SB 763 – Pay Equity for Essential Employees.
Allows for a deduction of a percentage of income that is earned by an essential employee and derived from activities for which the employee is deemed essential during the period of March 28, 2020, to December 31, 2020. Defines essential employee to mean an employee working in a critical infrastructure sector identified in the specified federal advisory list published by the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Sets the percentage at 50% for the first $110,000 of income, and 70% for the remainder.
SB 776 – COVID-19 Small Farmer Relief.
Provides funds NC State University for the Food Processing Innovation Center and NC A&T State University for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Extension and Farm Pavilion. Requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish partnerships to bring together nonprofit organizations that connect small family farms to food banks and to retail farmers markets and associated local Cooperative Extension Service offices. Requires the partnership to work to limit crop and livestock losses from supply chain interruptions due to COVID-19 and natural disasters.
SB 784 – Online Orientation/Training for the Public.
Allocates Aid to Public Libraries Fund to provide directed grants to public libraries for training and support to the general public on internet usage and safety, with emphasis on populations less familiar with the internet usage necessary to meet social distancing requirements and respond to the impacts from the coronavirus disease 2019. Requires public libraries to use grants funds to engage in partnerships and use the resources available from specified entities to provide the online orientation and training programs to the general public.
SB 790 (= HB 1217) – HBCU/HMSI Funds/Doct. Prog./Teaching Fellows.
States NCGA findings and appropriates $20 million in additional recurring funds from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors to be allocated the following universities for 10 fiscal years, from 2020-21 until 2029-30: NC Central University, NC A&T State University, Fayetteville State University, Winston-Salem State University, and Elizabeth City State University. Allows the funds to be used for scholarships, faculty recruitment, course development, and general operational support.
Appropriates $10 million in additional recurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors to be allocated to NC A&T State University to support its doctoral programs. Requires the funds to be used to support new faculty and graduate student services for the doctoral programs, including the specified fields.
Appropriates $10 million in additional recurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors to be allocated to NC Central University to support its doctoral programs. Requires the funds to be used to support new faculty and graduate student services for doctoral programs, including the specified fields.
Amends GS 116-209.62 by removing the cap (was 5) on the number of institutions with which the NC Teaching Fellows Program is to be administered. Requires that at least the following be selected to participate in the Teaching Fellows Program: (1) one UNC constituent institution and one private postsecondary institution that are designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities and (2) one women’s college that primarily enrolls a female student population.
SB 819 (= SB 8) – Authorize Teacher-Gov’t Emp’ee Housing/Bertie.
Section 2, as amended, enacting new Section 2.1, granting the Windsor Township Development Commission (Commission) the authority to acquire and hold title to real and personal property, and to borrow money and incur debt, for public purposes, including the construction and maintaining of affordable rental housing units for employees of Bertie County, Bertie County schools, the Town of Windsor, and State employees residing in Bertie County. Grants the Commission the authority to enter into leases, management agreements, and similar arrangements with Bertie County to manage, lease, and maintain these rental housing units. Grants the Commission the authority to accept grants or donations of money contributed for public purposes.
Grants Bertie County the authority to enter into leases, management agreements, or similar arrangements with the Commission for the County to manage, lease, and maintain these rental housing units. Directs Bertie County to restrict the rental of these units to Bertie County Public Schools teachers and employees, unless units cannot be filled by school employees, in which case units are to be rented to employees of Bertie County, the Town of Windsor, and State employees residing in Bertie County.
SB 844 (= HB 1206) – Student Mental Health Well-Being/COVID-19.
Appropriates $480 million in recurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to increase the Instructional Support Allotment. Requires that the funds be used to establish a tiered system of support for students by increasing positions for the following school mental health support personnel: (1) at least one school psychologist for every 700 students; (2) at least one school counselor for every 250 students; and (3) at least one school social worker for every 400 students. States the NCGA’s intent that the funds supplement and not supplant any funds already provided for school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers
SB 860 – Support Inmate/Juvenile Release to Community.
Requires the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice to: (1) develop a plan for the release to the community of offenders that are serving a sentence for a nonviolent crime, suffering from a medical diagnosis that compromises the offender’s immune system, near release, or juveniles; (2) develop a plan regarding future response efforts for an emergency related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and (3) develop a plan for the implementation of Extending the Limits of Confinement (ELC) policy to increase the number of nonviolent offenders being released to community supervision. Requires the plans to be submitted to the specified NCGA committee by September 1, 2020. Appropriates $10 million in nonrecurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, for electronic monitoring services, community corrections staffing, and other costs associated with the release of offenders to the community upon the implementation of the plans required in this act.
Appropriates $1.8 million in nonrecurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety to help previously incarcerated individuals transition into their community following their release. Requires the funds to be allocated to the 18 specified reentry councils and roundtables in the amount of $100,000 each.