Senate Legislative Bills Summary: 2009 Session

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SB 2 Lottery School Capital Fund Formula (J. Snow) An act to change the school capital construction formula in the state lottery act to provide for distribution of all the funds based on average daily membership.

Filed 1/28/09

 

SB 12 Ban Mobile Phone Use While Driving (HB68) (C. Dannelly) An act to make using a mobile phone or accessing additional technology unlawful while operating a motor vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area. Effective December 1, 2009.

Filed 1/28/09

 

SB 16 DPI/Curriculum on 1898 Wilmington Race Riot (J. Boseman) Directing the Department of Public Instruction to add appropriate grade-level curriculum materials on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, as recommended by the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission.

Filed 1/29/09

 

SB 17 Pay Teachers the ABC Bonuses They Earned (S. Goss) To fully fund the ABCs bonuses earned by public school employees during the 2007-2008 school year. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 1/29/09

 

SB 19 Use of Additional Technology Prohibited (HB 9) (S. Goss) An act to make it unlawful to use additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area.

Filed 1/29/09

 

SB 22 Ban Texting While Driving (HB 9) (J. Forrester) To make it unlawful to use additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area.

Filed 2/2/09

 

SB 32 Employers Must Use Federal E-Verify Program (J. Snow) To require that employers in this state use the federal E-Verify Program or a similar verification of work authorization program; and to appropriate funds to establish and support a position to assist in the implementation and execution of the act.  Effective January 1, 2010

Filed 2/3/09

 

SB 46 Internet Libel/Civil and Criminal Offense (S. Goss) To make it unlawful to communicate false, defamatory material that is libelous or slanderous through an electronic medium.  Effective December 1, 2009.

Filed 2/3/09

 

 

SB 65 Amend Computer Solicitation of Child (J. Tillman) To amend the law regarding solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act to include solicitations by other electronic devices as well as computers. Effective December 1, 2009 and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Filed 2/3/09

 

SB 66 Require Arts Education Credit for Graduation (K. Dorsett) Directing the State Board of Education to require one Arts Education credit for graduation from high school as recommended by the Joint Select Committee on Arts Education. The new Arts Education requirement implementation begins with students entering the ninth grade in 2009.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 68 No ABC Establishments within 1,000 Feet of School (K. Dorsett) To prohibit the location of a new ABC licensed establishment within 1,000 feet of a public school or a nonpublic school as defined in Part 1 or Part 2 of Article 39 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes. Effective December 1, 2009 and applies to ABC permits issued on or after that date.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 70 Construction Standards/Manufactured Housing (S. Bingham) Regarding construction and safety standards of manufactured homes. Requires the manufacturer to warrant that the flooring of the bathroom and kitchen areas of the home is manufactured or constructed with treated plywood.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 72 Wake School Board Elections (N. Hunt) To provide for election of members of the Wake County Board of Education at-large, and to move those elections to the even-numbered year, to be elected in November on a plurality basis. Extends the terms of the Wake County Board of Education members 1) elected in 2005 for terms expiring in 2009 until the first Monday in December 2010, and 2) elected in 2007 for terms expiring in 2011 until the first Monday in December 2012. Provides that when a vacancy is filled for terms expiring in 2010 and 2012, the replacement ember must reside in the district from which the vacating member was elected in 2005 and 2007.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 85 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign/Funds (W. Purcell) To appropriate funds to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina. Appropriates $250,000 in 2009-2010 and $250,000 in 2010-2011as a grant.  Effective 1, 2009.

Filed 2/5/09

 

SB 87 Taxpayers’ Protection Act (J. Tillman) To impose constitutional limits on the growth of the State Budget. Effective July 1, 2010.

Filed 2/5/09

 

SB 96 No “Texting” While Driving (HB 9) (S.Bingham) To make it unlawful to use additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area. Filed 2/10/09

SB 100 Study Innovations/Incentives in Education (F. Hartsell) Creating the innovations in Education Legislative Study Commission to study the feasibility of offering financial incentives to students for quality academic performance. Creates 12 member Commission and directs Commission to study the feasibility of giving $1,000 to every public school student per year beginning in grade one to grade 12 for meeting specific academic, disciplinary, attendance, character, and parental involvement goals and benchmarks. Interim report due to General Assembly by 2010 regular session and final report due in 2011. Appropriates $50,000 for 2009-2010 and $50,000 in 2010-2011 to fund work of the Commission. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/10/09

 

SB 122 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (HB 65) (D. Davis) To reenact the statute authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of sixteen to attend community college.

Filed 2/10/09

 

SB 137 Military Death/In-State Tuition/Dependent (N. Hunt) To provide that a dependent relative of a member of the Armed Services continues to be eligible for in-state tuition if the active duty member is killed in combat or dies during active military duty while assigned to North Carolina. Effective October 1, 2009.

Filed 2/11/09

 

SB 149 Lapsed Salaries Revert (A. Brock) to revert lapsed salaries to the General Fund for the Rainy Day Fund and to encourage accuracy in budgeting by correctly funding salaries and salary-related expenditures for state employees and teachers. Effective June 30, 2010.

Filed 2/11/09

 

SB 160 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (P. Berger) To extend the sunset on the statute authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of 16 to attend Community College. Extends the expiration date of the act from September 1 2008 to September 1, 2010.  Effective August 30, 2008.

Filed 2/11/09

 

SB 172 Allow Charter Schools in 100 Counties (E. Goodall) To allow charter schools in one hundred counties. Directs SBE to give priority to charter school applications in counties without a charter school.

Filed 2/12/09

 

SB 198 State Board of Education/Membership Restrictions (V. Malone) To modify the restrictions on service on the State Board of Education. Provides that no more than two (was one) public school employees paid from state or local funds may serve as appointed members of the State Board of Education. Senate Committee Substitute inserts language previously deleted in error prohibiting a spouse of a DPI employee serving on the board. In addition, the committee substitute amends statute, which prohibits certain contracts between public officers and the agencies they serve, to provide that it does not apply to employment contracts between the State Board of Education and its chief executive officer.

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 202 Appropriations Act of 2009 (L. Garrou) To make base budget appropriations for the current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for othe purposes.

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 204 Retired Nurses Return to Work (W. Purcell) To enable retirees of the Teachers’ and State Employees Retirement System to return to employment as nursing instructors without losing retirement benefits.  Effective July 1, 2009 and expires June 30, 2013

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 205 Prohibit Smoking in Public & Work Places (HB 2) (W. Purcell) To prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment.

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 206 Kids Voting Funds (H 173) To appropriate funds for the Kids voting of North Carolina Program.

 

SB 218 Neighborhood Schools & Teacher Merit Pay (N. Hunt) Directing local Boards of Education to provide vouchers to students not permitted to attend neighborhood schools and to establish a merit pay system for teachers, instructional support personnel, and principals. Requires school system to provide vouchers for a student to attend a nonpublic school if: 1) the student lives within a one and-half mile radius of an age-appropriate school for that student and 2) the local board chooses not to assign the student to that school. The amount of the voucher to be equal to the average state and local funds allocated per student for that LEA.  Establishes a system of merit pay for teachers and instructional support personnel, authorizes the principal to determine the amount of merit pay and eliminates the teacher salary schedule based on years of experience, deletes all references to “teacher salary schedule” and salary based on credit for years of experience, including provisions for longevity pay, makes conforming changes regarding salary range for driver education instructors and the eligibility for in-state tuition for certain teachers. Authorizes local superintendents to determine the amount of merit pay each principal and supervisor is to receive annually. Other changes include the deletion of experience credit on the existing salary schedules for teachers, principals, and supervisors for time served in the armed forces. Effective with it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

File 2/18/09

 

HB 221 Healthy Youth Act (HB 88) (M. Graham) To provide for abstinence until marriage and Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programs in grades 7 through 9.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 226 Accessible Electronic Information Act/Blind/Disabled (HB 179) (K.Dorsett) To establish and maintain an accessible electronic information service for blind and disabled persons and to appropriate funds for the service.

Filed 2/18/09

 

HB 229 Scholarship Loan for Rural Social Workers (A. B. Swindell) To establish the scholarship loan fund for social workers in underserved areas, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. To provide scholarship loans ($11,000 per recipient for 40 loans per year to students in the masters program at the 10 eligible institutions) to train social workers to deliver (1) mental health, (2) substance abuse, and (3) developmental disabilities services in underserved areas of North Carolina. Appropriates $260,00 for 2009-2010 and $260,000 in 2010-11 for UNC board of Governors for personnel, programs and other costs of the academic program and $440,00 for in 2010-2011 for scholarship loans.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 238 Study State Contracts with Minority Businesses (Shaw) Authorizing the Legislative Research Commission to study the disparity in awarding state contracts to minority businesses.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 239 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Credit (J. Stein) To expend the subset for the renewable energy tax credit to match the federal tax credit, to encourage installation of combined heat and power property and geothermal heat pumps, and to allow energy tax credits to be taken against the gross premium tax. Extends the sunset date of the tax credit to January 2, 2017.  Effective for taxes imposed for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2009.

