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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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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

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

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