Governor Pat McCrory signed three bills supporting the National Guard, veterans and the families of fallen first responders into law today during a ceremony at the Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters.
“We must do everything we can to protect those who protect us,” Governor McCrory said. “Today we build on our commitment to supporting families of fallen officers, fire fighters, volunteers, and first responders, our National Guard members, and our veterans. These bills are just a small token of appreciation for those who have dedicated their lives to protecting us and our families.”
Senate Bill 37 builds on the University of North Carolina System and North Carolina Community College’s tuition waiver for survivors of law enforcement officers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, or rescue squad workers who were killed in the line of duty, or were totally disabled in the line of duty. The bill extends the tuition waiver to children whose legal guardians or legal custodians are law enforcement officers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, or rescue squad workers who are killed or totally disabled in the line of duty.
House Bill 709 expands eligibility for NC National Guard tuition assistance to NC National Guard members enrolled in a graduate certificate program. The benefit was previously available to Guard members working toward a technical, community college, university, or graduate degree.
House Bill 558 ensures representation of the NC National Guard and a Reserve component of the US Armed Forces on the NC Military Affairs Commission by adding two new members, either a current or retired member of the NC National Guard, or a current or retired member of a reserve component of the Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marines. These positions are appointed by the governor.
Governor McCrory has also signed the following bills into law:
Senate Bill 524: Grad Requirements/Sports Pilot – A bill to enhance the rigor of instruction of the founding principles and to authorize the Department of Public Instruction to use funds to conduct a pilot program on integrated community‑based adapted sports programs for students with disabilities.
House Bill 126: Mortgage Origination Support Registration – A bill to authorize the Office of the Commissioner of Banks to implement a registration system for persons engaged exclusively in the processing or underwriting of residential mortgage loans and not engaged in the mortgage business.
House Bill 8: Court of Appeals Election Modifications – A bill co-sponsored by Representative Bell to require candidates running in nonpartisan races for Court of Appeals judge to have their party affiliation printed on the ballot.
Senate Bill 698: Legacy Medical Care Facility/CON Exempt – A bill to provide for certain exemptions under the Certificate of Need law. The bill establishes a definition of “Legacy Medical Care Facility,” and would exempt from certificate of need review the acquisition or reopening of a Legacy Medical Care Facility upon providing the Department with a written notice. A Legacy Medical Care Facility is defined as an institution that is not presently operating, has not continuously operated for at least the past six months, was licensed under the Hospital Licensure Act, and was primarily engaged in providing specified services to inpatients, by physicians or under physicians’ supervision.
House Bill 215: Procedure for Waiver of Jury Trial – A bill to establish procedure for waiver of the right to a jury trial in criminal cases in superior court. In the fall of 2014, voters approved an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution to allow bench trials for felonies in superior court. Except when the State is seeking a sentence of death, a criminal defendant whose case was arraigned in superior court on or after December 1, 2014, has the right to request a waiver of trial by jury and instead be tried by a judge.
House Bill 327: EMS Personnel Technical Changes – A bill to make technical and conforming changes to the statutes governing the regulation of emergency medical services to reflect new national standards for emergency medical personnel.