 

SB 240 Fund High Priority Public Health Initiatives (W. Purcell) To appropriate funds to implement high priority public health initiatives, as recommended by the Public Health Study Commission. Appropriates $36,567,055 for 2009-2010 and $31,145,972to DHHS for 10 essential public health services ($18,200, 000 each year of the biennium) to include: Childhood Obesity Prevention $3,829,454 each year, 83 additional school nurses: $5 million each year, Diabetes and Kidney programs $86,756 each year, and holding Early Interventions Programs harmless because of loss of revenue ($6,883,179 in 2009-2010 and $1,815,684 in 2010-11). Directs the funds supplement and not supplant existing funds Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 248 Conform County School Board Vacancy Statute (J. Foriest) To make a technical correction by deleting from a 1981 law relating to filling vacancies in county Boards of Education elected on a partisan basis county Boards of Education that in fact are not elected on a partisan basis. Removes Wake from GC 115C-37.1.

Filed 2/19/09

 

SB 259 Interscholastic Sports Open to All Students (J. Jacumin) Permitting students who attend a public school, private school, home school, or charter school without an interscholastic athletics program in a given sport to participate in that sport a public high school. Students may participate in that sport at the base public high school for the student’s address, if the school does not have a program for that sport, the student may participate in the sport at a public high school closest to the student’s base school that has the program. Participation is subject to the terms and conditions that apply to a regularly enrolled member of that school’s student body.  Applies beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

 

SB 265 Fund Only One School System Per County (T. Rand) Directing the State Board of Education to provide funds for only one local school administrative unit per county. Requires the Board to change formulas that allot funds on a per unit basis to formulas that allot funds on a per-county basis. Provides that if a 1) a city unit is located in more than one county, then the Board is required to include in each county’s average daily membership the average daily membership of that county’s students the city unit and 2) a county contains more than one local unit, the Board is required to divide the amount allotted on a per county basis between the units on the basis of ADM.

 

SB 270 Charlotte/Mecklenburg School Board Police (D. Clodfelter) To allow Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education to maintain a campus policy agency. Permits a local board of education to establish a campus law enforcement agency and to employ campus police officers.

Filed 2/23/09

 

SB 273 School Nutrition Program Funds (A. B. Swindell) To appropriate funds to ensure that child nutrition programs operating in the public schools have adequate funds to implement nutrition standards adopted by the State Board of Education for elementary schools, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. Appropriates $20 million for 2009-2010 to 1) implement the nutrition standards adopted by the SBE for elementary schools and 2) improve the overall operation of the child nutrition program. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/23/09

 

SB 283 Funds for School Health Centers (W. Purcell) To appropriate funds for school-based/school-linked adolescent health centers. Appropriates $750,000 for 2009-2010 and $750,000 for 2010-2011 to be used to sustain and assist school-based health centers that have been experiencing a growth in caseloads. Also, appropriates $250,000 for 2009-2010 to DHHS to provide start-up grants for five new school health centers needed areas. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/23/09

 

SB 287 State Health Plan $/Good Health Initiatives (T. Rand) To appropriate funds for the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees and to make other changes related to the State Health Plan.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 297 No Sunset/Teacher Personal Leave Provision (T. Rand) To repeal the sunset on the law authorizing teachers to take personal leave without penalty under certain circumstances.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 304 Energy Savings Contracts’ Cap/Program Administration (D. Clodfelter) To remove the cap on the amount payable by the State for guaranteed energy savings contracts, to require qualified providers to contribute to the costs of administering the guaranteed energy savings contracts program, to require life-cycle cost analyses of energy conservation measures during investment grade adudits conducted by qualified provides, and to require local governmental units to enter into guaranteed energy savings contracts to report to the State Energy Office. Applies to contracts entered into on or after the date the law becomes effective.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 305 Incentives for Energy Conservation (D. Clodfelter) To create incentives for high-performance homes and renewable energy, to require reporting on energy usage by public schools and state institutions of higher learning, and to add the design principles of the NC HealthBuilt Homes Program to the certification or rating systems that may qualify for building permit fee reductions or partial rebates allowed by counties and cities in order to encourage construction of buildings using sustainable design to achieve energy efficiency. Effective taxable years on or after January 1, 2009.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 306 New Assistant Principals/No Pay Decrease (J. Tillman) To ensure that teachers who become assistant principals do not experience a decrease in monthly pay. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 312 LEA Sales Tax Refund (A.B. Swindell) To reenact the Sales and Use Tax Refund for Local School Administrative Units so as to optimize school construction funding, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 314 Funds for Center for Advancement of Teaching (HB 56) (A. B. Swindell) To increase funding for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 320 Study Raising Compulsory Attendance Age (HB 188) (V. Malone) To Direct the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina in conjunction with the Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, to direct the appropriate entity to study the impacts of raising the compulsory attendance age for public school attendance prior to completion of a high school diploma from sixteen to seventeen or eighteen, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 321 Encourage Policies to Facilitate Graduation (HB 187) (V. Malone) To encourage local boards of education to adopt policies to encourage local businesses to adopt personnel policies to permit parents to attend student conferences, implement programs that assist students in making a successful transition between the middle school and high school years, increase parental involvement in student achievement, reduce suspension and expulsion rates and encourage academic progress during suspensions, and provide assistance and support to encourage pregnant and parenting students to graduate, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 322 Communities in School Funds (HB 185) (V. Malone) To appropriate funds for Communities in Schools of North Carolina, Inc. programs and services and to place no fewer than one hundred graduation coaches in either middle or high schools, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 323 Funding for Learn and Earn (HB 184) (V. Malone) To appropriate funds for additional Learn and Earn High Schools in North Carolina, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation. Filed 2/25/09

SB 335 Transparency in Recommendations (P.Berger) Making a public record of any communication by a public officer regarding the qualifications of an applicant for state employment or appointment.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 337 NC Illegal Immigration Reform Act ( A. Allran) To enact the North Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act. The legislation address the following: Verification of Employee work authorization by using a federal work authorization program, Class G felony to transfer or conceal an illegal alien, public and private contractors to use federal work authorization program for all new employees, enacts the Immigration Assistance Registration Act, enacts the Verification of Eligibility for Public Benefits, facilitates enforcement of federal immigrations laws in North Carolina, affects corporate and individual income tax laws, amends statute regarding pretrial release of illegal aliens, amends statute regarding identity theft for the purpose of obtaining employment, and prohibits illegal aliens from public postsecondary education.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 352 SPA Sick Leave Transfers (HB 213)(E. Kinnaird) To allow sick leave transfers for State employees subject to the State Personnel Act and for public school employees.

Filed 2/26/09

 

SB 355 State Health Plan/Local Government Retiree Contributions (D. Clary) To provide that a local government that has been submitting premium payments for its employees to the State Health Plan for teachers and state employees is not liable for contributions owing to the State Retirement System for a specified period. Effective July 1, 2009 and applies only to those fewer than 10 counties that have retirement contributions owing for the period July 1, 2004 through July 1, 2008.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 358 Teacher Assistants in Special Education Classes/Personal Leave (HB 60) (T. Rand) To provide personal leave for teacher assistants who are required by law to have a substitute when they are out of the classroom.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 362 Retired Teachers Return to Work (HB 229) (A. B. Swindell) To modify the provision that permits retired teachers to return to the classroom without a loss of retirement benefits by shortening the waiting period between retirement and reemployment, extending the sunset on the provision, and removing the prohibition on contractor service after retirement for all state employees, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 363 Positive Behavior Support Position Funds (HB 231) (A. B. Swindell) to appropriate funds to expand the positive behavior support initiative by establishing three new positions at the Department of Public Instruction and appropriate funds for the positions, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 376 Insurance/Cover Hearing Aids (W. Purcell) To require health benefit plans and the State Health Plan to cover hearing aids and replacement hearing aids.  Effective January 1, 2010 and applies to health benefit plans that are delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed on or after that date.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 378 Counties May Fund Charter Schools (E. Goodall) Authorizing counties to provide funds to Charter Schools.  A county may levy property taxes up to a combined rate of $1.50 on the $100 appraised value of property subject to taxation.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 379 Remove Cap on the Number of Charter Schools (HB 288) (E. Goodall) To remove the cap on the number of charter schools.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 386 Make Best Use of Corporate Tax Revenue (D. Clodfelter) To make the best use of State Resources during the current economic downturn by temporarily retaining all state corporate income tax revenue for support of General Fund obligations. Requires the amounts that would be credited during 2009-11 biennium to the Public School Building Capital Fund to be credited to the General Fund.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 396 Assignment of Twins to Charter Schools (HB 316) (D. Clary) Authorizing charter schools to give priority for admission to the twin of any student assigned to a charter school.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 397 Increase Cap on Charter Schools (D. Clary) To increase the cap on the number of charter schools by five per year.

