For the second time in a week, legislators’ worries over local preemption Monday stopped a short-term rental proposal from advancing. Discussion of a tweaked proposal in the House State & Local Government Committee meeting unfolded along the same lines as last week, with committee members objecting to language that placed so many restrictions on local ordinance-making that it amounted to preemption of local authority. In contrast to the first committee hearing, though, this week, the committee solicited public comment on the proposal. The League spoke in opposition, along with hotel and lodging interests. Combined with committee members’ concerns, this opposition caused proponents of the measure to pull the bill from consideration before a vote was taken, with promises to try to reach compromise. Cities and towns thank the bill proponents for continuing to discuss the bill language. In the meantime, legislative leaders removed a key committee assignment for the measure, leaving it likely to only receive a hearing in the House Rules Committee, if the bill should come back before legislators. The timing for this future hearing is unclear. Read more about Monday’s committee discussion in “Push to block cities on Airbnb rules lives to fight another day,” from WRAL.