Transportation (51)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 10/17/2017

H 0003 HighEminent Domain Charles McGrady
2/20/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy I -
Transportation Utilities
Constitutional Amendment

HB 3 would put a constitutional amendment before voters to restrict the use of eminent domain powers, preventing state and local government from taking land for use by private developers. That bill contained identical language to legislation from prior sessions, but also included conforming statutory changes that would go into effect only upon voter approval of the amendment. It would also allow property owners to request jury trials in disputes to determine "just compensation" for their property. Sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that included Reps. Chuck McGradyDavid Lewis, Chris Malone, and Ken Goodman, this bill mirrored a bill that cleared the House early in the 2013 legislative session with only eight dissenting votes, and again early in the 2015 legislative session with only five dissenting votes. The Senate, however, did not take up the bill in these past sessions. The League staff worked with legislators at the time to limit the negative effects on municipalities. (version 1)

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 0028 MonitorDOT/Access of Motorcyclists John Torbett
3/29/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Trans -
Transportation
Requires all future parking facilities funded with state or local dollars to accommodate motorcycle parking, including sectioning portions of an existing parking space for motorcycles when that space does not meet the building code requirements for full-size motor vehicles. (version 1)
H 0081 HighSTI/Regional %26amp; Division Weighting John Torbett
3/2/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Trans -
Transportation

NCLM Goal 

Revises the weight given to state transportation engineers and local officials when selecting preferences for transportation projects funded through the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) process. If passed into law, this bill would achieve an NCLM goal to give local priorities increased weight in the allocation of state transportation funds. (version 1)

H 0092 MonitorBlue Ribbon Committee/Transportation Funding John Torbett
3/2/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Trans -
Transportation

Establishes a 20-member committee of legislative appointees to study options for increased transportation funding in the state. The committee must make a final report prior to the convening of the 2019 General Assembly, though may also make interim recommendations to the 2018 Regular Session of the 2017 General Assembly. (version 1)

H 0110 HighDOT/DMV Changes - Megaproject Funding John Torbett
6/1/2017 Senate - Failed 2nd Reading Trans Trans
Budget Economic Development NCLM Goal Transportation

Authorizes a new fund for transportation projects “of statewide or regional significance” whose cost exceeds $200 million. The fund would exist outside of the current State Transportation Investment Program and would receive separate funding. A workgroup comprised almost entirely of local officials, including an NCLM designee, would decide which projects receive funding, based on criteria set out in the bill. (version 3)

H 0141 MonitorMaintenance Bond for Subdivision Roads Jean Farmer-Butterfield
2/22/2017 House - Ref to the Com on State and Local Government II, if favorable, Transportation --
Planning & Land Use Transportation
Companion bill to SB 92
Grants cities and counties new authority to require maintenance guarantees to cover the costs of maintaining subdivision roads in between the time of completion of those transportation improvements and the time they are added to the State highway system; describes the procedures to follow when initiating and releasing these financial guarantees. (version 1)
H 0173 HighRevisions to Outdoor Advertising Laws John Bell
2/23/2017 House - Ref to the Com on Commerce and Job Development, if favorable, Regulatory Reform, if favorable, Finance --
Economic Development Planning & Land Use Transportation

Increases the duration of billboard vegetation removal permits from one to three years. Delineates new factors to determine just compensation for governmental units that acquire, purchase or condemn billboards, including the income generated by the sign. Allows sign owners to relocate signs “within the same zoning jurisdiction adjacent to a highway,” while prohibiting local government officials from taking any zoning enforcement actions related to the sign relocation. Makes other changes related to replacement of specific tree species. (version 1)

H 0219 HighTransportation Megaproject Funding John Torbett
4/19/2017 House - Serial Referral To Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Added Trans -
Budget Economic Development NCLM Goal Transportation

Authorizes a new fund for transportation projects “of statewide or regional significance” whose cost exceeds $200 million. The fund would exist outside of the current State Transportation Investment Program and would receive separate funding. A workgroup comprised almost entirely of local officials, including an NCLM designee, would decide which projects receive funding, based on criteria set out in the bill. (version 1)

H 0220 HighState Infrastructure Bank Revisions John Torbett
4/19/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance Trans -
Budget Economic Development NCLM Goal Transportation

Creates a new legal structure into which the General Assembly may direct federal and state dollars, for the purpose of lending to local governments to finance transportation projects. The infrastructure bank would function as a revolving loan fund, with interest payments accruing and being re-loaned over time. Creates an oversight board of state transportation, commerce, and budget officials to oversee the lending practices of the bank. (version 1)

H 0242 MonitorLicense Plate Reader Systems in State ROWs John Faircloth
4/27/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Trans RulesOS
Public Safety Transportation

Establishes the circumstances under which the State and local governments may encroach right of way encumbered by above-ground utility easements, for the purposes of locating an automatic license plate reader system. (version 1)

H 0249 MonitorEconomic Terrorism John Torbett
4/5/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Judiciary II RulesCOH -
Public Safety Transportation

Creates new criminal offenses for certain actions that interrupt the regular course of business, cause damages in excess of $1,000, and are committed with an intent to intimidate. More specifically, allows government agencies—including municipalities—to bring a civil suit to recover public safety costs related to these acts. Finally, requires mayors to dispatch law enforcement officers to clear a “mass traffic obstruction” (defined in the bill) that occurs within that jurisdiction. (version 1)