Filed3/4/09

 

SB 406 Classroom Experience for School Personnel (F. Hartsell) To give classroom experience to professional public school employees who are not classroom teachers. Establish policy that may provide for up tone renewal credit every five years per employee for activities that may include substitute teaching, individual tutoring of students, teaching model lessons, assisting the classroom teacher, or providing other services in the classroom. Effective beginning 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 411 Amend Survivor’s Alternate Benefit (P. Brunstetter) To amend the provision for survivor’s alternate benefit for members of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and the local governmental retirement system to provide a benefit for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty prior to the completion of fifteen years of service. Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on and after January 1, 2007.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 424 Reorganize Schools with High Dropout Rate (H. Brown) To require local school administrative units to reorganize all high schools that have a high dropout rate. Reorganize high schools that have a graduation rate of less than 60 percent for two consecutive years. Requires new design including at least five of the 16 career clusters recognized by the USED. Requires school counselors or faculty members to make information about career clusters, educational requirements and career outlook available to all 8th and 9th grade students.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 427 Restore Contract Rights to State/Local (E. Kinnaird) To restore contract rights to state and local entities. Allows employees and retirees’ associations that engage in collective bargaining with state and local governments to continue to receive payroll deductions.  Effective July 1, 2009. Directs Office of State Personnel to develop a proposal for an employee negotiation process and to designate a coordinator of employee negotiations. Requires a report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operation by April 1, 2009.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 439 Tax on Lottery Winnings (E. Goodall) To impose an excise tax on certain lottery winnings and to provide a stipend for teachers. Imposes excise tax of 8.25percent on winnings collected directly from Lottery Commission of $600 or more. Directs the Secretary of Revenue to distribute excise tax collected to the Public School Teacher Expense Stipend Fund (new G.S. 115C-302.3) as a special revenue fund in the Department of Public Instruction for the purpose of providing stipends to school teachers for classroom and professional expenses. Effective January 1, 2009, on winnings paid on or after that date.

Filed 3/5/09

SB 451 Strengthen Driver Education (A. Allran) To strengthen driver education offered through public schools, as recommended by the Child Fatality Task Force. Directs Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish one full-time position to oversee the Driver Education Program and to be funded by driver education funds.  Effective July 1, 2009.

 

SB 462 Restore Public Schools’ Sales Tax Refund (F. McKissick) To restore the Sales Tax Refund for public schools. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/5/09

 

SB 471 Pay Equity Study (F. McKissick) Directing the Office of State Personnel to study pay equity. Study the extent of gender and race wage disparities in State government employment and related issues and submit analysis to General Assembly by October 1, 2009 with an interim report by May 1, 2010, and a final report to  2011 General Assembly prior to convening.

 

SB 478 Modify School Calendar Law (D. East) To amend the school calendar law to give local Boards of Education more scheduling authority.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 486 Change Corporate Income Tax (HB 433) (D. Clodfelter) To change the Corporate Income Tax.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 487 Modernize Sales Tax Statute/Digital Products (D. Clodfelter) To modernize the Sales and Use Tax Statutes by treating music, books, and computer software that are delivered electronically the same as those that are purchased in a tangible medium and by revising the “Mail Order” Sales Tax provisions to include specific reference to internet sales.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 491 Expunge Nonviolent Crimes (E. Kinnaird) To provide for the expunction of convictions for certain nonviolent criminal offenses upon application and a fee, to allow disclosure of expunged information to law enforcement agencies and other specified agencies for employment and licensing purposes and to require those agencies to maintain the confidentiality of the expunged information, and to make conforming change to existing expunction statutes.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 519  State Health Plan/First Day Coverage (J. Forrester) To provide coverage under the State Health Plan on the first day of employment as a state employee.

Filed 3/10/09

SB 526 School Violence Prevention Act (HB 548) (J. Boseman) To enact the School Violence Prevention Act.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 527 Amend Second Degree Rape & Sexual Offense (J. Boseman) To amend the criminal offenses of second degree rape and second degree sexual offense to make it unlawful for a person in a position of authority to engage in a sex offense with a victim who is unduly influenced by the person in a position of authority. Position of authority includes teacher. Effective for offenses committed on or after December 1, 2009.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 531 PTA Parental Involvement/Dropout Prevention Funds (SB 308) (T.Rand) To appropriate funds for the North Carolina PTA Parent Involvement/Dropout Prevention Initiative.

Filed. 3/11/09

 

SB 534 Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act (HB 177) (K. Dorsett) Providing for Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces by ensuring that all workers have paid sick days to address their own health needs and health needs of their families.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 546 Calculation of the Dropout Rate (HB 470) (M. Graham) To clarify the calculation of the dropout rate.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 554 School Calendar Flexibility/2LEAs (HB 499) (M.Nesbitt) To modify the required school opening and closing dates in two local school administrative units. Buncombe County

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 558 Retirement System COLAS (T. Foriest) To address Cost-of-Living adjustments for retirees of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and the Judicial Retirement System.

Effective for the 2009-2010 fiscal year and provides that the increase is not to be more than 1 percent. Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 573 Modify Charter School Law (E. Goodall) To implement the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Charter Schools.

Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 594 Study Existing Children/Youth Programs (E. Kinnaird) Authorizing the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee to direct the Program Evaluation Division to study existing programs relating to children and youth in North Carolina, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Study Commission on Children and Youth.

Filed 3/12/09

 

SB 596 Filling Vacancies in Local Offices (D. Clodfelter) To standardize the process for filling of vacancies in local offices. Relates to vacancies in the membership of county boards of education.

Filed 3/12/09

 

SB 616 Model Program/Children with Disabilities (HB 599) (B. Atwater) To appropriate funds for a pilot regional special education fund to support multidisciplinary assessment services for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities who have good academic potential.

Filed 3/16/09

 

SB 644 Study of High School Programs at Community Colleges (A. B.Swindell) Directing the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to study the consolidation of the General Statutes and Administrative Rules pertaining to high school programs offered at community colleges.

Filed 3/17/09

 

SB 657 SBE to Develop Teacher Assistant Salary Schedule (B. Atwater) Directing the State Board of Education to develop and recommend to the General Assembly a teacher assistant salary scheduled. Salary schedule that links teacher assistant’s education level and years of relevant experiences. Requires Board to report to JLEOC by March 1, 2010.

Filed 3/18/09

 

SB 684 Retain Pregnant and Parenting Students/Funds (C. Dannelly) To appropriate funds to the Department of Health and Human Services for parenting programs to prevent pregnant and parenting students from dropping out of school.

Filed 3/18/09

 

SB 689 Modify DPI/SBE/Reporting Requirements (S. Stevens) To modify the reporting requirements for the Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Repeals provision regarding high school workforce development program, amends reporting on innovative high school programs to January 15, (was, October 15) and amends annual reports on school violence and on dropout rates, suspensions, expulsions and alternative placements to be made by March 15. Also, repeals provision regarding evaluation of initiatives to assist high-priority schools.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 705 Appropriations act of 2009 (A. B. Swindell) To make Base Budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 708 Amend the Compulsory School Attendance Law (F.Hartsell) To amend the compulsory school attendance law.  Amends Statute to specify that a principal’s designee may excuse absences and provide notices of excessive absences.  Effective for the 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 712 State Surplus Property/New Recipient (N. Hunt) Authorizing the Department of Administration to distribute state surplus property to furbishers or computers for students in grades kindergarten through twelve.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 722 No High School Graduation Project Required (D. Hoyle) Removing the high school Graduation Project as a requirement for Graduation.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 732 Establish Study Commission/Early Childhood Programs (J.Preston) Establishing a Joint Legislative Study Committee on Early Childhood Programs

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 733 SBE to Adopt Curriculum for “Life 101” (J Preston) Directing the State Board of Education to adopt a curriculum for a high school course called “Life 101”. Curriculum to include instruction on mortgages, credit scoring, credit cards, balancing a checkbook, insurance, stocks, bonds and other investments, retirement benefits, resumes and career development, availability of financial assistance, college applications and financial aid and filing taxes.

Field3/19/09

 

SB 737 Parent & Student Educational Involvement Act (HB 218) (J. Queen) To enact the Parent and Student Educational Involvement Act.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 738 Diabetes Control Plans in Charter Schools (HB 744) (T. Rand) To require Boards of Directors of charter schools to implement the guideline adopted by the State Board of Education for the development and implementation of individual diabetes care plans and to require local Boards of education and Boards of Directors of Charter Schools to report annually to the State Board of Education about their compliance with these guidelines.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 740 Reinstatement of Sick Leave/School Employees (HB 482) Relating to the reinstatement of unused sick leave for public school employees. Filed 3/23/09

