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North Carolina's Equine Industry

In 2009 an equine economic impact study was performed with results published in May, 2009.
If you are interested in reviewing the equine economic impact study, click on the link below:

North Carolina's Equine Industry


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Synopsis of Legislation Affecting the North Carolina Agriculture Community for the 2011 General Assembly Session

Revised: July 6, 2011 at 4:20 P.M.
PART I. ENACTED SESSION LAWS 4
Require Labels for Ethanol Blended Gasoline - House Bill 187; Session Law 2011-25 4
Confectioners May Use Up to 5% Alcohol by Vol. - House Bill 90; Session Law 2011-26 4
Reclaimed Water Rules/Storm Debris Cleanup - House Bill 268; Session Law 2011-48 4
Exempt Small Ag from Permit Req. - House Bill 162; Session Law 2011-41 4
APA Rules: Limit Additional Costs - Senate Bill 22; Session Law 2011-13 5
Joint Regulatory Reform Committee - Senate Bill 17; Resolution 2011-2 5
ETJ/Wake Municipal Farm Exception - Senate Bill 263; Session Law 2011-34 5
Swine House Renovation/Site Limits - Senate Bill 501; Session Law 2011-118 5
Involuntary Annexation Moratorium - Senate Bill 27; Session Law 2011-173 6
Observe July as Watermelon Month - Senate Resolution 565 6
Conservation Easements Stewardship Funds - Senate Bill 309; Session Law 2011-209 7
Voluntary Agriculture Districts - House Bill 406; Session Law 2011-219 7
Clarify Water & Well Rights/Private Property - Senate Bill 676; Session Law 2011-255 7
Employers & Local Gov't Must Use E-Verify - House Bill 36; Session Law 2011-263 8
Energy Crops for Biofuels Feedstocks - Senate Bill 378; Session Law 2011-198 8
Amend Weight Limits for Farm Products - House Bill 468; Session Law 2011-200 8
Codify NC Century Farms Program in DACS - Senate Bill 493; Session Law 2011-201 8
Clarify Ag Development/Preservation in DACS - Senate Bill 499; Session Law 2011-251 9
Landowner Protection Act - House Bill 762; Session Law 2011-231 9
Pesticide Registration Paper Reduction - Senate Bill 603; Session Law 2011-239 9
Nat. Gas/Bond/Fee/Landowner Protect'n/Study - House Bill 242; Session Law 2011-276 9
REPS Credits at Cleanfields Parks - Senate Bill 484; Session Law 2011-279 10
Poultry Waste RECs - Senate Bill 710; Session Law 2011-309 10
Domestic Fowl Stray/Commercial Poultry Lands - Senate Bill 602; Session Law 2011-313 10
Zoning St. of Limit/Ag. Dist. Change - House Bill 806; Session Law 2011-384 11
Zoning/Agricultural Annexation Exemption - House Bill 168; Session Law 2011-363 11
Bldg. Codes/Expand Equine Exemption - House Bill 329; Session Law 2011-364 12
Transfer Surplus Prop. to Retirement System - House Bill 596; Session Law 2011-373 12
Authorize Various Special Plates - House Bill 289; Session Law 2011-392 13
Amend Environmental Laws 2011 - House Bill 119; Session Law 2011-394 13
PART II. VETOED BILLS 14
Regulatory Reform Act of 2011 - Senate Bill 781 14
PART III. BILLS WHICH CAN BE CONSIDERED DURING THE NEXT SESSION 16


Part I. Enacted Session Laws


Require Labels for Ethanol Blended Gasoline - House Bill 187; Session Law 2011-25

This bill requires that all fuel dispensing pumps which offer ethanol blended gasoline for retail sale in North Carolina use labels indicating that the gasoline contains either 10% or less ethanol by volume or greater than 10% ethanol by volume. This bill was enacted and effective April 7, 2011.


Confectioners May Use Up to 5% Alcohol by Vol. - House Bill 90; Session Law 2011-26

This bill amends N.C. Gen. Stat. 106-129(3), which deems when foods are adulterated, to allow confectioners to make confectioneries that contain 5% or less alcohol by volume before it is considered "adulterated." If it contains more than .5% (one half of one percent) alcohol by volume, the alcohol content must be conspicuously displayed on the label. This bill was enacted and effective April 7, 2011.


