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Welcome to the Legislative Advocacy home page

Thank you for visiting the Legislative Advocacy home page of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Here you will find all the latest updates on pending legislation, issues of importance to municipalities, regulatory affairs, League events and more.

The Legislative Advocacy section of the website is also where you can sign up for League LINC, the League’s grassroots initiative. For more on League LINC, click on Get Involved on the left-hand side of this page, or click here to set up your League LINC account.

Thank you for your interest in the League’s legislative activity, and check back frequently for more updates.

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Feb. 17 Legislative Bulletin Now Available

We're in higher gear on Jones Street. Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin and get the scoop on newly filed bills, including a Senate proposal that would support a League goal on e-fairness. You can also meet the legislature's newest member, learn about "smart cities" on our latest podcast episode and see which communities were just approved for millions of dollars in rural infrastructure grants. All that and more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on February 17, 2017 by Government Affairs Team

Feb. 10 Legislative Bulletin Now Available

Get wired. Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin and learn about a new legislative proposal on broadband that the League is applauding. See how a separate House bill filed on Thursday would satisfy a League transportation goal. Find out why League leaders were on Capitol Hill this week. And get the latest on the impact-fees court case. All that and much more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on February 10, 2017 by Government Affairs Team

League Applauds Broadband Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2017
Contact: Scott Mooneyham
(919) 715-9768
                                                             
smooneyham@nclm.org
 
 
League Applauds Broadband Legislation
  
(RALEIGH) – House Bill 68 BRIGHT Futures Act offers state leaders an opportunity to address a need of critical importance for cities and towns across North Carolina. Without high-speed broadband, large areas of the state will remain disadvantaged economically, educationally and in the area of health care. Paul Meyer, Executive Director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, made the following statement regarding House Bill 68:

“The North Carolina League of Municipalities applauds the sponsors of House Bill 68 for restarting a crucial policy conversation about bringing high-speed broadband to all areas of the state and is hopeful that this statewide bill can help municipalities of all sizes achieve that goal. For North Carolina cities and towns, this issue was never about who owned what. It was about providing critical 21st century infrastructure to grow local economies, help businesses expand and bring jobs to their residents.
 
“NCLM looks forward to working with the bill sponsors in the coming weeks to bring about solutions that will help cities and towns of all sizes and all circumstances.”

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Posted on February 09, 2017 by Scott Mooneyham

Feb. 3 Legislative Bulletin Now Available

Busy week? Understood. Read the latest LeagueLINC Bulletin and let us catch you up on what's happened. Check in on why some local officials are concerned with the mechanics of a tax relief bill on file at the General Assembly. Learn how you can track other bills of importance to municipalities. See what the new Federal Communications Commission chair had to say about local government. And learn how you can provide input on a "smart cities" plan at the federal level. All that and more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on February 03, 2017 by Government Affairs Team

Jan. 27 Legislative Bulletin Now Available

Legislative business has begun. Read this week's Legislative Bulletin and get early details on eminent domain proposals. Learn how you can follow bills important to municipalities throughout the session. Read about the pension board's new employer contribution rate. And see how Morganton has leveraged Here We Grow to showcase its economic development skills. All that and more in this week's Legislative Bulletin.

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Posted on January 30, 2017 by Government Affairs Team

Jan. 20 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Town Hall Day is ahead! Read this week's LINC'ed IN and learn how you can register -- for free, if you're early enough. Take a helpful survey on the siting of wireless facilities. Get the latest episode of Municipal Equation. And see who got what in the latest lists of legislative committee assignments. All that and more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on January 20, 2017 by Government Affairs Team

Jan. 13 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Here We Grow. Read this week's LINC'ed IN and learn what's happening on Jones Street, how the League can help you play a positive role in it, how you can get an insightful preview on the session ahead, and who's who (so far) in the General Assembly. Check out proposed transportation legislation important to local government. Get the details on a congressional effort to stem the impact of unfunded mandates on municipalities. And find out how easy (and important) it is to be a part of Here We Grow in 2017. All that and more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on January 13, 2017 by Government Affairs Team

Jan. 6 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Brand new year; brand new LINC'ed IN. Click here to read this week's edition, which gives the latest on how court action is affecting water and sewer impact fees, and where it all might go from here. We also brief you on the Jones Street happenings and what's going on with the state redistricting case. We look at changes to the EPA's impaired waters list for the state. And we check outthe national attention recently afforded to the League's own podcast, Municipal Equation. All that and more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on January 06, 2017 by Government Affairs Team

News & Notes: Asheville Water Case Ruling and Other Holiday Cheer

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled today that a 2013 law stripping the City of Asheville of its municipal water system is an unconstitutional local act, meaning the city will retain control of the system. The 5-2 decision reverses a Court of Appeal ruling that would have allowed the law to go forward and transfer the system to a regional water authority.

This decision is a momentous win for all North Carolina cities and towns, preserving a city-owned asset built largely with the contributions of municipal taxpayers and ratepayers. The potential negative  consequences for all cities and towns, had the courts ruled against Asheville, are why the League filed  amicus briefs in support of the city’s position that the law amounted to an unconstitutional illegal taking and that it was a constitutionally prohibited local act affecting health and sanitation.

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Posted on December 21, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham

Dec. 9 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Warm up. Read this week's LINC'ed IN. See what leaders at the League and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners are telling lawmakers about post-hurricane needs. Check out the latest county-level economic tiers. Get the latest episode of the Municipal Equation podcast. And learn how you can tell your town's economic development story to a bigger audience. All that and much more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on December 09, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

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