education shall:

(1)       Identify any policy or technical reason this accountability model cannot be adopted in the residential schools.

(2)       Develop accountability standards for each residential school, including baseline data for these standards.  Accountability standards shall also be developed to measure improvements in performance among the nondiploma bound students attending the residential schools.

(3)       Determine the feasibility of implementing these accountability standards in the 1998-99 school year and propose a phase-in approach, if necessary.

(4)       Define the strategies and consequences for State intervention in low-performing residential schools.

(5)       Review the site-based management practices within the State Board of Education which, if implemented in the Department of Human Resources, should result in improved student performance.

The State Board of Education and the Department of Human Resources shall report jointly on their progress toward implementation in an interim report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by October 1, 1997, and with a final report to that Committee by April 1, 1998.

(c)       In addition to the implementation of the ABC's Plan in the Department of Human Resources' residential schools, the State Board of Education and the Department of Human Resources shall study and report on the following issues:

(1)       Mandatory accreditation and dual certification of teachers in the residential schools.

(2)       Comparison of the staffing and financial resources available to serve special needs children in local education authorities versus residential schools (excluding the residential cost component).

(3)       Alignment of the Department of Human Resources' curricula with the State Board of Education's high school vocational educational curriculum, including opportunities for the residential schools to participate in the Tech Prep program with the community colleges.

(4)       Strategies for developing select residential schools as resource centers to local educational authorities in serving their special needs children.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

DIVISION OF SERVICES FOR BLIND/PERFORMANCE AUDIT

Section 11.61.  The Office of the State Auditor shall conduct a performance audit of the Division of Services for the Blind in the Department of Human Resources, to include the Governor Morehead School.  The performance audit shall address, but not be limited to, the financial management of the Division.  The Office of the State Auditor shall submit the results of the performance audit to the cochairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources by January 1, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

SERVICES FOR BLIND/EXTENDED SERVICE PROVIDER POSITIONS

Section 11.62.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Human Resources, Division of Services for the Blind, the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) in each fiscal year of the 1997-99 biennium shall be used to maintain extended service provider positions at local, nonprofit supported employment programs.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

GOVERNOR MOREHEAD SCHOOL/TEXTBOOK FUNDS

Section 11.63.  Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Division of Services for the Blind, the sum of twelve thousand four hundred eight dollars ($12,408) for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the sum of twelve thousand four hundred eight dollars ($12,408) for the 1998-99 fiscal year shall be used to increase funding for textbooks or for adaptive technology, or both, for student education at the Governor Morehead School.  Funds for this purpose shall be part of the Division's continuation budget request.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

REIMBURSEMENT AND COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE STATEWIDE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL, AND THE COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND

Section 11.64.  Notwithstanding G.S. 138-5(a)(1), those members of the North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Council, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Commission for the Blind who are unemployed or who shall forfeit wages from other employment to attend council or commission meetings or to perform related duties, may receive compensation not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00) a day for attending these meetings or for performing related duties, as authorized in sections 105 and 705 of P.L. 102-569, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 701, et seq., as amended.  This compensation is instead of the compensation specified in G.S. 138-5(a)(1).  Reimbursement for subsistence and travel expenses is as specified in G.S. 138-5.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES

Section 11.65.  (a) The maximum gross annual income for initial eligibility, adjusted biennially, for subsidized child care services shall be seventy-five percent (75%) of the State median income, adjusted for family size.

(b)       Parents who receive child care subsidy to work, look for work, attend work-related training or education activities, or meet the special developmental needs of their child, shall share in the cost of child care.  No fees shall be charged to the client when child care services are provided to the individuals in the following circumstances:

(1)       When children are receiving child care services in conjunction with protective services as described in 10 NCAC 35E.0106, up to a maximum of 12 months from the time protective services are initiated;

(2)       When child care services are provided as a support to a child receiving Child Welfare Services as described in the North Carolina Division of Social Services Family Services Manual, Volume 1, Chapter II; or

(3)       When a child with no income is living with someone other than the child's biological or adoptive parent or is living with someone who does not have court-ordered financial responsibility.

(c)       Fees shall be established based on a percent of gross family income and adjusted for family size.  Fees shall be determined as follows:

FAMILY SIZE                       PERCENT OF GROSS FAMILY INCOME

1-3                                                                                9%

4-5                                                                                8%

6 or more                                                                     7%

Local departments of social services shall apply this new fee schedule to recipients at the next eligibility review on or after the effective date of this section.

(d)       Rules for the monthly schedule of payments for the purchase of child care services for low-income children shall be established by the Social Services Commission pursuant to G.S. 143-153(8)(a) in accordance with the following requirements:

(1)       For child care facilities as defined in G.S. 110-86(3) in which fewer than fifty percent (50%) of the enrollees are subsidized by State or federal funds, the State shall continue to pay the same fee paid by private paying parents for a child in the same age group in the same facility.

(2)       "AA"licensed centers which are certified as developmental day centers by the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services receive one hundred ten percent (110%) of the market rate or the rate they charge private paying parents, whichever is lower, for typically developing children.  Developmental day centers may be reimbursed up to their allowable costs as determined by the Division's cost finding process.

(3)       The monthly schedule of payments for the purchase of child care services for low-income children from providers who have fifty percent (50%) or more children receiving child care subsidized with State or federal funds include:

a.         Provision of payment rates for child care that are tied to the provider's regulatory status as follows:

1.         Registered homes and "A"licensed centers receive the market rate or the rate they charge their private paying parents, whichever is lower;

2.         "AA"licensed centers receive one hundred ten percent (110%) of the market rate or the rate they charge their private paying parents, whichever is lower; and

3.         Unregistered providers receive fifty percent (50%) of the market rate or the rate they charge their private paying parents, whichever is lower.

b.         Provision of payment rates for child care providers in counties who do not have at least 75 children in each age group for center-based and home-based care as follows:

1.         Payment rates shall be set at the statewide market rate for registered homes and "A"licensed centers.

2.         If it can be demonstrated that the application of the statewide market rate to a county with fewer than 75 children in each age group is lower than the county market rate and would inhibit the ability of the county to purchase child care for low-income children, then the county market rate may be applied.

(e)       Payment rates described in sub-subdivision (3)a. of subsection (d) of this section shall be applied to all licensed child care centers, including Head Start Wrap Around, that have fifty percent (50%) or more of enrolled children receiving child care subsidies, and to registered family child care homes and unregulated providers that enroll subsidized children.

(f)        A market rate shall be calculated for facilities and homes for each county and for each age group or age category of enrollees and shall be representative of fees charged to unsubsidized private paying parents for each age group of enrollees within the county.  The Division of Child Development shall also calculate a statewide market rate for each age category.  The Division of Child Development may also calculate regional market rates for each age group and age category.

(g)       Facilities licensed pursuant to Article 7 of Chapter 110 of the General Statutes may participate in the program that provides for the purchase of care in child care facilities for minor children of needy families.  No separate licensing requirements shall be used to select facilities to participate.  In addition, child care facilities shall be required to meet any additional applicable requirements of federal law or regulations.

Child care homes as defined in G.S. 110-86(4) from which the State purchases child care services shall meet the standards established by the Child Day Care Commission pursuant to G.S. 110-101 and G.S. 110-105.1 and any additional requirements of State law or federal law or regulations.  Child care arrangements exempt from State regulation pursuant to Article 7 of Chapter 110 of the General Statutes shall meet the requirements established by other State law and by the Social Services Commission.

County departments of social services or other local contracting agencies shall not use a provider's failure to comply with requirements in addition to those specified in this subsection as a condition for reducing the provider's subsidized child care rate.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CHILD CARE ALLOCATION FORMULA

Section 11.66.  (a) To simplify current child care allocation methodology and more equitably distribute State child care funds, the Department of Human Resources shall apply the following allocation formula to all noncategorical federal and State child care funds used to pay the costs of necessary child care for minor children of needy families:

(1)       One-third of budgeted funds shall be distributed according to the county's population in relation to the total population of the State;

(2)       One-third of the budgeted funds shall be distributed according to the number of children under 6 years of age in a county who are living in families whose income is below the State poverty level in relation to the total number of children under 6 years of age in the State in families whose income is below the poverty level; and

(3)       One-third of budgeted funds shall be distributed according to the number of working mothers with children under 6 years of age in a county in relation to the total number of working mothers with children under 6 years of age in the State.

(b)       A county's initial allocation shall not be less than that county's total expenditures for both FSA and non-FSA child care in fiscal year 1995-96.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CHILD CARE FUNDS MATCHING REQUIREMENT

Section 11.67.  No local matching funds may be required by the Department of Human Resources as a condition of any locality's receiving any State child care funds appropriated by this act unless federal law requires such a match.

 

Requested by:  Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

CHILD DAY CARE REVOLVING LOAN FUND

Section 11.68.  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, funds budgeted for the Child Day Care Revolving Loan Fund may be transferred to and invested by the financial institution contracted to operate the Fund.  The principal and any income to the Fund may be used to make loans, reduce loan interest to borrowers, serve as collateral for borrowers, pay the contractor's cost of operating the Fund, or to pay the Department's cost of administering the program.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ADULT CARE HOME BED VACANCIES

Section 11.69.  (a) The General Assembly finds:

(1)       That the cost of care for seventy percent (70%) of adult care home residents is paid by the State and the counties;

(2)       That the cost to the State for care for residents in adult care homes is substantial, and high vacancy rates in adult care homes further increases the cost of care;

(3)       That the proliferation of unnecessary adult care home beds results in costly duplication and underuse of facilities and may result in lower quality service; and

(4)       That it is necessary to protect the general welfare and lives, health, and property of the people of the State to slow temporarily licensure of adult care home beds pending a finding of a more definitive means of developing and maintaining the quality of adult care home beds so that unnecessary costs to the State do not result, adult care home beds are available where needed, and that individuals who need care in adult care homes may have access to quality care.

(b)       From the effective date of this act until 12 months after the effective date of this act, the Department of Health and Human Services shall not approve the addition of any adult care home beds for any type home or facility in the State, except as follows:

(1)       Plans submitted for approval prior to May 18, 1997, may continue to be processed for approval;

(2)       Plans submitted for approval subsequent to May 18, 1997, may be processed for approval if the individual or organization submitting the plan demonstrates to the Department that on or before August 25, 1997, the individual or organization purchased real property, entered into a contract to purchase or obtain an option to purchase real property, entered into a binding real property lease arrangement, or has otherwise made a binding financial commitment for the purpose of establishing or expanding an adult care home facility. An owner of real property who entered into a contract prior to August 25, 1997, for the sale of an existing building together with land zoned for the development of not more than 50 adult care home beds with a proposed purchaser who failed to consummate the transaction may, after August 25, 1997, sell the property to another purchaser and the Department may process and approve plans submitted by the purchaser for the development of not more than 50 adult care home beds.  It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to establish, to the satisfaction of the Department, that any of these conditions have been met;

(3)       Adult care home beds in facilities for the developmentally disabled with six beds or less which are or would be licensed under G.S. 131D or G.S. 122C may continue to be approved;

(4)       If the Department determines that the vacancy rate of available adult care home beds in a county is fifteen percent (15%) or less of the total number of available beds in the county as of the effective date of this act and no new beds have been approved or licensed in the county or plans submitted for approval in accordance with subdivision (1) or (2) of this section which would raise the vacancy rate above fifteen percent (15%) in the county, then the Department may accept and approve the addition of beds in that county; or

(5)       If a county board of commissioners determines that a substantial need exists for the addition of adult care home beds in that county, the board of commissioners may request that a specified number of additional beds be licensed for development in their county.  In making their determination, the board of commissioners shall give consideration to meeting the needs of Special Assistance clients.  The Department may approve licensure of the additional beds from the first facility that files for licensure and subsequently meets the licensure requirements.

(c)       The Department shall study the issue of high vacancy rates for adult care home beds, including the impact of those vacancy rates on cost-effectiveness and quality of care for the occupants of adult care homes and other facilities, and make recommendations with respect to the need for establishing new procedures for determining the State and county reimbursement amounts for Special Assistance recipients, the need for the establishment of a certificate of need type process for adult care homes, or any changes needed in the certificate of need process for any other facilities to prevent high vacancy rates for adult care home beds.  The Department also shall study the issue of the availability of beds for Special Assistance clients and how recent new bed development has impacted the availability, quality, and cost of beds available for those clients.  The Department shall report the results of its study, along with the recommendations required by this section and any other proposals and recommendations, to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources by February 1, 1998.  The Department's report shall include any observations or recommendations it deems appropriate with respect to correlations between the vacancy rates and the condition or age of facilities.