Reclaimed Water Rules/Storm Debris Cleanup - House Bill 268; Session Law 2011-48

This bill establishes that reclaimed water can be used without a permit, specifically mentioning irrigation of ornamental crops by field nurseries and above ground container nurseries. The act also states that setback requirements and design criteria for wastewater treatment facilities do not apply to artificial lakes and ponds used for storage and irrigation of reclaimed water as part of a conjunctive use reclaimed water system. Further, the act requires that the Environmental Management Commission adopt a rule to replace its Reclaimed Water Utilization Rule. Finally, the bill allows for burning or disposal of storm debris for state of emergency from April 16, 2011 to June 1, 2011. This bill was enacted and effective April 20, 2011.


Exempt Small Ag from Permit Req. - House Bill 162; Session Law 2011-41

This billl exempts wastewater management systems from permit requirements for the treatment and disposal of wastewater if the water is produced from activities related to the processing of agricultural products and certain conditions are met. All of these conditions must be met; they include:
- The owner of the agricultural products must carry out the activities.
- Wastewater production from these activities cannot exceed 1,000 gallons per day.
- An animal waste management system cannot generate the wastewater.
- Land application disposes of the wastewater.
- Wastewater is not discharged to surface waters.
- The wastewater disposal does not violate surface or groundwater standards.
This bill was enacted and effective April 19, 2011.


APA Rules: Limit Additional Costs - Senate Bill 22; Session Law 2011-13

This bill prevents an agency from adopting a rule that results in "substantial estimated additional costs" as defined in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-2(8c) unless adoption of the rule is required to respond to a serious and unforeseen threat to public safety, health or welfare, an act of the General Assembly or U.S. Congress that expressly requires the agency to adopt the rules, a change in federal or state budget policy, a federal regulation, or a court order. The act also amends N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-2 by defining "substantial estimated additional costs" for agencies as, "an aggregate financial impact on all persons subject to a proposed rule of at least five hundred thousand dollars in a 12 month period;" further, it provides a list of factors for an agency to consider in analyzing costs. This bill was enacted and effective March 25, 2011, applies to rules published in the North Carolina Register by an agency on or after that date, and expires July 1, 2012. Senate bill 781 will repeal this law if the Governor's veto of S 781 is overridden.


Joint Regulatory Reform Committee - Senate Bill 17; Resolution 2011-2

This resolution establishes the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee which has the purpose of creating a strong environment for private sector job creation by lifting the undue burden imposed by outdated, unnecessary, vague rules. This resolution was enacted and effective February 22, 2011 and expires December 31, 2012.


ETJ/Wake Municipal Farm Exception - Senate Bill 263; Session Law 2011-34

This bill allows municipalities in Wake County to provide exemptions in their zoning ordinances to allow bona fide farms to obtain building permits for accessory buildings in its extraterritorial jurisdiction similar to that allowed for county zoning in N.C. Gen. Stat. 153A-340(b); this bill became effective when enacted. House bill 168 effectively replaces this bill by creating an exemption for "bona fide farms" throughout North Carolina from a respective municipality's jurisdiction. This bill was enacted and effective April 12, 2011.


Swine House Renovation/Site Limits - Senate Bill 501; Session Law 2011-118

This bill provides for the construction or renovation of swine houses that are part of a preexisting swine farm provided that all of the following conditions are met:
- There is no increase in the permitted capacity of the swine farm, as measured in the annual steady state live weight capacity of the swine farm.
- There is no increase in the total permitted capacity of animal waste management systems located on the farm.
- There is no portion of the renovated or reconstructed house that is any closer to the building or property that is the object of its siting requirement which causes a violation of the siting requirement unless the owner(s) of the property that the siting requirement directly affects give(s) written permission which is recorded with the register of deeds.
- The house does not exist in the 100-year floodplain.
The bill was enacted and effective June 13, 2011 and applies to construction or renovations that occur on or after that date.


