§16-5D-17. Licenses and rules in force.
(a) All licenses for personal care homes and residential board and care homes which are in force on the first day of July, two thousand three, shall continue in full force and effect during the period for which issued unless sooner revoked as provided in this article.

(b) All rules in effect on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, which were adopted by the secretary relating to licensing personal care homes and residential board and care homes shall remain in full force and effect until altered, amended or repealed by the secretary.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, the secretary shall promulgate emergency rules pursuant to the provisions of section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code by the first date of September, two thousand three, to implement this program.