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League Bulletin

July 19, 2019

​WHAT HAPPENED: An abbreviated week at the General Assembly, but with action all the same. News coverage landed mostly on an ongoing gerrymandering lawsuit, education matters, disagreements over hemp legislation, and the persisting budget stalemate.
WHAT IT MEANS: Regarding the budget, today (Friday) marks the 19th day of the new fiscal year, and it's unclear when a new state budget will be in place. Gov. Roy Cooper and General Assembly leaders remain at odds on the plan, and the latter still appear to be working on an override of the veto the governor stamped upon the legislature's budget.
ON TAP: Lawmakers are scheduled for business again on Monday, which also happens to be the day a Senate joint resolution proposed adjournment, now unlikely. Outlets including the Insider have noted enough topics to keep lawmakers busy, including votes on a stopgap budget​ to continue the flow of federal grant money as the state budget impasse carries on.​
THE SKINNY: The 2019 General Assembly is still in action and we're still following all matters of interest to cities and towns -- including another withdrawn attempt at legislation that would preempt local regulation of short-term rentals, covered in this Bulletin. Read on.

​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.

The state's two-week window to file for municipal office closed at noon today (Friday). The latest roundup from the N.C. State Board of Elections as of Friday morning listed hundreds and hundreds of candidates from the mountains to the coast. "Service at the municipal level often has the most direct impact on the communities in which we live," said Karen Brinson Bell, the elections board's executive director, in a news release at the start of the filing period. Municipal elections for different cities and towns will be held in September, October and November. We thank all who have expressed interest in serving their communities as elected officials. More information, including a downloadable candidate list, is available at

The National League of Cities has scheduled its next annual City Summit conference for Nov. 20-23 in San Antonio, Texas, and registration is now open. "City Summit is the National League of Cities’ conference for local leaders to convene and collaborate on solutions to the common challenges facing America’s cities," the organization says. "Each year, the conference is hosted in a different U.S. city – offering tangible and new best practices for government officials to improve the conditions back home." Keynote speakers this year include Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla; journalist and author Maria Shriver; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; CNN's senior political and elections analyst, Ron Brownstein; and more. Complete information is available at