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:
Despite both chambers taking a “Spring Break” around the Easter Holiday, your legislative team continued to work on many of its top priorities with legislators and staff. One of those bills, HB 675 (Building Code Regulatory Reform of 2019) sponsored by Representatives Mark Brody (R-Union), Dennis Riddell (R-Alamance), Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) and Billy Richardson (D-Cumberland), unanimously passed out of the House State and Local Government Committee on Thursday. On Friday it was heard by the House Rules Committee and subsequently passed unanimously. It now heads to the House floor for a vote potentially early this week.
This bill will address a wide range of issues that have hampered builders across the state, including expediting the plan review process and forbidding local governments from requiring minimal square footage of new homes. The bill sponsor has worked closely with local government advocates and other trade associations to ensure that the legislation has been thoroughly vetted and will not have any unintended consequences for builders. For a comprehensive review of the provisions in this legislation, check out previous NCHBA Legislative Reports or the bill summary.
One of NCHBA top legislative priorities, SB 55 (Continuing Education for General Contractors) [primary sponsors: Senators Rick Gunn (R-Alamance), Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) and Don Davis (D-Greene)] passed the Senate today by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 33-2. In his remarks, Senator Gunn (pictured) explained that the purpose of the bill was to enhance the professional competence and responsibility of licensees. The bill now heads to the House where 87 of the 120 members have signed on as principal or co-sponsors.
The bill received a unanimous vote from the Senate Rules Committee on Monday with Senator Paul Newton presenting the bill there. SB 55 requires at least one qualifier of a building, residential or unclassified licensee to obtain 8 hours of instruction annually as a requirement for license renewal. Starting in 2021, all 8 hours can be satisfied by taking approved courses “on-line.” NCHBA is very appreciative of the leadership of our primary sponsors and the 33 other members of the Senate who were co-sponsors.