Economic Development (58)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 10/17/2017

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 0078 MonitorHB2 Repeal/Equality for All Cecil Brockman
2/13/2017 House - Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House RulesCOH -
Economic Development General Government

Repeals both S.L. 2016-99 and S.L. 2016-3, creates a statewide non-discrimination law with distinct protected classes of individuals, and increases the punishment for certain sexual assault offenses that occur in a changing facility. (version 1)

H 0082 MonitorEquality For All/Repeal HB2 Mary Harrison
2/13/2017 House - Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House RulesCOH -
Economic Development General Government
Repeals both S.L. 2016-99 and S.L. 2016-3, and creates a statewide non-discrimination law with distinct protected classes of individuals. (version 1)
H 0107 MonitorCommon Sense Compromise to Repeal HB 2 Darren Jackson
2/16/2017 House - Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House RulesCOH -
Economic Development General Government

Repeals S.L. 2016-99 and S.L. 2016-3; requires local governments to provide 30 days’ notice to the General Assembly and the public of any intent to adopt a local nondiscrimination ordinance; and increases the punishment for certain sexual assault offenses that occur in a changing facility. (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 0158 MonitorSpecial Assessments/Critical Infrastructure Jason Saine
6/21/2017 Ch. SL 2017-40 Fin Fin
Economic Development Planning & Land Use Taxation & Finance Utilities

Adds language to the current special assessments statutes to increase flexibility for cities and counties when structuring financing deals for development using this authority. (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 0186 MonitorRepeal HB2/State Nondiscrimination Policies Charles McGrady
2/27/2017 House - Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House --
Economic Development General Government

Repeals both S.L. 2016-99 and S.L. 2016-3. Preempts any level of government besides state government from regulating access to multiple-occupancy bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities. Creates a statewide non-discrimination law with distinct protected classes of individuals. Grants new authority for cities to expand the protected classes authorized by state law, subject to a citizen petition to override the nondiscrimination ordinance via a voter referendum. Amends existing laws regarding requirements a city may place on a private contractor’s employment practices, when the city and private employer enter into a contract. Increases the punishment for certain sexual assault offenses that occur in a changing facility. (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 0221 MonitorRepeal HB2 Darren Jackson
3/2/2017 House - Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House --
Economic Development General Government

Repeals both S.L. 2016-99 and S.L. 2016-3. (version 1)

H 0232 MonitorMain Street Funding for Poorest Counties Garland Pierce
3/6/2017 House - Ref To Com On Appropriations --
Budget Economic Development

Authorizes the appropriation of an additional $1 million in the next fiscal year for the Main Street program, to be distributed to certain listed counties. (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 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 0420 MonitorRockingham Cty Tourism Development Authority Bert Jones
6/28/2017 Ch. SL 2017-59 SLG I SLG
Economic Development Local Bills Taxation & Finance

Changes the qualifications for some members of the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority board of directors to allow more members that have an interest in the county’s economic development, but may not represent business interests directly involved with the collection of the county’s occupancy tax. Adds the County Finance Director to the authority board of directors. (version 1)

H 0459 MonitorCarteret Local Option Sales Tax for Dredging Patricia McElraft
6/16/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate SLG II RulesOS
Economic Development Local Bills Taxation & Finance
Allows Carteret County to levy a ¼-cent local sales tax, by referendum, for dredging and waterway maintenance. Repeals the levy once collections reach $20 million. (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 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 0510 MonitorWilson/Provision of Communication Services Jeffrey Collins
3/29/2017 House - Ref To Com On State and Local Government II --
Economic Development Information Technology Local Bills

Allows the City of Wilson to provide broadband service in certain areas outside its corporate limits until October 6, 2017. (version 1)

H 0531 MonitorDare County Local Tax Clarification Beverly Boswell
5/26/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance SLG II -
Economic Development Local Bills Taxation & Finance

Clarifies the purposes for which a portion of the Dare County occupancy tax and prepared meals tax may be spent, including explicit authority to spend for the purposes of traffic control, law enforcement, and solid waste services. (version 1)

H 0541 MonitorFunds/Broadband in Franklin and Nash Counties Bobbie Richardson
4/3/2017 House - Ref To Com On Appropriations --
Economic Development Information Technology Local Bills Telecommunications
Appropriates funds to Franklin and Nash counties for the purposes of providing grants to private broadband service providers, to expand service in unserved areas of those counties for economic development purposes. (version 1)
H 0573 MonitorVacant Building Receivership John Faircloth
4/27/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy III RulesOS
Economic Development Housing & Community Development Planning & Land Use
Authorizes a new mechanism for cities above 30,000 in population at least partially located in economically distressed counties to address vacant homes in their jurisdictions, when the current owners of those homes failed to comply with court orders related to clean-up of the properties. The process allows the city to petition a court for appoint of a receiver, who then has two years to either demolish, rehabilitate, or sell the property. Contains related procedural and legal safeguards to the city, the receiver, and the property owner. (version 1)
H 0579 HighRevisions to Outdoor Advertising Laws David Lewis
4/26/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House RulesCOH -
Economic Development Liability Planning & Land Use

The second of four House bills with this title that concern billboards, this bill addresses issues related to determination of just compensation for sign removal by NCDOT or local governments. Lists nine factors to consider when determining just compensation, including the income generated by rental space on the sign and the ability of the sign owner to relocate and reconstruct the sign in a reasonably comparable site. Allows the sign owner to recover from the condemning government agency the reasonable costs of relocating and reconstructing the removed sign, including up to 30 days of lost income caused by the sign removal. Prohibits local governments from amending their ordinances after the effective date of the bill, as they relate to applicability of billboard regulations throughout the jurisdiction. Proscribes specific rulemaking procedures for NCDOT to follow to implement provisions of this bill. (version 1)

H 0580 HighRevisions to Outdoor Advertising Laws David Lewis
4/26/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House RulesCOH -
Economic Development Planning & Land Use
The third of four House bills with this title that concern billboards, this bill addresses issues related to relocation and reconstruction of signs. Allows sign owners to move their signs nearly anywhere in the state, and then—by right—rebuild the signs in a manner that allows them to be upgraded to digital billboards, mounted on a metal monopole, and increased in size and height. Applies retroactively to signs removed on or after January 1, 2014. Proscribes specific rulemaking procedures for NCDOT to follow to implement provisions of this bill. (version 1)
H 0581 HighRevisions to Outdoor Advertising Laws David Lewis
6/26/2017 House - Failed 2nd Reading RulesCOH -
Economic Development Planning & Land Use

The fourth of four House bills with this title that concern billboards, this bill addresses issues related to the relocation and reconstruction of signs, as well as lessening NCDOT permitting standards for all billboard activities. Allows sign owners to move their signs nearly anywhere in the state, and then—by right—rebuild the signs in a manner that allows them to be upgraded to digital billboards, mounted on a metal monopole, and increased in size and height. Exempts sign owners from typical local enforcement of ordinances and appeals processes. Creates new permitting exemptions from NCDOT and State Building Code regulations for sign owners, as well as new “deemed permitted” rights for sign owners. Directs an administrative process for NCDOT to determine the circumstances under which digital billboards may be used for public notification alerts. Proscribes specific rulemaking procedures for NCDOT to follow to implement provisions of this bill. (version 1)

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