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Posted on July 22, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Posted on July 15, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Posted on July 08, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned its 2016 short session late Friday after roughly 10 weeks of lawmaking, mostly notably with a $22.3 billion budget that contained numerous wins for municipalities (as covered in Friday afternoon's Legislative Bulletin
). The chambers gaveled out without much new material for cities and towns in the final hours, leaving behind proposals like House Bill 100 Local Government Immigration Compliance
, which would have blocked local governments from school and Powell Bill funding if they're found to have so-called "sanctuary" policies for immigrants in the country illegally. The bill died in the House Rules Committee. Meanwhile, a great deal of media attention
fell on changes to House Bill 2
, with late-Friday legislating that restored the right to sue in state court for discrimination and, separately, set aside $500,000 for HB2's legal defense.
Here's what happened with other municipal-interest proposals that circulated during the session finale:
- SB 326 Local Gov'ts/Bldgs/Structures/Inspections: Passed - Places restrictions on the ways cities run rental registration programs. Cities around the state have used these programs successfully to force absentee landlords to address repeated housing violations on their properties, improving the quality of available housing and protecting the public safety of neighboring tenants and property owners. (Click here to read the League's previous coverage of the bill.)
- SB 667 Elections Omnibus Revisions: Passed - A League-opposed provision in this bill sets sight on even-numbered-year municipal elections by 2020. Section 5 directs the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee to study implementation options and recommend any related legislation.
- SB 897 Asheville City Council Districts: Did not pass - The House voted down this Senate proposal to change how Asheville City Council members are elected, with individual legislators arguing that it shouldn’t be the General Assembly’s call. Officials with the city had argued that any such changes in the form of local elections should be decided locally.
- Regulatory Reform Package: Did not pass - The chambers left without agreement on a large regulatory reform package. Individual reg reform bills that would have impacted cities and towns went to negotiating tables without resolution, including SB 303 Regulatory Reform Act of 2016 and HB 593 Amend Environmental and Other Laws. HB 763 Military Operations Protection Act of 2016 also sat incomplete by the time lawmakers left town.
- HB 483 Land-Use Regulatory Changes: Passed - After weeks of intense pressure and negotiations by municipal officials and land-use law practitioners across the state, legislators ultimately set most of HB 483 to the side. Instead, just hours before adjourning for the year, they signed off on a proposal that granted statutory vested rights for multi-phase developments for a period of seven years. The vested rights period would begin upon site plan approval for the initial phase of the multi-phase development, a term defined in the bill. The governor must now act on the bill.
The progress with HB 483 was emblematic of the tremendous engagement that North Carolina municipalities have with their lawmakers and the processes that play out on Jones Street. League members demonstrated great attention to this and myriad other issues that materialized this session. The League would like to thank everyone who helped to build relationships, voice their concerns and work in team fashion to benefit municipalities on the whole.
Friday night's final gavel concluded what was, in the end, a successful session for cities and towns and a strong foundation for good work in sessions to come.
Posted on July 05, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Posted on July 01, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Posted on June 24, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Last week, the League’s Risk Management Services held its fourth annual police driver training session in Charlotte, with representatives of 20 police departments participating in the two-day program intended to reduce police motor vehicle accidents. With summer here, and the program’s catch-phrase being “Slower is Faster,” you might think the timing coincides with period when things are slowing down some at the League. Except that’s not the case.
Posted on June 22, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on June 17, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Earlier this week, the Senate unveiled its version of HB 483 Land-Use Regulatory Changes
, a bill that makes wide-ranging changes to land-use regulatory statutes. Among other changes, the bill would incentivize litigation at local taxpayer expense, weaken protections for neighboring property owners of new developments, and undermine infrastructure performance guarantees that protect new property owners and local taxpayers.
The League opposes this bill in its current form and urges you to contact your legislators to let them know of the potential harm created by HB 483.
Posted on June 15, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on June 10, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
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