Involuntary Annexation Moratorium - Senate Bill 27; Session Law 2011-173

This bill suspends certain annexations, including:
- Kinston annexation area
- Lexington annexation area
- Rocky Mount annexation area
- Wilmington annexation area
- Ashevillle/Biltmore Lake annexation area
- Marvin annexation area
- Southport annexation area
- Fayetteville Gates annexation area
To lift the suspension, the board of elections shall complete a petition to disallow the annexation process. The board of elections must prepare petitions for property owners of the real property located within the area to sign opposing the annexation ordinance. With various procedural requirements, the board of elections must allow 130 days after mailing the petitions to accept signatures. If property owners of 60% of the annexation area sign the petition, the annexation shall be terminated and the municipality may not adopt a resolution for consideration of the area for annexation for 36 months. This bill was enacted and effective June 18, 2011.


Observe July as Watermelon Month - Senate Resolution 565

This resolution encourages the citizens of this State to observe July of each year as Watermelon Month in North Carolina to recognize the health benefits of watermelon and the importance of watermelon to the agriculture industry of the State. The resolution was enacted and effective June 14, 2011.

Conservation Easements Stewardship Funds - Senate Bill 309; Session Law 2011-209

This bill allows the governing board of any Soil and Water Conservation District to establish a special reserve fund for maintaining conservation easements. To establish the fund, the governing board must adopt a resolution or ordinance that includes all of the following information:
- The specific purposes of maintaining conservation easements for which the fund is created.
- The approximate periods of time during which moneys are to be accumulated for each of those purposes.
- The approximate amounts to be accumulated for those purposes.
- The sources from which moneys will be derived for those purposes.
The bill describes the manner in which the special reserve fund can be funded, how those funds must be invested, and the guidelines for fund withdrawals. This bill was enacted June 23, 2011 and becomes effective July 1, 2011.


Voluntary Agriculture Districts - House Bill 406; Session Law 2011-219

This bill provides three separate changes to voluntary agriculture district requirements. First, it removes the requirement that the property participate in the farm present-use value taxation program to be included in a voluntary agriculture district and replaces it with the requirement that the property must be engaged in agriculture to be included in a voluntary agriculture district. Second, if any lot on the land is used for a non-farm purpose, the bill states that the lot is subject to municipal zoning requirements. Third, the bill exempts voluntary agriculture district conservation agreements from having to be recorded at the Register of Deeds office like other conservation agreements. This bill was enacted and effective June 23, 2011.


Clarify Water & Well Rights/Private Property - Senate Bill 676; Session Law 2011-255

This bill provides that no person shall unduly delay or refuse a well permit that can be constructed, repaired or operated under the requirements of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 87-97 and that no well which is in compliance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 87-97 shall be denied a permit based on local government policy discouraging or prohibiting the drilling of new wells. Additionally, the bill expands the term "water supply well" under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 87-88(k) to include wells constructed by the landowner or lessee, appurtenant to a single family dwelling, and intended for domestic use (including farm livestock or gardens). This bill was enacted and effective June 23, 2011.


Employers & Local Gov't Must Use E-Verify - House Bill 36; Session Law 2011-263

This bill requires all employers with 25 or more employees to participate in the federal E-Verify program to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees. An exemption is provided for seasonal temporary employees who are employed for 90 or fewer days during a 12-consecutive-month period. Counties and municipalities must also use E-Verify to verify the work authorization of new employees. This bill was enacted June 23, 2011, and the effective date will be phased in on the following schedule:
- October 1, 2012, for employers that employ 500 or more employees.
- January 1, 2013, for employers that employ 100-499 employees.
- July 1, 2013, for employees that employ 25-99 employees.


Energy Crops for Biofuels Feedstocks - Senate Bill 378; Session Law 2011-198

This bill requires the Intragency Group to establish agronomic rates to ensure proper application levels of animal waste for certain energy crops and provides broad guidelines for determining the agronomic rates. Additionally, the Intragency Group is required to submit a report on the development and publication of the interim agronomic rates to the Commissioner of Agriculture, among others, by July 1, 2011 and a report on the development and publication of the final agronomic rates by December 1, 2014 to the Commissioner of Agriculture, among others. This bill was enacted and effective June 23, 2011.


Amend Weight Limits for Farm Products - House Bill 468; Session Law 2011-200

This bill creates an exemption from vehicle weight limits imposed by N.C. Gen. Stat § 20-118(b) for a person hauling live poultry from the farm where the live poultry is raised to any processing facility within 150 miles of that farm. This bill was enacted June 23, 2011 and is effective December 1, 2011, applying to offenses committed on or after the effective date.


