The North Carolina Interpreter & Transliterator Licensing Board (NCITLB) has proposed a change to Rule 21 NCAC 25 .0501. Please see the “Proposed 21 NCAC 25 .0501” and “Form 0300” for more details. The specific proposed change is also stated below in the “Proposed Addition to Rule 21 NCAC 25 .0501.” The NCITLB will accept public comment on the proposed rule change through April 16, 2021. Should you wish to make a comment on the proposed rule change, please see “How to Make a Public Comment” below. Also, the reason for the rule change and the procedure for subjecting a proposed rule to Legislative review are contained in “Form 0300” and are explained below.
Proposed Addition to Rule 21 NCAC 25 .0501:
Add paragraph (e), which states, “(e) For the 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 licensure years only, the Board waives the in-person course requirements of Paragraph (a) and licensees may take all of their CEUs for those licensure years electronically. However, this waiver shall not apply to any surplus CEUs earned during the 2023-24 licensure year and sought by the licensee to be carried over to the 2024-25 licensure year.”
How to Make a Public Comment:
Public comment can be made by email, written mail delivered to the NCITLB, fax, or delivery to the NCITLB’s physical address, as follows:
U.S. Mail: NCITLB, Post Office Box 98328, Raleigh, NC 27624
Physical Address: NCITLB c/o Capitol Hill Management Services, 701 Exposition Place, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27615
Reason for Proposed Rule(s):
On March 10, 2020, the Governor of North Carolina, by issuing Executive Order No. 116, declared a state of emergency to coordinate a response and enact protective measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since that time, the Governor has issued additional Executive Orders prohibiting or limiting, and also discouraging, in-person gatherings to prevent the spread of Covid-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. The COVID-19, previously unidentified in humans, spreads easily from person to person. Once an outbreak of the COVID-19 begins, it is difficult to contain. The World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services have declared COVID-19 a public health threat and emergency. In fact, many counties in North Carolina are now in the “Critical” category for community spread, with many others in the “Substantial” category for community spread. In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders, the NCITLB seeks to lift the in-person continuing education requirements solely for the 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 licensure years and allow licensees to take all of their continuing education requirements virtually or otherwise online.
Procedure for Subjecting a Proposed Rule to Legislative Review:
If an objection to the proposed rule is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule, a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S. 150B-21.3(b1). The Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Commission approves the rule. The Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or email. If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 984-236-1850.