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North Carolina Legislative Report - July 26, 2013

July 20 - 26, 2013 

Today, the General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session.  The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed bi-weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the state during the interim.

On the Floor

  • H 14: Revenue Laws Technical, Clarifying & Administration Changes
    Concurred on 2nd & 3rd Readings, Ordered Enrolled, Ratified, Presented to Governor 7/25/2013
  • H 74: Regulatory Reform Act of 2013
    Re-referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House, Conference Report Adopted
  • H 92: GSC Technical Corrections 2013
    Reported Favorable in Committee Substitute, Committee Substitute Adopted, Amendments A1, A2, A3, A4 Adopted, Passed 2nd & 3rd Readings, Ordered Enrolled
  • H 476: Rewrite Underground Damage Prevention Act
    Presented to Governor 7/24/2013
  • H 669: 2013 Appointments Bill
    Concurred in Senate Subcommittee, Ordered Enrolled, Ratified
  • H 700: Omnibus State IT Governance Changes
    Signed by Governor 7/23/2013
  • H 786: Reclaim NC Act
    Passed 2nd & 3rd Reading, Ordered Enrolled, Ratified, Presented to Governor
  • S 76: Domestic Energy Jobs Act
    Conference Report Adopted, Ordered Enrolled, Ratified, Presented to Governor 7/25/2013
  • S 127: Economic Development Modifications
    Re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate
  • S 379: Expansion of Natural Gas & Propane for Agriculture
    Ratified, Presented to Governor 7/23/2013
  • S 380: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Commission
    Reported Favorable in Committee Substitute, Passed 2nd & 3rd Reading, Recommended to Concur in House Committee Substitute, Concurred in House Committee Substitute, Ordered Enrolled, Ratified
  • S 402: Appropriations Act of 2013
    Conference Report Adopted, Ordered Enrolled, Ratified, Presented to Governor 7/26/2013
  • S 473: Health Cost Transp/Speaker and PPT Standing
    Passed 2nd Reading, A1 Amendment Adopted, Passed 3rd Reading, Recommend to Concur in House Committee Substitute, Concurred in House Committee Substitute, Ordered Enrolled

Committee Meetings

House Finance Committee

The House Finance Committee met twice this week and approved two bills.  On Tuesday, July 23, the Committee approved S 523, Late Filing Penalty.  That bill would adjust the manner in which a penalty is imposed for individual income taxpayers who file returns late by eliminating the penalty when no tax is due.  The bill passed the first of two required votes on the House floor, but was then re-referred to the Finance Committee.  On Wednesday, July 24, the Committee approved S 354, Revise Auditor's Responsibilities - AB.  That bill would revise the auditor's responsibilities by removing her from the Committee on Actuarial Valuation of Retired Employees' Health Benefits and by clarifying her role in auditing schools in the UNC System.  The bill has now been ratified and awaits action by the Governor.

Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee met on Tuesday, July 23 and approved three bills.  H 1015, Bessemer City Annexation, involves annexation in the City of Bessemer.  The bill has now become law. H 135, Adjust Landfill Permit Timing Fee, would make adjustments to the fee schedule for permits for sanitary landfills and transfer stations to reflect extension of the duration of these permits as directed by legislation enacted in 2012.  The bill has now been ratified and awaits action by the Governor.  H 552, Remove Area from County Service District, would authorize boards of county commissioners to remove territory from a county water or sewer district.  The bill has now been ratified and awaits action by the Governor.

In the News

  • AP: House, Senate reach agreement on two-year state budget
  • AP: Lawmakers may step out of Dorothea Dix debate for now
  • AP: Biggest Potential change to ‘fracking’ law not in bill
  • Charlotte Observer: NC jobless rate remains at 8.8%
  • Charlotte Observer: City leaders try to ‘stabilize’ airport after Orr’s removal
  • Washington Bureau: Study concludes Internet sales tax bill would boost economic growth
  • Charlotte Observer: Mitchell, Cannon headline Charlotte mayoral primary
  • AP: NC Senate approves GOP-backed election changes
  • News&Observer: $20.6 billion state budget wins final legislative approval, goes to McCrory
  • AP: DHHS cutting checks for frustrated Medicaid providers
  • AP: Senate approves state personnel law changes
  • News&Observer: McCrory, GOP make last-minute push to lift state’s fracking moratorium
  • News&Record: Update: Coble to remain in D.C. hospital one more night
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