Codify NC Century Farms Program in DACS - Senate Bill 493; Session Law 2011-201

This bill instructs the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to administer the North Carolina Century Farms Program, which recognizes farms in the State that the same family has continuously owned for at least 100 years. This bill was enacted June 23, 2011 and becomes effective July 1, 2011.


Clarify Ag Development/Preservation in DACS - Senate Bill 499; Session Law 2011-251

This bill clarifies that it is the duty of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to administer and supervise the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Enabling Act. This bill was enacted and effective June 23, 2011.


Landowner Protection Act - House Bill 762; Session Law 2011-231

This bill requires that hunters, trappers, and fishermen have written permission from a landowner, lessee, or his agent to use the land.
- Written permission must be signed and dated within the past 12 months and carried on one's person.
- It is a Class 2 misdemeanor to hunt, fish, or trap on another's land without permission.
- If an individual has received proper written permission from an owner or his agent, but does not have the document on his person when requested, producing written permission is an affirmative defense to prosecution.
The bill also indicates means through which an owner or lessee of property may post notices. This bill was enacted June 23, 2011, becomes effective October 1, 2011, and applies to offenses committed on or after the effective date.


Pesticide Registration Paper Reduction - Senate Bill 603; Session Law 2011-239

This bill eliminates the requirement to submit a Material Safety Data Sheet for a pesticide to the N.C. Pesticide Board when registering the pesticide. This bill was enacted and effective June 23, 2011 and applies to applications for registration or renewals of registration filed on or after the date of its enactment.


Nat. Gas/Bond/Fee/Landowner Protect'n/Study - House Bill 242; Session Law 2011-276

This bill effects the following:
- Increase the amount of the bond required upon registration to drill for oil or natural gas in the state;
- Increase the fees applicable to drilling and abandoning oil or gas wells;
- Establish provisions for the protection of landowners relative to leases for oil and gas exploration.
- Direct the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to study the issue of oil and gas exploration in the state--specifically the use of directional and horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for that purpose;
- Direct the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to conduct at least two public hearings on the issue in which exploration for natural gas by means of directional and horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing may occur.
This bill was enacted and effective June 23, 2011.


REPS Credits at Cleanfields Parks - Senate Bill 484; Session Law 2011-279

This bill amends the Cleanfields Act of 2010 to allow only the first ten megawatts of biomass renewable energy generation capacity (e.g., agricultural and animal waste) to satisfy part of the quota of electric power that must be generated through use of poultry waste resources under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 62-133.8(f). The amended provision previously enabled power companies to satisfy all of their requirements for using poultry waste resources by the use of biomass renewable energy. Along with Senate Bill 710 (detailed immediately below) this bill effects a compromise between competing sources of renewable energy. This bill was enacted and effective June 23, 2011.


Poultry Waste RECs - Senate Bill 710; Session Law 2011-309

N.C. Gen Stat. § 62-133.8(f) currently requires that, beginning in 2014, at least 900,000 megawatt hours of the total electric power sold to retail electric customers in the State shall be supplied, or contracted for supply in each year, by poultry waste. This bill amends N.C. Gen. Stat. § 62-133.8(f) to also allow renewable energy certificates (RECs) derived from the thermal energy output of combined heat and power facilities that use poultry waste as fuel to meet the requirements of the poultry waste set-aside. This bill was enacted and effective June 27, 2011.


Domestic Fowl Stray/Commercial Poultry Lands - Senate Bill 602; Session Law 2011-313

After having received actual or constructive notice that one's fowl is running at large, this bill would make it a Class 3 misdemeanor to:
- Allow one's domestic fowl to run at large on another's property while such land is used for cultivation of grain or feedstuff, used for gardens, or used for ornamental purposes.
- Allow one's domestic poultry to run at large on the lands of another's commercial poultry operation.
- Allow one's commercial poultry to run at large on adjoining property.
Further, if it appears that after three days of notice that a person either fails or refuses to keep his poultry on his premises, a magistrate may order any sheriff or other officer to kill the fowls when they are running at large. This bill was enacted June 27, 2011, becomes effective December 1, 2011, and applies to offenses committed on or after the effective date.


