Legislation Assigned to the House EPU Committee (9)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 10/17/2017

H 0010 HighDHHS Eating Disorder Study Charles McGrady
4/21/2017 Senate - 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 Senate - 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 House - 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 0310 HighWireless 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 MonitorUtilities/Rate Base/Fair Value Determination Samuel Watford
4/27/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate EPU RulesOS
Utilities
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 MonitorMunicipal 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 MonitorCompetitive Energy Solutions for NC John Szoka
7/27/2017 Ch. SL 2017-192 EPU Fin
Utilities
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 0637 MonitorClarify 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 Senate - 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)

Green background on status indicates a bill has been acted on the last recorded legislative day.