League advocates have learned credible information that real-estate and online rental booking interests are seeking legislation that would preempt local ordinances regarding short-term rentals. Given that key bill filing deadlines passed several months ago, such preemption language would likely be inserted into a bill that had already partially progressed through the legislative process. In such a scenario, the time for input by local officials would be minimal. Therefore, if your city or town believes it should retain the right to enact a short-term rental ordinance, please contact your legislators now. Ask them to look for this language and to oppose any attempts to preempt local authority. Additionally, if you have an existing ordinance that would be nullified by a preemption law, please send it to NCLM Chief Legislative Counsel Erin Wynia.
SB 148 Public Records/Release of LEO Recordings passed both the House Judiciary and House Rules committees this week and is likely to receive House consideration next week. SB 148, introduced at the City of Greenville's request, would add two new factors to the list of purposes a law enforcement agency may release a law enforcement recording: 1) suspect identification or apprehension, and 2) locating a missing or abducted person. While an amendment was ultimately not brought forward, the League thanks Sen. Don Davis, Rep. John Faircloth and Rep. Pricey Harrison for working together to gather consensus to amend the SB 148 to also include provisions from HB 791 Law Enforcement Agency Recordings. If passed, HB 791 would achieve a statewide goal of cities and towns by allowing release or disclosure to the city manager, city council, or citizen review board if there is a confidentiality agreement and it is done in closed session. The League appreciates the commitment by all to continue to work on the issue.