Zoning St. of Limit/Ag. Dist. Change - House Bill 806; Session Law 2011-384

This bill affects various zoning and ordinance laws. First, the bill clearly retains a two-month statute of limitations for challenging an ordinance adopting or amending a zoning map or approving a special use, conditional use, or conditional zoning district rezoning. This provides landowners with finality in the use of their property following the action. However, the bill expands the statute of limitations for challenging the validity of the text of a zoning or unified development ordinance or any provision thereof to one year after the accrual of such action. Thus, landowners have a longer period of time to challenge unconstitutional or illegal zoning ordinances adopted by local governments.

Further, a challenge to an ordinance on the basis of an alleged defect in the adoption process must be brought within three years after the adoption of the ordinance. Also, the bill allows for a timely appeal to the decision of an administrative officer that declares a party to be in violation of the zoning or unified development ordinance when the party appeals based on the invalidity of the ordinance.

Additionally, this bill abrogates the effect of ordinances passed under N.C. Gen. Stat. §
153-340 on single-family detached residential uses on lots greater than 10 acres in zoning districts where more than 50% of the land is used for agriculture or silvicultural purposes. Under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 153A-335 (a)(2), the General Assembly excluded "the division of land into parcels greater than 10 acres if no street right-of-way dedication is required" from a municipality's power to regulate the subdivision of land. In recent years, several local governments have used their zoning powers to prevent residential landowners from dividing property up into tracts larger than 10 acres to place residences on these lots through blanket prohibitions of residential uses of lots in rural or agriculture districts and creating standards similar to those used for subdivision ordinances for residential use of lots within the local government's jurisdiction. This bill is meant to prevent local governments from running an inroad around the prohibition under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 153A-335 (a)(2).

This bill was enacted June 27, 2011 and becomes effective July 1, 2011, but does not apply to pending litigation.


Zoning/Agricultural Annexation Exemption - House Bill 168; Session Law 2011-363

This bill relates to the definition of "bona fide farm purposes" within the North Carolina General Statutes. First, the bill gives specific examples of items or documents that will constitute sufficient evidence that the property is being used for "bona fide farm purposes." Second, the bill prohibits municipal annexation of property used for "bona fide farm purposes" without the consent of the owner. Third, the bill states that property used for "bona fide farm purposes" in a municipality's extraterritorial jurisdiction is exempt from such jurisdiction, including its zoning requirements and ordinances. This bill was enacted and effective June 27, 2011.


Bldg. Codes/Expand Equine Exemption - House Bill 329; Session Law 2011-364

This bill expands the current exemption for farm buildings associated with equine activities from municipal building-rules to include farm buildings used for spectator events. However, if these buildings house any grandstands, bleachers or other spectator seating structures, the buildings are subject to an annual safety inspection by the applicable municipal department. The safety inspection must include evaluation of the overall safety of the spectator seating structure and the spectator seating structure's compliance with building codes in effect when it was built. This bill was enacted and effective June 27, 2011 and applies to all farm buildings regardless of whether the building was completed before, during, or after the signing of this bill.


Swine in Transport/Regulate Feral Swine - House Bill 432; Session Law 2011-369

This bill prohibits the transportation of live swine unless the swine has an official form of identification that the State Veterinarian has approved for this purpose. It also classifies all free-ranging mammals of the species Sus scrofa as "feral swine" and provides for the taking of feral swine as nongame animals. The immediate effect of redefining feral swine as nongame animals is to eliminate a hunting season for feral swine, however, the Wildlife Resource Commission may adopt rules prescribing seasons. The act also prohibits the removal of live feral swine from traps. This bill was enacted on June 27, 2011; the changes to G.S. 106-798A and G.S. 106-798B, which prohibits the transportation of live, unidentified swine become effective October 1, 2012, and the remainder of this bill becomes effective on October 1, 2011.