(d)       This section shall not apply to adult care home beds which are part of a continuing care facility subject to the jurisdiction of or licensed by the Department of Insurance pursuant to Article 64, Chapter 58 of the General Statutes.

(e)       This section is effective when this act becomes law.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford, Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ADULT CARE HOMES REIMBURSEMENT RATE/ADULT CARE HOMES ALLOCATION OF NONFEDERAL COST OF MEDICAID PAYMENTS

Section 11.70.  (a) The eligibility of Special Assistance recipients residing in adult care homes on August 1, 1995, shall not be affected by an income reduction in the Special Assistance eligibility criteria resulting from adoption of the Rate Setting Methodology Report and Related Services, providing these recipients are otherwise eligible.  The maximum monthly rate for these residents in adult care home facilities shall be nine hundred seventy-five dollars ($975.00) per month for ambulatory residents and one thousand seventeen dollars ($1,017) per month for semiambulatory residents.

(b)       Effective August 1, 1995, the State shall pay fifty percent (50%) and the county shall pay fifty percent (50%) of the nonfederal costs of Medicaid services paid to adult care home facilities.  As Medicaid personal care requirements increase, the county matching share shall be capped until it equals fifteen percent (15%) of the nonfederal Medicaid personal care requirements.

(c)       Effective July 1, 1997, the maximum monthly rate for residents in adult care home facilities shall be eight hundred ninety-three dollars ($893.00) per month per resident.

(d)       Effective July 1, 1998, the maximum monthly rate for residents in adult care home facilities shall be nine hundred fifteen dollars ($915.00) per month per resident.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE MEDICAID WAIVER/STUDY AND COMPARISON OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Section 11.71.  (a) The Division of Medical Assistance, Department of Human Resources, shall consider alternatives for providing adult day health care services, including requesting a waiver from the Health Care Financing Administration to provide adult day health care services to Medicaid recipients who are not participating in a community alternative program.  The Division shall report to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources by May 1, 1998, on its progress in providing adult day health care services through Medicaid.  The Division of Medical Assistance shall not implement this service until it has reported to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources on the impact of providing this service on the provision of long-term care services for Medicaid recipients and the fiscal impact of adding this additional service.

(b)       The Division of Medical Assistance and the Division of Aging shall study the eligibility criteria, including spenddown requirements, for Medicaid coverage for institutional and in-home care services, including a comparison of the requirements, the reasons for differences in requirements, and any inequities identified in the requirements which may cause recipients to choose institutionalization over in-home care.  The Division of Medical Assistance and the Division of Aging shall report the findings of the study, along with any recommendations for changing the requirements and the fiscal impact of implementing the study's recommendations, to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources and the North Carolina Study Commission on Aging by March 1, 1998.

 

Requested by:   Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary

ADULT CARE HOME STAFFING FOR PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

Section 11.72.  (a) Adult care homes with a capacity of 13 or more beds shall provide adequate staff to meet the personal care needs of the home's residents.  As used in this section, the term:

(1)       "Adequate staff"means personal care staff shall be sufficient to meet the needs of each resident as specified in the resident's care plan.  At all times there shall be sufficient staff to provide an average of one hour of personal care services per resident during each 24-hour period.  In addition to the average of one hour of personal care services per resident, the facility shall provide staff to meet the needs of the facility's heavy care residents.  Staffing patterns may be flexible to allow for peak periods of resident care needs or periods of low resident care needs, but there shall always be sufficient staff to provide for the safety and supervision of all residents at all times.

(2)       "Heavy care resident"means an individual residing in an adult care home who, according to Medicaid criteria, needs extensive assistance or is totally dependent on another person for eating, toileting, or both eating and toileting, or any other type of heavy care resident as defined by Medicaid; and

(3)       "Personal care service"means any task identified by Medicaid which has the primary purpose of providing needed assistance to residents.

If the Department of Health and Human Services finds that an adult care home has not provided adequate staff to meet the personal care needs required by this section, then the Department shall withhold payment for personal care services until the staffing requirements of this section have been met.

(b)       This section becomes effective October 1, 1997, and expires June 30, 1998.

 

Requested by:  Representatives Gardner, Cansler, Clary, Earle

STUDY OF ALTERNATE LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Section 11.73.  (a) The Department of Human Resources shall study ways to provide assistance to low-income elderly or disabled adults who are eligible for Medicaid or Special Assistance under G.S. 108A-41(b) for the purpose of supporting a range of living arrangements.  The Divisions of Medical Assistance, Social Services, Facility Services, and Aging, as well as other appropriate divisions within the Department of Human Resources, shall participate in the study.  The study shall include, but need not be limited to, a review of and recommendations on the following:

(1)       The types of living arrangements that can support the daily care needs of individuals who are otherwise eligible for Medicaid or Special Assistance;

(2)       A payment structure based on living arrangement, including by type of facility;

(3)       Criteria to determine the appropriateness of care;

(4)       The impact of alternate living arrangements on Medicaid eligibility and costs, including any needed changes that would promote cost efficiencies;

(5)       A case management system to support appropriate placements;

(6)       The costs of providing Special Assistance to support a range of living arrangements; and

(7)       The reasons an individual chooses to live in an adult care home instead of the individual's own home, including the factors that hinder or impede individuals from receiving services needed to remaining at home or otherwise avoid placement in an adult care home.

(b)       The Department shall report its findings and recommendations to the North Carolina Study Commission on Aging, to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Resources, and to the Fiscal Research Division by May 1, 1998.  The report shall include recommendations on whether changes are needed to the Medicaid or the Special Assistance programs to support alternate living arrangements and the costs associated with these changes.

(c)       The Department may use funds available to it to support the cost of this study.

 

Requested by:   Senator Martin of Guilford

SPECIAL ADVISOR FOR CHILDREN, FAMILY, AND VOLUNTEERISM

Section 11.75.  Notwithstanding G.S. 143-16.3, the Department of Human Resources may transfer funds appropriated to it in this act to the Office of the Governor to fund the position of Special Advisor for Children, Family, and Volunteerism.

 

PART XIA. HEALTH FROM DEHNR TO DHR/NAME CHANGES

 

Requested by: Senator Perdue

TRANSFER HEALTH SERVICES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, CHANGE THE NAME OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, CHANGE THE NAME OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES, MAKE TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING STATUTORY CHANGES, CHANGE THE TERM "AMBULANCE ATTENDANT"TO "MEDICAL RESPONDER", AND MAKE CHANGES TO THE STATUTES RELATING TO MEDICAL RESPONDERS.

 

SUBPART 1.  TRANSFER AND RESTRUCTURE OF DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

Section 11A.1.  The name of Article 3 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes reads as rewritten:

"ARTICLE 3.

Department of Human Resources. Health and Human Services."

Section 11A.2.  G.S. 130A-55.1, 143B-136, 143B-137, 143B-138, and 143B-279.6 are repealed.

Section 11A.3.  Part 1 of Article 3 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes is amended by adding the following new sections:

" 143B-136.1.  Department of Health and Human Services - creation.

There is created a department to be known as the 'Department of Health and Human Services,' with the organization, duties, functions, and powers defined in this Article and other applicable provisions of law.

" 143B-137.1.  Department of Health and Human Services - duties.

It shall be the duty of the Department to provide the necessary management, development of policy, and establishment and enforcement of standards for the provision of services in the fields of public and mental health and rehabilitation with the intent to assist all citizens - as individuals, families, and communities - to achieve and maintain an adequate level of health, social and economic well-being, and dignity.  Whenever possible, the Department shall emphasize preventive measures to avoid or to reduce the need for costly emergency treatments that often result from lack of forethought.  The Department shall establish priorities to eliminate those excessive expenses incurred by the State for lack of adequate funding or careful planning of preventive measures.

" 143B-138.1.  Department of Health and Human Services - functions and organization.

(a)       All functions, powers, duties, and obligations previously vested in the following commissions, boards, councils, committees, or subunits of the Department of Human Resources are transferred to and vested in the Department of Health and Human Services by a Type I transfer, as defined in G.S. 143A-6:

(1)       Division of Aging.

(2)       Division of Services for the Blind.

(3)       Division of Medical Assistance.

(4)       Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.

(5)       Division of Social Services.

(6)       Division of Facility Services.

(7)       Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

(8)       Division of Youth Services.

(9)       Division of Services for the Deaf and the Blind.

(10)     Office of Economic Opportunity.

(11)     Division of Child Development.

(12)     Office of Rural Health.

(b)       All functions, powers, duties, and obligations previously vested in the following commissions, boards, councils, committees, or subunits of the Department of Human Resources are transferred to and vested in the Department of Health and Human Services by a Type II transfer, as defined in G.S. 143A-6:

(1)       Respite Care Program.

(2)       Governor's Advisory Council on Aging.

(3)       Commission for the Blind.

(4)       Professional Advisory Committee.

(5)       Consumer and Advocacy Advisory Committee for the Blind.

(6)       Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.

(7)       Social Services Commission.

(8)       Child Day Care Commission.

(9)       Medical Care Commission.

(10)     Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.

(11)     Board of Directors of the Governor Morehead School.

(12)     Board of Directors for the North Carolina Schools for the Deaf.

(13)     North Carolina Council for the Hearing Impaired.

(14)     North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.

(15)     Council on Developmental Disabilities.

(c)       The functions, powers, duties, and obligations previously vested in the following commissions, boards, councils, committees, or subunits of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources are transferred to and vested in the Department of Health and Human Services by a Type I transfer, as defined in G.S. 143A-6:

(1)       Division of Dental Health.

(2)       State Center for Health Statistics.

(3)       Division of Epidemiology.

(4)       Division of Health Promotion.

(5)       Division of Maternal and Child Health.

(6)       Office of Minority Health.

(7)       Office of Public Health Nursing.

(8)       Division of Laboratory Services.

(9)       Office of Local Health Services.

(10)     Division of Postmortem Medicolegal Examinations.

(11)     Office of Women's Health.

(d)       All functions, powers, duties, and obligations previously vested in the following commissions, boards, councils, committees, or subunits of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources are transferred to and vested in the Department of Health and Human Services by a Type II transfer, as defined in G.S. 143A-6:

(1)       Commission for Health Services.

(2)       Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome.

(3)       Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health.

(4)       Commission of Anatomy.

(5)       Minority Health Advisory Council.

(6)       Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.

(e)       The Department of Health and Human Services is vested with all other functions, powers, duties, and obligations as are conferred by the Constitution and laws of this State."

Section 11A.4.  The name of Article 7 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes reads as rewritten:

"ARTICLE 7.

Department of Environment,

Health, Environment and Natural

Resources."

Section 11A.5.  G.S. 143B-279.2 reads as rewritten:

" 143B-279.2.  Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources - duties.

It shall be the duty of the Department:

(1)       To provide for the protection of the environment;

(1a)     To administer the State Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Task Force and coordinate State participation activities in the federal outer continental shelf resource recovery programs as provided under the OCS Lands Act Amendments of 1978 (43 USC 1801 et seq.) and the OCS Lands Act Amendments of 1986 (43 USC 1331 et seq.).

(1b)     To provide for the protection of the environment and public health through the regulation of solid waste and hazardous waste management and the administration of environmental health programs.

(2)       To provide for the protection and enhancement of the public health;

(2a)     To provide and keep a museum or collection of the natural history of the State and to maintain the North Carolina Biological Survey; and

(3)       To provide for the management of the State's natural resources."

Section 11A.6.  G.S. 143B-279.3 as amended by S.L. 1997-286 reads as rewritten:

" 143B-279.3.  Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources - structure.

(a)       All functions, powers, duties, and obligations heretofore previously vested in the following subunits of the following departments are hereby transferred to and vested in the Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources by a Type I transfer, as defined in G.S. 143A-6:

(1)       Radiation Protection Section, Division of Facility Services, Department of Human Resources.

(2)       Division of Health Services, Department of Human Resources.

(3)       State Center for Health Statistics, Department of Human Resources.

(4)       Coastal Management Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(5)       Environmental Management Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(6)       Forest Resources Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(7)       Land Resources Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(8)       Marine Fisheries Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(9)       Parks and Recreation Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(10)     Soil and Water Conservation Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(11)     Water Resources Division, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(12)     North Carolina Zoological Park, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(13)     Albemarle-Pamlico Study.

(14)     Office of Marine Affairs, Department of Administration.

(15)     Environmental Health Section, Division of Health Services, Department of Human Resources.

(b)       All functions, powers, duties, and obligations heretofore previously vested in the following commissions, boards, councils, and committees of the following departments are hereby  transferred to and vested in the Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources by a Type II transfer, as defined in G.S. 143A-6:

(1)       Repealed by Session Laws 1993, c. 501, s. 27.