SB 741 Increase Class Size for One Year Only (V.Malone) To increase class size in the public schools for the 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 754 Statutory Changes for ARRTA Funds (D. Clodfelter) To amend the North Carolina General Statutes to allows the State to take full advantage of the Federal Economic Stimulus Legislation also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 762 Salary Supplement/Some Automotive Teachers (Brown) To appropriate funds to provide a salary supplement of twelve percent to Nationally Certified Teachers in High School Automotive Programs.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 771 Reallocate Lottery Funding (E. Goodall) To reallocate lottery funding from class size reduction and Pre-K programs to school construction.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 773 Educational Governance Framework (R. Stevens) Creating an Educational Governance Framework for the 21st Century.  Restructures the State Board of Education to include a chair and 8 members appointed by the Governor (was 11, appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the General Assembly) one from each educational district, (was, the governor appointed one from each educational district and three at large members) 3 members appointed by the Speaker of House, 3 members appointed by the President Pro Tempore. Appointments are to be overlapping six-year terms (was, eight) not more than two consecutive full six-year terms. Effective February 28, 2011. Provides Commissioner of Education (was, Superintendent of Public Instruction) will serve as the secretary and chief administrative officer of the SBE. Deletes Superintendent of Public Instruction from list of council of state officers effective January 1, 2012 (no Superintendent to be elected in 2012) Conforming changes to delete references to the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the title Commissioner of Education and provides that the head of the Department of Public Instruction is the Commissioner of Education.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 788 Expunge Nonviolent Felonies/Young Offenders (E.Kinnard) To provide that a youthful offender’s criminal record may be expunged of nonviolent felonies.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 801 President’s  Pro Temp’s Appointments (T. Rand) To appoint persons to various public offices upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 805 DHHS Study/Influenza Vaccine Public Schools (W. Purcell) To direct the Department of Health and Human Services, Davison of Public Health, to study the feasibility of establishing a school-based influenza vaccination pilot program. Program would be to vaccinate all children ages 6 month to 18 years against influenza in accordance with the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Filed 3/23/09

SB 814 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (J. Preston) To repeal the Sunset on the Statute authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of 16 to attend community college.  Effective August 31, 2008.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 815 Intervention Plan after Unexcused Absences (J. Preston) To permit students to make up work during unexcused absences and to require schools to develop and implement intervention plans for students with an excessive number of unexcused absences and for students at risk of dropping out of school. Beginning 2009-2010.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 822 Education Infrastructure Act (Jenkins) To allow infrastructure procurement projects involving partnerships between public and private entities.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 824 Bus Transportation/After-School Programs (Jenkins) To authorize the use of school buses to transport students home from after-school programs under certain circumstances. Beginning with 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 825 “Support NC Education” Special Plate (Jenkins) To authorize the Division of Motor Vehicles to produce a special plate to support NC Education.July1, 2009.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 844 Appropriations Act of 2009 (C.Albertson) to make Base Budget Appropriations for current operations of State Departments, Institutions, and Agencies and for other purposes.

Field 3/24/09

 

SB 863 Purchase Service/Certain Employment (HB 725) (P. Berger) To provide for the purchase of creditable service by members of the Local Government Employees Retirement System for certain periods of nonqualified employment.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 864 Funds for Athletic Trainers at High Schools (D. Hoyle) To provide for the Health and Safety of secondary school students by requiring that all public high schools employ a licensed athletic trainer and to appropriate funds for that purpose. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 868 Remove Barriers/Teacher Lateral Entry Program (R. Stevens) Directing the State Board of Education to remove barriers to the lateral entry of skilled individuals from the private sector into the teaching profession. SBE to report to JLEOC by January 15, 2010.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 869 Study/After School Child Care Programs (R. Stevens, V.Malone) Authorizing a Joint Legislative Study Commission on After School Child Care and Related Programs and Appropriating Funds for that purpose. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 871 Use Pre-Stimulus FMAP for Medicaid Hold Harmless (D.Clodfelter) To clarify the calculation of the Medicaid Swap Hold Harmless. Beginning on or after October 1, 2008.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 877 Health Benefit Plan Provider Contracts (D. Clodfelter) To require contracts between health benefit plans and health care providers to contain certain terms and conditions.  Effective January 1, 2010.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 894 UI/School Teacher Related Amendments (F. Hartsell) To amend the employment security laws relating to the definition of substitute teacher in determining eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits and relating to disqualification for benefits due to inability to obtain a license or certification necessary for the performance of an individual’s employment.

Effecting when act becomes law and applies to claims filed on or after that date.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 897 Appropriations Act of 2009 (C. Dannelly) To make base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 899 Freeze Lottery Proceeds (Rouzer) To freeze distributions from the Education Lottery Fund unless funds are available for full distribution to the Public School Building Capital Fund.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 927 Testing K-8 National Form Test (T. Apodaca) To modify the State school testing program. July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 931 Commercial Drivers License Changes (S.Goss) Commercial Drivers License Changes To provide reciprocity to commercial drivers license holders from Mexico, to expand the definition of conviction for out-of-state violations, to expand the definition of employers with regards to commercial drivers licenses, to add a disqualifying violation to commercial drivers licenses, to increase civil penalties, to expand employer reporting responsibilities, and to modify requirements for convictions ten years old or older.

Filed3/25/09

 

SB 933 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (D. Clary) To reenact and clarify the Statute Authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of sixteen to attend community college.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 947 No Standardized Testing Unless Required by FEDs (V. Malone) To eliminate statewide standardized testing in the public schools, except as required by Federal Law or as a condition of a federal grant.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 949 Teacher Assistant Salary Schedule (HB 792) (V. Malone) To establish a new salary schedule for noncertified personnel of the North Carolina Public Schools.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 950 Salary/Teacher with Advance Degrees (V. Malone) To establish a salary schedule rate increase for certified personnel of the public schools who are paid on the advanced degrees (sixth year) or doctorate degree salary schedule.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 957 Special Enrollment Period/Group Health Insurance (M.Nesbitt) To create a special enrollment period in the North Carolina group Health Insurance Continuation Law and provide eligible individuals with the same continuation rights asunder the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 959 Report/Recommendations RE: Stimulus Funds (M. Nesbitt) Directing the Office of Economic Recovery and Invest to report on the use of Federal Stimulus Funs for the 2008-2009 fiscal year and the Senate Committee on economic recovery to report on its recommendations regarding the use of Federal Stimulus Funds for the 2009-2001 1 fiscal biennium.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 962 Probationary Teacher Appeals (M. Nesbitt) to modify the hearing process applicable to probationary teachers. Effective when it becomes law and applies to proceedings initiated after August 31, 2009.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 963 Expedite Use of Federal Stimulus Funds (M. Nesbitt) To expedite the use of Federal Stimulus Funds.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 975 Workers’ Comp/Duration of Total Disability (T. Apodaca) Relating to the duration of the Compensation for total disability under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 977 Obesity Prevention in the Public Schools (S. Bingham) To establish an obesity prevention program in the public schools. New statute request 1) every school to adopt a comprehensive and coordinated approach to obesity prevention in grades K-12, 2) requires every school to adopt a program for grades K-8 that includes specific components 3) requires schools to consider adopting ethnically appropriate programs where appropriate, 4) allows schools currently using SPARK to continue to-do so as long as all major components are incorporated, 5) requires that schools designate a school health coordinator, 6) requires school boards to assemble advisory councils on school health, 7) requires physical fitness assessments for students.  Directs SBE to develop incentives and accountability mechanisms for these programs and develop honors level mandatory health and/or physical education courses for students. Directs school boards to allow students sufficient time to select and eat meals. Also, requires school boards to give priority implementation to schools with the greatest use of obesity and tobacco use and allows school boards to accept donations to support implementation. Requires implementation before 2012-2013. In addition, requires principals where vending machines are present to enter into memoranda of agreement related to the contents of the machine and requires that copies of the agreements be submitted to DPI. Directs SBE to establish statewide standards for foods and beverages available in schools during the instructional day and requires annual review and updating of the standards.  Appropriates $5.2 million to DPI for 2009-2010 for implementation of requirements related to individual schools’ obesity prevention programs. Appropriates $210,700 to the DPI 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 to assist with worksite wellness efforts in schools. Also appropriates funding to DHHS for implementation of wellness efforts.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 985 DPI/Curriculum on 1898 Race Riot (F. McKissick) Directing the Department of Public Instruction to add appropriate grade-level curriculum materials on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riots, as recommended by the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 1012 Home Schoolers in Public School/Study (P. Berger) To establish the Legislative Study Committee on the Participation of Home school Students in Classes and Extracurricular Activities at Public Schools. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 1014 Lottery Trust Fund (P.Berger) To amend the Constitution to establish the Lottery Trust Funds.

Field 3/25/09

 

SB 1016 State Minimum Wage/Inflation Increases (HB 175) (J. Stein) To provide for automatic adjustment of the State’s minimum wage based on increases in the Consumer Price Index.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 1023 Safer Schools (J.Stein) To amend the law to make schools safer. Amends statute to expand the list of acts of violence that school principals must report to law enforcement to include: 1) an assault on school personnel, 2) communication oaf threat to cause physical injury to school personnel or a member of the personnel’s family, 3) a homicide, 4) a robbery, 5) a robbery with a dangerous weapon, and 6) burning of a school building. Also, allows local boards of education to assess a civil penalty of up to $500 for failure to report. Directs district superintendents to work with others to provide training to all staff on reporting incidents of violence. New report requirements are applicable beginning 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/25/09

 

2009 SESSON

 

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SB 2 Lottery School Capital Fund Formula (J. Snow) An act to change the school capital construction formula in the state lottery act to provide for distribution of all the funds based on average daily membership.