Transfer Surplus Prop. to Retirement System - House Bill 596; Session Law 2011-373

This bill transfers surplus net proceeds from the sale of State-owned land to the Teachers' and State Employee's Retirement System of North Carolina. Sections 1 and 2 of the bill alter N.C. Gen. Stat. § 146-30 which outlines the application of net proceeds from State owned lands. Under the proposed amendments, if the appraised value of a piece of State-owned real property is worth less than six million dollars, the net proceeds from the property must split between the State agency to which the property was allocated (25%), the General Fund (25%), and the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System of North Carolina (50%). Net proceeds from State-owned real property with an appraised value of over six million dollars are deposited into the General Fund. Further, the bill prohibits the exchange of State lands for other lands without consultation with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations if the property is appraised for twenty-five thousand dollars or more. These sections of this bill become effective July 1, 2011 and expire January 1, 2016.

Section 3 of the bill outlines provisions for net proceeds from the sale of State-owned land for the 2011-2013 fiscal biennium visa vi the 2011-2012 State budget (Session Law 2011-145). It states that S.L. 2011-145, Section 6.15(c) supercedes N.C. Gen. Stat. § 146-30 as amended by Sections 1 and 2 above. Section 6.15(c) states that, "[t]he Department of Administration shall take the action necessary to effectuate the sale of State owned disposable assets in accordance with Section 2.2(a) of this act." Section 2.2(a) of S.L. 2011-145 allocates fifteen million dollars and twenty five million dollars to the General Fund for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 fiscal years respectively. Subsequently, House bill 596 states that any net proceeds in excess of these amounts in the respective fiscal years shall be allocated as amended under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 146-30(a) above. Thus, there is a two year allocation of the net proceeds of state owned lands to the General Fund that must be fulfilled each year before the amended language of House bill 596, Sections 1 and 2 allocates the net proceeds per its new structure. Section 3 of this bill was effective June 30, 2011.

This bill was enacted June 27, 2011.


Authorize Various Special Plates - House Bill 289; Session Law 2011-392

This bill authorizes the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue various special registration plates, including the Farmland Preservation plate. This bill was enacted and effective June 30, 2011.


Amend Environmental Laws 2011 - House Bill 119; Session Law 2011-394

This bill amends various environmental laws. While there are numerous provisions to the bill, the two parts that are most relevant to the agriculture community are its exemption of small dams and agricultural pond dams from the Dam Safety Law of 1967 and the transfer of Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program Base Grant funds to the Division of Forest Resources and the Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Summaries of these subsections are detailed below. This bill was enacted June 30, 2011, will be effective August 30, 2011, and it became law without the Governor's signature.

- Modified Dam Safety Law of 1967 Exemptions
- Dams that are less than 25 feet in height or have an impoundment capacity of less than 50 acre-feet are not subject to the Dam Safety Law of 1967. This is an increase from 15 feet in height and 10 acre feet impoundment capacity under the previous law.
- Dams that are constructed for providing water for agricultural use are exempted from the Dam Safety Act if a person who is a licensed engineer approved plans for the dam, supervised its construction and registered the dam at the Division of Land Resources. There is an exemption to this exemption for those dams that the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources determine to be "high hazard."

- Transfer of CWA Funds to Division of Forest Resources and Division of Soil and Water Conservation
- The amount transferred shall be no less than the average annual amount of funding received by each of those two Divisions over the two most recent fiscal bienniums.
- In the event that the amount of these funds increases or decreases in any funding cycle, the amount given to the two Divisions shall be adjusted proportionally.
- Distribution of the funds requires consideration of water quality benefit and fair and equitable distribution based on the grant requirements and the benefit
- The Divisions are included in a Workgroup of Nonpoint Source Agencies under the Division of Water Quality.

Part II. Vetoed Bills

Regulatory Reform Act of 2011 - Senate Bill 781

This bill alters the existing requirements for the rule-making process of agencies, places various limits on these processes, establishes a Rules Modification and Improvement Program to review existing rules, and creates new requirements to make a permanent rule. Additionally, the bill changes the procedure for handling contested cases; specifically, an administrative law judge, not the agency, now makes the final decision on the findings of fact and conclusions in a contested case. With limited exceptions, the bill also prohibits an agency authorized to implement and enforce State and federal environmental laws from adopting a rule for the protection of the environment and natural resources that imposes a more restrictive standard than a federal law or rule that addresses the issue. (Note: The State budget in Session Law 2011-145 includes a provision in Section 13.11B.(a) that prohibits the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Labor and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from adopting rules that impose more restrictive standards or limitations than those imposed by federal laws or rules that adress the issue.) This bill has various effective dates for different sections; specifically, the effective date for the section changing the final decision making authority for contested cases is January 1, 2012 and applies to contested cases commenced on or after that date. The Governor vetoed this bill on June 30, 2011.