H 0266 MonitorTerminate Agreement for Tolling of I-77 Chaz Beasley
3/8/2017 House - Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House --
Transportation

Directs the N.C. Department of Transportation to cancel the contract for the project to construct HOT lanes on the Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties portion of I-77. Directs NCDOT to pay damages and other penalties from unobligated funds, which otherwise would go toward funding transportation projects. (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 0418 MonitorSOS/Save Our Street Signs James Clampitt
4/25/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Appropriations Trans -
Public Safety Transportation

Increases the reward that the NCDOT may pay for information leading to the arrest of persons who damage or steal street signs, to be paid from the state’s 911 funds. Directs the 911 Board to set aside 1% of the funds it receives from consumers of telecommunications services for this purpose. (version 1)

H 0457 MonitorPerformance Guarantees/Subdivision Streets John Torbett
4/10/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate --
Local Government Transportation

 Make changes to state law concerning performance guarantees on county subdivision streets offered for public dedication. (version 3)

H 0468 MonitorDOT/Funding for Preliminary Engineering Phillip Shepard
4/25/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Trans RulesOS
Transportation
Expands the purposes for which NCDOT and local governments may enter into an agreement whereby the local government pays the upfront costs of preliminary engineering services and NCDOT reimburses the local government at a later date. This bill would allow these types of agreements for projects not currently programmed in the state Transportation Improvement Program, but programmed in the immediately preceding Program, thereby speeding up project delivery. (version 1)
H 0469 MonitorRegulation of Fully Autonomous Vehicles Phillip Shepard
7/21/2017 Ch. SL 2017-166 Trans Trans
Communications Economic Development Planning & Land Use Public Safety Transportation
Companion bill to SB 337

Updates state laws to reflect the availability of driverless motor vehicles, including an exemption from needing a driver’s license, minor changes to passenger restraint laws, updates to criminal laws affecting motor vehicle operation, such as leaving the scene of a crash, and requirements for insurance on and registration of the vehicle. Preempts local governments from regulating fully autonomous vehicles and their operation. (version 1)

H 0557 MonitorMitigation Services Amendments Christopher Millis
4/11/2017 House - Serial Referral To Transportation Added Env -
Environment Parks & Recreation Planning & Land Use Transportation Utilities
Companion bill SB 611

Makes significant changes to current law that requires governments and private entities to mitigate for environmental harms caused by development activities. Limits these entities to utilizing only private mitigation banks, unless doing so is not practicable. In that case, allows payment of a fee into the state’s Ecosystem Restoration Fund or mitigation completed by the entity, which is a narrowed set of options as compared to current law. In any event, phases out payments allowed to the Fund for land-disturbing activities in the Neuse and Cape Fear river basins, leaving only private mitigation banks as the mitigation credit option in those basins except for one exception granted to NCDOT. Allows a phase-out of the Fund in other river basins at the option of the Department of Environmental Quality. Changes the manner of fee calculation for mitigation credits purchased from the Fund. (version 1)

H 0578 MonitorRevisions to Outdoor Advertising Laws David Lewis
4/11/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance --
Transportation

The first of four House bills with this title that concern billboards, this bill addresses issues related to tree- and vegetation-clearing activities in front of signs. Lowers the permit fees and other amounts sign owners must pay to receive permission to clear vegetation and increases the permit term from one to three years. Increases the area in which a sign owner may remove vegetation by right, and addresses removal of specific species of trees as well as trimmings within the cut zones. Proscribes specific rulemaking procedures for NCDOT to follow to implement provisions of this bill. (version 1)

H 0596 MonitorStudy/MPO Voting Power Distribution John Bradford
4/25/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate SLG II RulesOS
Transportation
Authorizes an interim legislative study of how to distribute votes among MPOs. (version 1)
H 0652 MonitorFreeze New Toll Contracts Chaz Beasley
4/11/2017 House - Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House --
Transportation
Prohibits NCDOT and the N.C. Turnpike Authority from entering into any new public-private partnerships for construction of transportation facilities. (version 1)
H 0668 MonitorClarify Political Sign Ordinance Authority William Brawley
4/20/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate SLG I RulesOS
Elections General Government Transportation

Allows cities to enforce NCDOT’s political sign rules on all roads within a municipality, including removal of signs that violate those rules. (version 1)

H 0747 MonitorLRC Study/Reg. Impact in Coastal Areas Christopher Millis
4/19/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Regulatory Reform RulesCOH -
Economic Development Environment Planning & Land Use Transportation Utilities

Authorizes an interim legislative study that examines the impacts of environmental regulations and local land use regulations, as well as the impacts of underinvestment in infrastructure necessary for economic development. Study area includes counties containing or east of Interstate 95. (version 1)

H 0748 MonitorUnderground Damage Prevention Act/Changes Christopher Millis
4/13/2017 House - Ref to the Com on Environment, if favorable, Energy and Public Utilities Env -
Telecommunications Transportation Utilities
Updates the state’s “call before you dig” laws to transfer certain enforcement responsibilities from the 811 Notification Center to the Underground Damage Prevention Review Board. Creates a civil cause of action for persons to appeal an arbitration decision in Wake County Superior Court. Makes other technical updates to this law. (version 1)
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