Legislation Sponsored by Charles McGrady (9)

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 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 0280 MonitorJuvenile Justice Reinvestment Act Charles McGrady
5/18/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy I RulesOS
Public Safety

Increases the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include 16- and 17-year-olds, except for certain penalties. Institutes new law enforcement officer training requirements and standards related to juvenile justice issues. Among other related changes, creates a new Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee, whose membership includes one police chief. (version 1)

H 0371 MonitorAgency Powers and Duties/Technical Changes.-AB Charles McGrady
4/20/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate SLG II RulesOS
Environment Parks & Recreation Taxation & Finance Utilities
Among other changes recommended by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, renames the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to the N.C. Land and Water Preservation Trust Fund. (version 1)
H 0376 MonitorSubdivision Improvement Guarantee Changes Charles McGrady
4/20/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Trans RulesOS
Planning & Land Use
Addresses situations in which a local government calls a performance guarantee, such as a bond or letter of credit, but the funds paid from that guarantee are insufficient to complete the required improvements. In these cases, authorizes the governing board to spend the funds according to standards established by the board. Allows appeals of the board’s decision to proceed according to the current appeals process for quasi-judicial decisions. (version 1)
H 0432 HighIncrease Teacher Supplement/Electronic Notice Charles McGrady
3/23/2017 House - Ref to the Com on State and Local Government II, if favorable, Finance --
Budgeting & Fiscal Control General Government
Companion bill to SB 343

Among other related changes, creates standards for cities and counties to follow if they choose to publish required public notices on their own government websites instead of publication in the newspaper. Authorizes for the first time the ability for legal notices required for other private-sector transactions to be published electronically, on a county government website, with proceeds benefitting county governments and to be partially spent on paying local teacher supplements. (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 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)

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