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EPA Green-Lights Water Resources Plan For Developing Specific Nutrient Criteria For Waterways PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 11:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state's focus on addressing nutrients in estuaries, lakes, and rivers has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. 

 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced the approval in a statement released Wednesday.
 
Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus are necessary in waterways to support the food cycle of many aquatic animals. However, excessive levels of nutrients can lead to algal blooms, fish kills, and taste and odor issues that result in increased drinking water treatment costs. 
 
Many factors – including water temperature, available light, water depth and how long water stays in one location – can affect the impacts from nutrients to a water body.
 
The plan presents milestones for development of site-specific criteria for High Rock Lake (reservoir/lake) by 2018, for the Albemarle Sound (estuary) by 2020, and for the Middle Cape Fear River (river/stream) by 2021. 
 
Also, the division is assembling a scientific advisory council to help the agency and stakeholders develop a management strategy for addressing nutrients in water bodies throughout North Carolina.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 11:32
 
Enrolling Clerk: Bills Presented To Governor For Action PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The legislature's enrolling clerk reports the following bills presented to Gov. Pat McCrory's offic

 
 
SB 761
 AN ACT TO ENHANCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OF MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS AND TO DIRECT THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AND THE STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO SUBMIT A PLAN THAT WILL ENSURE THAT COLLEGE CREDITS ARE UNIFORMLY GRANTED TO STUDENTS WITH MILITARY TRAINING.
 
 HB 1052
AN ACT TO ADJUST THE UTILITY REGULATORY FEE TO REFLECT THE CHANGING REGULATORY CLIMATE FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LRC COMMITTEE ON THE ASSESSMENT OF REGULATED AND NON-REGULATED INDUSTRY UTILITY FEES.
 
 
HB 1117
AN ACT TO CONFORM THE LAW GOVERNING THE PLEDGE OF JOINT ACCOUNTS IN CREDIT UNIONS, SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATIONS, AND SAVINGS BANKS TO THE LAW GOVERNING THE PLEDGE OF JOINT ACCOUNTS IN BANKS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE GENERAL STATUTES COMMISSION.
 
HB 1182
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION OR CONSTRUCTION AND THE FINANCING, WITHOUT APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE GENERAL FUND, OF CERTAIN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS OF THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:04
 
N.C. Senate Calendar For Tuesday, July 1, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The Principal Clerk of the North Carolina Senate has released the following calendar for Tuesday, July 1, 2014 -- the 134th legislative day of the year. 

 
The House will convene at 2 p.m. under the gavel of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.
 
The schedule summary is below. The complete schedule can be found at 
 
.http://www.ncleg.net/Calendars/CurrentCalendars/CurrentSenateCalendar.pdf
 
 
CALL TO ORDER
 Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, President
 
PRAYER
 Paul R. Hallman, Sr.
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 Major General Leslie A. Purser
 
 
JOURNAL APPROVAL
 
RATIFICATION OF BILLS ORDERED ENROLLED
 
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES
 
REPORTS OF SELECT COMMITTEES
 
INTRODUCTIONS
 
MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
VETO MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
SPECIAL ORDERS
 
GENERAL ORDERS
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:01
 
Seven Bills Become Law With Governor's Signature PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Seven bills presented to Gov. Pat McCrory have become law with governor's signature on Monday.

 
They are:
 
-- House Bill 346 (Reps. Faircloth,  Stam,  Hardister and  Glazier) - A bill authorizing counties and cities to attach and garnish a member of the governing body if the county or city has been granted a money judgment against that member and the money judgment has not been satisfied. 
 
-- House Bill 894 (Catlin, Hamilton and Moffitt) - A bill improving source water protection planning. 
 
-- House Bill 1043 (Arp and Hager) - a bill clarifying the statutes related to the use of prequalification in public construction contracting, as studied by the Joint Purchase and Contract Study Committee. 
 
-- Senate Bill 477 (Sens. Meredith, Newton and Walters) – A bill prohibiting insurers and health benefit plans from limiting or fixing the fee an optometrist may charge patients for services or materials unless the services or materials are covered by reimbursement under the plan or insurer contract with the optometrist. 
 
-- Senate Bill 58 (Sen. Brown) – A bill making technical corrections to Session law 2014-17, which addresses the clarifications made to certain state laws addressing groundwater contamination lawsuits. The initial legislation was passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger. Without that legislation, the ruling could have resulted in the dismissal of certain groundwater contamination suits. 
 
-- Senate Bill 871 (Sens. McKissick and Woodard) - A bill removing certain property from the corporate limits of Raleigh and into the corporate limits of Durham. 
 
-- Senate Bill 790 (Sen. Cook) – A bill phasing in the sales tax rate on electricity sold by Cape Hatteras Electrical Membership Corporation and the sales tax rate on piped natural gas sold by “gas cities,” to modify the property tax deferral program for site infrastructure land, and to delay the change in the highway use tax base to include dealer administrative fees.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:58
 
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