The General Assembly continued to conduct business as usual last week, albeit on a reduced schedule, as the standoff between the Governor and legislative leaders continues to unfold. The legislative budget, which the Governor vetoed on June 28 primarily over the issue of Medicaid expansion, is on hold until that issue can be resolved. Since the beginning of the State’s fiscal year on July 1, it has operated under last year’s budget, so no state government shutdown will occur. However, pay raises for teachers and state employees, new programs and increased or decreased spending for existing programs are on hold if and until an agreement can be reached on a new budget.
However, the extended session may prove to be a blessing in disguise for builders and developers in Wake County. Recently, your NCHBA legislative team learned of a local Wake County issue concerning septic tank rules which would potentially cost members and landowners millions of dollars in lost land and retrofits to onsite wastewater devices.
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The federal agency with the responsibility to enforce child
labor laws in North Carolina, the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department
of Labor, recently contacted NCHBA to seek our assistance. Recently, there have
been several youth fatalities in the Southeastern part of the US but,
fortunately, none in North Carolina. The Federal Labor Standards Act prohibits
minors under the age of 18 years to work in any occupation which is deemed to
be hazardous including activities common in the residential construction
industry. Please review this article for specific examples of these prohibited
activities. Also, general contractors should take care to ensure that its
subcontractors adhere to the requirements of the law.
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Last Friday (7/26/19), the Governor signed into law (S.L. 2019-174) the last of NCHBA’s top legislative priorities. HB 675 (2019 Building Code Regulatory Reform), sponsored by Representatives Mark Brody (R-Union), Dennis Riddell (R-Alamance), Jon Hardister (R-Guilford), and Billy Richardson (D-Cumberland). This is the fifth successful bill over the past several sessions of major reforms to building code and inspection system. Key provisions in this year’s act include:
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Governor Cooper signed into law another top NCHBA legislative priority recently. HB 492 (Simplify Builder Inventory Exclusion), sponsored by Representatives Mark Brody (R-Union), Julia Howard (R-Davie), and Brian Turner (D-Buncombe), will eliminate the need for a builder to file annually in order to take advantage of an important property tax exclusion.
The new law permits a builder to file a one-time application to claim an exemption from higher property taxes on land and houses held for sale by a builder to the extent that the tax increase is attributable to subdivision of the property or improvements made such as the installation of infrastructure or the construction of a single-family or duplex house on the property.
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SB 686 (Appointments Bill 2019) moved quickly through both the House and Senate last week to become law. This legislation contains numerous appointments that are granted to the President Pro Temp. of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. NCHBA (Iredell County HBA) member James Pressley was appointed to the North Carolina Housing Partnership for a term expiring on August 31, 2020. James currently serves as Region 8 Vice President for NCHBA and President of the Iredell County HBA. He will be filling the unexpired term of a board member who chose to step down. The North Carolina Housing Partnership sets policy and appropriates funds for the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund.
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