(2)       Radiation Protection Commission, Department of Human Resources.

(3)       Commission for Health Services, Department of Human Resources.

(4)       Water Treatment Facility Operators Board of Certification, Department of Human Resources.

(5)       Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome, Department of Human Resources.

(6)       Perinatal Health Care Programs Advisory Council, Department of Human Resources.

(7)       Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health, Department of Human Resources.

(8)       Commission of Anatomy, Department of Human Resources.

(9)       Coastal Resources Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(10)     Environmental Management Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(11)     Air Quality Council, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(12)     Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Certification Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(13)     Forestry Council, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(14)     North Carolina Mining Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(15)     Advisory Committee on Land Records, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(16)     Marine Fisheries Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(17)     Parks and Recreation Council, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(18)     Board of Trustees of the Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Fund, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(19)     North Carolina Trails Committee, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(20)     Sedimentation Control Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(21)     State Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(22)     North Carolina Zoological Park Council, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

(c)       (1)       There is hereby created a division within the environmental area of the Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources to be named the Division of Radiation Protection.  All functions, powers, duties, and obligations of the Radiation Protection Section of the Division of Facility Services of the Department of Human Resources are transferred in their entirety to the Radiation Protection Division of the Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources.

(2)       There is hereby created a division within the environmental area of the Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources to be named the Division of Waste Management.  All functions, powers, duties, and obligations of the Solid Waste Management Section of the Division of Health Services of the Department of Human Resources are transferred in their entirety to the Division of Waste Management of the Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources.

(3)       There is created a division within the environmental areas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to be named the Division of Environmental Health.  All functions, powers, duties and obligations of the Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources are transferred in their entirety to the Division of Environmental Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

(d)       The Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources is vested with all other functions, powers, duties, and obligations as are conferred by the Constitution and laws of this State."

SUBPART 2.  TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING STATUTORY CHANGES.

Section 11A.7.  G.S. 7A-343.1 reads as rewritten:

" 7A-343.1.  Distribution of copies of the appellate division reports.

The Administrative Officer of the Courts shall, at the State's expense distribute such number of copies of the appellate division reports to federal, State departments and agencies, and to educational institutions of instruction, as follows:

 

Governor, Office of the                                                                                         1

Lieutenant Governor, Office of the                                                                      1

Secretary of State, Department of the                                                                  2

State Auditor, Department of the                                                                          1

Treasurer, Department of the State                                                                       1

Superintendent of Public Instruction                                                                    1

Office of the Attorney General                                                                           11

State Bureau of Investigation                                                                                 1

Agriculture, Department of                                                                                    1

Labor, Department of                                                                                             1

Insurance, Department of                                                                                       1

Budget Bureau, Department of Administration                                                    1

Property Control, Department of Administration                                               1

State Planning, Department of Administration                                                    1

Board of Environment, Health, Environment and

Natural ResourcesResources, Department of                                                      1

Revenue, Department of                                                                                         1

Board of Health and Human ResourcesServices, Department of                       1

Commission for the Blind                                                                                     1

Board of TransportationTransportation, Department of                                      1

Motor Vehicles, Division of                                                                                  1

Utilities Commission                                                                                             8

Industrial Commission                                                                                         11

State Personnel Commission                                                                                1

Office of State Personnel                                                                                      1

Office of Administrative Hearings                                                                        2

Community Colleges, Department of                                                                 38

Employment Security Commission                                                                      1

Commission of Correction                                                                                    1

Parole Commission                                                                                                1

Archives and History, Division of                                                                         1

Crime Control and Public Safety, Department of                                                2

Department of Cultural ResourcesResources, Department of                           3

Legislative Building Library                                                                                  2

Justices of the Supreme Court                                                                              1 ea.

Judges of the Court of Appeals                                                                             1 ea.

Judges of the Superior Court                                                                                 1 ea.

Clerks of the Superior Court                                                                                 1 ea.

District Attorneys                                                                                                   1 ea.

Emergency and Special Judges of the Superior Court                                        1 ea.

Supreme Court Library                                                         AS MANY AS REQUESTED

Appellate Division Reporter                                                                                  1

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill                                                         71

University of North Carolina, Charlotte                                                               1

University of North Carolina, Greensboro                                                           1

University of North Carolina, Asheville                                                               1

North Carolina State University, Raleigh                                                             1

Appalachian State University                                                                                 1

East Carolina University                                                                                        1

Fayetteville State University                                                                                  1

North Carolina Central University                                                                      17

Western Carolina University                                                                                 1

Duke University                                                                                                    17

Davidson College                                                                                                    2

Wake Forest University                                                                                       25

Lenoir Rhyne College                                                                                            1

Elon College                                                                                                           1

Campbell University                                                                                             25

Federal, Out-of-State and Foreign Secretary of State                                         1

Secretary of Defense                                                                                              1

Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare                                                        1

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development                                                    1

Secretary of Transportation                                                                                   1

Attorney General                                                                                                    1

Department of Justice                                                                                            1

Internal Revenue Service                                                                                        1

Veterans' Administration                                                                                        1

Library of Congress                                                                                                5

Federal Judges resident in North Carolina                                                           1 ea.

Marshal of the United States Supreme Court                                                       1

Federal District Attorneys resident in North Carolina                                        1 ea.

Federal Clerks of Court resident in North Carolina                                            1 ea.

Supreme Court Library exchange list                                                                   1

 

Each justice of the Supreme Court and judge of the Court of Appeals shall receive for his private use, one complete and up-to-date set of the appellate division reports.  The copies of reports furnished each justice or judge as set out in the table above may be retained by him personally to enable him to keep up-to-date his personal set of reports."

Section 11A.8.  G.S. 20-4.01(3b) reads as rewritten:

"(3b)    Chemical Analyst. - A person granted a permit by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services under G.S. 20-139.1 to perform chemical analyses."

Section 11A.9.  G.S. 20-16.5(j) reads as rewritten:

"(j)       Costs. - Unless the magistrate or judge orders the revocation rescinded, a person whose license is revoked under this section must pay a fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) as costs for the action before the person's license may be returned under subsection (h).  The costs collected under this section shall be credited to the General Fund.  Fifty percent (50%) of the costs collected shall be used to fund a statewide chemical alcohol testing program administered by the Injury Control Section of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. Health and Human Services."

Section 11A.10.  G.S. 20-139.1 reads as rewritten:

" 20-139.1.  Procedures governing chemical analyses; admissibility; evidentiary provisions; controlled-drinking programs.

(a)       Chemical Analysis Admissible. - In any implied-consent offense under G.S. 20-16.2, a person's alcohol concentration as shown by a chemical analysis is admissible in evidence.  This section does not limit the introduction of other competent evidence as to a defendant's alcohol concentration, including other chemical tests.

(b)       Approval of Valid Test Methods; Licensing Chemical Analysts. - A chemical analysis, to be valid, must shall be performed in accordance with the provisions of this section.  The chemical analysis must shall be performed according to methods approved by the Commission for Health Services by an individual possessing a current permit issued by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services for that type of chemical analysis.  The Commission for Health Services is authorized to may adopt regulations rules approving satisfactory methods or techniques for performing chemical analyses, and the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services is authorized to may ascertain the qualifications and competence of individuals to conduct particular chemical analyses.  The Department may issue permits to conduct chemical analyses to individuals it finds qualified subject to periodic renewal, termination, and revocation of the permit in the Department's discretion.

(b1)     When Officer May Perform Chemical Analysis. - Except as provided in this subsection, a chemical analysis is not valid in any case in which it is performed by an arresting officer or by a charging officer under the terms of G.S. 20-16.2.  A chemical analysis of the breath may be performed by an arresting officer or by a charging officer when both of the following apply:

(1)       The officer possesses a current permit issued by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services for the type of chemical analysis.

(2)       The officer performs the chemical analysis by using an automated instrument that prints the results of the analysis.

(b2)     Breath Analysis Results Inadmissible if Preventive Maintenance Not Performed. - Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b), the results of a chemical analysis of a person's breath performed in accordance with this section are not admissible in evidence if:

(1)       The defendant objects to the introduction into evidence of the results of the chemical analysis of his the defendant's breath; and

(2)       The defendant demonstrates that, with respect to the instrument used to analyse analyze his the defendant's breath, preventive maintenance procedures required by the regulations of the Commission for Health Services had not been performed within the time limits prescribed by those regulations.

(b3)     Sequential Breath Tests Required. - By January 1, 1985, the regulations of the Commission for Health Services governing the administration of chemical analyses of the breath must shall require the testing of at least duplicate sequential breath samples.  Those regulations must provide:

(1)       A specification as to the minimum observation period before collection of the first breath sample and the time requirements as to collection of second and subsequent samples.

(2)       That the test results may only be used to prove a person's particular alcohol concentration if:

a.         The pair of readings employed are from consecutively administered tests; and

b.         The readings do not differ from each other by an alcohol concentration greater than 0.02.

(3)       That when a pair of analyses meets the requirements of subdivision (2), only the lower of the two readings may be used by the State as proof of a person's alcohol concentration in any court or administrative proceeding.

A person's willful refusal to give the sequential breath samples necessary to constitute a valid chemical analysis is a willful refusal under G.S. 20-16.2(c).

A person's willful refusal to give the second or subsequent breath sample shall make the result of the first breath sample, or the result of the sample providing the lowest alcohol concentration if more than one breath sample is provided, admissible in any judicial or administrative hearing for any relevant purpose, including the establishment that a person had a particular alcohol concentration for conviction of an offense involving impaired driving.

(b4)     Introducing Routine Records Kept as Part of Breath-Testing Program. - In civil and criminal proceedings, any party may introduce, without further authentication, simulator logs and logs for other devices used to verify a breath-testing instrument, certificates and other records concerning the check of ampoules and of simulator stock solution and the stock solution used in any other equilibration device, preventive maintenance records, and other records that are routinely kept concerning the maintenance and operation of breath-testing instruments.  In a criminal case, however, this subsection does not authorize the State to introduce records to prove the results of a chemical analysis of the defendant or of any validation test of the instrument that is conducted during that chemical analysis.

(c)       Withdrawal of Blood for Chemical Analysis. - When a blood test is specified as the type of chemical analysis by the charging officer, only a physician, registered nurse, or other qualified person may withdraw the blood sample.  If the person withdrawing the blood requests written confirmation of the charging officer's request for the withdrawal of blood, the officer must shall furnish it before blood is withdrawn.  When blood is withdrawn pursuant to a charging officer's request, neither the person withdrawing the blood nor any hospital, laboratory, or other institution, person, firm, or corporation employing him, that person, or contracting for the service of withdrawing blood, may be held criminally or civilly liable by reason of withdrawing that blood, except that there is no immunity from liability for negligent acts or omissions.

(d)       Right to Additional Test. - A person who submits to a chemical analysis may have a qualified person of his own choosing administer an additional chemical test or tests, or have a qualified person withdraw a blood sample for later chemical testing by a qualified person of his own choosing.  Any law-enforcement officer having in his charge any person who has submitted to a chemical analysis must shall assist the person in contacting someone to administer the additional testing or to withdraw blood, and must shall allow access to the person for that purpose.  The failure or inability of the person who submitted to a chemical analysis to obtain any additional test or to withdraw blood does not preclude the admission of evidence relating to the chemical analysis.

(e)       Recording Results of Chemical Analysis of Breath. - The chemical analyst who administers a test of a person's breath must shall record the following information after making any chemical analysis:

(1)       The alcohol concentration or concentrations revealed by the chemical analysis.

(2)       The time of the collection of the breath sample or samples used in the chemical analysis.

A copy of the record of this information must shall be furnished to the person submitting to the chemical analysis, or to his attorney, before any trial or proceeding in which the results of the chemical analysis may be used.

(e1)     Use of Chemical Analyst's Affidavit in District Court. - An affidavit by a chemical analyst sworn to and properly executed before an official authorized to administer oaths is admissible in evidence without further authentication in any hearing or trial in the District Court Division of the General Court of Justice with respect to the following matters:

(1)       The alcohol concentration or concentrations of a person given a chemical analysis and who is involved in the hearing or trial.

(2)       The time of the collection of the blood or breath sample or samples for the chemical analysis.

(3)       The type of chemical analysis administered and the procedures followed.

(4)       The type and status of any permit issued by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services that he the analyst held on the date he the analyst performed the chemical analysis in question.

(5)       If the chemical analysis is performed on a breath-testing instrument for which regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (b) require preventive maintenance, the date the most recent preventive maintenance procedures were performed on the breath-testing instrument used, as shown on the maintenance records for that instrument.

The Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources must Health and Human Services shall develop a form for use by chemical analysts in making this affidavit.  If any person who submitted to a chemical analysis desires that a chemical analyst personally testify in the hearing or trial in the District Court Division, he the person may subpoena the chemical analyst and examine him as if he were an adverse witness.

(f)        Evidence of Refusal Admissible. - If any person charged with an implied-consent offense refuses to submit to a chemical analysis, evidence of that refusal is admissible in any criminal action against him for an implied-consent offense under G.S. 20-16.2.

(g)       Controlled-Drinking Programs. - The Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources is empowered to make regulations Health and Human Services may adopt rules concerning the ingestion of controlled amounts of alcohol by individuals submitting to chemical testing as a part of scientific, experimental, educational, or demonstration programs.  These regulations must shall prescribe procedures consistent with controlling federal law governing the acquisition, transportation, possession, storage, administration, and disposition of alcohol intended for use in the programs.  Any person in charge of a controlled-drinking program who acquires alcohol under these regulations must keep records accounting for the disposition of all alcohol acquired, and the records must at all reasonable times be available for inspection upon the request of any federal, State, or local law-enforcement officer with jurisdiction over the laws relating to control of alcohol.  A controlled-drinking program exclusively using lawfully purchased alcoholic beverages in places in which they may be lawfully possessed, however, need not comply with the record-keeping requirements of the regulations authorized by this subsection.  All acts pursuant to the regulations reasonably done in furtherance of bona fide objectives of a controlled-drinking program authorized by the regulations are lawful notwithstanding the provisions of any other general or local statute, regulation, or ordinance controlling alcohol."

Section 11A.11.  G.S. 35A-1101 reads as rewritten:

" 35A-1101.  Definitions.

When used in this Subchapter:

(1)       'Autism' means a physical disorder of the brain which causes disturbances in the developmental rate of physical, social, and language skills; abnormal responses to sensations; absence of or delay in speech or language; or abnormal ways of relating to people, objects, and events.  Autism occurs sometimes by itself and sometimes in conjunction with other brain-functioning disorders.

(2)       'Cerebral palsy' means a muscle dysfunction, characterized by impairment of movement, often combined with speech impairment, and caused by abnormality of or damage to the brain.

(3)       'Clerk' means the clerk of superior court.

(4)       'Designated agency' means the State or local human resources services agency designated by the clerk in his the clerk's order to prepare, cause to be prepared, or assemble a multidisciplinary evaluation and to perform other functions as the clerk may order.  A designated agency includes, without limitation, State, local, regional, or area mental health, mental retardation, vocational rehabilitation, public health, social service, and developmental disabilities agencies, and diagnostic evaluation centers.

(5)       'Epilepsy' means a group of neurological conditions characterized by abnormal electrical-chemical discharge in the brain.  This discharge is manifested in various forms of physical activity called seizures, which range from momentary lapses of consciousness to convulsive movements.

(6)       'Guardian ad litem' means a guardian appointed pursuant to G.S. 1A-1, Rule 17, Rules of Civil Procedure.

(7)       'Incompetent adult' means an adult or emancipated minor who lacks sufficient capacity to manage his the adult's own affairs or to make or communicate important decisions concerning his the adult's person, family, or property whether such the lack of capacity is due to mental illness, mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, inebriety, senility, disease, injury, or similar cause or condition.

(8)       'Incompetent child' means a minor who is at least 17 1/2 years of age and who, other than by reason of his minority, lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate important decisions concerning his the child's person, family, or property whether such the lack of capacity is due to mental illness, mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, inebriety, disease, injury, or similar cause or condition.

(9)       'Indigent' means that a person is unable to pay for legal representation and other necessary expenses of a proceeding brought under this Subchapter.

(10)     'Inebriety' means the condition of any person who habitually, whether continuously or periodically, indulges in the habitual use of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, alcohol or drugs to such an extent as to stupefy his mind and render him rendering a person incompetent to transact ordinary business with safety to his concerning the person's estate; or who renders himself, by reason of the use of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or drugs, estate, dangerous to person or property; or who, by the frequent use of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or drugs, renders himself property, cruel and intolerable to his family, or fails from such cause unable to provide his family with reasonable necessities of life. for family.

(11)     'Interim guardian' means a guardian, appointed prior to adjudication of incompetence and for a temporary period, for a respondent person who requires immediate intervention to address conditions that constitute imminent or foreseeable risk of harm to his the person's physical well-being or to his the person's estate.

(12)     'Mental illness' means an illness that so lessens the capacity of the a person to use self-control, judgment, and discretion in the conduct of his the person's affairs and social relations as to make it necessary or advisable for him the person to be under treatment, care, supervision, guidance, or control.  The term 'mental illness' encompasses 'mental disease', 'mental disorder', 'lunacy', 'unsoundness of mind', and 'insanity'.

(13)     'Mental retardation' means significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested before age 22.

(14)     'Multidisciplinary evaluation' means an evaluation that contains current medical, psychological, and social work evaluations as directed by the clerk and that may contain include current evaluations by professionals in other disciplines, including without limitation education, vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, psychiatry, speech-and-hearing, and communications disorders.  The evaluation is current if made not more than one year from the date on which it is presented to or considered by the court.  The evaluation shall set forth the nature and extent of the disability and recommend a guardianship plan and program.

(15)     'Respondent' means a person who is alleged to be incompetent in a proceeding under this Subchapter.

(16)     'Treatment facility' has the same meaning as 'facility' in G.S. 122C-3(14), and includes group homes, halfway houses, and other community-based residential facilities.

(17)     'Ward' means a person who has been adjudicated incompetent or an adult or minor for whom a guardian has been appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction."

Section 11A.12.  G.S. 35A-1105 reads as rewritten:

" 35A-1105.  Petition before clerk.

A verified petition for the adjudication of incompetence of an adult, or of a minor who is within six months of reaching majority, may be filed with the clerk by any person, including any State or local human resources services agency through its authorized representative."

Section 11A.13.  G.S. 35A-1202 reads as rewritten:

" 35A-1202.  Definitions.

When used in this Subchapter, unless a contrary intent is indicated or the context requires otherwise:

(1)       The term 'accounting' refers to 'Accounting' means the financial or status reports filed with the clerk, designated agency, respondent, or other person or party with whom such reports are required to be filed.

(2)       The term 'clerk' 'Clerk' means the clerk of superior court.

(3)       The term 'designated agency' 'Designated agency' means the State or local human resources services agency designated by the clerk in his an order to prepare, cause to be prepared, or assemble a multidisciplinary evaluation and to perform other functions as the clerk may order.  A designated agency includes, without limitation, State, local, regional or area mental health, mental retardation, vocational rehabilitation, public health, social service, and developmental disabilities agencies, and diagnostic evaluation centers.

(4)       The term 'disinterested public agent' 'Disinterested public agent' means:

a.         The director or assistant directors of a local human resources services agency, or

b.         An adult officer, agent, or employee of a State human resources services agency.

                  The fact that a disinterested public agent is employed by a State or local human resources services agency that provides financial assistance, services, or treatment to a ward does not disqualify that person from being appointed as guardian.

(5)       The term 'estate' 'Estate' means any interest in real property, choses in action, intangible personal property, and tangible personal property, and includes any interest in joint accounts or jointly held property.

(6)       The term 'financial report' 'Financial report' means the report filed by the guardian concerning all financial transactions, including receipts and expenditures of the ward's money, sale of the ward's property, or other transactions involving the ward's property.

(7)       The term 'general guardian' 'General guardian' means a guardian of both the estate and the person.

(8)       The term 'guardian ad litem' 'Guardian ad litem' means a guardian appointed pursuant to G.S. 1A-1, Rule 17, Rules of Civil Procedure.

(9)       The term 'guardian of the estate' 'Guardian of the estate' means a guardian appointed solely for the purpose of managing the property, estate, and business affairs of a ward.

(10)     The term 'guardian of the person' 'Guardian of the person' means a guardian appointed solely for the purpose of performing duties relating to the care, custody, and control of a ward.

(11)     The term 'incompetent person' 'Incompetent person' means a person who has been adjudicated to be an 'incompetent adult' or 'incompetent child' as defined in G.S. 35A-1101(7) or (8).

(12)     The term 'minor' 'Minor' means a person who is under the age of 18, is not married, and has not been legally emancipated.

(13)     The term 'multidisciplinary 'Multidisciplinary evaluation' means an evaluation that contains current medical, psychological, and social work evaluations as directed by the clerk and that may contain current evaluations by professionals in other disciplines, including without limitation education, vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, psychiatry, speech-and-hearing, and communications disorders.  The evaluation is current if made not more than one year from the date on which it is presented to or considered by the court.  The evaluation shall set forth the nature and extent of the disability and recommend a guardianship plan and program.

(14)     The term 'status 'Status report' means the report required by G.S. 35A-1242 to be filed by the general guardian or guardian of the person.  A status report shall include a report of a recent medical and dental examination of the ward by one or more physicians or dentists, a report on the guardian's performance of his the duties as set forth in this Chapter and in the clerk's order appointing the guardian, and a report on the ward's condition, needs, and development.  The clerk may direct that the report contain other or different information.  The report may also contain, without limitation, reports of mental health or mental retardation professionals, psychologists, social workers, persons in loco parentis, a member of a multidisciplinary evaluation team, a designated agency, a disinterested public agent or agency, a guardian ad litem, a guardian of the estate, an interim guardian, a successor guardian, an officer, official, employee or agent of the Department of Human Resources, Health and Human Services, or any other interested persons including, if applicable to the ward's situation, group home parents or supervisors, employers, members of the staff of a treatment facility, or foster parents.

(15)     The term 'ward' 'Ward' means a person who has been adjudicated incompetent or an adult or minor for whom a guardian has been appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction."

Section 11A.15.  G.S. 35A-1216 reads as rewritten:

" 35A-1216.  Rule-making power of Secretary of Human Resources. Health and Human Services.

The Secretary of the Department of Human Resources Health and Human Services shall issue adopt rules and regulations for the implementation of concerning the guardianship responsibilities of disinterested public agents.  The rules and regulations shall provide, among other things, that disinterested public agents shall undertake or have received training concerning the powers and responsibilities of guardians."

Section 11A.16.  G.S. 35A-1221 reads as rewritten:

" 35A-1221.  Application before clerk.

Any person or corporation, including any State or local human resources services agency through its authorized representative, may make application for the appointment of a guardian of the estate for any minor or for the appointment of a guardian of the person or general guardian for any minor who has no natural guardian by filing an application with the clerk.

The application shall set forth, to the extent known:

(1)       The minor's name, date of birth, address, and county of residence;

(2)       The names and addresses of the minor's parents, if living, and of other persons known to have an interest in the application for appointment of a guardian; the name and date of death of the minor's deceased parent or parents;

(3)       The applicant's name, address, county of residence, relationship if any to the minor, and interest in the proceeding;

(4)       If a guardian has been appointed for the minor or custody of the minor has been awarded, a statement of the facts relating thereto and a copy of any guardianship or custody order, if available;

(5)       A general statement of the minor's assets and liabilities with an estimate of the value of any property, including any income and receivables to which he is entitled;

(6)       A statement of the reason or reasons that the appointment of a guardian is sought; whether the applicant seeks the appointment of a guardian of the person, a guardian of the estate, or a general guardian; and whom the applicant recommends or seeks to have appointed as such guardian or guardians; and

(7)       Any other information that will assist the clerk in determining the need for a guardian or in appointing a guardian."

Section 11A.17.  G.S. 35A-1239 reads as rewritten:

" 35A-1239.  Human Resources Health and Human Services bond.

The Secretary of the Department of Human Resources Health and Human Services shall require, require or purchase, purchase in such amounts as he deems adequate and proper, individual or blanket bonds for all disinterested public agents appointed to be guardians, whether they serve as guardians of the estate, guardians of the person, or general guardians, or one blanket bond covering all such  agents, such the bond or bonds to be conditioned upon faithful performance of their duties as guardians and made payable to the State.  The premiums shall be paid by the State."

Section 11A.18.  G.S. 50-30 reads as rewritten:

" 50-30.  Findings; policy; and purpose.

(a)       Findings. - The General Assembly makes the following findings:

(1)       There is a strong public interest in providing fair, efficient, and swift judicial processes for establishing and enforcing child support obligations.  Children are entitled to support from their parents, and court assistance is often required for the establishment and enforcement of parental support obligations.  Children who do not receive support from their parents often become financially dependent on the State.

(2)       The State shall have laws that meet the federal requirements on expedited processes for obtaining and enforcing child support orders for purposes of federal reimbursement under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 66(a)(2).  The Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services may waive the expedited process requirement with respect to one or more district court district as defined in G.S. 7A-133 on the basis of the effectiveness and timeliness of support order issuance and enforcement within the district.

