A proposal that would potentially decriminalize local ordinances cleared its remaining House votes this week, facing only a Senate concurrence vote before moving to the governor for consideration. As originally passed by the Senate, SB 584 Criminal Law Reform would have decriminalized all local ordinances. However, after extensive discussions with the League and other local government interests, the House modified the bill to allow a way for local governments to keep criminal enforcement measures on the books. Now, the bill would allow every unit of local government to retain criminal enforcement if they submit a report listing all their ordinances punishable by a criminal penalty. If the General Assembly did not receive this report by Nov. 1, 2019, then that local government’s code of ordinances would become enforceable only by civil penalties on and after that date. The legislature instituted this reporting requirement last year, and hundreds of local governments have already complied. (Check for your city or town’s report on the General Assembly's website).
Cedar Point is the latest municipality telling its story of growth and progress at Here We Grow, the popular hub for municipal economic development and quality-of-life updates from communities across North Carolina. The town of about 1,300 residents has secured land for its first municipal park in a voter-approved project to provide not only serenity and recreation land but will also preserve and put new focus on the site's history of Native American and Civil War activity. Mayor Scott Hatsell told the Carteret County News-Times it's a "once in a lifetime opportunity for us to secure this for everyone, forever." Powered by the League and WRAL TechWire at herewegrownc.org, Here We Grow is loaded with original stories from the mountains to the coast that show how the initiative of cities and towns is bearing economic positives and new magnetism for the state as a whole. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to begin telling your local story.