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LINC'ed IN: November 2, 2012 

Out and About in North Carolina

The LINC CHALLENGE -  Make Plans to Meet With Your Legislators --- The League Government Affairs Team is asking every city and town to hold at least ONE individual meeting with each of your legislators between the election and January 1. Invite legislators to a 'Day in the Life of Our City/Town' and review how your municipality operates, what issues are important to you, and why. Join with other cities and towns to host these discussions if you like. The League GA Team will be happy to provide you with materials on upcoming legislative issues, so you can help legislators understand how they directly affect citizens. This is very important and will make a difference in our ability to be successful on our issues in the 2013 Long Session.  BE SURE TO REPORT BACK TO LET US KNOW YOU TOOK THE CHALLENGE! Contact: Jennifer Webb

Going Somewhere? - Please plan to join us in Raleigh on November 14 for the League's Transportation Forum, Cities Leading the Way: Confronting NC's Transportation Challenges. The forum will bring together transportation experts and state and local officials for a discussion of the state's transportation system future and what role municipalities will play in that system going forward. Register before November 7. Contacts: Paul Meyer and Chris Nida

Policy Committees Finish Their Work - The General Government LAC (Co-Chairs: Warren Cooksey, Charlotte; Bernita Sims, High Point), Planning & Environment LAC (Chair: Mayor Ronnie Wall, Burlington), Tax & Finance LAC (Chair: Mayor David Combs, Rocky Mount), and Regulatory Action Committee (Chair: Karen Brashear, Goldsboro) -- together consisting of a total of 159 individuals -- completed their deliberations over numerous goals submitted for consideration by League member cities and officials.  In total, the Committees considered 209 goals from 45 cities and the policy committees. From these proposals, the LACs ultimately recommended 74 goals and the RAC an additional 14 goals, for the NCLM Board to consider at their November 16 meeting.  The Board will refer 50 goals to the entire membership to consider at the Advocacy Goals Conference on January 24, 2013 in Raleigh, where member cities will cut that number in half and set NCLM’s advocacy agenda for the 2013-14 Session of the General Assembly.  Great job policy committees and thanks for your help!

Transitional Hold Harmless Listserv Established - In response to a request from elected officials and managers, the League has established a listserv to facilitate discussion regarding the expiration of the transitional hold harmless payment.  The annual transitional hold harmless payment, made to those cities and towns that suffered a revenue loss when the General Assembly eliminated certain reimbursements in 2003, expired after the 2012 payment.  This is not the City Hold Harmless payment received monthly along with sales tax. The listserv exists for a narrow purpose – to facilitate the sharing of information related to this issue, including sharing of city council resolutions and talking points for discussions with legislators.  If you would like to be added to the listserv, please email Lori Moye at lmoye@nclm.org.  Contact: Karl Knapp

Sunshine on Regulation - In comments submitted to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the League has recommended a more public process for development of the state’s list of impaired waters. Many cities and towns have operations with wastewater and stormwater discharges to these “listed,” impaired waters. A listing often results in further regulations that can be costly to the municipality and ratepayers. Currently, the process of developing the list of impaired waters receives little public input. The League recommended oversight of the data guidelines by the state’s main environmental regulatory body, the N.C. Environmental Management Commission. Read more about legislative interest in this topic in this month’s edition of EcoLINC, the League’s monthly environmental newsletter. Contact: Erin Wynia.

Mining Commission Closer to Being Organized - The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC), the new state board charged with developing the regulations for the natural gas extraction industry, meets today. Agenda items include election of a vice-chair, review of proposed commission operating procedures, and approval of committee appointments. Of importance to cities and towns, the MEC will also discuss the study groups that will include participation by the League on the subjects of local authority over the industry and financial impacts. Contact: Erin Wynia.

What's Up in DC?

Emergency Funds - Federal officials are releasing $4 million in emergency funds to North Carolina to help repair roads damaged by Hurricane Sandy. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement Wednesday. North Carolina follows New York and Rhode Island in requesting assistance from the Department of Transportation, and the $4 million represents another installment of federal aid going toward repair. North Carolina will use the funding to repair portions of U.S. 158 and N.C. 12. The N.C. Department of Transportation said crews used nine pumps to lower the water so U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk can reopen. Work crews are trying to reopen N.C. 12 on Pea Island between the Bonner Bridge and the temporary bridge erected after Hurricane Irene last year. Sand is up to 4 inches deep in some places. (The Associated Press, 11/01/12)

Coming Soon

General Assembly - Full Legislative Calendar

Environmental Management Commission committees, November 7, 9:00 am (tentative), Archdale Building Ground Floor Hearing Room, Raleigh

Environmental Management Commission, November 8, 9:00 am (tentative), Archdale Building Ground Floor Hearing Room, Raleigh

Revenue Laws Study Committee, 9:30 am, 544 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh 

NCLM Transportation Forum, November 14, 9:30 am, Quorum Center, 323 West Jones Street, Raleigh

Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee, November 13, 9:00 am, Room 415, Legislative Office Building, Raleigh

Environmental Review Commission, November 15, 9:00 am, 544 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh

Emergency Management Oversight Committee, December 4, 9:00 am, 544 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh

NCLM Advocacy Goals Conference, January 24, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh