Legislation Assigned to the House EPU Committee (12)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 7/9/2018

H 0010 HighDHHS Eating Disorder Study Charles McGrady
4/21/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate EPU RulesOS
Transportation Utilities
An act to provide that the condemnation of private property shall only be for a public use
HB 10 Eminent Domain Statutory Revisons contains the same conforming statutory language as HB 3, but would change the law via legislative action rather than a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The proposal would expand the purposes for which public and private condemnors could utilize their eminent domain authority, including a more all-encompassing term for communications facilities, and facilities related to the distribution of natural gas. (version 1)
H 0068 HighBRIGHT Futures Act John Szoka
4/21/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate EPU RulesOS
Economic Development Information Technology Planning & Land Use Telecommunications Utilities

Clarifies that certain Department of Commerce grants may be spent in support of broadband and its related components; enlarges the scope of existing public private partnership law to include digital infrastructure; and directs several state agency studies related to digital infrastructure, digital literacy, and workforce development. (version 1)

H 0171 MonitorChange Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems James Dixon
2/23/2017 Ref to the Com on Energy and Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance EPU -
Taxation & Finance

Reduces the current property tax exclusion for solar energy electric systems from 80 percent of the appraised value to 60 percent. (version 1)

H 0264 MonitorDisqualify Certain Property From PUV James Dixon
3/8/2017 Ref to the Com on Energy and Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance EPU -
Taxation & Finance

Disallows property on which a solar energy system is located from receiving the benefit of present-use valuation and the associated tax deferral, if the energy generated by that system is placed back onto the grid. (version 1)

H 0310 EnactedWireless Communications Infrastructure Siting Jason Saine
7/21/2017 Ch. SL 2017-159 EPU SLG
Communications Economic Development Planning & Land Use Public Safety Transportation
companion bill to SB 377

Eliminates most municipal zoning authority related to small cell wireless installations. Forces cities to undertake an expedited wireless application review process. Limits the amounts a city may charge applicants for application reviews and use of the right of way. Reduces a city’s control of access to the public’s right of way, among numerous other restrictions. (version 1)

H 0351 EnactedUtilities/Rate Base/Fair Value Determination Samuel Watford
6/25/2018 Ch. SL 2018-51 EPU RulesOS
Companion bill to SB 339

For situations involving the sale of a publicly-owned water/wastewater system to a private entity (called a “water or wastewater public utility”), gives the private entity an alternate option for calculating the public system’s value, during rate determinations for the private entity made by the N.C. Utilities Commission. (version 1)

H 0396 EnactedMunicipal Broadband Service Area Susan Martin
7/25/2017 Ch. SL 2017-180 EPU RulesOS
Economic Development Information Technology Local Bills Telecommunications Utilities
Companion bill to SB 360
Allows the City of Wilson to provide high-speed broadband service to the Town of Pinetops and certain other properties, adding to an exemption in existing law that allows the City to provide broadband retail services. (version 1)
H 0589 EnactedCompetitive Energy Solutions for NC John Szoka
7/27/2017 Ch. SL 2017-192 EPU Fin
HB 589 is a major rewrite of the state's renewable energy policy that, among other things, would lift the state's ban on third-party leasing, allowing customers to rent the equipment for rooftop and community solar arrays. It would also promote net metering, which gives the owner of a residential or commercial property with solar panels a bill credit for the retail cost of energy he or she puts back onto the grid, and it would include a solar rebate program for residential customers. Additionally, it would mandate a study on energy storage technology for intermittent sources like solar and wind. It also caps the amount of third-party renewable energy that the utilities would be required to purchase. It would also require a competitive bidding process for new solar development, managed by a third-party administrator.
H 0624 CriticalUniform System Development Fees for Water Charles McGrady
4/10/2017 Ref to the Com on Energy and Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance EPU -
Liability NCLM Goal Planning & Land Use Taxation & Finance Utilities
Companion bill SB 641

In response to the 2016 N.C. Supreme Court decision in Quality-Built Homes v. Carthage, authorizes all publicly-owned water and sewer systems to charge a “system development fee.” This fee, charged to developers of new developments, includes costs associated with infrastructure existing at the time the development takes place, as well as costs related to future system infrastructure needs resulting from the development. Details a formula under which a system may calculate this fee, and restricts the use of fee proceeds to repairs, maintenance, expansion, or other construction needs of the system. Repeals all local acts granting authority to charge similar fees, in favor of a single statewide system, and conforms the authority of non-city or non-county water/sewer entities to this process. Establishes a three-year period under which claimants may seek repayment of fees improperly imposed prior to the effective date of the bill, addressing another issue from the Carthage case. Allows the prevailing party in any lawsuit related to whether these fees were properly charged to collect six percent interest (annually) plus costs. Creates a process by which a person may request a refund or release of a fee, and the basis upon which a governing board may grant that request. (version 1)

H 0637 EnactedClarify Regional Water and Sewer Funds Kyle Hall
5/23/2017 Ch. SL 2017-17 EPU AENR
Local Bills Taxation & Finance Utilities
Updates requirements for a fund of state dollars appropriated to interconnect publicly-owned water systems located in Guilford and Rockingham counties. (version 1)
H 0718 HighStudy Rates and Transfers/Public Enterprises Charles McGrady
4/27/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate EPU RulesOS
Budgeting & Fiscal Control Utilities

Prohibits publicly-owned water and sewer systems from charging differential rates to customers inside and outside municipal boundaries unless approved by the Local Government Commission. Restricts transfers of funds from a public enterprise fund to a local government’s general fund, with certain allowances. Authorizes an interim legislative study that includes consultation with the League and examines rate-setting practices for public enterprises; accounting controls for interfund transfers between a public enterprise and the local government’s general fund; possible legislation to ensure proper funding of water system infrastructure, including consideration of the benefits of regionalization; and possible legislation to ensure proper maintenance and repair of water and sewer systems, and how that responsibility impacts the financial health of the public enterprise. (version 1)

H 1073 MonitorEstablish Econ. Dev. Energy Task Force Larry Strickland
6/14/2018 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate EPU RulesOS
Economic Development

Creates a 17-member task force to study and make recommendations related to extension of natural gas service throughout the state for economic development purposes. Includes public membership drawn from county commissioners and local economic developers. Directs a report to be made to the N.C. General Assembly by December 1, 2018.

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