(3)       The State has a strong financial interest in complying with the expedited process requirement, and other requirements, of Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, but the State would incur substantial expense in creating statewide an expedited child support process as defined by federal law.

(4)       The State's judicial system is largely capable of processing child support cases in a timely and efficient manner and has a strong commitment to an expeditious system.

(5)       The substantial expense the State would incur in creating a new system for obtaining and enforcing child support orders would be reduced and better spent by improving the present system.

(b)       Purpose and Policy. - It is the policy of this State to ensure, to the maximum extent possible, that child support obligations are established and enforced fairly, efficiently, and swiftly through the judicial system by means that make the best use of the State's resources.  It is the purpose of this Article to facilitate this policy.  The Administrative Office of the Courts and judicial officials in each district court district as defined in G.S. 7A-133 shall make a diligent effort to ensure that child support cases, from the time of filing to the time of disposition, are handled fairly, efficiently, and swiftly.  The Administrative Office of the Courts and the State Department of Human Resources Health and Human Services shall work together to improve procedures for the handling of child support cases in which the State or county has an interest, including all cases that qualify in any respect for federal reimbursement under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act."

Section 11A.19.  G.S. 50-33(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      DHR State to Seek Waiver. - The State Department of Human Resources, Health and Human Services, with the assistance of the Administrative Office of the Courts, shall vigorously pursue application to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services for waivers of the federal expedited process requirement."

Section 11A.20.  G.S. 58-87-5(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      There is created in the Department of Insurance the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund to provide grants to volunteer rescue units providing rescue or rescue and emergency medical services to purchase equipment and make capital improvements.  An eligible rescue or rescue/EMS unit may apply to the Department of Insurance for a grant under this section.  The application form and criteria for grants shall be established by the Department. The Office of Emergency Medical Services in the Department of Human Resources Health and Human Services shall provide the Department with an advisory priority listing of EMS equipment eligible for funding.  The State Treasurer shall invest the Fund's assets according to law, and the earnings shall remain in the Fund.  On December 15 of each year, the Department shall make grants to eligible rescue or rescue/EMS units subject to all of the following limitations:

(1)       A grant to an applicant who is required to match the grant with non-State funds may not exceed fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), and a grant to an applicant who is not required to match the grant with non-State funds may not exceed three thousand dollars ($3,000).

(2)       An applicant whose liquid assets, when combined with the liquid assets of any corporate affiliate or subsidiary of the applicant, are more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) shall match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis with non-State funds.

(3)       The grant may be used only for equipment purchases or capital expenditures.

(4)       An applicant may receive no more than one grant per fiscal year.

In awarding grants under this section, the Department shall to the extent possible select applicants from all parts of the State based upon need.  Up to two percent (2%) of the Fund may be used for additional staff and resources to administer the Fund in each fiscal year.  In addition, notwithstanding G.S. 58-78-20, up to four percent (4%) of the Fund may be used for additional staff and resources for the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission."

Section 11A.20A.  G.S. 58-39-75(20) reads as rewritten:

"(20)   To the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services and the information disclosed is immunization information described in G.S. 130A-153."

Section 11A.21.  G.S. 66-58, as amended by S.L. 1997-261, S.L. 1997-258, and S.L. 1997-315 reads as rewritten:

" 66-58.  Sale of merchandise by governmental units.

(a)       Except as may be provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any unit, department or agency of the State government, or any division or subdivision of any such the unit, department or agency, or any individual employee or employees of any such the unit, department or agency in his, or her, or their capacity as employee or employees thereof, to engage directly or indirectly in the sale of goods, wares or merchandise in competition with citizens of the State, or to engage in the operation of restaurants, cafeterias or other eating places in any building owned by or leased in the name of the State, or to maintain service establishments for the rendering of services to the public ordinarily and customarily rendered by private enterprises, or to contract with any person, firm or corporation for the operation or rendering of any such the businesses or services on behalf of any such the unit, department or agency, or to purchase for or sell to any person, firm or corporation any article of merchandise in competition with private enterprise.  The leasing or subleasing of space in any building owned, leased or operated by any unit, department or agency or division or subdivision thereof of the State for the purpose of operating or rendering of any of the businesses or services herein referred to is hereby prohibited.

(b)       The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to:

(1)       Counties and municipalities.

(2)       The Department of Human Resources, Health and Human Services the Department of Environment, Health,  and Natural Resources, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the sale of serums, vaccines, and other like products.

(3)       The Department of Administration, except that said the agency shall not exceed the authority granted in the act creating the agency.

(4)       The State hospitals for the insane. mentally ill.

(5)       The Department of Human Resources. Health and Human Services.

(6)       The North Carolina School for the Blind at Raleigh.

(7)       The North Carolina Schools for the Deaf.

(8)       The Greater University of North Carolina with regard to its utilities and other services now operated by it nor to the sale of articles produced incident to the operation of instructional departments, articles incident to educational research, articles of merchandise incident to classroom work, meals, books, or to articles of merchandise not exceeding twenty-five cents (25) in value when sold to members of the educational staff or staff auxiliary to education or to duly enrolled students or occasionally to immediate members of the families of members of the educational staff or of duly enrolled students nor to the sale of meals or merchandise to persons attending meetings or conventions as invited guests nor to the operation by the University of North Carolina of an inn or hotel and dining and other facilities usually connected with a hotel or inn, nor to the hospital and Medical School of the University of North Carolina, nor to the Coliseum of North Carolina State College, and the other schools and colleges for higher education maintained or supported by the State, nor to the comprehensive student health services or the comprehensive student infirmaries maintained by the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.

(9)       The Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources, except that said the Department shall not construct, maintain, operate or lease a hotel or tourist inn in any park over which it has jurisdiction.  The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission may sell wildlife memorabilia as a service to members of the public interested in wildlife conservation.

(10)     Child-caring institutions or orphanages receiving State aid.

(11)     Highlands School in Macon County.

(12)     The North Carolina State Fair.

(13)     Rural electric memberships corporations.

(13a)   State Farm Operations Commission.

(13b)   The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with regard to its lessees at farmers' markets operated by the Department.

(13c)   The Western North Carolina Agricultural Center.

(14)     Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the engagement in any of the activities described in subsection (a) hereof by a firm, corporation or person who or which is a lessee of space only of the State of North Carolina or any of its departments or agencies; provided such the leases shall be awarded by the Department of Administration to the highest bidder, as provided by law in the case of State contracts and which lease shall be for a term of not less than one year and not more than five years.

(15)     The State Department of Correction is authorized to purchase and install automobile license tag plant equipment for the purpose of manufacturing license tags for the State and local governments and for such other purposes as the Department may direct.

                  The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, or such other authority as may exercise the authority to purchase automobile license tags is hereby directed to purchase from, and to contract with, the State Department of Correction for the State automobile license tag requirements from year to year.

                  The price to be paid to the State Department of Correction for such the tags shall be fixed and agreed upon by the Governor, the State Department of Correction, and the Motor Vehicle Commissioner, or such authority as may be authorized to purchase such the supplies.

(16)     Laundry services performed by the Department of Correction may be provided only for agencies and instrumentalities of the State which are supported by State funds and for county or municipally controlled and supported hospitals presently being served by the Department of Correction, or for which services have been contracted or applied for in writing, as of May 22, 1973.  In addition to the prior sentence, laundry services performed by the Department of Correction may be provided for the Governor Morehead School and the North Carolina School for the Deaf.

                  Such The services shall be limited to wet-washing, drying and ironing of flatwear or flat goods such as towels, sheets and bedding, linens and those uniforms prescribed for wear by such the institutions and further limited to only flat goods or apparel owned, distributed or controlled entirely by such the institutions and shall not include processing by any dry-cleaning methods; provided, however, those garments and items presently being serviced by wet-washing, drying and ironing may in the future, at the election of the Department of Correction, be processed by a dry-cleaning method.

(17)     The North Carolina Global TransPark Authority or a lessee of the Authority.

(18)     The activities and products of private enterprise carried on or manufactured within a State prison facility pursuant to G.S. 148-70.

(c)       The provisions of subsection (a) shall not prohibit:

(1)       The sale of products of experiment stations or test farms.

(2)       The sale of learned journals, works of art, books or publications of the Department of Cultural Resources or other agencies, or the Supreme Court Reports or Session Laws of the General Assembly.

(3)       The business operation of endowment funds established for the purpose of producing income for educational purposes; for purposes of this section, the phrase 'operation of endowment funds' shall include the operation by public postsecondary educational institutions of campus stores, the profits from which are used exclusively for awarding scholarships to defray the expenses of students attending the institution; provided, that the operation of such the stores must be approved by the board of trustees of the institution, and the merchandise sold shall be limited to educational materials and supplies, gift items and miscellaneous personal-use articles.  Provided further that sales at campus stores are limited to employees of the institution and members of their immediate families, to duly enrolled students of the campus at which a campus store is located and their immediate families, to duly enrolled students of other campuses of the University of North Carolina other than the campus at which the campus store is located, to other campus stores and to other persons who are on campus other than for the purpose of purchasing merchandise from campus stores.  It is the intent of this subdivision that campus stores be established and operated for the purpose of assuring the availability of merchandise described in this Article for sale to persons enumerated herein and not for the purpose of competing with stores operated in the communities surrounding the campuses of the University of North Carolina.

(4)       The operation of lunch counters by the Department of Human Resources Health and Human Services as blind enterprises of the type operated on January 1, 1951, in State buildings in the City of Raleigh.

(5)       The operation of a snack bar and cafeteria in the State Legislative Building.

(6)       The maintenance by the prison system authorities of eating and sleeping facilities at units of the State prison system for prisoners and for members of the prison staff while on duty, or the maintenance by the highway system authorities of eating and sleeping facilities for working crews on highway construction or maintenance when actually engaged in such work on parts of the highway system.

(7)       The operation by penal, correctional or facilities operated by the Department of Human Resources Health and Human Services or by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, of dining rooms for the inmates or clients or members of the staff while on duty and for the accommodation of persons visiting such the inmates or clients, and other bona fide visitors.

(8)       The sale by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of livestock, poultry and publications in keeping with its present livestock and farm program.

(9)       The operation by the public schools of school cafeterias.

(9a)     The use of a public school bus or public school activity bus for a purpose allowed under G.S. 115C-242 or the use of a public school activity bus for a purpose authorized by G.S. 115C-247.

(10)     Sale by any State correctional or other institution of farm, dairy, livestock or poultry products raised or produced by it in its normal operations as authorized by the act creating it.

(11)     The sale of textbooks, library books, forms, bulletins, and instructional supplies by the State Board of Education, State Department of Public Instruction, and local school authorities.

(12)     The sale of North Carolina flags by or through the auspices of the Department of Administration, to the citizens of North Carolina.

(13)     The operation by the Department of Correction of forestry management programs on State-owned lands, including the sale on the open market of timber cut as a part of such the management program.

(14)     The operation by the Department of Correction of facilities to manufacture and produce traffic and street name signs for use on the public streets and highways of the State.

(15)     The operation by the Department of Correction of facilities to manufacture and produce paint for use on the public streets and highways of the State.

(16)     The performance by the Department of Transportation of dredging services for a unit of local government.

(17)     The sale by the State Board of Elections to political committees and candidate committees of computer software designed by or for the State Board of Elections to provide a uniform system of electronic filing of the campaign finance reports required by Article 22A of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes and to facilitate the State Board's monitoring of compliance with that Article. This computer software for electronic filing of campaign finance reports shall not exceed a cost of one hundred dollars ($100.00) to any political committee or candidate committee without the State Board of Elections first notifying in writing the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

(18)     The leasing of no more than 50 acres within the North Carolina Zoological Park by the Department of Environment, Health, Environment and Natural Resources to the North Carolina Zoological Society for the maintenance or operation, pursuant to a contract or otherwise, of an exhibition center, theater, conference center, and associated restaurants and lodging facilities.

(d)       A department, agency or educational unit named in subsection (b) shall not perform any of the prohibited acts for or on behalf of any other department, agency or educational unit.

(e)       Any person, whether employee of the State of North Carolina or not, who shall violate, or participate in the violation of this section, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

(f)        Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 66-58(a), the operation by the Department of Correction of facilities for the manufacture of any product or the providing of any service pursuant to G.S. 148-70 not regulated by the provisions of subsection (c) hereof, shall be subject to the prior approval of the Governor, with biennial review by the General Assembly, at the beginning of each fiscal year commencing after October 1, 1975.  The Department of Correction shall file with the Director of the Budget quarterly reports detailing prison enterprise operations in such a format as shall be required by the Director of the Budget.

