WHAT HAPPENED: It’s mid-summer, and the General Assembly has left town, at least until November, when lawmakers could return for more action following the General Election.
WHAT IT MEANS: For legislators, it is campaign season, even if the traditional season and all the political ads won’t rev up until September. For the League, it is on to a myriad of chores that don’t involve legislative committee meetings – things like planning for CityVision 2018, regional grassroots meetings, continuing to work on broadband access strategy, planning for advocacy goals and policy committee meetings, and planning for something of a relaunch of our Here We Grow campaign (stay tuned).
ON TAP: More immediately, we will be releasing our End of Session Bulletin in coming days, so be on the lookout for what we think is a great resource that can be used time and again to reference what happened in the 2018 legislative session.
THE SKINNY: Now back to all the news that affects municipalities but is not necessarily legislative-related.
The recent, long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court decision that state and local government may enforce sales tax collection from out-of-state online retailers has generated loads of questions about what's next. An upcoming webinar hosted by the National League of Cities will look at the court's opinion, what state and local governments may do with it, reactions from the federal to local levels, and lobbying strategies that stakeholders may use. Register online for the webinar, scheduled for July 12 at 1 p.m.
This isn't the only U.S. Supreme Court case with ramifications for local government. A second webinar, hosted by the National Association of Counties and scheduled for July 24 at 1 p.m., will look at this Supreme Court term and what local leaders need to know, as told by legal experts and regulatory affairs reporter for The Hill Lydia Wheeler. Register online.
The League is accepting proposals for 2018-19 Advocacy Goals through Aug. 1. Discuss ideas with your municipal elected officials and staff, and click here to submit your ideas for advocacy goals. Every two years, you -- the cities and towns of North Carolina -- develop legislative and regulatory goals for the upcoming legislative biennium. These goals serve as the guide to the League's advocacy efforts here in Raleigh. 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 policymakers what is important to them.The advocacy goals also propel us towards two of the Vision 2030 Operating Principles: (1) municipal governments exercise greater control of their revenues, structures and functions, and (2) municipal governments engage in productive partnerships with other levels of government and the private sector. Legislative and regulatory goals should include a clear ask, and should have an impact on municipal governments statewide. According to League bylaws, you must indicate on your goal proposal whether it was voted on and approved by your local council or board. Proposals will be considered by NCLM policy committees, the NCLM Board of Directors, and the entire membership during the Advocacy Goals Conference. The League may also request that you visit one of our policy committees to further explain your suggested goal, as a part of the goals selection process. This is your policy process, so please give this thoughtful consideration and participate. Don’t miss this opportunity to submit your proposals by Aug. 1.