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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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Dec. 2 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Feel special. Read this week's LINC'ed IN and see the news that Gov. Pat McCrory is calling lawmakers back to Raleigh for a special session on storm recovery. And read what the League and its partners at the N.C. Association of County Commissioners are doing to help communities working to bounce back after the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Learn what's happening with that new, federal overtime rule that a judge recently blocked. And check out the stormwater rule revisions that just crossed a final hurdle. All that and much, much more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on December 02, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Nov. 18 LINC'ed IN Now Available

This is a tough state. Read this week's LINC'ed IN and see how communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew are still working to recover while western North Carolina battles unprecedented wildfire conditions. The League in both cases is either actively involved or closely monitoring. You can also read about North Carolina's award-winning presence at the National League of Cities' 2016 City Summit still in progress in Pittsburgh. And this week marked a birthday for the League, looking good at 108. That and much more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on November 18, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Nov. 11 LINC'ed IN Now Available

And we remain in election season... Read this week's LINC'ed IN and see how things are shaking out since Tuesday. For one, we saw local government experience preserved in the General Assembly's repertoire. We also saw big approvals in municipal referenda. So, now that the polls have closed, what's next? And what does the transition in the White House mean for cities? All that and much more -- including information on upcoming Hurricane Matthew-related legislative input sessions and your biweekly dose of the Municipal Equation podcast -- in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on November 11, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Nov. 4 LINC'ed IN Now Available

You've voted. Now reward yourself with this week's LINC'ed IN. Get the latest on how authorities are responding to the ongoing need for aid following Hurricane Matthew. Check out a new resource on stormwater planning. See which North Carolina town just won a national infrastructure contest. And get a peek at the next episode of the Municipal Equation podcast. All that and more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on November 04, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Oct. 28 LINC'ed IN Now Available

What a conference that was! Really -- CityVision 2016 is going down as one of the all-time greats. Read this week's LINC'ed IN and let's review. The League elected new officers and board members. Cities and towns approved new priorities for 2017-18. And we awarded legislators who gave cities and towns strong partnership during this year's legislative session. It's all wrapped up in this newsletter. We also continue our focus on the areas of North Carolina in need following Hurricane Matthew. Read about public assistance briefings of major interest to municipal officials and how the League continues to raise funds through its food bank partnership. We also announce the next League educational forum (this one on drones) and look at what's new with Municipal Equation, the League's podcast. All that and more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on October 28, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

League Awards Recognize Davis, McKissick and Spratley

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October 25, 2016
Contact: Scott Mooneyham
(919) 715-9768
smooneyham@nclm.org
 

League Awards Recognize Davis, McKissick and Spratley

Community Champion, General Assembly Ambassador awards presented during CityVision 2016 annual conference

 
(RALEIGH)  -- State Rep. Ted Davis of Wilmington and State Sen. Floyd McKissick of Durham were recognized Monday night as recipients of the N.C. League of Municipalities' Community Champion Award.

The award was presented to each legislator for dedicated support of North Carolina cities and towns during the 2016 legislative session.

Representative Davis, who began service in the state House in 2012 after longtime leadership in New Hanover County government – including a chairmanship on the county board of commissioners – earned the award for his proven knowledge of municipalities' statewide economic importance. As chairman of the House Local Government Committee, he kept a close eye on proposals affecting cities and was instrumental in stopping some legislative provisions harmful to municipalities.

Representative Davis said of his time in local government: "I became very aware of the need for a good, positive relationship between local government and legislators, because unless you can have a frank and open dialogue with your local delegation, how can you know what the state is going to do that might affect you? Or how can your local House and Senate member know how they can help you with legislation that is important to you?"

Senator McKissick, who entered the state Senate in 2007 following service on the Durham City Council and other local government bodies, earned the award for his standout efforts to dissect legislative proposals, notably those related to municipalities, and steadily communicate with stakeholders including the League to understand their perspective.

"We are all partners in this – state and local governments providing for our citizens," Senator McKissick said, adding that the award “is something that I take very seriously, and I feel very humble for receiving this honor."

Legislative Assistant Laura Spratley was recognized with the League's General Assembly Ambassador Award for her professionalism and involvement.

Ms. Spratley serves as legislative assistant to Rep. Stephen Ross of Burlington, who was instrumental in restoring the state's historic preservation tax credits. She began work as a legislative assistant in December 2012 and has also worked as a policy researcher at the Department of State Treasurer. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at N.C. State University.

Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens, who served as League president for 2016, presented the awards during CityVision 2016, the League's annual conference held this year at the Raleigh Convention Center.

About the League

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.
For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services – as directed by its membership.

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Posted on October 25, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Cities, Towns Approve Priorities for 2017-18 Legislative Session

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October 25, 2016
Contact: Scott Mooneyham
(919) 715-9768
smooneyham@nclm.org                                                          
 
Cities, Towns Approve Priorities for 2017-18 Legislative Session
 
Revenue Challenges, Municipal Authority Focus of Goals

                      
(RALEIGH)  -- Member cities and towns of the North Carolina League of Municipalities this week approved legislative priorities for the 2017-18 legislative biennium, with several of those priorities focused on the significant revenue challenges facing municipalities.

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Posted on October 25, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham

Officers, Board Members Chosen at NCLM Annual Conference

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October 25, 2016
Contact: Scott Mooneyham
(919) 715-9768
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Officers, Board Members Chosen at NCLM Annual Conference
 
Matheny, Lazzara Elected to Lead Organization for the Next Year
 
 
(RALEIGH)  -- Representatives from cities and towns across North Carolina on Monday elected Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny and Jacksonville Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lazzara to serve for the next year as officers of the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

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Posted on October 25, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham

Oct. 21 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Ready for CityVision 2016? It's straight ahead! Read this week's LINC'ed IN, get a refresher of what it's all about and get the app that will help you find your way. Then you can read about how cities and towns across the state are getting in on Here We Grow, the League's new economic development awareness campaign. Of course, we can't forget the sad news that Hurricane Matthew left behind. Get the latest and see how you can help, with the League's food bank partnership, which we'll be talking about at CityVision. All that and more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on October 21, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

Oct. 14 LINC'ed IN Now Available

We sure have some strong municipalities. Read this week's LINC'ed IN and learn how they dealt with Hurricane Matthew's widespread, devastating effects and how they took advantage of the best communications tools to stay connected and inform residents of essential, timely info. We can't stress enough how impressed we are with our members. Speaking of which, our cities and towns also have impressive stories to tell with regard to economic development success, which is why the League is proud to announce a new campaign called Here We Grow, which you can read about in this week's edition and at herewegrownc.org. It will be huge with your involvement. The League also hosted a forum this week on new wireless technologies that are driving new conversations in local government -- read all about it. And check out the five reasons why you need to explore the League's podcast, Municipal Equation, if you haven't discovered it already. All that and more in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on October 14, 2016 by Government Affairs Team

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