Filed 1/28/09

 

SB 12 Ban Mobile Phone Use While Driving (HB68) (C. Dannelly) An act to make using a mobile phone or accessing additional technology unlawful while operating a motor vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area. Effective December 1, 2009.

Filed 1/28/09

 

SB 16 DPI/Curriculum on 1898 Wilmington Race Riot (J. Boseman) Directing the Department of Public Instruction to add appropriate grade-level curriculum materials on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, as recommended by the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission.

Filed 1/29/09

 

SB 17 Pay Teachers the ABC Bonuses They Earned (S. Goss) To fully fund the ABCs bonuses earned by public school employees during the 2007-2008 school year. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 1/29/09

 

SB 19 Use of Additional Technology Prohibited (HB 9) (S. Goss) An act to make it unlawful to use additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area.

Filed 1/29/09

 

SB 22 Ban Texting While Driving (HB 9) (J. Forrester) To make it unlawful to use additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area.

Filed 2/2/09

 

SB 32 Employers Must Use Federal E-Verify Program (J. Snow) To require that employers in this state use the federal E-Verify Program or a similar verification of work authorization program; and to appropriate funds to establish and support a position to assist in the implementation and execution of the act.  Effective January 1, 2010

Filed 2/3/09

 

SB 46 Internet Libel/Civil and Criminal Offense (S. Goss) To make it unlawful to communicate false, defamatory material that is libelous or slanderous through an electronic medium.  Effective December 1, 2009.

Filed 2/3/09

 

 

SB 65 Amend Computer Solicitation of Child (J. Tillman) To amend the law regarding solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act to include solicitations by other electronic devices as well as computers. Effective December 1, 2009 and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Filed 2/3/09

 

SB 66 Require Arts Education Credit for Graduation (K. Dorsett) Directing the State Board of Education to require one Arts Education credit for graduation from high school as recommended by the Joint Select Committee on Arts Education. The new Arts Education requirement implementation begins with students entering the ninth grade in 2009.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 68 No ABC Establishments within 1,000 Feet of School (K. Dorsett) To prohibit the location of a new ABC licensed establishment within 1,000 feet of a public school or a nonpublic school as defined in Part 1 or Part 2 of Article 39 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes. Effective December 1, 2009 and applies to ABC permits issued on or after that date.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 70 Construction Standards/Manufactured Housing (S. Bingham) Regarding construction and safety standards of manufactured homes. Requires the manufacturer to warrant that the flooring of the bathroom and kitchen areas of the home is manufactured or constructed with treated plywood.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 72 Wake School Board Elections (N. Hunt) To provide for election of members of the Wake County Board of Education at-large, and to move those elections to the even-numbered year, to be elected in November on a plurality basis. Extends the terms of the Wake County Board of Education members 1) elected in 2005 for terms expiring in 2009 until the first Monday in December 2010, and 2) elected in 2007 for terms expiring in 2011 until the first Monday in December 2012. Provides that when a vacancy is filled for terms expiring in 2010 and 2012, the replacement ember must reside in the district from which the vacating member was elected in 2005 and 2007.

Filed 2/4/09

 

SB 85 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign/Funds (W. Purcell) To appropriate funds to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina. Appropriates $250,000 in 2009-2010 and $250,000 in 2010-2011as a grant.  Effective 1, 2009.

Filed 2/5/09

 

SB 87 Taxpayers’ Protection Act (J. Tillman) To impose constitutional limits on the growth of the State Budget. Effective July 1, 2010.

Filed 2/5/09

 

SB 96 No “Texting” While Driving (HB 9) (S.Bingham) To make it unlawful to use additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area. Filed 2/10/09

SB 100 Study Innovations/Incentives in Education (F. Hartsell) Creating the innovations in Education Legislative Study Commission to study the feasibility of offering financial incentives to students for quality academic performance. Creates 12 member Commission and directs Commission to study the feasibility of giving $1,000 to every public school student per year beginning in grade one to grade 12 for meeting specific academic, disciplinary, attendance, character, and parental involvement goals and benchmarks. Interim report due to General Assembly by 2010 regular session and final report due in 2011. Appropriates $50,000 for 2009-2010 and $50,000 in 2010-2011 to fund work of the Commission. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/10/09

 

SB 122 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (HB 65) (D. Davis) To reenact the statute authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of sixteen to attend community college.

Filed 2/10/09

 

SB 137 Military Death/In-State Tuition/Dependent (N. Hunt) To provide that a dependent relative of a member of the Armed Services continues to be eligible for in-state tuition if the active duty member is killed in combat or dies during active military duty while assigned to North Carolina. Effective October 1, 2009.

Filed 2/11/09

 

SB 149 Lapsed Salaries Revert (A. Brock) to revert lapsed salaries to the General Fund for the Rainy Day Fund and to encourage accuracy in budgeting by correctly funding salaries and salary-related expenditures for state employees and teachers. Effective June 30, 2010.

Filed 2/11/09

 

SB 160 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (P. Berger) To extend the sunset on the statute authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of 16 to attend Community College. Extends the expiration date of the act from September 1 2008 to September 1, 2010.  Effective August 30, 2008.

Filed 2/11/09

 

SB 172 Allow Charter Schools in 100 Counties (E. Goodall) To allow charter schools in one hundred counties. Directs SBE to give priority to charter school applications in counties without a charter school.

Filed 2/12/09

 

SB 198 State Board of Education/Membership Restrictions (V. Malone) To modify the restrictions on service on the State Board of Education. Provides that no more than two (was one) public school employees paid from state or local funds may serve as appointed members of the State Board of Education. Senate Committee Substitute inserts language previously deleted in error prohibiting a spouse of a DPI employee serving on the board. In addition, the committee substitute amends statute, which prohibits certain contracts between public officers and the agencies they serve, to provide that it does not apply to employment contracts between the State Board of Education and its chief executive officer.

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 202 Appropriations Act of 2009 (L. Garrou) To make base budget appropriations for the current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for othe purposes.

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 204 Retired Nurses Return to Work (W. Purcell) To enable retirees of the Teachers’ and State Employees Retirement System to return to employment as nursing instructors without losing retirement benefits.  Effective July 1, 2009 and expires June 30, 2013

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 205 Prohibit Smoking in Public & Work Places (HB 2) (W. Purcell) To prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment.

Filed 2/17/09

 

SB 206 Kids Voting Funds (H 173) To appropriate funds for the Kids voting of North Carolina Program.

 

SB 218 Neighborhood Schools & Teacher Merit Pay (N. Hunt) Directing local Boards of Education to provide vouchers to students not permitted to attend neighborhood schools and to establish a merit pay system for teachers, instructional support personnel, and principals. Requires school system to provide vouchers for a student to attend a nonpublic school if: 1) the student lives within a one and-half mile radius of an age-appropriate school for that student and 2) the local board chooses not to assign the student to that school. The amount of the voucher to be equal to the average state and local funds allocated per student for that LEA.  Establishes a system of merit pay for teachers and instructional support personnel, authorizes the principal to determine the amount of merit pay and eliminates the teacher salary schedule based on years of experience, deletes all references to “teacher salary schedule” and salary based on credit for years of experience, including provisions for longevity pay, makes conforming changes regarding salary range for driver education instructors and the eligibility for in-state tuition for certain teachers. Authorizes local superintendents to determine the amount of merit pay each principal and supervisor is to receive annually. Other changes include the deletion of experience credit on the existing salary schedules for teachers, principals, and supervisors for time served in the armed forces. Effective with it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

File 2/18/09

 

HB 221 Healthy Youth Act (HB 88) (M. Graham) To provide for abstinence until marriage and Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programs in grades 7 through 9.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 226 Accessible Electronic Information Act/Blind/Disabled (HB 179) (K.Dorsett) To establish and maintain an accessible electronic information service for blind and disabled persons and to appropriate funds for the service.

Filed 2/18/09

 

HB 229 Scholarship Loan for Rural Social Workers (A. B. Swindell) To establish the scholarship loan fund for social workers in underserved areas, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. To provide scholarship loans ($11,000 per recipient for 40 loans per year to students in the masters program at the 10 eligible institutions) to train social workers to deliver (1) mental health, (2) substance abuse, and (3) developmental disabilities services in underserved areas of North Carolina. Appropriates $260,00 for 2009-2010 and $260,000 in 2010-11 for UNC board of Governors for personnel, programs and other costs of the academic program and $440,00 for in 2010-2011 for scholarship loans.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 238 Study State Contracts with Minority Businesses (Shaw) Authorizing the Legislative Research Commission to study the disparity in awarding state contracts to minority businesses.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 239 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Credit (J. Stein) To expend the subset for the renewable energy tax credit to match the federal tax credit, to encourage installation of combined heat and power property and geothermal heat pumps, and to allow energy tax credits to be taken against the gross premium tax. Extends the sunset date of the tax credit to January 2, 2017.  Effective for taxes imposed for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2009.

