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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.


ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators to Oppose Local Option Sales Tax Bill

Please contact your Senators and express your opposition to HB 1224 Local Sales Tax for Education/Economic Development Changes, which is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow, July 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. League staff continues to believe that this bill, despite changes in the latest version unveiled Monday, could restrict local government revenue options in the future. The legislation would set a cap of 2.5 percent for county local-option sales taxes, and place restrictions on the uses of future increases for the majority of counties that have not utilized their full authority under existing law.

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Posted on July 21, 2014 by Cara Bridges

July 18 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

They still may not be singing kumbaya at the North Carolina General Assembly, but no reason to let that get you down. Read about all of the latest right here in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. On a cheery note, some unintended red tape for municipal financial officers may be moving toward a legislative solution, and Congress appears poised to stave off a shortfall of federal highway dollars. Meanwhile, a bill before the state Senate may present some revenue dilemmas for all of local government. Find out more about it all right here. No harmonious singing required!

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Posted on July 18, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

July 11 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Legislators walked out. The Governor shouted out. But no reason for you to run out. Just sit back and read this week's LeagueLINC BulletinBudget negotiations again dominated the action at the General Assembly this week, with lawmakers focusing on little else. Legislators weren't the only ones getting a bit hot under the collar, though. Members of the Environmental Management Commission got steamed about a few things as well. Meanwhile, don't forget to send proposals for League policy and regulators goals. You can  find more information about them as well right here!

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Posted on July 11, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

July 3 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

The fireworks might not compare to those Fourth of July flashes and bangs, but they were there just the same this week at the North Carolina General Assembly. So, before heading off to see a real show of spectacular light and color against a night sky, read about the legislative show in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. Besides the ongoing budget debate, legislators passed coal ash regulation that could have an affect on municipalities. And, in a sign of times, it looks like political sign regulation will have to wait another year. But that's no reason to stop the parade, and no reason not to read up on all the latest at the legislature.  

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Posted on July 03, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

June 27 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

The political theater was evident this week at the North Carolina General Assembly, but there's no need to look for the script. It's right here, in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. House and Senate leaders got a bit testy and traded barbs over budget plans that appeared far apart. Meanwhile, a bill affecting the regulation of drones, including how cities and towns might operate them, flew into and out of the House. Back on the ground, the regulation of mopeds, a League priority, was moving too. So, enjoy the ride and catch up on all the goings-on at the Legislature.

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Posted on June 27, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

June 20 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

It's hot outside, and it's hot inside at the North Carolina General Assembly. This week's LeagueLINC Bulletin hits all the action, heat or no heat. But there was plenty around the building this week as a catch-all House bill created quite the stir among legislators of both parties. It also could have a big effect on cities and towns. Budget negotiations continue, as does the talk about a key League priority, continuation of historic rehabilitation tax credits. Away from the Legislative Building, cities enjoyed some key court victories. With all that summer swelter out there, what better time to stay inside and catch up on all the news?  

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Posted on June 20, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

June 13 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

The crush of legislation continued at the General Assembly, and this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin follows all the action. Historic rehabilitation and film tax credits, two of the top priorities of the League, were big topics of discussion, and thanks to the work of League members, there was significant movement for both. The League's message on back-up Public Safety Answering Points also appeared to be heard. The House approved its version of the budget, and a top legislative leader made plans for adjournment in two weeks. Whether legislators stay in town only two more weeks, or it takes them two more months to finish up their business, the pace is not likely to slow down. With your continuing efforts, legislators are hearing our concerns. Let's keep it up!  

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Posted on June 13, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

June 6 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

This week's LeagueLINC Bulletin is now available, and the event on everyone's mind at the League is still 2014 Town Hall Day! The event was a huge success and the Government Affairs team and entire League staff thank every elected and appointed municipal official who attended and helped make the event great. Also a special thanks are owed to Governor Pat McCrory, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, Assistant Commerce Secretary Patricia Mitchell, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, Senator Bob Rucho, and Representative Tim Moore. We appreciate the time and insight that was provided by them to our members on Town Hall Day. In other news, the House has begun its work on the budget and several bills of interest to municipalities continue to progress through the legislature. Thanks again for your support on Town Hall Day and we look forward to growing the event even further next year!

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Posted on June 06, 2014 by Cara Bridges

May 30 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

This week's LeagueLINC Bulletin is now available, and even though the work week may have been condensed in honor of Memorial Day, there was no shortage of legislative action in Raleigh! The Omnibus Tax Law Changes bill, which includes privilege license tax reform, was passed by both chambers and signed into law by Gov. McCrory this week. To read the details on that bill, along with other key legislative issues affecting cities, read this week's Bulletin. As a note, next Wednesday is the League's annual Town Hall Day event. Pre-registration has closed, but you can still register on-site. Visit the Town Hall Day website or contact Government Affairs Assistant Cara Bridges with any questions. We hope to see you next Wednesday!

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Posted on May 30, 2014 by Cara Bridges

Senate Gives Initial Approval to 2015 Privilege License Repeal

This afternoon, the Senate gave its initial approval to HB 1050 Omnibus Tax Law Changes, which alters the local privilege license statutes. The bill as passed repeals the privilege license entirely as of July 2015, setting up a $62 million fiscal cliff for cities and towns next year. For the upcoming year, it also limits application of the privilege license tax only to those businesses with a physical location within the city or town, and prevents municipalities from changing their current privilege license tax rates. The League estimates this will result in at least an $8 million loss statewide for cities and towns in the coming fiscal year. This impact would be felt in budgets that are under consideration now and are set to go into effect in 33 days.

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Posted on May 28, 2014 by Cara Bridges

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