(g)       The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics may engage in any of the activities permitted by G.S. 66-58(b)(8) and (c)(3)."

Section 11A.22.  G.S. 90-85.34A(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      A registered nurse in a local health department clinic may dispense prescription drugs and devices, other than controlled substances as defined in G.S. 90-87, under the following conditions:

(1)       The registered nurse has training acceptable to the Board in the labeling and packaging of prescription drugs and devices;

(2)       Dispensing by the registered nurse shall occur only at a local health department clinic;

(3)       Only prescription drugs and devices contained in a formulary recommended by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services and approved by the Board shall be dispensed;

(4)       The local health department clinic shall obtain a pharmacy permit in accordance with G.S. 90-85.21;

(5)       Written procedures for the storage, packaging, labeling and delivery of prescription drugs and devices shall be approved by the Board; and

(6)       The pharmacist-manager, or another pharmacist at his direction, shall review dispensing records at least weekly, provide consultation where appropriate, and be responsible to the Board for all dispensing activity at the local health department clinic."

Section 11A.23.  G.S. 90-233(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      A dental hygienist may practice only under the supervision of one or more licensed dentists. Provided, however, that this subsection (a) shall be deemed to be complied with in the case of dental hygienists employed by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services and especially trained by said Department as public health hygienists while performing their duties in the public schools under the direction of a duly licensed dentist."

Section 11A.24.  G.S. 90A-21 reads as rewritten:

" 90A-21.  Water Treatment Facility Operators Board of Certification.

(a)       Board Membership. - There is hereby established within the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources a Water Treatment Facility Operators Board of Certification (hereinafter termed the 'Board of Certification') composed of eight members to be appointed by the Governor as follows:

(1)       One member who is currently employed as a water treatment facility operator;

(2)       One member who is manager of a North Carolina municipality using a surface water supply;

(3)       One member who is manager of a North Carolina municipality using a treated groundwater supply;

(4)       One member who is employed as a director of utilities, water superintendent, or equivalent position with a North Carolina municipality;

(5)       One member employed by a private water utility or private industry and who is responsible for the operation or supervision of a water supply and treatment facility;

(6)       One member who is a faculty member of a four-year college or university whose major field is related to water supply;

(7)       One member employed by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources and working in the field of water supply;

(8)       One member not certified or regulated under this Article, who shall represent the interest of the public at large.

(b)       Terms of Office. - All members serving on the Board on June 30, 1981, shall complete their respective terms. No member appointed to the Board on or after July 1, 1981, shall serve more than two complete consecutive three-year terms, except that the member employed by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources may serve more than two consecutive terms, and except that each member shall serve until his successor is appointed and qualifies. The Governor may remove any member for good cause shown and shall appoint members to fill unexpired terms. The Governor shall appoint the public member not later than July 1, 1981.

(c)       Powers and Responsibilities. - The Board of Certification shall establish all rules, regulations and procedures with respect to the certification program and advise and assist the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources in its administration.

(d)       Compensation. - Members of the Board of Certification who are officers or employees of State agencies or institutions shall receive subsistence and travel allowances at the rates authorized by G.S. 138-5.

(e)       Officers. - The Board shall elect a chairman and all other necessary officers to serve one-year terms. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(f)        Annual Report. - The Board shall report annually to the Governor a full statement of its disciplinary and enforcement programs and activities during the year, together with such recommendations as it may deem expedient."

Section 11A.25.  G.S. 90A-22(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      On or before July 1, 1982, the Board of Certification, with the advice and assistance of the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Environment and Natural Resources, shall classify all surface water treatment facilities and all facilities for treating groundwater supplies that are used, or intended for use, as part of a public water supply system with due regard for the size of the facility, its type, character of water to be treated, other physical conditions affecting the treatment of the water, and with respect to the degree of skill, knowledge, and experience that the operator responsible for the water treatment facility must have to supervise successfully the operation of the facilities so as to adequately protect the public health."

Section 11A.26.  G.S. 90A-23 reads as rewritten:

" 90A-23. Grades of certificates.

The Board of Certification, with the advice and assistance of the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Environment and Natural Resources, shall establish grades of certification for water treatment facility operators corresponding to the classification of water treatment facilities."

Section 11A.27.  G.S. 90A-24 reads as rewritten:

" 90A-24. Operator qualifications and examination.

The Board of Certification, with the advice and assistance of the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources shall establish minimum requirements of education, experience and knowledge for each grade of certification for water treatment facility operators, and shall establish procedures for receiving applications for certification, conducting examinations and making investigations of applicants as may be necessary and appropriate to the end that prompt and fair consideration be given every application and the water treatment facilities of the State may be adequately supervised by certified operators."

Section 11A.28.  G.S. 90A-25(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c)      Certificates in an appropriate grade will be issued to operators who, on July 1, 1969, hold certificates of competency issued under the voluntary certification program now being administered through the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources with the cooperation of the North Carolina Water Works Operators Association, the North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association, and the North Carolina League of Municipalities."

Section 11A.29.  G.S. 90A-25.1 reads as rewritten:

" 90A-25.1.  Renewal of certificate.

A certificate expires on December 31 of the year in which it is issued or renewed.  The Board, with the advice and assistance of the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Environment and Natural Resources, may establish minimum continuing education requirements that an applicant must meet to renew a certificate.  The Board shall renew a certificate if the applicant meets the continuing education requirements imposed as a condition for renewal, pays the required renewal fee plus any renewal fees in arrears, and, if the application is late, pays the late penalty."

Section 11A.30.  G.S. 90A-28 reads as rewritten:

" 90A-28. Promotion of training and other powers.

The Board of Certification and the Secretary of Economic, Health, and Natural Resources are authorized to Environment and Natural Resources may take all necessary and appropriate steps in order to effectively and fairly achieve the purposes of this Article, including, but not limited to, the providing of training for operators and cooperating with educational institutions and private and public associations, persons, or corporations in the promotion of training for water treatment facility personnel."

Section 11A.31.  G.S. 90A-30(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      Upon the recommendation of the Board of Certification, the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources or a delegated representative may impose an administrative, civil penalty on any person, corporation, company, association, partnership, unit of local government, State agency, federal agency, or other legal entity who violates G.S. 90A-29(a). Each day of a continued violation shall constitute a separate violation. The penalty shall not exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each day such violation continues. No penalty shall be assessed until the person alleged to be in violation has been notified of the violation."

Section 11A.32.  G.S. 90A-55(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      Board Membership. - The Board shall consist of nine members:  the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources or his the Secretary's duly authorized representative, one public-spirited citizen, one environmental sanitation educator from an accredited college or university, one local health director, a representative of the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Environment and Natural Resources, and four practicing sanitarians who qualify by education and experience for registration under this Article, three of whom will represent the Western, Piedmont, and Eastern Regions of the State as described more specifically in the rules adopted by the Board."

Section 11A.33.  G.S. 95-126 reads as rewritten:

" 95-126.  Short title and legislative purpose.

(a)       This Article shall be known as the 'Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina' and also may be referred to by abbreviations as 'OSHANC.'

(b)       Legislative findings and purpose:

(1)       The General Assembly finds that the burden of employers and employees of this State resulting from personal injuries and illnesses arising out of work situations is substantial; that the prevention of these injuries and illnesses is an important objective of the government of this State; that the greatest hope of attaining this objective lies in programs of research, education and enforcement, and in the earnest cooperation of the federal and State governments, employers and employees.

(2)       The General Assembly of North Carolina declares it to be its purpose and policy through the exercise of its powers to assure ensure so far as possible every working man and woman in the State of North Carolina safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources:

a.         By encouraging employers and employees in their effort to reduce the number of occupational safety and health hazards at the place of employment, and to stimulate employers and employees to institute new and to perfect existing programs for providing safe and healthful working conditions;

b.         By providing that employers and employees have separate but dependent responsibilities and rights with respect to achieving safe and healthful working conditions;

c.         By authorizing the Commissioner to develop occupational safety and health standards applicable to business giving consideration to the needs of employers and employees and to adopt standards promulgated from time to time by the Secretary of Labor under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and by creating a safety and health review board for carrying out adjudicatory functions under this Article;

d.         By building upon advances already made through employer and employee initiative for providing safe and healthful working conditions;

e.         By providing occupational health criteria which will assure insofar as practicable that no employee will suffer diminished health, functional capacity, or life expectancy as a result of his work experience;

f.          By providing for training programs to increase the number and competence of personnel engaged in the field of occupational safety and health;

g.         By providing an effective enforcement program which shall include a prohibition against giving advance notice of an inspection and sanctions for any individual violating this prohibition;

h.         By providing for appropriate reporting procedures with respect to occupational safety and health which procedures will help achieve the objectives of this Article and accurately describe the nature of the occupational safety and health problem;

i.          By encouraging joint employer-employee efforts to reduce injuries and diseases arising out of employment;

j.          By providing for research in the field of occupational safety and health, by developing innovative methods, techniques, and approaches for dealing with occupational safety and health problems;

k.         By exploring ways to discover latent diseases, establishing causal connections between diseases and work in environmental conditions, and conducting other research relating to health problems, in recognition of the fact that occupational health standards present problems often different from those involved in occupational safety;

l.          By authorizing the Commissioner to enter into contracts with the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, or any other State or local units, to the end that the Commissioner and the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services and other State or local units may fully cooperate and carry out the ends and purposes of this Article.

m.        The General Assembly of North Carolina appoints and elects the North Carolina Department of Labor as the designated agency to administer the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina."

Section 11A.34.  G.S. 95-131(d) read as rewritten:

"(d)      Rules adopted under this section shall provide insofar as possible the highest degree of safety and health protection for employees; other considerations shall be the latest available scientific data in the field, the feasibility of the standard, and experience gained under this and other health and safety laws.  Whenever practical the standards established in a rule shall be expressed in terms of objective criteria and of the performance desired.  In establishing standards dealing with toxic materials or harmful physical agents, the Commissioner, after consultation and recommendations of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, shall set a standard which most adequately assures, to the extent possible, on the basis of the most available evidence that no employee will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity even if such employee has regular exposure to the hazard dealt with by such standard for the period of his working life."

Section 11A.35.  G.S. 95-149 reads as rewritten:

" 95-149.  Authority to enter into contracts with other State agencies and subdivisions of government.

The Commissioner is authorized and empowered to may enter into contracts with the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services or any other State officer or State agency or State instrumentality, or any municipality, county, or other political subdivision of the State, for the enforcement, administration, and any other application of the provisions of this Article."

Section 11A.36. G.S. 95-225(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c)      For the protection of the public health, the Commission for Health Services shall adopt and the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Environment and Natural Resources shall enforce rules that establish water quality and water sanitation standards for migrant housing under this Article."

Section 11A.37.  G.S. 97-61.1 reads as rewritten:

" 97-61.1.  First examination of and report on employee having asbestosis or silicosis.

When an employee and the Industrial Commission are advised by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services that an employee has asbestosis or silicosis, the employer shall be notified by the Industrial Commission, and the employee, when ordered by the Industrial Commission, shall go to a place designated by the Industrial Commission and submit to X rays and a physical examination by the advisory medical committee, at least one of whom shall conduct the examination, and the member or members of the advisory medical committee conducting the examination shall forward the X rays and findings to the member or members of the committee not present for the physical examination.  The employer shall pay the expenses connected with the examination in such amounts as shall be directed by the Industrial Commission.  Within 30 days after the completion of the examination, the advisory medical committee shall make a written report signed by all of its members setting forth:

(1)       The X rays and clinical procedures used by the committee in arriving at its findings.

(2)       Whether or not the claimant has contracted asbestosis or silicosis.

(3)       The committee's opinion expressed in percentages of the impairment of the employee's ability to perform normal labor in the same or any other employment.

(4)       Any other matter deemed pertinent by the committee.

When a competent physician certifies to the Industrial Commission that the employee's physical condition is such that his movement to the place of examination ordered by the Industrial Commission as herein provided in G.S. 97-61.1, 97-61.3 and 97-61.4 would be harmful or injurious to the health of the employee, the Industrial Commission shall cause the examination of the employee to be made by the advisory medical committee as herein provided at some place in the vicinity of the residence of the employee suitable for the purposes of making such examination."

Section 11A.38.  G.S. 97-72(b) reads as rewritten:

"(b)      The members of the advisory medical committee shall be paid one hundred dollars ($100.00) per month plus not more than ten dollars ($10.00) per film examined.  The fee per film shall be established by the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. Health and Human Services."

