NCHBA members gathered in Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week to meet with and educate their lawmakers about the importance of our industry and to brief them on key legislative session priorities.
The annual activities began on Tuesday during our 2nd Quarter meetings. There, members from across the state received a briefing on bills which the NCHBA’s legislative team is currently pursuing. On Tuesday evening, members of the House and Senate and statewide elected officials (e.g.., NC’s Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall, State Treasurer Dale Folwell and several judges from the NC Court of Appeals) joined our members for a reception at the North Carolina Museum of History.
A number of Legislators commented that our annual reception is the best one they attend. They especially appreciate the fact that so many NCHBA members took the time to come to Raleigh to meet with them and to discuss our key issues.
After the May 9th crossover deadline, legislators returned last week to an abbreviated schedule. The crossover deadline is a legislatively-created obstacle designed to significantly narrow the number of bills that remain eligible for consideration for the rest of the long session and next year’s short session. Any bill (except those with an appropriation or finance provision) must pass its body of origin and be read into the other body by the May 9th deadline. NCHBA’s key pro-active legislative priorities made crossover and several bills which NCHBA opposed did not.
The next step is to have our pro-active bills which “crossed over” referred to appropriate committees in the other chamber. Your NCHBA legislative team met with leadership and staff last week seeking to accomplish that goal.
This session’s “crossover deadline” came and went last week without the normal legislative frenzy which typically marks its passing. It is a legislatively-created obstacle designed to reduce the number of bills that remain eligible for consideration for the rest of the long session and next year’s short session.
Any bill (except those with an appropriation or finance provision) must pass its body of origin and be read into the other body by that date. Of the roughly 1,700 bills introduced into this session, fewer than half survived the deadline and remain eligible.
The legislative “crossover deadline” of May 9th is rapidly approaching. Any bill (except those with an appropriation or finance provision) must pass its body of origin and be read into the other body by that date to remain eligible for the remainder of the long session and next year’s short session. All of NCHBA’s top pro-active priorities are subject to this deadline. Your legislative team worked overtime last week in an effort to ensure that our key pro-housing agenda items remain alive and well (as well as working to keep undesirable legislation from proceeding).
One of those key bills, SB 355 (Land-Use Regulatory Changes), cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee last Wednesday. This was the third time the bill was discussed in this committee and, after some debate, the bill was approved and sent to the final committee stop, the Senate Rules Committee, which passed it yesterday. The bill helps level the playing field between landowners and local governments by, among other things: