NCLM Goal (19)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 10/17/2017

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 0181 HighFirst Responders Act of 2017 Harry Warren
4/4/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance --
NCLM Goal Public Safety Taxation & Finance
NCLM GOAL

Among other changes aimed at incentivizing service in emergency personnel positions, this bill would achieve an NCLM goal of providing additional resources to lessen the strain on sworn law enforcement officers when providing custody of individuals in crisis. The bill does so by authorizing other individuals to perform these services, including commissioned company police officers and certain security officers. Creates a new homestead exclusion from payment of local property taxes for surviving spouses of emergency personnel officers who were killed in the line of duty. Directs a study and report by the N.C. Department of Transportation to examine issues related to interstate access by emergency personnel during periods of road construction. (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 0398 MonitorBrunswick County/Municipal Meals Taxes Francis Iler
5/26/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance SLG I -
Local Bills NCLM Goal Taxation & Finance
Gives authority to Brunswick County to levy a 1/2-cent tax on prepared meals sold anywhere in the county, with the proceeds used for either beach renourishment or infrastructure improvements. Allows the levy by either resolution of the County board or by referendum, and if this countywide tax is in effect, allows a municipality within the County to repeal or reduce this levy. If the countywide tax has not been levied, authorizes each municipality in the County to levy a 1/2-cent prepared meal tax, under the same circumstances as described above. In this case, should the County levy a countywide prepared meals tax, the municipal tax would be repealed. If passed into law, this bill would partially fulfill an NCLM goal asking for more local sources of revenue. (version)
H 0405 HighImpact Fees/Refund to Homeowners Sarah Stevens
4/4/2017 House - Serial Referral To Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Stricken --
Liability NCLM Goal Taxation & Finance Utilities

To address a consequence of the recent Carthage court decision, directs any refund of impact fees paid to a city or county to the homeowner who paid any portion of that impact fee refunded, as part of the purchase price of their home. Defines “impact fee” to include a facility fee, project fee, capacity fee, or any other fee that defrayed capital costs of the system that are associated with new construction. (version 1)

H 0473 HighFilm %26amp; Entertainment Grant Fund Appropriation Holly Grange
3/27/2017 House - Ref To Com On Appropriations --
Economic Development NCLM Goal
Companion bill to SB 358
Increases the current appropriation to the state Film and Entertainment Grant Fund to $55 million.
H 0564 HighRevise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health Joshua Dobson
4/6/2017 House - Ref To Com On Health --
Liability NCLM Goal Public Safety
Among numerous other changes, revises the process for law enforcement officials that take custody of and transport individuals subject to an involuntary commitment order to their first commitment examination. Requires local mental health management entities to formulate a local area crisis services plan for these custody and transportation services, developed through a stakeholder process that includes local law enforcement agencies. Directs local management entities to also develop a training program for law enforcement officers who provide these services. Gives more flexibility to law enforcement officers performing these duties in the event that the designated facility does not have commitment examiners available, allowing transport of the individuals to a wider array of facilities. Institutes a new requirement for law enforcement officers to take custody of and transport individuals after their first commitment examination, if the examiner determined that they are mentally ill and dangerous to themselves, within six hours of that determination. Changes some other laws related to taking custody and transport of individuals subject to an involuntary commitment order, including a directive for the law enforcement officer to treat individuals with the least restrictive and most reasonable restraint possible. Immunity from liability for “reasonable” actions a law enforcement officer takes remains in the law despite other new language related to use of force. Grants additional authority to cities and counties in formulating their plans for custody and transportation of these individuals, including new authority to place the cost and expenses for these activities on another entity besides the county of residence of the individual being transported. If passed into law, this bill would partially achieve an NCLM advocacy goal of lessening the strain on law enforcement when taking custody of and transporting individuals to commitment examinations. (version 1)
H 0624 CriticalUniform System Development Fees for Water Charles McGrady
4/10/2017 House - Ref to the Com on Energy and Public Utilities, if favorable, Finance --
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 0795 HighEconomic Development Incentives Modifications Susan Martin
6/15/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance CJD -
Economic Development Housing & Community Development NCLM Goal Utilities

Adjusts the breakdown of JDIG economic development awards such that 70 percent of each award goes to the business grantee, and 30 percent goes to the Utility Account (was formerly a 75 percent/25 percent split). Raises the limits on award amounts in the JDIG program to allow unlimited awards from the program in the most economically distressed areas of the state. Reduces the state match for local government grants offered as part of the One North Carolina Fund when the local government is located in one of the state’s most prosperous counties. Expands the purposes for which the Industrial Development Fund Utility Account may be used, allowing funds to be spent on retaining jobs or expanding and existing job base in a community. Directs the NC Department of Commerce to create individualized plans for improving the economic performance of each county that underperforms against the economic distress index.  Reforms the current economic tier system, transforming it into an index against which counties are compared and eliminating adjustment factors and exceptions in current law, such as one that automatically designates small-population counties as the most distressed in the state. While this bill generally addresses the League advocacy goal of revising the current economic tier system, if passed into law, it would not reform it to measure the causes of distress or take into account sub-county data, all components of the League goal. Directs all other state agencies and programs that utilize the current economic distress tier ranking system to elect whether or not to use the new index. (version 1)

H 0900 CriticalSafe Infrastructure %26amp; Low Property Tax Act Stephen Ross
6/14/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Fin -
Economic Development NCLM Goal Parks & Recreation Transportation Utilities
To achieve the top legislative goal selected by the League membership, this bill would allow all municipalities to choose one of three revenue-raising options, any of which would be subject to voter referendum. All proceeds from any option approved by voters would be used to construct and improve public infrastructure and facilities or for economic development or for both. The three options authorized by the bill, from which a municipality could choose, include a municipal-only quarter-cent sales tax, a prepared meals tax, or an occupancy tax (subject to a cap). The bill also authorizes two studies of other topics regarding limitations on municipal revenues. The first, conducted by the NC Department of Revenue in conjunction with municipal and county officials, would study property tax exemptions, exclusions, and deferrals. The second, an interim legislative study, would examine property tax benefits currently provided to nonprofit entities, including the amount of charity care provided by those nonprofits, the costs borne by local governments in providing services to those nonprofits, and the impact on overall local property tax revenues of the loss of tax base when nonprofits purchase and use previously taxed parcels. The legislative study on nonprofits may make recommendations for legislation. (version 1)
S 0283 HighModify Jacksonville Occupancy Tax Harry Brown
3/22/2017 Senate - Re-ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate --
Local Bills NCLM Goal Taxation & Finance
Flips the current breakdown of purposes for which the Jacksonville occupancy tax may be spent, allowing two-thirds for any tourism-related expenditures and the remainder to promote travel and tourism in the City of Jacksonville. Sunsets after ten years.
S 0358 HighFilm %26amp; Entertainment Grant Fund Appropriation Michael Lee
4/10/2017 Senate - Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate --
Economic Development NCLM Goal
Companion bill HB 473
Increases the current appropriation to the state Film and Entertainment Grant Fund to $55 million.
S 0552 HighOmnibus Occupancy Taxes Jerry Tillman
8/3/2017 Ch. SL 2017-202 RulesCOH Fin
Local Bills NCLM Goal Taxation & Finance
Contrary to customary rules typically followed for local occupancy taxes, designates funds collected from the Sanford occupancy tax to operation, promotion, maintenance, and renovation of the local civic center. Flips the current breakdown of purposes for which the Jacksonville occupancy tax may be spent, allowing two-thirds for any tourism-related expenditures and the remainder to promote travel and tourism in the City of Jacksonville. Authorizes occupancy taxes for Town of Saluda and Harnett County, and an additional occupancy tax for Sampson Rowan counties. Extends authority for an occupancy tax for the cities of Conover and Hickory, and makes technical changes to the current occupancy tax authorization in Yadkin County.
S 0591 HighSite and Building Development Fund Richard Gunn
4/5/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate --
Economic Development NCLM Goal Transportation Utilities
Creates—but does not fund—a new state loan program for local governments. Allows cities, counties, and non-profit economic development corporations contracting with those units of local government to receive loans for improvements to real property related to business recruitment, including purchase of new buildings, renovations of existing buildings, construction of water and sewer lines or other utility improvements on the property, transportation access facilities, and other measures necessary to make the property marketable for immediate use in commercial operations. If passed into law and subsequently funded, this bill would achieve an NCLM advocacy goal supporting state funding for economic development incentive funds. (version 1)
S 0618 HighEDGE Committee Draft Harry Brown
4/5/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate --
Economic Development Housing & Community Development NCLM Goal Utilities
Reforms the current economic tier system, transforming it into an index against which counties are compared and eliminating adjustment factors and exceptions in current law, such as one that automatically designates small-population counties as the most distressed in the state. Makes numerous changes to the various state economic development incentive programs. Places limitations on where monies in the JDIG economic development grant fund may be spent, allowing no more than 50 percent of the funds to be spent in the state’s most-prosperous counties; reducing the amounts of these awards when calculating them for jobs located in those counties; and directing half of the award amounts granted to businesses in those counties to the Utility Account, among other restrictions. Reduces the state match for local government grants offered as part of the One North Carolina Fund when the local government is located in one of the state’s most prosperous counties. Expands the purposes for which the Industrial Development Fund Utility Account may be used, allowing funds to be spent on retaining jobs or expanding an existing job base in a community. Directs the NC Department of Commerce to create individualized plans for improving the economic performance of each county that underperforms against the economic distress index. While this bill generally addresses the League advocacy goal of revising the current economic tier system, if passed into law, it would not reform it to measure the causes or distress or take into account sub-county data, all components of the League goal. (version 1)
S 0630 HighRevise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health Ralph Hise
6/13/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Health RulesCOH RulesOS
Liability NCLM Goal Public Safety

Among numerous other changes, revises the process for law enforcement officials that take custody of and transport individuals subject to an involuntary commitment order to their first commitment examination. Requires local mental health management entities to formulate a local area crisis services plan for these custody and transportation services, developed through a stakeholder process that includes local law enforcement agencies. Directs local management entities to also develop a training program for law enforcement officers who provide these services. Gives more flexibility to law enforcement officers performing these duties in the event that the designated facility does not have commitment examiners available, allowing transport of the individuals to a wider array of facilities. Institutes a new requirement for law enforcement officers to take custody of and transport individuals after their first commitment examination, if the examiner determined that they are mentally ill and dangerous to themselves, within six hours of that determination. Changes some other laws related to taking custody and transport of individuals subject to an involuntary commitment order, including a directive for the law enforcement officer to treat individuals with the least restrictive and most reasonable restraint possible. Immunity from liability for “reasonable” actions a law enforcement officer takes remains in the law despite other new language related to use of force. Grants additional authority to cities and counties in formulating their plans for custody and transportation of these individuals, including new authority to place the cost and expenses for these activities on another entity besides the county of residence of the individual being transported. If passed into law, this bill would partially achieve an NCLM advocacy goal of lessening the strain on law enforcement when taking custody of and transporting individuals to commitment examinations. (version 1)

S 0641 CriticalUniform System Development Fees for Water Paul Newton
4/5/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate --
Liability NCLM Goal Planning & Land Use Taxation & Finance Utilities
Companion bill HB 624
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)
S 0660 HighEconomic Development Incentives Modifications Harry Brown
6/13/2017 House - Re-ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Commerce and Job Development Fin RulesOS
Economic Development Housing & Community Development NCLM Goal Utilities
Reforms the current economic tier system, transforming it into an index against which counties are compared and eliminating adjustment factors and exceptions in current law, such as one that automatically designates small-population counties as the most distressed in the state. Makes numerous changes to the various state economic development incentive programs. Places limitations on where monies in the JDIG economic development grant fund may be spent, allowing no more than 50 percent of the funds to be spent in the state’s most-prosperous counties; reducing the amounts of these awards when calculating them for jobs located in those counties; and directing half of the award amounts granted to businesses in those counties to the Utility Account, among other restrictions. Reduces the state match for local government grants offered as part of the One North Carolina Fund when the local government is located in one of the state’s most prosperous counties. Expands the purposes for which the Industrial Development Fund Utility Account may be used, allowing funds to be spent on retaining jobs or expanding an existing job base in a community. Directs the NC Department of Commerce to create individualized plans for improving the economic performance of each county that underperforms against the economic distress index. While this bill generally addresses the League advocacy goal of revising the current economic tier system, if passed into law, it would not reform it to measure the causes or distress or take into account sub-county data, all components of the League goal. (version 1)
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