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Cooper Signs Many Bills Into Law PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:44
Governor Roy Cooper has signed the following bills into law: 
 
* House Bill 15    : Convey State Prop. To Wrightsville Beach 
* House Bill 223  : Special Plates / Handicapped Placard Renewal 
* House Bill 320  : PUV Changes 
* House Bill 321  : Wildlife License Changes 
* House Bill 357  : Modernize Dietetics/ Nutrition Practice Act 
* House Bill 379  : Recodification Working Group 
* House Bill 388 : Modernize Mutual Assistance Statutes 
* House Bill 425 : State Wooly Worm Festival 
* House Bill 512  : Monitor Implementation of Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver 
* House Bill 529  : Amend Funeral Laws 
* House Bill 569  : Pretax Supplemental Benefits 
* House Bill 573  : Business/ Regulatory Changes 
* House Bill 613  : Transfer Certain State Property 
* House Bill 670  : Protect Educational Property 
* House Bill 688  : Certain Appeals Allowed/ Clarify Dispositional Orders 
* House Bill 741  : DHHS Maternal and Neonatal Study 
* House Bill 744  :  Trespass/Eastern Band Cherokee Indians 
* House Bill 774  : Amend Certificate of Relief 
* House Bill 776  : Adoption and Juvenile Law Changes 
* House Bill 852  : Real Prop. Tech Corrections/ Solicitation of Copies 
* House Bill 931  : UI Technical Changes 
* House Bill 945  : Rape Evidence Kit Tracking System 
* House Bill 969  : Enhance Prison Safety 
* House Bill 977  : Administrative Changes Retirement System/ Treasurer 
* House Bill 985  : Retirement Technical Corrections Act of 2018 
* House Bill 998  : Improving NC Rural Health 
* House Bill 1019 : Fallen Wildlife Officers Memorial License 
* House Bill 1031 : Local Education Funding Dispute Process 
* Senate Bill 145   : DOT/DMV Legislative Requests 
* Senate Bill 162   : Human Trafficking Restorative Justice 
* Senate Bill 420   : CC Governance/ Amend Medical Board 
* Senate Bill 750   : Health-Local Confinement/ Vet. Controlled Sub. 
* House Bill 9  Allow Election Day Service - Retired LEOs. 
* House Bill 86  : Virtual Currency Changes. 
* House Bill 156  : Medicaid PHP Licensure & Transformation Mods. 
* House Bill 277  : Naturopathic Study. 
* House Bill 284 : 25-Year LEO Retirement Option. 
* House Bill 325 : Amend Arson Law. 
* House Bill 403  : Medicaid and Behavioral Health Modifications. 
* House Bill 611  : Employment Contract Exception. 
* House Bill 619  : Clarify Motor Vehicle Dealer Laws. 
* House Bill 651 : State Pension/Ret. Health Ben. Fund Solvency. 
* House Bill 779  : ABC Elections. 
* House Bill 826  : Clarify System Development Fees. 
* House Bill 948  : Building Code Regulatory Reform. 
* House Bill 986  : Various Changes to Education Laws. 
* House Bill 1054  : UNC Capital Projects. 
* Senate Bill 124  : LEO Managed CBD Oil Drop Box. 
* Senate Bill 125  : Various Changes to Education. 
* Senate Bill 140  : Title Ins. Rev/Bailbondsmen Deposits. 
* Senate Bill 168 : AOC Omnibus Changes. 
* Senate Bill 220  : Motor Fuel Tax Exemption for Joint Agency. 
* Senate Bill 368  : Update False Claims Act/Rare Disease Appt/HIE. 
* Senate Bill 411  : Various Motor Vehicle Law Revisions. 
* Senate Bill 412  : Abandoned Vehicles/Charities. 
* Senate Bill 559 : Study on Indian Tribes Eligibility for Grants. 
* Senate Bill 616  : Heroin & Opioid Prevention & Enforcement Act. 
* Senate Bill 622  : Business Corporation Act Revisions. 
* Senate Bill 630  : Revise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health. 
* Senate Bill 655  : Change Date When Primary Elections Held. 
* Senate Bill 768 : People First Language 2018. 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2018 10:23
 
New State Parks Director Named PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:30
 Dwayne Patterson, currently chief financial officer of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, has been named director of the state Division of Parks and Recreation. 
 
“Dwayne Patterson understands the important role that parks and trails play in improving health and quality of life, and will work to expand access to parks throughout North Carolina, especially among children,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “His extensive leadership experience, along with his operational and financial background, make him a great fit to lead the department’s largest division.” 
 
“Our state parks system is a treasure, and I look forward to working with the park system staff, local governments, and parks supporters to protect, expand and improve our parks, trails, and open spaces,” Patterson said. “I am humbled by the opportunity afforded me by Governor Cooper and Secretary Hamilton.”
 
Patterson is the first African American to lead the state parks division. He has been the chief financial officer of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources since May 2017. Prior to joining DNCR, he was executive director for CREST, a regional non-profit agency that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults.
 
Other significant positions held by Patterson include chief deputy secretary for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, chief financial officer for the Warren and Durham county public school systems, and director of operations for the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.
 
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 234,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes 19 million visitors annually.
 
Patterson was raised in Kinston and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from N.C. State University. 
 
Constitutional Amendment Establishing Bipartisan State Board of Ethics and Elections On November Ballot PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:26
Voters will choose whether to permanently establish a Bipartisan State Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the North Carolina constitution after the North Carolina Senate voted to put the constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot. The state House of Representatives has already approved the measure.
 
House Bill 913 would establish an eight-member, bipartisan board to administer North Carolina’s ethics and elections laws, free from the influence from the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of state government.
 
Members of the bipartisan board would serve four-year terms and would be appointed by House and Senate leaders based on recommendations from leaders of both the majority and minority parties. The proposal makes clear that no more than four members of the board could be registered with the same political party, and that the balance of the board’s membership would not be directly impacted if control of the legislature switched from one party to another – ensuring that ethics and elections enforcement is not encumbered by partisan politics. Unaffiliated citizens would also be eligible for any position on the board.
 
 
 
Four Greensboro Residents Charged With Insurance Fraud PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:24
Four people are accused of staging an auto accident in the Greensboro area and then falsely claiming that they were injured in the staged wreck to collect insurance claims.
 
Clarence Gilbert Powell, 73, of 1308 Ardmore Drive, Greensboro; Tonya Lashon Starks, 49, of 825 Ross, Ave., Greensboro; Ashley N. Alexander, 28, of 10-H Huntley Court, Greensboro; and Ciara Marie Williams-Nash, 23, of 808-C Marsh St., Greensboro, were each charged with felony insurance fraud and felony conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
 
Special agents with the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division accuse the four of using a U-Haul truck to stage an accident and report that they had been injured in the accident. The four are also accused of conspiring to defraud Repwest Insurance Co., the insurer of U-Haul rentals, according to the warrants. 
 
The offense occurred on Nov. 9, 2017. They were arrested in Guilford County on May 21 and 22. Starks was placed under a $1,000 secured bond. The other three were released on a written promise to appear in court.
 
Insurance fraud costs American consumers approximately $80 billion dollars a year.  According to Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents of every dollar paid on insurance premiums -- and it’s getting worse.
 
“I am determined to stem the tide of insurance fraud in this state in order to save residents money,” said Commissioner Causey. “That’s why I am dedicated to the mission of our NCDOI law enforcement officers who investigate and prosecute claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud.” 
 
To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigation Division at 919-807-6840.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:25
 
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