Governor signs, vetoes remaining bills on his desk
Shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday night, the Governor signed, vetoed, or allowed the remaining 45 bills on his desk to become law without his signature. This week is expected to be the last week of session, and the legislature is primarily focusing on debating local bills, constitutional amendment bills, and overriding bills vetoed by the Governor.
Bills signed by the Governor on Monday night includes:
An act expanding the ability of qualified nutrition professionals to practice in this state and amending the Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act.
An act regarding the implementation of the 1915(c) Medicaid Waiver for individuals with traumatic brain injury; authorizing township hospitals still operating under pre-1983 public hospital laws to exercise some of the additional powers and authorities granted to public hospitals operating under Article 2 of Chapter 131E of the General Statutes; redefining the term "legacy care medical facility" for purposes of certificate of need review; requiring that legacy medical care facilities exempted from certificate of need review operate within the same service area as the facility that ceased continuous operations; and providing for an extension of the time by which a facility must be operational in order to qualify for certificate of need exemption as a legacy medical care facility.
An act to allow products selected by the employee insurance committees to be offered on a pretax basis.
An act directing the Department of Health and Human Services to study issues pertaining to high-quality, risk-appropriate maternal and neonatal care and to allow simultaneous cremation of certain fetuses and infants.
An act to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to study and report recommendatoins to create incentives for medical education in rural areas of the state and to assist rural hospitals in becoming designated as teaching hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; to direct the Office of Rural Health, Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure its loan repayment program is targeted to benefit health care providers in rural North Carolina, including identifying and making recommendations to address the need for dentists in rural areas; and to improve access to dental care in rural North Carolina; and to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to study Medicaid health outcomes programs.
An act to provide for circumstances in which the State Board of Community Colleges may appoint an interim board of trustees to assume the powers and duties of a board of trustees; to clarify the time for elections of officers for boards of trustees; to require that a board of trustees meet at least six times a year; to authorize the State Board of Community Colleges to require financial audits in certain circumstances; and to amend the membership of the North Carolina Medical Board.
An act to address health issues in local confinement faciltiies and to ensure that state prisons are full participants in the NC Health Information Exchange known as NC HealthConnex, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services; to amend the duties of law enforcement officers pertaining to involuntary commitment; to amend the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Reporting System pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine; to require continuing education for veterinarians on abuse of controlled substances; to include the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board on the Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee; and to amend various budget provisions.