North Carolina Legislative Update, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

This week the pace quickens within the House and Senate policy committees while the Appropriations committees received presentations on Governor Cooper's proposed budget recommendations.
 

Regulatory Reform (HB131)
A bill entitled Regulatory Reform Act of 2016, which seeks to adopt all of the regulatory provisions agreed upon by the House and Senate last year, has passed the Senate Natural and Environmental Resources Committee and the Senate Rules Committee. The bill will be heard on the Senate floor Tuesday, March 14th.

Subpoenas Issued
Senate committees have continued the process of confirming Governor Cooper's Cabinet members despite the matter being the subject of a pending lawsuit.  The Senate confirmed Larry Hall to be Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs this week. Similar to a process followed with Secretary Hall, Senate committees issued subpoenas to three other acting secretaries to appear before them-- Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton, and Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan.
 
Judicial Appointments (HB239, HB240, HB241)

The House approved three bills this week that will effectively limit the Governor's ability to appoint judges. The trio of bills, all filed by Representative Justin Burr (R-Albemarle), would reduce the size of the State Court of Appeals from 15 to 12 (HB239) and would grant the General Assembly the authority to appoint District Court vacancies (HB240) and special superior court judges vacancies.
 

Bills Filed

House Bills

H254

Surplus Computers for Low-Income Students.

H255

Cornelius Annexation.

H256

Modify Various Appointments.

H257

Stanly County Municipalities/Contracts.

H258

Amend Med. Mal. Health Care Provider Defin.

H259

Got Natural Milk.

H260

Attorney General/North Shore Rd. Payment.

H261

Displaced Residential Land Tax Deferral.

H262

Kannapolis Deannexation.

H263

UCC: Accord & Satisfaction Modification.

H264

Disqualify Certain Property From PUV.

H265

Partisan Elections/Certain School Boards.

H266

Terminate Agreement for Tolling of I-77.

H267

Utilities/Amend REPS Requirements.

H268

City of Belmont Charter Revisions.

H269

School Calendar Flex./Person County.

H270

The Haley Hayes Newborn Screening Bill.

H271

Repeal Plastic Bag Ban.

H272

Fox and Coyote Trapping/Yadkin County.

H273

Charter Schools in State Health Plan.

H274

Increase Penalties for Debt Adjusting.

H275

No Stormwater Fees on Taxiways or Runways.

H276

Strengthen Youth Tobacco Use Prevention/Funds.

H277

Expand Rx Drug Abuse Advisory Committee.

H278

Occ.Lic./Amend Fee Sched. Barber Examiners Bd.

H279

Fantasy Sports Regulation.

H280

Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act.

H281

Sch. Cal. Modification/Hoke County Schools.

H282

Yadkin Occupancy Tax Modification.

H283

Telehealth Fairness Act.

H284

25-Year LEO Retirement Option.

H285

Suicide Prevention/Awareness School Personnel.

H286

School Calendar Flex./Cumberland County.

H287

Red Light Cameras/Hope Mills & Spring Lake.

H288

Town of Raynham/Extend Mayor's Term of Office.

H289

Living Wage By 2022.

H290

Abolish Columbus County Coroner.

H291

School Calendar Flex./Certain School Systems.

H292

Disapprove Cape Fear Rules.

H293

Onslow Bd. Ed. Partisan/Swain Clarify Elect.

H294

Unclaimed Property Notice Requirements.-AB

H295

Health Care Sharing Expenses Deduction.

H296

School Calendar Flexibility/Moore County.

H297

Amend Habitual DWI.

H298

0.00 Alcohol Restriction - All DWI.

H299

State Health Plan Administrative Changes.-AB

H300

Partially Disabled Veteran/Free Plate.

H301

School Calendar Flex./Certain School Systems.

H302

DoDEA/Clinical Educators for Student Teaching.

H303

Voter Freedom Act.

H304

DOT/Maintain Driveways Used by School Buses.

H305

School Boards Can't Sue Counties.

H306

E-Verify Required - All Government Contracts.

H307

Board Cert. Behavior Analyst/Autism Coverage.

H308

No Insurance While Driving/Tow Vehicle.

H309

Responsible Deer Management Act.

H310

Wireless Communications Infrastructure Siting.

H311

State Auditor/Various Amendments.-AB

H312

Clarify Rules Review Commission Review.

H313

School Calendar Flex./Durham Public Schools.

H314

School Calendar Flex./Orange County.

H315

Kelsey Smith Act.

H316

Catawba Valley CC/Manufacturing Center.

H317

Surcharge Transparency.

H318

School Calendar Flex./Yadkin County.

H319

Study Solar Facility Decommissioning Rqmts.

H320

Study Electronics Recycling.

H321

Study Solid Waste Disposal Tax.

H322

School Performance Grades.

 

 

Senate Bills

S179

Recognize Chowanoke Tribe.

S180

3rd Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S181

Amend W-S Charter/Certain Candidates.

S182

Prohibit Use of Light Bars on Motor Vehicles.

S183

6th Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S184

Evidence Passed Vehicle Is a School Bus.

S185

Abolish Columbus County Coroner.

S186

Increase Sampson County Occupancy Tax.

S187

21st Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S188

No Powell Bill Funds/Sanctuary Cities.

S189

Tolling of Misd. Statute of Limitations.

S190

The Haley Hayes Newborn Screening Bill.

S191

28th Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S192

Consolidate State Offices/Digital Docs Req'd.

S193

37th Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S194

School Calendar Flex./Caldwell County.

S195

School Calendar Flex./Watauga County.

S196

Veterinary Practice Omnibus.

S197

Adopt Bobcat as State Cat.

S198

Study Efficacy of Film Credit Versus Grant.

S199

Law Enforcement Officer Retirement/25 Years.

S200

7th Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S201

School Calendar Flexibility/Certain Systems.

S202

23rd Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S203

Establish Ownership of Mineral Rights.

S204

Allow Concealed Carry on UNC & CC Campuses.

S205

Resolution to Allow SAV Oyster Leasing.

S206

Municipal Elections in Even-Numbered Years.

S207

34th Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S208

Counties/Internet Infrastructure.

S209

Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission.

S210

Living Wage By 2022.

S211

Charter Schools/Higher Ed.

S212

ABC Elections.

S213

Military State Income Tax Relief.

S214

49th Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S215

Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Calendar Pilot.

S216

Local Firefighter Relief Fund Reporting.

S217

Richmond/Right-of-Way Safety.

S218

State Health Plan Administrative Changes.-AB

S219

2nd Senatorial District Local Act-1.

S220

Motor Fuel Tax Refund for Joint Agency.

S221

School Calendar Flexibility/Guilford County.

S222

Search & Rescue Name/Funds.

S223

Habitual Felons/Clarify Previous Convictions.

S224

Include B/E With Intent to Terrorize in HB/E .

S225

Abolish Cleveland County Coroner.

S226

School Calendar Flex./Certain School Systems.

S227

School Cal. Flex./Certain Systems.

S228

Voter Freedom Act.

S229

Protection for Former Government Officer.

S230

Exempt Vacation Linen Rentals From Sales Tax.

S231

Dental Services/Medicaid Transformation.

S232

Septic Tank Tax Fairness Act.

S233

Permit Align School/Comm. College Calendar.

S234

SBA Pay/Needs-Based Pub. Sch. Capital Fund.

S235

Appropriations Act of 2017.

S236

Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates.

S237

School Calendar Flex./Caswell County.

S238

Caswell County Meals Tax.

S239

Youth Development Pilot Program.

 

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