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NCACC review of 2016 Short Session

The 2016 Short Session saw multiple benefits to counties in the form of budget appropriations, legislation passed, and legislation that did not cross the finish line. The NC General Assembly's adjournment on the first day of the fiscal year was earlier than usual, though the session convened about three weeks sooner than is typical. Rancor between chambers throughout the final day – when deals between House and Senate leadership began to fall apart – led to an abrupt ending soon after the final budget vote, leaving many bills unexpectedly dead.

NCACC made progress on the county goal to repeal statutory authority for local school boards to sue county commissioners. The final budget includes large appropriations to behavioral health initiatives, including recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, to help counties. Many pieces of legislation that tried to limit local government authority were stopped or their negative impacts vastly reduced.

To read the NCACC's final report on the 2016 Short Session, click here.
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