Legislature convenes 2018 short session

2018-05-24 | May 24, 2018

Last Wednesday, May 16, the legislature convened for the 2018 short session. During the short session, only certain bills may be considered, including, but not limited to, bills that passed one of two chambers during the 2017 long session, bills that impact the state budget, and bills that were recommended by an interim study committee. 

In these past two weeks, the following bills have been filed. The majority of these bills have been filed at the recommendation of interim study committees.

HB 933: Reciprocity/School Psychologist Licensure

An act directing the State Board of Education to grant a license to practice as a school psychologist to any individuals who hold the nationally certified school psychologist credential, as recommended by the House Select Committee on School Safety.

STATUS: Filed on May 16, became the first bill of the 2018 short session to pass out of the House. HB 933 is now in Senate Rules.

HB 967: Telemedicine Policy

An act establishing a telemedicine policy for the State of North Carolina and directing the Department of Health and Human Services to study and report recommendations for various telemedicine standards, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services.

STATUS: Filed May 17, referred to House Health.

HB 998/SB 742: GME/Rural Hospital Study

An act directing DHHS to study and report recommendations to create incentives for medical education in rural areas of the state and to assist rural hospitals in becoming designated teaching hospitals by CMS, as recommended by the Legislative Research Commission.

STATUS: Filed May 23, referred to House Health  / Filed May 23, referred to Senate Rules.

HB 999/SB 741: Rural Health Loan Funds/Target for Rural Areas

An act appropriating funds to the Office of Rural Health, DHHS, for the State Loan Repayment Program and directing the Office of Rural Health, DHHS, to ensure its loan prepayment program is targeted to benefit health care providers in rural NC, including identifying the need for dentists in rural areas and to make recommendations to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, as recommended by the Legislative Research Commission.

*Specifies that $800,000 of the $3 million must be used for repayment of loans owed by PAs and NPs who provide primary care services in rural areas of the State.

STATUS: Filed May 23, referred to House Health, if favorable, House Appropriations / Filed May 23, referred to Senate Rules.

HB 1000: Southern Regional & Eastern AHEC Funds

An act appropriating additional funds for the Southern Regional AHEC and the Eastern AHEC, as recommended by the Legislative Research Commission.

STATUS: Filed May 23, referred to House Health.

HB 1001: Study State Health Plan & Medicaid

An act to direct the Program Evaluation Division of study changes to the State Health Plan and to direct DHHS to study changes to the Medicaid program that will increase preventative health services, improve health outcomes, and lower the cost of care, as recommended by the Legislative Research Commission.

STATUS: Filed May 23, referred to House Health.

HB 1002/SB 733: Medical Education & Residency Study

An act to study medical education programs and medical residency programs, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

STATUS: Filed May 23, referred to House Health / Filed May 23, referred to Senate Rules.

SB 748: Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT)

An act establishing a Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), as recommended by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services.

STATUS: Filed May 24, will be referred to a committee next week.

SB 754: ECU Brody School of Medicine Funds

An act to appropriate funds to the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to develop plans for the construction of a new medical education building at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

STATUS: Filed May 24, will be referred to a committee next week.