Part III. Bills Which Can Be Considered During the Next Session

Crossover
ETJ/Definition of Bona Fide Farm Purposes - Senate Bill 380
ETJ Restrictions - House Bill 281
Prohibit Involuntary Annexation of Farms - Senate Bill 530
Eminent Domain - House Bill 8
Spay/Neuter Advisory Board/Fund - House Bill 816
Transfer DENR Soil & Water to DACS - Senate Bill 229
Sedimentation Pollution Control Act Exemption - Senate Bill 491
State Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Senate Bill 308
Sedimentation Civil Penalty Cap & Remissions - Senate Bill 561
Protect Landowner Water Rights - Senate Bill 492
WQ Permitting/Withheld Information - Senate Bill 628
Economic Impact/Regulatory Legislation - House Bill 237
Election Fairness Act of 2011 - House Bill 300
Roadside Campaign Signs - Senate Bill 315
Real ID Compliance/Limited Duration Licenses - Senate Bill 303
No Benefits for Illegal Aliens - Senate Bill 205
Amend Irrigation Contractors' Licensing Laws - Senate Bill 405
Amend Weight Limits for Farm Products - Senate Bill 461
Modify Weight Limits for Farm Operations - Senate Bill 749
Protect Galax & Venus Flytrap/WRC Rule Fines - House Bill 476
Rendering Act Amendments - House Bill 512
Rendering Act Amendments - Senate Bill 599
Standards for Some Nursery Stock Purchases - Senate Bill 562
Rewrite Landscape Contractor's Laws - Senate Bill 447
Study Insurance for Contract Growers - House Bill 774
Landlord/Tenant Bedbug Liability - House Bill 721
Eliminate Agency Final Decision Authority - House Bill 623
Underground Storage Tank Prgrm. Amends. - Senate Bill 181

Fee
Medical Cannabis Act - House Bill 577
Special Plate for the Green Industry Council - Senate Bill 372
Farmland Preservation Special Plate - Senate Bill 485
Concealed Carry Permit/Elected Officials - House Bill 184
NC Conservation Trust Fund Commission - Senate Bill 677
Transfer Forestry & Forestry Council to DACS - Senate Bill 388
Admission Ticket Reform Act - House Bill 308
Eliminate Agency Final Decision Authority - Senate Bill 653


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EVACUATION SITES

If you must evacuate there is no need to leave your horses behind to ride out the storm. When a storm approaches, call to reserve stall(s) so we know you are coming. Bring your own feed, hay, bedding, and buckets. You will be responsible to care for your own horse(s)
ALL HORSES MUST HAVE A CURRENT NEGATIVE EIA CERTIFICATE (COGGINS). Horses will not be allowed on the grounds without proof of negative EIA.

North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
All stalls at the fairgrounds need to be reserved by calling (919) 733-4845. There will be a discount fee per horse per day.

Sen. Bob Martin Ag Center, Williamston
There will be a discount fee per horse, per day. Stalls are on a first come basis, call (252) 792-5802 for information.

Western NC Ag. Center, Fletcher
Stalls available at a discounted fee per horse, per day. Call (828) 687-1414 for information and reservations.

Pinehurst Harness Track Stalls available with a fee per horse. Call (910) 295-4446 for information and reservations. No camping at the track but lots of local hotels are available.

Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve Stalls $15.00 per night, camping, showers and electrical hook-ups for rent.Call (828) 295-4700 for availability and information.

Horse Trailer Rules and Regulation Sources

NC General Assembly-Statutes on Motor Vehicles
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NC State Highway Patrol-Website http://www.nccrimecontrol.org/Index2.cfm?a=000003,000014

Contact the main office for questions: (919) 715-8683

If you have any questions regarding your drivers license, truck or trailer tags and registration it is recommended that you visit your local DMV Office with your vehicle to let them properly determine the necessary requirements.

The type of Driver's License you need to haul your horse trailer is based on the GVWR. (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) The weight stated on the VIN plate on you truck and trailer.

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