 

SB 240 Fund High Priority Public Health Initiatives (W. Purcell) To appropriate funds to implement high priority public health initiatives, as recommended by the Public Health Study Commission. Appropriates $36,567,055 for 2009-2010 and $31,145,972to DHHS for 10 essential public health services ($18,200, 000 each year of the biennium) to include: Childhood Obesity Prevention $3,829,454 each year, 83 additional school nurses: $5 million each year, Diabetes and Kidney programs $86,756 each year, and holding Early Interventions Programs harmless because of loss of revenue ($6,883,179 in 2009-2010 and $1,815,684 in 2010-11). Directs the funds supplement and not supplant existing funds Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/18/09

 

SB 248 Conform County School Board Vacancy Statute (J. Foriest) To make a technical correction by deleting from a 1981 law relating to filling vacancies in county Boards of Education elected on a partisan basis county Boards of Education that in fact are not elected on a partisan basis. Removes Wake from GC 115C-37.1.

Filed 2/19/09

 

SB 259 Interscholastic Sports Open to All Students (J. Jacumin) Permitting students who attend a public school, private school, home school, or charter school without an interscholastic athletics program in a given sport to participate in that sport a public high school. Students may participate in that sport at the base public high school for the student’s address, if the school does not have a program for that sport, the student may participate in the sport at a public high school closest to the student’s base school that has the program. Participation is subject to the terms and conditions that apply to a regularly enrolled member of that school’s student body.  Applies beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

 

SB 265 Fund Only One School System Per County (T. Rand) Directing the State Board of Education to provide funds for only one local school administrative unit per county. Requires the Board to change formulas that allot funds on a per unit basis to formulas that allot funds on a per-county basis. Provides that if a 1) a city unit is located in more than one county, then the Board is required to include in each county’s average daily membership the average daily membership of that county’s students the city unit and 2) a county contains more than one local unit, the Board is required to divide the amount allotted on a per county basis between the units on the basis of ADM.

 

SB 270 Charlotte/Mecklenburg School Board Police (D. Clodfelter) To allow Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education to maintain a campus policy agency. Permits a local board of education to establish a campus law enforcement agency and to employ campus police officers.

Filed 2/23/09

 

SB 273 School Nutrition Program Funds (A. B. Swindell) To appropriate funds to ensure that child nutrition programs operating in the public schools have adequate funds to implement nutrition standards adopted by the State Board of Education for elementary schools, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. Appropriates $20 million for 2009-2010 to 1) implement the nutrition standards adopted by the SBE for elementary schools and 2) improve the overall operation of the child nutrition program. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/23/09

 

SB 283 Funds for School Health Centers (W. Purcell) To appropriate funds for school-based/school-linked adolescent health centers. Appropriates $750,000 for 2009-2010 and $750,000 for 2010-2011 to be used to sustain and assist school-based health centers that have been experiencing a growth in caseloads. Also, appropriates $250,000 for 2009-2010 to DHHS to provide start-up grants for five new school health centers needed areas. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/23/09

 

SB 287 State Health Plan $/Good Health Initiatives (T. Rand) To appropriate funds for the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees and to make other changes related to the State Health Plan.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 297 No Sunset/Teacher Personal Leave Provision (T. Rand) To repeal the sunset on the law authorizing teachers to take personal leave without penalty under certain circumstances.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 304 Energy Savings Contracts’ Cap/Program Administration (D. Clodfelter) To remove the cap on the amount payable by the State for guaranteed energy savings contracts, to require qualified providers to contribute to the costs of administering the guaranteed energy savings contracts program, to require life-cycle cost analyses of energy conservation measures during investment grade adudits conducted by qualified provides, and to require local governmental units to enter into guaranteed energy savings contracts to report to the State Energy Office. Applies to contracts entered into on or after the date the law becomes effective.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 305 Incentives for Energy Conservation (D. Clodfelter) To create incentives for high-performance homes and renewable energy, to require reporting on energy usage by public schools and state institutions of higher learning, and to add the design principles of the NC HealthBuilt Homes Program to the certification or rating systems that may qualify for building permit fee reductions or partial rebates allowed by counties and cities in order to encourage construction of buildings using sustainable design to achieve energy efficiency. Effective taxable years on or after January 1, 2009.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 306 New Assistant Principals/No Pay Decrease (J. Tillman) To ensure that teachers who become assistant principals do not experience a decrease in monthly pay. Effective July 1, 2009.

Filed 2/24/09

 

SB 312 LEA Sales Tax Refund (A.B. Swindell) To reenact the Sales and Use Tax Refund for Local School Administrative Units so as to optimize school construction funding, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 314 Funds for Center for Advancement of Teaching (HB 56) (A. B. Swindell) To increase funding for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 320 Study Raising Compulsory Attendance Age (HB 188) (V. Malone) To Direct the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina in conjunction with the Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, to direct the appropriate entity to study the impacts of raising the compulsory attendance age for public school attendance prior to completion of a high school diploma from sixteen to seventeen or eighteen, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 321 Encourage Policies to Facilitate Graduation (HB 187) (V. Malone) To encourage local boards of education to adopt policies to encourage local businesses to adopt personnel policies to permit parents to attend student conferences, implement programs that assist students in making a successful transition between the middle school and high school years, increase parental involvement in student achievement, reduce suspension and expulsion rates and encourage academic progress during suspensions, and provide assistance and support to encourage pregnant and parenting students to graduate, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 322 Communities in School Funds (HB 185) (V. Malone) To appropriate funds for Communities in Schools of North Carolina, Inc. programs and services and to place no fewer than one hundred graduation coaches in either middle or high schools, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 323 Funding for Learn and Earn (HB 184) (V. Malone) To appropriate funds for additional Learn and Earn High Schools in North Carolina, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation. Filed 2/25/09

SB 335 Transparency in Recommendations (P.Berger) Making a public record of any communication by a public officer regarding the qualifications of an applicant for state employment or appointment.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 337 NC Illegal Immigration Reform Act ( A. Allran) To enact the North Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act. The legislation address the following: Verification of Employee work authorization by using a federal work authorization program, Class G felony to transfer or conceal an illegal alien, public and private contractors to use federal work authorization program for all new employees, enacts the Immigration Assistance Registration Act, enacts the Verification of Eligibility for Public Benefits, facilitates enforcement of federal immigrations laws in North Carolina, affects corporate and individual income tax laws, amends statute regarding pretrial release of illegal aliens, amends statute regarding identity theft for the purpose of obtaining employment, and prohibits illegal aliens from public postsecondary education.

Filed 2/25/09

 

SB 352 SPA Sick Leave Transfers (HB 213)(E. Kinnaird) To allow sick leave transfers for State employees subject to the State Personnel Act and for public school employees.

Filed 2/26/09

 

SB 355 State Health Plan/Local Government Retiree Contributions (D. Clary) To provide that a local government that has been submitting premium payments for its employees to the State Health Plan for teachers and state employees is not liable for contributions owing to the State Retirement System for a specified period. Effective July 1, 2009 and applies only to those fewer than 10 counties that have retirement contributions owing for the period July 1, 2004 through July 1, 2008.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 358 Teacher Assistants in Special Education Classes/Personal Leave (HB 60) (T. Rand) To provide personal leave for teacher assistants who are required by law to have a substitute when they are out of the classroom.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 362 Retired Teachers Return to Work (HB 229) (A. B. Swindell) To modify the provision that permits retired teachers to return to the classroom without a loss of retirement benefits by shortening the waiting period between retirement and reemployment, extending the sunset on the provision, and removing the prohibition on contractor service after retirement for all state employees, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 363 Positive Behavior Support Position Funds (HB 231) (A. B. Swindell) to appropriate funds to expand the positive behavior support initiative by establishing three new positions at the Department of Public Instruction and appropriate funds for the positions, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

Filed 3/2/09

 

SB 376 Insurance/Cover Hearing Aids (W. Purcell) To require health benefit plans and the State Health Plan to cover hearing aids and replacement hearing aids.  Effective January 1, 2010 and applies to health benefit plans that are delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed on or after that date.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 378 Counties May Fund Charter Schools (E. Goodall) Authorizing counties to provide funds to Charter Schools.  A county may levy property taxes up to a combined rate of $1.50 on the $100 appraised value of property subject to taxation.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 379 Remove Cap on the Number of Charter Schools (HB 288) (E. Goodall) To remove the cap on the number of charter schools.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 386 Make Best Use of Corporate Tax Revenue (D. Clodfelter) To make the best use of State Resources during the current economic downturn by temporarily retaining all state corporate income tax revenue for support of General Fund obligations. Requires the amounts that would be credited during 2009-11 biennium to the Public School Building Capital Fund to be credited to the General Fund.

Filed 3/3/09

 

SB 396 Assignment of Twins to Charter Schools (HB 316) (D. Clary) Authorizing charter schools to give priority for admission to the twin of any student assigned to a charter school.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 397 Increase Cap on Charter Schools (D. Clary) To increase the cap on the number of charter schools by five per year.