Section 11A.39.  G.S. 97-73(b) reads as rewritten:

"(b)      The Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services shall establish a schedule of fees for examinations conducted by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services pursuant to G.S. 97-60.  The fees shall be collected in accordance with rules adopted by the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. Health and Human Services."

Section 11A.40.  G.S. 106-65.23, as amended by S.L. 1997-261, reads as rewritten:

" 106-65.23.  Structural Pest Control Division of Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recreated; Director; Structural Pest Control Committee created; appointment; terms; quorum.

There is hereby recreated, within the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a Division thereof, to be known as the Structural Pest Control Division of said Department. Division.  The Commissioner of Agriculture is hereby authorized to may appoint a Director of said the Division whose duties and authority shall be determined by the Commissioner.  Said The Director shall act as secretary to the Structural Pest Control Committee herein created. created in this section.

There is hereby created a Structural Pest Control Committee to be composed of the following members.  The Commissioner shall appoint one member of the Committee who is not in the structural pest control business for a four-year term.  The Commissioner of Agriculture shall designate an employee of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to serve on said the Committee at the pleasure of the Commissioner.  The dean of the School of Agriculture of North Carolina State University at Raleigh shall appoint one member of the Committee who shall serve for one term of two years and who shall be a member of the entomology faculty of said the University. The vacancy occurring on the Committee by the expired term of the member from the entomology faculty of said the University shall be filled by the dean of the School of Agriculture of North Carolina State University at Raleigh who shall designate any person of his the dean's choice from the entomology faculty of said the University to serve on said the Committee at the pleasure of the dean.  The Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services shall appoint one member of the Committee who shall be an epidemiologist in the Division of Health Services and who shall serve at the pleasure of the Secretary.  The Governor shall appoint two members of said the Committee who are actively engaged in the pest control industry, who are licensed in at least two phases of structural pest control as provided under G.S. 106-65.25(a), and who are residents of the State of North Carolina but not affiliates of the same company.  The initial Committee members from the pest control industry shall be appointed as follows: one for a two-year term and one for a three-year term.  The Governor shall appoint one member of the Committee who is a public member and who is unaffiliated with the structural pest control industry, the pesticide industry, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services and the School of Agriculture at North Carolina State University at Raleigh.  The initial public member shall be appointed for a term of two years, commencing July 1, 1991.  After the initial appointments by the Governor, all ensuing appointments by the Governor shall be for terms of four years.  Any vacancy occurring on the Committee by reason of death, resignation, or otherwise shall be filled by the Governor or the Commissioner of Agriculture, as the case may be, for the unexpired term of the member whose seat is vacant.

The Committee shall make final decisions under this Article concerning licenses, certified applicator cards, and identification cards.  The Committee shall report annually to the Board of Agriculture the action taken in the Committee's final decisions and the financial status of the Structural Pest Control Division.

The Director shall be responsible for and answerable to the Commissioner of Agriculture as to the operation and conduct of the Structural Pest Control Division.

Each member of the Committee who is not an employee of the State shall receive as compensation for services per diem and necessary travel expenses and registration fees in accordance with the provisions as outlined for members of occupational licensing boards and currently provided for in G.S. 93B-5.  Such per diem and necessary travel expenses and registration fees shall apply to the same effect that G.S. 93B-5 might hereafter be amended.

Four members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum but no action at any meeting of the Committee shall be taken without four votes in accord.  The chairman shall be entitled to vote at all times.

The Committee shall meet at such times and such places in North Carolina as the chairman shall direct; provided, however, that four members of the Committee may call a special meeting of the Committee on five days' notice to the other members thereof.

Except as otherwise provided herein, all members of the Committee shall be appointed or designated, as the case may be, prior to and shall commence their respective terms on July 1, 1967.

At the first meeting of the Committee they shall elect a chairman who shall serve as such at the pleasure of the Committee."

Section 11A.41.  G.S. 106-143 reads as rewritten:

" 106-143.  Article construed supplementary.

Nothing in this Article shall be construed as in any way amending, abridging, or otherwise affecting the validity of any law or ordinance relating to the Commission for Health Services or the Department of Human Resources Environment and Natural Resources or any local health department in their  sanitary work in connection with public and private water supplies, sewerage, meat, milk, milk products, shellfish, finfish, or other foods, or food products, or the production, handling, or processing thereof; but this Article shall be construed to be in addition thereto. of these items."

Section 11A.42.  G.S. 106-168.5 reads as rewritten:

" 106-168.5.  Duties of Commissioner upon receipt of application; inspection committee.

Upon receipt of the application, the Commissioner shall promptly cause the rendering plant and equipment, or the plans, specifications, and selected site, of the applicant to be inspected by an inspection committee hereinafter called the 'committee,' which shall be composed of three members: One member who shall be designated by the Commissioner of Agriculture and who shall be an employee of the Department of Agriculture, one member who shall be designated by the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources Health and Human Services and who shall be an employee of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, and one member who shall be designated by the director of the North Carolina Division of the Southeastern Renderers Association, and who shall be a person having practical knowledge of rendering operations. Each member may be designated and relieved from time to time at the discretion of the designating authority.  No State employee designated as a member of the committee shall receive any additional compensation therefor and no compensation shall be paid by the State to any other member."

Section 11A.43.  G.S. 106-266.6, as amended by S.L. 1997-261, reads as rewritten:

" 106-266.6.  Definitions.

As used in this Article, unless otherwise stated and unless the context or subject matter clearly indicates otherwise:

(1)       'Affiliate' means any person and/or subsidiary thereof, who has, either directly or indirectly, actual control or legal control over a distributor, whether by stock ownership or any other manner.

(2)       'Books and records' means books, records, accounts, contracts, memoranda, documents, papers, correspondence, or other data, pertaining to the business of the person in question.

(3)       'Commission' means the North Carolina Milk Commission created by this Article.

(4)       'Distributor' or 'subdistributor' means any of the following persons engaged in the business of distributing, marketing, or in any manner handling fluid milk, in whole or in part, in fluid form for consumption in the State of North Carolina, but shall not mean any distributor who sells 25 gallons or less of milk per day which is produced on his own farm:

a.         Persons, irrespective of whether any such person is a producer:

1.         Who pasteurize or bottle milk or process milk into fluid milk;

2.         Who sell and/or market fluid milk at wholesale or retail:

I.          To hotels, restaurants, stores or other establishments for consumption on the premises,

II.         To stores or other establishments for resale, or

III.       To consumers;

3.         Who operate stores or other establishments for the sale of fluid milk at retail for consumption off the premises.

b.         Persons wherever located or operating, whether within or without the State of North Carolina, who purchase, market or handle milk for resale as fluid milk in the State.

(5)       'Health authorities' includes the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Commissioner of Agriculture, and the local health authorities.

(6)       'Licensee' means a licensed milk distributor.

(7)       'Market' means any city, town, or village of the State, or any two or more cities and/or towns and/or villages and surrounding territory designated by the Commission as a natural marketing area.

(8)       'Milk' means the lacteal secretion obtained by the milking of one or more cows and reconstituted milk products derived from the recombining of dry milk solids, evaporated or condensed milk with water, and which is pasteurized, standardized or otherwise processed with a view of selling it as fluid milk in its several forms, whether cultured or with added bacteria or other ingredients, regardless of grade or fat content, including whole milk, lowfat milk, cream, chocolate milk, plain buttermilk, cream buttermilk, skim milk, special or premium milk, flavored milk or drinks, concentrated milk, sterile milk, dietary modified milk, liquid milk shake mix, half and half, eggnog, other milk-cream mixtures and the milk portion of any imitation milk.  Said term excludes the lacteal secretion of one or more dairy cows where the secretion is to be sold for any other purpose.

(9)       'Person' means any person, firm, corporation or association.

(10)     'Producer' means any person, irrespective of whether such person is a member of a producer association or a distributor, who operates to produce milk for sale as fluid milk in the State.

(11)     'Sanitary regulations' includes all laws and ordinances relating to the production, handling, transportation, distribution and sale of milk and, so far as applicable thereto, the State Sanitary Code and lawful regulations adopted by the dairy and food divisions, or by the board of health of any county or municipality.

(12)     'Subdistributor' as distinguished from a 'distributor' means one who does not process milk but purchases its milk from a licensed distributor for distribution.

(13)     'Subsidiary' means any person or officer over whom or which a distributor or an affiliate of a distributor has, or several distributors have either directly or indirectly, actual or legal control, whether by stock ownership or in any other manner."

Section 11A.44.  G.S. 110-91 reads as rewritten:

" 110-91.  Mandatory standards for a license.

The following standards shall be complied with by all child day care facilities, except as otherwise provided in this Article. These shall be the only required standards for the issuance of a license by the Secretary under the policies and procedures of the Commission except that the Commission may, in its discretion, adopt less stringent standards for facilities subject to licensing but which provide care on a temporary, part-time, drop-in, seasonal, after-school or other than a full-time basis.

(1)       Medical Care and Sanitation. - The Commission for Health Services shall adopt rules which establish minimum sanitation standards for child day care facilities and their personnel.  The sanitation rules adopted by the Commission for Health Services shall cover such matters as the cleanliness of floors, walls, ceilings, storage spaces, utensils, and other facilities; adequacy of ventilation; sanitation of water supply, lavatory facilities, toilet facilities, sewage disposal, food protection facilities, bactericidal treatment of eating and drinking utensils, and solid-waste storage and disposal; methods of food preparation and serving; infectious disease control; sleeping facilities; and other items and facilities as are necessary in the interest of the public health.  These rules shall be developed in consultation with the Department.

                  The Commission shall adopt rules to establish minimum requirements for child and staff health assessments and medical care procedures.  These rules shall be developed in consultation with the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. Department.  Each child shall have a health assessment before being admitted or within 30 days following admission to a child day care facility.  The assessment shall be done by:  (i) a licensed physician, (ii) the physician's authorized agent who is currently approved by the North Carolina Medical Board, or comparable certifying board in any state contiguous to North Carolina, (iii) a certified nurse practitioner, or (iv) a public health nurse meeting the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources' Department's Standards for Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program.  A record of each child's assessment shall be on file in the records of the facility.  However, no health assessment shall be required of any child who is and has been in normal health and whose parent, guardian, or full-time custodian objects in writing to a health assessment on religious grounds which conform to the teachings and practice of any recognized church or religious denomination.

                  Each child shall be immunized in a manner that meets the requirements of Article 6 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes and the pertinent rules adopted by the Commission for Health Services.

                  Each child day care facility shall have a plan of emergency medical care which shall include provisions for communication with and transportation to a specified medical resource, unless otherwise previously instructed.  No child receiving day care shall be administered any drug or other medication without specific written instructions from a physician or the child's parent, guardian or full-time custodian.  Emergency information on each child in care, including the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the child's physician and parents, legal guardian or full-time custodian shall be readily available to the staff of the child day care facility while children are in care.

                  Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that provide prepared meals to day care centers only are considered day care centers for purposes of compliance with appropriate sanitation standards.

(2)       Health-Related Activities. - Each child in a child day care facility shall receive nutritious food and refreshments under rules to be adopted by the Commission.  After consultation with the State Health Director, nutrition standards shall provide for specific requirements for infants.  Nutrition standards shall provide for specific requirements for children older than infants, including a daily food plan for meals and snacks served that shall be adequate for good nutrition.  The number and size of servings and snacks shall be appropriate for the ages of the children and shall be planned according to the number of hours the child is in care.  Menus for meals and snacks shall be planned at least one week in advance, dated, and posted where they can be seen by parents.

                  Each child day care facility shall arrange for each child in care to be out-of-doors each day if weather conditions permit.

                  Each child day care facility shall have a rest period for each child in care after lunch or at some other appropriate time.

                  No child day care facility shall care for more than 25 children in one group.  Facilities providing care for 26 or more children shall provide for two or more groups according to the ages of children and shall provide separate supervisory personnel for each group.

(3)       Location. - Each child day care facility shall be located in an area which is free from conditions which are deemed hazardous to the physical and moral welfare of the children in care in the opinion of the Commission.

(4)       Building. - Each child day care facility shall be located in a building which meets the requirements of the North Carolina Building Code under standards which shall be developed by the Building Code Council, subject to adoption by the Commission specifically for child day care facilities, including facilities operated in a private residence.  These standards shall be consistent with the provisions of this Article.

(5)       Fire Prevention. - Each child day care facility shall be located in a building that meets the requirements for fire prevention and safe evacuation that apply to child day care facilities as established by the Department of Insurance, subject to adoption by the Commission.  Each child day care facility shall be inspected at least annually by a local fire department or volunteer fire department for compliance with these requirements, except that child day care facilities located on State property shall be inspected by an official designated by the Department of Insurance.

