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June 10, 2016
House, Senate begin reviewing each other's budgets
The House and Senate began the final phase of developing the 2016-17 state budget this week. Each chamber spent time reviewing the other's budget to find areas of common ground and divergence. Conferees are expected to begin meeting next week to start ironing out the differences, and all signs continue to point to a final state budget being adopted before the end of the fiscal year (June 30).

The NCACC has posted a detailed analysis of the impacts to counties of each chamber's spending plan on our website.
House, Senate release regulatory reform bills
The House and Senate each began working on regulatory reform bills this week. S303 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2016) has several sections of interest to counties, including one that would impose a three-year statute of limitations on some land-use violations. Another section addresses public records requirements when records are accessible online. H169 (Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016) would impact counties by repealing the electronics recycling program, the state’s ban on landfilling electronics and the requirement for coastal counties to develop land-use plans. The General Assembly may introduce other regulatory reform bills before the session ends.

Other bills of interest

  • S29 (County Eugenics Compensation) allows a county to provide for the compensation of qualified recipients who were sterilized under county authority. A qualified individual must be alive at the time the claim is made, and all claims must be made by no later than Dec. 31, 2019. An ordinance adopted by a county must either provide for due process under the law to be handled through a process by the county or through a claim with the Industrial Commission. The bill only applies to counties with a population of at least 350,000. It passed the House Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and has been placed on the House calendar for June 13.
  • H1035 (LGC/Training for Local Gov't Finance Officers) authorizes the Local Government Commission to require local finance officers and any local employee with finance duties to attend formal training if the commission determines a need, particularly if the local government has received a deficiency letter from the commission. The bill passed the House Finance Committee on Thursday and has been placed on the House calendar for June 13.
  • S881 (Union County School Funding) passed the Senate on Tuesday and has been sent to the House. This local bill places a moratorium on the Union County Board of Education from filing suit against the Union County Board of Commissioners over education funding for one year and encourages the two boards to meet jointly throughout the year.

This Week at the General Assembly

Visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ncacc1908 or our website to view the latest episode of This Week at the General Assembly.
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