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Week of February 6 - Summary of Proposed Legislation Potentially Impacting Counties

Proposed Legislation: H68/S65 – BRIGHT Futures
  • Authorizes economic development grants to local governments for the construction of digital infrastructure
  • Adds digital infrastructure to existing public-private partnership laws used to construct public buildings, utilities, and infrastructure
Potential Impact to Counties
  • Allows local governments to work with private industry to meet resident needs for internet access
  • Reliable, high-speed internet access is a key factor for business development opportunities, as well as education and telemedicine
Action to Take
  • No action needed at this time
Related County Goal
  • H68/S65 addresses NCACC General Government goal 3:
    • Seek legislation, funding, and other efforts to expand digital infrastructure/broadband capability to the un-served and under-served areas of the state.
Proposed Legislation
  • 10 local bills introduced related to school calendar flexibility
  • Bills include Alamance, Anson, Gaston, Johnston, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland and Stanly counties
Potential Impact to Counties
  • Would allow certain counties to determine their own school calendar schedules
Action to Take
  • No action needed at this time
Related County Goal
  • These school calendar-related bills would support progress on NCACC Public Education goal 4:
    • Support legislation providing flexibility to align K-12 and community college calendars.

Other Legislative Items of Note for Counties

  • Court temporarily blocked confirmation hearings of the Governor’s cabinet
    • Senate position is these are not intended to be contentious hearings, only in place to vet qualifications
    • Another court hearing took place February 9th regarding this requirement
    • All but two appointees have been named—Dept. of Revenue and Dept. of Information Technology are unfilled
  • H2 – Provide Certain Property Tax Relief
    • Would provide property tax exemption for wounded veterans and surviving spouses of fallen first responders
    • Thank you to all counties who have shared their data, please continue to communicate effects from this bill
    • Legislators are interested in hearing the impact this would have on local governments
  • H63 – Citizens Protection Act of 2017
    • Increases penalties for possession, sale, and manufacturing of fake IDs
    • Requires the state to withhold certain revenue if local law enforcement fails to comply with certain immigration laws
  • H81 –  STI/Regional and Division Weighting
    • Adjusts current strategic transportation investments (STI) formula
    • Changes criteria to include more local input from division engineers, MPOs and RPOs
    • Relates to NCACC General Government goal 1: Support increased state funding for transportation construction and maintenance needs, and support legislation to ensure that the STI funding formula recognizes that one size does not fit all and that projects in both rural and urban areas are prioritized and funded.

North Carolina Counties' Five Priority Goals

  1. Seek legislation to establish a new state-county partnership to address statewide public school capital challenges--including but not limited to maintenance, renovation, construction and debt--through a dedicated, stable funding stream that is consistent from county to county and sufficient to meet the school facility needs of all 100 counties.
  2. Seek legislation to repeal the statutory authority under N.C. Gen. Stat. 115C-431(c) that allows a local school board to file suit against a county board of commissioners over county appropriations for education.
  3. Support efforts to preserve and expand the existing local revenue base of counties, and oppose efforts to divert to the state fees or taxes currently allocated to the counties to the state. Oppose efforts to erode existing county revenue streams and authorize local option revenue sources already given to any other jurisdiction.
  4. Support increased state funding for transportation construction and maintenance needs, and support legislation to ensure that the STI funding formula recognizes that one size does not fit all and that projects in both rural and urban areas are prioritized and funded.
  5. Support legislation and funding to raise the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction from 16 to 18 with the exception of felony crimes.

Go to www.ncacc.org/legislativegoals to review North Carolina counties’ complete 2017-18 legislative agenda.

Click here to view the latest episode of This Week at the General Assembly, the NCACC's made for government television show on legislation affecting county governments in the North Carolina General Assembly. 
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