(6)       Space and Equipment Requirements. - There shall be no less than 25 square feet of indoor space for each child for which a child day care facility is licensed, exclusive of closets, passageways, kitchens, and bathrooms, and this floor space shall provide during rest periods 200 cubic feet of airspace per child for which the facility is licensed.  There shall be adequate outdoor play area for each child under rules adopted by the Commission which shall be related to the size and type of facility, availability and location of outside land area, except in no event shall the minimum required exceed 75 square feet per child, which area shall be protected to assure the safety of the children receiving day care by an adequate fence or other protection; provided, however, that a facility operated in a public school shall be deemed to have adequate fencing protection; provided, also, that a facility operating exclusively during the evening and early morning hours, between 6:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., need not meet the outdoor play area requirements mandated by this subdivision.

                  Each child day care facility shall provide equipment and furnishings that are child size, sturdy, safe, and in good repair.  The Commission shall adopt standards to establish minimum requirements for equipment appropriate for the size facility being operated pursuant to G.S. 110-86(3).  Space shall be available for proper storage of beds, cribs, mats, cots, sleeping garments, and linens as well as designated space for each child's personal belongings.

(7)       Staff-Child Ratio. - In determining the staff-child ratio, all children younger than 13 years shall be counted.  The Commission shall adopt rules regarding staff-child ratios, group sizes and multi-age groupings for each category of facility other than for infants and toddlers, provided that these rules shall be no less stringent than those currently required for staff-child ratios as enacted in Section 156(e) of Chapter 757 of the 1985 Session Laws.  The staff-child ratios and group sizes for infants and toddlers shall be no less stringent than as follows:

Age                                                     Ratio                            Group Size

0 to 12 months                                       5                                        10

12 to 24 months                                    6                                        12

2 to 3 years                                          10                                        20.

(8)       Qualifications for Staff. - Each child day care facility shall be under the direction or supervision of a literate person at least 21 years of age.  All staff counted in determining the required staff-child ratio shall be at least 16 years of age, provided that persons younger than 18 years of age work under the direct supervision of a literate staff person who is at least 21 years of age.  No person shall be an operator of nor be employed in a child day care facility who has been convicted of a crime involving child neglect, child abuse, or moral turpitude, or who is an habitually excessive user of alcohol or who illegally uses narcotic or other impairing drugs, or who is mentally or emotionally impaired to an extent that may be injurious to children.

                  The Commission shall adopt standards to establish minimum qualifications for operators, supervisors, caregivers and other staff who have direct contact with the children.  These standards shall reflect training, experience, education or credentialing and shall be appropriate for the size facility being operated according to the categories defined in G.S. 110-86(3).  It is the intent of this provision to guarantee that all children in day care are cared for by qualified people but also to recognize that qualifications for good child care may not be limited to formal education or training standards.  To this end, the standards adopted by the Commission pertaining to training and educational requirements shall include provision that these requirements may be met by informal as well as formal training and educational experience.  No requirements may interfere with the teachings or doctrine of any established religious organization.

(9)       Records. - Each child day care facility shall keep accurate records on each child receiving care in the child day care facility in accordance with a form furnished or approved by the Commission, and shall submit attendance reports as required by the Department.

                  Each child day care facility shall keep accurate records on each staff member or other person delegated responsibility for the care of children in accordance with a form approved by the Commission.

                  All records of any child day care facility, except financial records, shall be subject to review by the Secretary or by duly authorized representatives of the Department or a cooperating agency who shall be designated by the Secretary.

                  Any effort to falsify information provided to the Department shall be deemed by the Secretary to be evidence of violation of this Article on the part of the operator or sponsor of the child day care facility and shall constitute a cause for revoking or denying a license to this child day care facility.

(10)     Each operator or staff member shall truly and honestly show each child in that person's care true love, devotion and tender care.

                  Each child day care facility shall have a written policy on discipline, describing the methods and practices used to discipline children enrolled in that facility.  This written policy shall be discussed with, and a copy given to, each child's parent prior to the first time the child attends the facility.  Subsequently, any change in discipline methods or practices shall be communicated in writing to the parents prior to the effective date of the change.

                  The use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline is prohibited in child day care facilities and may not be used by any operator or staff member of any child day care facility, except that corporal punishment may be used in religious sponsored child day care facilities as defined in G.S. 110-106, only if (i) the religious sponsored child day care facility files with the Department a notice stating that corporal punishment is part of the religious training of its program, and (ii) the religious sponsored child day care facility clearly states in its written policy of discipline that corporal punishment is part of the religious training of its program.  The written policy on discipline of nonreligious sponsored child day care facilities shall clearly state the prohibition on corporal punishment.

(11)     Staff Development. - The Commission shall adopt minimum standards for ongoing staff development for facilities.  These standards shall include requirements for ongoing in-service training for all staff.

(12)     Planned Age Appropriate Activities. - Each child day care facility shall have a planned schedule of activities posted in a prominent place to enable parents to review it, and a written plan of age appropriate activities available to parents.  Each facility shall have age appropriate activities and play materials to implement the written plan.  The Commission shall establish minimum standards for age-appropriate activities appropriate for each category of facility as defined in G.S. 110-86(3).

(13)     Transportation. - All child day care facilities shall abide by North Carolina law regulating the use of seat belts and child passenger restraint devices.  All vehicles operated by any facility staff person or volunteer to transport children shall be properly equipped with appropriate seat belts or child restraint devices as approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.  Each adult and child shall be restrained by an appropriate seat safety belt or restraint device when the vehicle is in motion.  These restraint regulations do not apply to vehicles not required by federal law to be equipped with seat restraints.  All vehicles used to transport children shall meet and maintain the safety inspection standards of the Division of Motor Vehicles of the Department of Transportation and the facility shall comply with all other applicable State and federal laws and regulations concerning the operation of a motor vehicle. Children may never be left unattended in a vehicle.

                  The ratio of adults to children in child day care vehicles may not be less than the staff/child ratios prescribed by G.S. 110-91(7).  The Commission shall adopt standards for transporting children under the age of two, including standards addressing this particular age's staff/child ratio during transportation."

Section 11A.45.  G.S. 110-92 reads as rewritten:

" 110-92.  Duties of State and local agencies.

When requested by an operator of a day-care facility or by the Secretary it shall be the duty of local and district health departments to visit and inspect a day-care facility to determine whether the facility complies with the health and sanitation standards required by this Article and with the minimum sanitation standards adopted as rules by the Commission for Health Services as authorized by G.S. 110-91(1), and to submit written reports on such visits or inspections to the Department on forms approved and provided by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

When requested by an operator of a day-care facility or by the Secretary, it shall be the duty of the local and district health departments, and any building inspector, fire prevention inspector, or fireman employed by local government, or any fireman having jurisdiction, or other officials or personnel of local government to visit and inspect a day-care facility for the purposes specified in this Article, including plans for evacuation of the premises and protection of children in case of fire, and to report on such visits or inspections in writing to the Secretary so that such reports may serve as the basis for action or decisions by the Secretary or Department as authorized by this Article."

Section 11A.46.  The heading for Article 1 of Chapter 111 of the General Statutes reads as rewritten:

"ARTICLE 1.

General Duties of Department of Human Resources. Health and Human Services."

Section 11A.47.  G.S. 115C-106(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      The General Assembly of North Carolina hereby declares that the policy of the State is to ensure every child a fair and full opportunity to reach his full potential and that no child as defined in this section and in G.S. 115C-122 shall be excluded from service or education for any reason whatsoever.  This policy shall be the practice of the State for children from birth through age 21 and the State requires compliance by all local education agencies and local school administrative units, all local human resources services agencies including, but not limited to, local health departments, local social service departments, community mental health centers and all State departments, agencies, institutions except institutions of higher education, and private providers which are recipients of general funds as these funds are defined in G.S. 143-1."

Section 11A.49A.  G.S. 115C-122 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-122.  Early childhood development program; evaluation and placement of children.

The General Assembly of North Carolina declares that the public policy of North Carolina is defined as follows to carry out the policies stated in G.S. 115C-106:

(1)       The State shall provide for a comprehensive early childhood development program by emphasizing preventative and remedial measures designed to provide the services which will enable children to develop to the maximum level their physical, mental, social, and emotional potentials and to strengthen the role of the family as the first and most fundamental influence on child development.  The General Assembly finds that the complexity of early childhood development precludes the enactment of legislation which is of a sufficiently comprehensive nature to encompass all possible implications.  The Departments of Public Instruction and Human Resources Health and Human Services shall, therefore, jointly develop an early childhood development program plan with flexibility sufficient to meet the State's policy as set forth in this subdivision.  Said plan shall provide for the operation of a statewide early childhood development program no later than June 30, 1983.

(2)       The State requires a system of educational opportunities for all children with special needs and requires the identification and evaluation of the needs of children and the adequacy of various education programs before placement of children, and shall provide for periodic evaluation of the benefits of programs to the individual child and the nature of the child's needs thereafter.

(3)       The State shall prevent denial of equal educational and service opportunity on the basis of national origin, sex, economic status, race, religion, and physical, mental, social or emotional handicap in the provision of services to any child.  Each local school administrative unit shall develop program plans to meet the educational requirements of children with special needs and each local human resources services agency shall develop program plans to meet the human service requirements of children with special needs in accordance with program standards and in a planning format as shall be prescribed by the State Board of Education and the Department of Human Resources Health and Human Services respectively.

                  The General Assembly intends that the educational program and human service program requirements of Session Laws 1973, Chapter 1293, shall be realized no later than June 30, 1982.  The General Assembly further intends that currently imposed barriers to educational and human service opportunities for children with special needs by reason of a single standardized test, income, federal regulations, conflicting statutes, or any other barriers are hereby abrogated; except that with respect to barriers caused by reason of income, it shall be permissible for the State or any local education agency or local human resources services agency to charge fees for special services rendered, or special materials furnished to a child with special needs, his parents, guardian or persons standing in loco parentis unless the imposition of such fees would prevent or substantially deter the child, his parents, guardian, or persons standing in loco parentis from availing themselves of or receiving such services or materials.

(4)       It is recognized that children have a variety of characteristics and needs, all of which must be considered if the potential of each child is to be realized; that in order to accomplish this the State must develop a full range of service and education programs, and that a program must actually benefit a child or be designed to benefit a particular child in order to provide such child with appropriate educational and service opportunities.  The General Assembly requires that all programs employ least restrictive alternatives as shall be defined by the Departments of Public Instruction and Human Resources."

Section 11A.50.  G.S. 115C-323 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-323.  Employee health certificate.

All public school employees upon initial employment, and those who have been separated from public school employment more than one school year, including superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, and any other employees in the public schools of the State, shall file in the office of the superintendent, before assuming his duties, a certificate from a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of North Carolina, certifying that said person does not have tuberculosis in the communicable form, or other communicable disease, or any disease, physical or mental, which would impair the ability of the said person to perform effectively his duties.  A local school board or a superintendent may require any person herein named to take a physical examination when deemed necessary.

Any public school employee who has been absent for more than 40 successive school days because of a communicable disease must, before returning to work, file with the superintendent a physician's certificate certifying that the individual is free from any communicable disease.

The examining physician shall make the aforesaid certificates on an examination form supplied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The certificate shall be issued only after a physical examination has been made at the time of the certification, and such examination shall be in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with approval of the Secretary of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, and such rules and regulations may include the requirement of an X-ray chest examination for all new employees of the public school system.

It shall be the duty of the superintendent of the school in which the person is employed to enforce the provisions of this section.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor."

Section 11A.51.  G.S. 115C-522(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c)      It shall be the duty of local boards of education and tax-levying authorities to provide suitable supplies for the school buildings under their jurisdictions. These shall include, in addition to the necessary instructional supplies, proper window shades, blackboards, reference books, library equipment, maps, and equipment for teaching the sciences.

Likewise, it shall be the duty of said boards of education and boards of county commissioners to provide every school with a good supply of water, approved by the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Environment and Natural Resources, and where such school cannot be connected to water-carried sewerage facilities, there shall be provided sanitary privies for the boys and for the girls according to specifications of the Commission for Health Services. Such water supply and sanitary privies shall be considered an essential and necessary part of the equipment of each public school and may be paid for in the same manner as desks and other essential equipment of the school are paid for."

Section 11A.52.  G.S. 120-205(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a)      This commission shall be composed of 21 members appointed as follows:

(1)       Seven members of the House of Representatives at the time of their appointment, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Of these members, one shall be a Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources; Health and Human Services;

(2)       Seven members of the Senate at the time of their appointment, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Of these members, one shall be the Chair of the Senate Human Resources Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee;

(3)       Thre