Our annual tour across North Carolina, dubbed the Home Building First Tour, will take place March 18-22, 2019. During this week, NCHBA’s Senior Officers and staff visit each of the 10 local HBA “regions” to spread the message about NCHBA, including its advocacy work, education opportunities, membership benefits and upcoming events. And we have a little lot of fun along the way.
We need YOU, our members, to help us “crack the code” during our Mission: Possible tour this year to unlock all of the value that the state association has to offer.
Members of the General Assembly took a giant step forward in the legislative process this week. Joint appropriation subcommittees began their work on different sectors of the budget including education, general government and transportation. This first step allows smaller groups of legislators to dive into agency budget requests and begin to set spending priorities.
In the coming weeks, budget subcommittees will be given spending targets based on state revenue projections. The budget is the largest driver of legislative business of any General Assembly and is a strong indicator of how long the session will last. There are no longer super majorities in either chamber, making a compromise between the General Assembly and Governor much more likely.
The North Carolina Reception at IBS was held last Wednesday, February 20 at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The event brought together NCHBA members and leadership from both the state and national association. Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the event!
It took a few weeks but legislators and staff are now fully engaged in the legislative process. As of last Thursday afternoon, nearly 200 bills had been introduced between both chambers. The first few weeks of session are typically slow as members deal with office and staff adjustments. This year’s pace was further slowed by a larger freshman class that’s still feeling their way around the intricacies of the legislative process. Committee chairs have also increased their workloads as several House and Senate committees met for the first time and scheduled additional meetings for next week.
A top legislative priority for the 2019 Long Session was filed on Wednesday. SB 55 Continuing Education for General Contractors enhances the professionalism of the industry and helps general contractors navigate the ever-changing complexities of the field. Senator Rick Gunn (R-Alamance) will take the lead on this bill, and he will be aided by Senator Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) and Senator Don Davis (D-Greene). The most impressive aspect of the bill’s release is the fact that 33 additional senators added their names as co-sponsors of the legislation. As of Thursday afternoon, 36 of the 50 members of the Senate are sponsors or co-sponsors of this bill. As previously stated in past legislative reports, continuing education requirements must meet the following criteria statewide:
Legislators returned to work last week as members continued to introduce legislation. In the House, public bills can be introduced through April 23rd, while the Senate requires all legislation be filed by April 2nd. Over the coming weeks legislators will spend much of their time crafting legislation before their attention turns to having those bills move through committees.
This year’s crossover date is May 9th meaning that a bill must be passed through the chamber of origin and be read into the other body in order to be eligible for further action during the remainder of the long session or next year’s short session.
After spending the first half of the week at the NCHBA’s 1st Quarter Meeting, your legislative team returned to the Legislative Building on Wednesday and continued to work with legislators in pursuit of one of the association’s top legislative priorities – continuing education for general contractors. We are pleased to announce that our principal sponsors in both bodies have been successfully recruited.