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Date of Last Recorded Action: 10/17/2017

H 0002 HighProvide Certain Property Tax Relief Nelson Dollar
3/30/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate SLG II -
Military & Veteran Taxation & Finance
Expands the property tax exemption for disabled veterans

Expands the property tax exemption for disabled veterans, and creates a new property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of certain emergency personnel, such as law enforcement.(version 1)

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 0026 HighWorkers' Comp/Approval of Disputed Legal Fees Samuel Watford
7/20/2017 Ch. SL 2017-124 Judy I RulesOS
Liability Personnel

In response to the N.C. Supreme Court decision in Wilkes v. City of Greenville, ensures that an Industrial Commission worker’s compensation award does not create a presumption that future medical conditions of an employee are causally related to the compensable injury. Allows those employees to request a hearing before the Commission to prove that their medical condition is causally related to the compensable injury.

H 0063 HighCitizens Protection Act of 2017 Harry Warren
3/14/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance Judy II -
Public Safety Taxation & Finance

Adds a penalty to existing law that prohibits municipalities from implementing policies, ordinances, or procedures that limit or restrict enforcement of federal immigration laws. The penalties proposed under this bill would withhold from violating municipalities the sales and excise tax distributions collected by the State for beer and wine, telecommunications, video programming, and piped natural gas. The bill also makes other changes related to identification of persons and criminal pre-trial procedures for undocumented aliens. (version 1)

H 0064 HighMunicipal Elections in Even-Numbered Years Harry Warren
2/20/2017 House - Re-ref to the Com on Elections and Ethics Law, if favorable, State and Local Government II SLG II -
Elections

Changes all municipal elections statewide from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, beginning in 2022, and modifies the term lengths of municipal offices to effect the switch in election timing. (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 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 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 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 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 0257 HighStanly County Municipalities/Contracts Justin Burr
3/7/2017 House - Ref to the Com on State and Local Government I, if favorable, Judiciary I SLG I -
General Government Local Bills

Requires approval of the Stanly County Commission for any interlocal agreement entered into by a municipality within the county with another unit of local government, if that other unit of local government is located wholly or primarily outside the county. Also subjects renewals of these contracts to county commission approval. (version 1)

H 0275 HighNo Stormwater Fees on Taxiways or Runways Debra Conrad
7/20/2017 Ch. SL 2017-132 Trans AENR
Taxation & Finance Utilities
Exempts airports from paying to cities a portion of a stormwater utility fee attributable to airport runways and taxiways, so long as the airport certifies that the exempt payment amount is spent for the purpose of attracting business to the airport. (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 0340 HighSpecial Separation Allowance Firefighters/RSW Nelson Dollar
4/10/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate --
Budgeting & Fiscal Control Personnel
Companion bill to SB 396
Creates a new benefit for state and local firefighters, akin to the current special separation allowance for law enforcement officers, which requires employers to pay qualifying firefighters an extra amount for the time period between qualifying retirement and the retiree reaching 62 years of age. (version 1)
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 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 0436 HighLocal Government/Regulatory Fees Sarah Stevens
7/20/2017 Ch. SL 2017-138 SLG I Fin
Planning & Land Use Taxation & Finance Utilities

Eliminates a city or county’s ability to charge development-related impact fees paid by developers to offset capital costs of local government infrastructure, unless otherwise authorized by the general laws of the state. Also repeals all related local acts. (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 0497 High Jonathan Jordan
4/5/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Appropriations --
Budget Budgeting & Fiscal Control Pensions Personnel

Directs a two percent cost of living increase for all retired participants in state-administered retirement systems, including retired participants in the Local Government Employees Retirement System. (version 1)

H 0503 HighLocal Budgets/Public Enterprise Funds Carl Ford
5/26/2017 House - Re-ref Com On Finance SLG II -
Budgeting & Fiscal Control Utilities

Restricts payments from a public enterprise fund to a local government’s general fund to only expenditures for related debt service. Eliminates the authority for a local government to make payments for internal cost allocation between funds. (version 1)

H 0507 HighLand-Use Regulatory Changes Jonathan Jordan
4/21/2017 Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate RR RulesOS
Liability Planning & Land Use

Makes a host of changes to various land use statutes. Allows applicants for development permits to choose to have proposed—but not yet adopted—rules apply to the development permit. For disputes involving a permit applicant’s choice, creates a right to bring suit in court, accords those disputes priority by all courts, and awards damages to a prevailing permit applicant, but not a prevailing local government. Creates a new statutory vested right to develop under the permit applicant’s choice of rules, for one year, unless the work authorized by the permit has “substantially commenced.” Clarifies that this new vested right does not preclude other applicable vested rights to develop from applying to that project, and clarifies that for multi-phase developments, an applicant’s choice of rules vests at the time of the permit application, not the time of site plan approval. Changes current law regarding citizen-requested zoning map amendments to require written consent of all affected property owners, rather than certification that those property owners received notification of the request; changes the notice requirements for citizen-requested zoning map amendments. Allows aggrieved parties in land-use disputes to bypass a local board of adjustment and instead bring suit in superior court, and offers claimants a number of new grounds for suit. Gives aggrieved parties a new cause of action to challenge the validity of any local government’s land use ordinance. Changes current rules regarding land-use litigation to allow petitioners to present additional types of evidence, and offers additional grounds for suit. Disallows a local government from defending itself in land-use claims on the basis of estoppel, thereby allowing developers to continue development during any legal action regarding that development. Expands the causes of action for which a court must award attorney’s fees to a prevailing plaintiff, but not a prevailing local government. Makes significant changes to current law regarding performance guarantees paid by developers for completion of infrastructure, such as allowing the developer to determine the initial amount of the performance guarantee and to reduce the amount of the guarantee without consent of the local government. In cases where a developer must make transportation improvements, limits a local government’s driveway regulations to those promulgated by NCDOT, and prevents a local government from requiring the developer to require additional property for those improvements, if the developer does not already own that property. (version 1)

H 0522 HighChange the LOST Adjustment Factor David Lewis
3/30/2017 House - Ref To Com On Finance --
Taxation & Finance
Companion Bill to SB 126
Eliminates the current adjustment factors applied to the half-cent local sales tax imposed under Article 40. Replaces those factors with new adjustment factors that are tied to the economic development tier ranking given to the county and municipalities within it that levy this tax. (version 1)
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