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Big bills sail under the radar

Posted March 30, 2011

Two big bills landed with a muffled thump today, lost in the shuffle over guns in parks, consular IDs, State Health Plan reform and redistricting:

1. Involuntary Annexation Reform:  House Bill 531 would rewrite the state's 50-year-old laws governing how cities can grow. Local officials are already protesting the measure would essentially shut down annexation as we know it. The sponsors are Reps. Larry Brown, R-Forsyth, Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, and Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir.  

No word yet on the committee referral, but House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday he's hoping it will replace individual local annexation rollbacks, so it's likely to be fast-tracked. 

2. Tort Reform: House Bill 542 is the big omnibus bill House Republicans have been promising. But consumer advocates say the measure could be the most draconian restriction of liability laws in the entire country.

H542 will be taken up in Thursday's House Select Committee on Tort Reform at 11 a.m. in 1228 LB, where we're told in-state and out-of-state witnesses will testify to the need for it.  

By the way, the House had to miss today's Joint Redistricting informational meeting due to their long debate over the State Health Plan. House Redistricting Chairman David Lewis, R-Harnett, says a condensed version of the briefing will be rescheduled for next week.  In the meantime, the resources and maps lawmakers will be using in the process are available at the NCGA website.  

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  • Come On_Seriously Apr 1, 2011

    Some of you people need to get a grip on reality.
    "Anything is better than the way the Dems ran out state government over a cliff financially. They have spent and spent-with reckless abandon." - you (and the conservatives in general)act as though the State has been buying sparklers and confetti. The State has been investing in infrastructure, technology, and helping those who are less fortunate than others. This has led us to be high on the list of education, economic resources, and environmental quality. At least the Dems try to improve the quality of life for everyone in the State instead of just the wealthy and business interests. Lets see-the conservatives of the time were against civil rights and integration, women's rights, clean air and clean water legislation, -but heck, at least we're still at war.

  • cwood3 Apr 1, 2011

    Involuntay annexation-I faced this once-and they turned to a different neighborhoos that wanted into town. WE were ready to fight!! Yet, under current NC law, the homeowner is all but powerless. In other words, the towns/cities currently can just annex away-then take your money. This is wrong.

    Concerning the Tort Reform Bill-listen to your radio. Adds are everywhere. We need some reform-yes-but not cuts to near nothing. Comsumers who have been truely harmed must have a way to be treated FAIRLY!!

    You guys can take all the pot shots you want at the GOP. Anything is better than the way the Dems ran out state government over a cliff financially. They have spent and spent-with reckless abandon. Now-the chicken has come home to roost-and there is no moey to pay the chicken!! Sounds like a hungry chicken to me!!

    AS far as I'm concerned, thwey can pull back to budget, jobs, and re-districting and leave the rest alone!!

  • tmh1375 Mar 31, 2011

    "Cry me a river Republicans are so awful. Where did you people live the last 80+ years of Democrats running this state into the ground? Finally Bev Perdue has to buck her party and shrink this bloated state Government and good on her. In the mean time quit being babies."
    I'm sorry, what does your comment have to do with this proposed legislation?

  • savagemic200 Mar 31, 2011

    Cry me a river Republicans are so awful. Where did you people live the last 80+ years of Democrats running this state into the ground? Finally Bev Perdue has to buck her party and shrink this bloated state Government and good on her. In the mean time quit being babies.

  • tmh1375 Mar 31, 2011

    "Why are the Republican's bailing out the insurance companies and taking away my right to a jury trial????" Because that's what insurance companies paid for in campaign contributions and lobbyists.

  • polecat1 Mar 31, 2011

    Why? Because that's what Republicans do....iit's their usual twist on that old Robin Hood thing...you know--rob the poor to give to the wealthy.

  • explorerford Mar 31, 2011

    Tort reform? Why are the Republican's bailing out the insurance companies and taking away my right to a jury trial????

    Who elected these people?

  • turkeydance Mar 30, 2011

    since the R's promised a June 1st adjournment,
    this stuff will keep flying by as they increase
    the velocity of bills. the D's lost last time,
    and they can only delay the inevitable. this
    has massive Twitter potential.