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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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June 24 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Are we on the legislative homestretch? Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin to find out. Get the scoop on what's happening on Jones Street in Raleigh and learn about the many proposals going through the process that can impact cities and towns. Read up on body-worn camera legislation and a measure the League opposes regarding land use. On the lighter side, have you checked out our new podcast yet? Get all that and more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on June 24, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Up Front, a message from the President

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.

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Posted on June 22, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham

June 17 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Take action. Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. Learn how you can voice opposition to a sweeping land-use reform bill that, among other things, would incentivize litigation at local taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, see how the League worked with lawmakers to improve a set of proposed regulatory reforms related to rezoning, subdivision changes and land-use violations. Follow what's happening with a proposed utility permit fee prohibition and potential changes in public records law. All that and much, much more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on June 17, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Legislators Regarding HB 483 Land-Use Regulatory Changes

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.

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Posted on June 15, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham

June 10 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

What was the highlight of your Town Hall Day? Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin for coverage of the League's biggest annual lobbying event and more. You'll find a video recapping Town Hall Day's events and a written rundown of all that happened -- including the engagement with top state officials like Gov. Pat McCrory and House Speaker Tim Moore. You can also read up on the House's regulatory reform proposal and its updated body camera proposal. It's all in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on June 10, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

June 3 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

June arrives. And with it, this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. See how municipalities fare in the Senate's $22.2 billion budget proposal, and learn about the section that could totally revamp nutrient rules for water quality. Get the scoop on how the League successfully negotiated an amendment to protect water systems in the coal ash bill. And find out how you can STILL participate in Town Hall Day 2016 if you haven't yet registered. All that and more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on June 03, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

May 27 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Special delivery. Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. See what the League had to say about the U.S. Department of Labor's final overtime rule in letters to elected federal officials. Know where the municipal-service-district legislation is headed. Learn about the two omnibus regulatory reform packages in the Senate. And hear from League President Lestine Hutchens in a short video about why Town Hall Day, coming up on June 8, is so important for municipal officials to attend. All that and much more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on May 27, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Up Front, a message from the President

Earlier this week, the League’s Government Affairs team met with and helped prepare Sunset Beach officials in advance of a legislative committee hearing in which committee members considered a controversial local annexation bill. Rather than get into the details of the bill or the disputes that led to it, a key takeaway is that the result will hopefully be that all parties will work together to resolve the issues and that the bill, before final passage, will prove unnecessary.

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Posted on May 25, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham

May 20 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Know the buzz. Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin and see what's in store for municipalities in the House's version of the state budget. Check out the estimated impacts of a local sales tax distribution proposal. See what happened when resort town officials and legislators got together in Raleigh. Get the rundown of bills filed by this week's deadline. And have you registered for Town Hall Day? It's coming up! Details on that and much, much more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on May 20, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Submit Your Municipal Advocacy Goal Proposals

The legislative and regulatory goals set during a two-year cycle by the members of the North Carolina League of Municipalities serve to guide our advocacy efforts. More than that, they are a collective statement of the priorities of North Carolina municipalities, big and small, urban, suburban and rural. The process of setting the Municipal Advocacy Goals is an opportunity for each municipality to have a voice in telling state legislators and other state policymaker what is important to them.
 
The League is now requesting your proposals for legislative and regulatory goals that should be pursued during the 2017-18 legislative biennium.
 
 
According to League bylaws, you must indicate on your goal proposal whether it was voted on and approved by your local council or board. As a note, the League also may request that you visit one of our policy committees to further explain your suggested goal, as a part of the goals selection process. Bylaws also set a deadline to receive proposed goals at 45 days from the date of this notice, which will be July 1. Please don’t miss this opportunity and submit yours soon!
 
This year’s Advocacy Goals Conference will be held as a part of CityVision 2016, the League’s annual conference, to be held in Raleigh on October 23, 2016. We hope that this “two-for-one” event will provide more value and, out of respect for tight municipal finances and schedules, will allow more participation. If your city or town has not attended the Advocacy Goals Conference, this is the time to do so.
 
The League needs your input. With the operating principles generated from the Vision 2030 strategic planning process in mind – which include having municipal governments exercise greater control of revenues, structures and functions, and engage in productive partnerships with other levels of government and the private sector, all by 2030 – the Municipal Advocacy Goals and the process of determining them have never been more important.
 
Proposals may be sent by elected or appointed municipal officials. Again, each proposal should indicate whether the governing body of the municipality has voted to approve the submission of the proposals. Suggested goals can be submitted via the link below as soon as possible, but no later than July 1. This is your policy process, so please give this thoughtful consideration and participate.
 

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Posted on May 17, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

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