Filed3/4/09

 

SB 406 Classroom Experience for School Personnel (F. Hartsell) To give classroom experience to professional public school employees who are not classroom teachers. Establish policy that may provide for up tone renewal credit every five years per employee for activities that may include substitute teaching, individual tutoring of students, teaching model lessons, assisting the classroom teacher, or providing other services in the classroom. Effective beginning 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 411 Amend Survivor’s Alternate Benefit (P. Brunstetter) To amend the provision for survivor’s alternate benefit for members of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and the local governmental retirement system to provide a benefit for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty prior to the completion of fifteen years of service. Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on and after January 1, 2007.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 424 Reorganize Schools with High Dropout Rate (H. Brown) To require local school administrative units to reorganize all high schools that have a high dropout rate. Reorganize high schools that have a graduation rate of less than 60 percent for two consecutive years. Requires new design including at least five of the 16 career clusters recognized by the USED. Requires school counselors or faculty members to make information about career clusters, educational requirements and career outlook available to all 8th and 9th grade students.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 427 Restore Contract Rights to State/Local (E. Kinnaird) To restore contract rights to state and local entities. Allows employees and retirees’ associations that engage in collective bargaining with state and local governments to continue to receive payroll deductions.  Effective July 1, 2009. Directs Office of State Personnel to develop a proposal for an employee negotiation process and to designate a coordinator of employee negotiations. Requires a report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operation by April 1, 2009.

Filed 3/4/09

 

SB 439 Tax on Lottery Winnings (E. Goodall) To impose an excise tax on certain lottery winnings and to provide a stipend for teachers. Imposes excise tax of 8.25percent on winnings collected directly from Lottery Commission of $600 or more. Directs the Secretary of Revenue to distribute excise tax collected to the Public School Teacher Expense Stipend Fund (new G.S. 115C-302.3) as a special revenue fund in the Department of Public Instruction for the purpose of providing stipends to school teachers for classroom and professional expenses. Effective January 1, 2009, on winnings paid on or after that date.

Filed 3/5/09

SB 451 Strengthen Driver Education (A. Allran) To strengthen driver education offered through public schools, as recommended by the Child Fatality Task Force. Directs Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish one full-time position to oversee the Driver Education Program and to be funded by driver education funds.  Effective July 1, 2009.

 

SB 462 Restore Public Schools’ Sales Tax Refund (F. McKissick) To restore the Sales Tax Refund for public schools. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/5/09

 

SB 471 Pay Equity Study (F. McKissick) Directing the Office of State Personnel to study pay equity. Study the extent of gender and race wage disparities in State government employment and related issues and submit analysis to General Assembly by October 1, 2009 with an interim report by May 1, 2010, and a final report to  2011 General Assembly prior to convening.

 

SB 478 Modify School Calendar Law (D. East) To amend the school calendar law to give local Boards of Education more scheduling authority.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 486 Change Corporate Income Tax (HB 433) (D. Clodfelter) To change the Corporate Income Tax.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 487 Modernize Sales Tax Statute/Digital Products (D. Clodfelter) To modernize the Sales and Use Tax Statutes by treating music, books, and computer software that are delivered electronically the same as those that are purchased in a tangible medium and by revising the “Mail Order” Sales Tax provisions to include specific reference to internet sales.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 491 Expunge Nonviolent Crimes (E. Kinnaird) To provide for the expunction of convictions for certain nonviolent criminal offenses upon application and a fee, to allow disclosure of expunged information to law enforcement agencies and other specified agencies for employment and licensing purposes and to require those agencies to maintain the confidentiality of the expunged information, and to make conforming change to existing expunction statutes.

Filed 3/9/09

 

SB 519  State Health Plan/First Day Coverage (J. Forrester) To provide coverage under the State Health Plan on the first day of employment as a state employee.

Filed 3/10/09

SB 526 School Violence Prevention Act (HB 548) (J. Boseman) To enact the School Violence Prevention Act.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 527 Amend Second Degree Rape & Sexual Offense (J. Boseman) To amend the criminal offenses of second degree rape and second degree sexual offense to make it unlawful for a person in a position of authority to engage in a sex offense with a victim who is unduly influenced by the person in a position of authority. Position of authority includes teacher. Effective for offenses committed on or after December 1, 2009.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 531 PTA Parental Involvement/Dropout Prevention Funds (SB 308) (T.Rand) To appropriate funds for the North Carolina PTA Parent Involvement/Dropout Prevention Initiative.

Filed. 3/11/09

 

SB 534 Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act (HB 177) (K. Dorsett) Providing for Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces by ensuring that all workers have paid sick days to address their own health needs and health needs of their families.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 546 Calculation of the Dropout Rate (HB 470) (M. Graham) To clarify the calculation of the dropout rate.

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 554 School Calendar Flexibility/2LEAs (HB 499) (M.Nesbitt) To modify the required school opening and closing dates in two local school administrative units. Buncombe County

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 558 Retirement System COLAS (T. Foriest) To address Cost-of-Living adjustments for retirees of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and the Judicial Retirement System.

Effective for the 2009-2010 fiscal year and provides that the increase is not to be more than 1 percent. Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 573 Modify Charter School Law (E. Goodall) To implement the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Charter Schools.

Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/11/09

 

SB 594 Study Existing Children/Youth Programs (E. Kinnaird) Authorizing the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee to direct the Program Evaluation Division to study existing programs relating to children and youth in North Carolina, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Study Commission on Children and Youth.

Filed 3/12/09

 

SB 596 Filling Vacancies in Local Offices (D. Clodfelter) To standardize the process for filling of vacancies in local offices. Relates to vacancies in the membership of county boards of education.

Filed 3/12/09

 

SB 616 Model Program/Children with Disabilities (HB 599) (B. Atwater) To appropriate funds for a pilot regional special education fund to support multidisciplinary assessment services for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities who have good academic potential.

Filed 3/16/09

 

SB 644 Study of High School Programs at Community Colleges (A. B.Swindell) Directing the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to study the consolidation of the General Statutes and Administrative Rules pertaining to high school programs offered at community colleges.

Filed 3/17/09

 

SB 657 SBE to Develop Teacher Assistant Salary Schedule (B. Atwater) Directing the State Board of Education to develop and recommend to the General Assembly a teacher assistant salary scheduled. Salary schedule that links teacher assistant’s education level and years of relevant experiences. Requires Board to report to JLEOC by March 1, 2010.

Filed 3/18/09

 

SB 684 Retain Pregnant and Parenting Students/Funds (C. Dannelly) To appropriate funds to the Department of Health and Human Services for parenting programs to prevent pregnant and parenting students from dropping out of school.

Filed 3/18/09

 

SB 689 Modify DPI/SBE/Reporting Requirements (S. Stevens) To modify the reporting requirements for the Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Repeals provision regarding high school workforce development program, amends reporting on innovative high school programs to January 15, (was, October 15) and amends annual reports on school violence and on dropout rates, suspensions, expulsions and alternative placements to be made by March 15. Also, repeals provision regarding evaluation of initiatives to assist high-priority schools.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 705 Appropriations act of 2009 (A. B. Swindell) To make Base Budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 708 Amend the Compulsory School Attendance Law (F.Hartsell) To amend the compulsory school attendance law.  Amends Statute to specify that a principal’s designee may excuse absences and provide notices of excessive absences.  Effective for the 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 712 State Surplus Property/New Recipient (N. Hunt) Authorizing the Department of Administration to distribute state surplus property to furbishers or computers for students in grades kindergarten through twelve.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 722 No High School Graduation Project Required (D. Hoyle) Removing the high school Graduation Project as a requirement for Graduation.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 732 Establish Study Commission/Early Childhood Programs (J.Preston) Establishing a Joint Legislative Study Committee on Early Childhood Programs

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 733 SBE to Adopt Curriculum for “Life 101” (J Preston) Directing the State Board of Education to adopt a curriculum for a high school course called “Life 101”. Curriculum to include instruction on mortgages, credit scoring, credit cards, balancing a checkbook, insurance, stocks, bonds and other investments, retirement benefits, resumes and career development, availability of financial assistance, college applications and financial aid and filing taxes.

Field3/19/09

 

SB 737 Parent & Student Educational Involvement Act (HB 218) (J. Queen) To enact the Parent and Student Educational Involvement Act.

Filed 3/19/09

 

SB 738 Diabetes Control Plans in Charter Schools (HB 744) (T. Rand) To require Boards of Directors of charter schools to implement the guideline adopted by the State Board of Education for the development and implementation of individual diabetes care plans and to require local Boards of education and Boards of Directors of Charter Schools to report annually to the State Board of Education about their compliance with these guidelines.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 740 Reinstatement of Sick Leave/School Employees (HB 482) Relating to the reinstatement of unused sick leave for public school employees. Filed 3/23/09

SB 741 Increase Class Size for One Year Only (V.Malone) To increase class size in the public schools for the 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 754 Statutory Changes for ARRTA Funds (D. Clodfelter) To amend the North Carolina General Statutes to allows the State to take full advantage of the Federal Economic Stimulus Legislation also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 762 Salary Supplement/Some Automotive Teachers (Brown) To appropriate funds to provide a salary supplement of twelve percent to Nationally Certified Teachers in High School Automotive Programs.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 771 Reallocate Lottery Funding (E. Goodall) To reallocate lottery funding from class size reduction and Pre-K programs to school construction.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 773 Educational Governance Framework (R. Stevens) Creating an Educational Governance Framework for the 21st Century.  Restructures the State Board of Education to include a chair and 8 members appointed by the Governor (was 11, appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the General Assembly) one from each educational district, (was, the governor appointed one from each educational district and three at large members) 3 members appointed by the Speaker of House, 3 members appointed by the President Pro Tempore. Appointments are to be overlapping six-year terms (was, eight) not more than two consecutive full six-year terms. Effective February 28, 2011. Provides Commissioner of Education (was, Superintendent of Public Instruction) will serve as the secretary and chief administrative officer of the SBE. Deletes Superintendent of Public Instruction from list of council of state officers effective January 1, 2012 (no Superintendent to be elected in 2012) Conforming changes to delete references to the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the title Commissioner of Education and provides that the head of the Department of Public Instruction is the Commissioner of Education.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 788 Expunge Nonviolent Felonies/Young Offenders (E.Kinnard) To provide that a youthful offender’s criminal record may be expunged of nonviolent felonies.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 801 President’s  Pro Temp’s Appointments (T. Rand) To appoint persons to various public offices upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Filed 3/23/09

 

SB 805 DHHS Study/Influenza Vaccine Public Schools (W. Purcell) To direct the Department of Health and Human Services, Davison of Public Health, to study the feasibility of establishing a school-based influenza vaccination pilot program. Program would be to vaccinate all children ages 6 month to 18 years against influenza in accordance with the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Filed 3/23/09

SB 814 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (J. Preston) To repeal the Sunset on the Statute authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of 16 to attend community college.  Effective August 31, 2008.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 815 Intervention Plan after Unexcused Absences (J. Preston) To permit students to make up work during unexcused absences and to require schools to develop and implement intervention plans for students with an excessive number of unexcused absences and for students at risk of dropping out of school. Beginning 2009-2010.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 822 Education Infrastructure Act (Jenkins) To allow infrastructure procurement projects involving partnerships between public and private entities.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 824 Bus Transportation/After-School Programs (Jenkins) To authorize the use of school buses to transport students home from after-school programs under certain circumstances. Beginning with 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 825 “Support NC Education” Special Plate (Jenkins) To authorize the Division of Motor Vehicles to produce a special plate to support NC Education.July1, 2009.

Filed 3/24/09

 

SB 844 Appropriations Act of 2009 (C.Albertson) to make Base Budget Appropriations for current operations of State Departments, Institutions, and Agencies and for other purposes.

Field 3/24/09

 

SB 863 Purchase Service/Certain Employment (HB 725) (P. Berger) To provide for the purchase of creditable service by members of the Local Government Employees Retirement System for certain periods of nonqualified employment.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 864 Funds for Athletic Trainers at High Schools (D. Hoyle) To provide for the Health and Safety of secondary school students by requiring that all public high schools employ a licensed athletic trainer and to appropriate funds for that purpose. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 868 Remove Barriers/Teacher Lateral Entry Program (R. Stevens) Directing the State Board of Education to remove barriers to the lateral entry of skilled individuals from the private sector into the teaching profession. SBE to report to JLEOC by January 15, 2010.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 869 Study/After School Child Care Programs (R. Stevens, V.Malone) Authorizing a Joint Legislative Study Commission on After School Child Care and Related Programs and Appropriating Funds for that purpose. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 871 Use Pre-Stimulus FMAP for Medicaid Hold Harmless (D.Clodfelter) To clarify the calculation of the Medicaid Swap Hold Harmless. Beginning on or after October 1, 2008.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 877 Health Benefit Plan Provider Contracts (D. Clodfelter) To require contracts between health benefit plans and health care providers to contain certain terms and conditions.  Effective January 1, 2010.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 894 UI/School Teacher Related Amendments (F. Hartsell) To amend the employment security laws relating to the definition of substitute teacher in determining eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits and relating to disqualification for benefits due to inability to obtain a license or certification necessary for the performance of an individual’s employment.

Effecting when act becomes law and applies to claims filed on or after that date.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 897 Appropriations Act of 2009 (C. Dannelly) To make base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 899 Freeze Lottery Proceeds (Rouzer) To freeze distributions from the Education Lottery Fund unless funds are available for full distribution to the Public School Building Capital Fund.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 927 Testing K-8 National Form Test (T. Apodaca) To modify the State school testing program. July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 931 Commercial Drivers License Changes (S.Goss) Commercial Drivers License Changes To provide reciprocity to commercial drivers license holders from Mexico, to expand the definition of conviction for out-of-state violations, to expand the definition of employers with regards to commercial drivers licenses, to add a disqualifying violation to commercial drivers licenses, to increase civil penalties, to expand employer reporting responsibilities, and to modify requirements for convictions ten years old or older.

Filed3/25/09

 

SB 933 Students Under 16 May Attend Community College (D. Clary) To reenact and clarify the Statute Authorizing intellectually gifted students under the age of sixteen to attend community college.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 947 No Standardized Testing Unless Required by FEDs (V. Malone) To eliminate statewide standardized testing in the public schools, except as required by Federal Law or as a condition of a federal grant.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 949 Teacher Assistant Salary Schedule (HB 792) (V. Malone) To establish a new salary schedule for noncertified personnel of the North Carolina Public Schools.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 950 Salary/Teacher with Advance Degrees (V. Malone) To establish a salary schedule rate increase for certified personnel of the public schools who are paid on the advanced degrees (sixth year) or doctorate degree salary schedule.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 957 Special Enrollment Period/Group Health Insurance (M.Nesbitt) To create a special enrollment period in the North Carolina group Health Insurance Continuation Law and provide eligible individuals with the same continuation rights asunder the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 959 Report/Recommendations RE: Stimulus Funds (M. Nesbitt) Directing the Office of Economic Recovery and Invest to report on the use of Federal Stimulus Funs for the 2008-2009 fiscal year and the Senate Committee on economic recovery to report on its recommendations regarding the use of Federal Stimulus Funds for the 2009-2001 1 fiscal biennium.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 962 Probationary Teacher Appeals (M. Nesbitt) to modify the hearing process applicable to probationary teachers. Effective when it becomes law and applies to proceedings initiated after August 31, 2009.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 963 Expedite Use of Federal Stimulus Funds (M. Nesbitt) To expedite the use of Federal Stimulus Funds.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 975 Workers’ Comp/Duration of Total Disability (T. Apodaca) Relating to the duration of the Compensation for total disability under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 977 Obesity Prevention in the Public Schools (S. Bingham) To establish an obesity prevention program in the public schools. New statute request 1) every school to adopt a comprehensive and coordinated approach to obesity prevention in grades K-12, 2) requires every school to adopt a program for grades K-8 that includes specific components 3) requires schools to consider adopting ethnically appropriate programs where appropriate, 4) allows schools currently using SPARK to continue to-do so as long as all major components are incorporated, 5) requires that schools designate a school health coordinator, 6) requires school boards to assemble advisory councils on school health, 7) requires physical fitness assessments for students.  Directs SBE to develop incentives and accountability mechanisms for these programs and develop honors level mandatory health and/or physical education courses for students. Directs school boards to allow students sufficient time to select and eat meals. Also, requires school boards to give priority implementation to schools with the greatest use of obesity and tobacco use and allows school boards to accept donations to support implementation. Requires implementation before 2012-2013. In addition, requires principals where vending machines are present to enter into memoranda of agreement related to the contents of the machine and requires that copies of the agreements be submitted to DPI. Directs SBE to establish statewide standards for foods and beverages available in schools during the instructional day and requires annual review and updating of the standards.  Appropriates $5.2 million to DPI for 2009-2010 for implementation of requirements related to individual schools’ obesity prevention programs. Appropriates $210,700 to the DPI 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 to assist with worksite wellness efforts in schools. Also appropriates funding to DHHS for implementation of wellness efforts.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 985 DPI/Curriculum on 1898 Race Riot (F. McKissick) Directing the Department of Public Instruction to add appropriate grade-level curriculum materials on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riots, as recommended by the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 1012 Home Schoolers in Public School/Study (P. Berger) To establish the Legislative Study Committee on the Participation of Home school Students in Classes and Extracurricular Activities at Public Schools. Effective July 1, 2009

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 1014 Lottery Trust Fund (P.Berger) To amend the Constitution to establish the Lottery Trust Funds.

Field 3/25/09

 

SB 1016 State Minimum Wage/Inflation Increases (HB 175) (J. Stein) To provide for automatic adjustment of the State’s minimum wage based on increases in the Consumer Price Index.

Filed 3/25/09

 

SB 1023 Safer Schools (J.Stein) To amend the law to make schools safer. Amends statute to expand the list of acts of violence that school principals must report to law enforcement to include: 1) an assault on school personnel, 2) communication oaf threat to cause physical injury to school personnel or a member of the personnel’s family, 3) a homicide, 4) a robbery, 5) a robbery with a dangerous weapon, and 6) burning of a school building. Also, allows local boards of education to assess a civil penalty of up to $500 for failure to report. Directs district superintendents to work with others to provide training to all staff on reporting incidents of violence. New report requirements are applicable beginning 2009-2010 school year.

Filed 3/25/09

 

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