Raleigh, N.C. — With the crossover deadline a week off, the House moved about 40 bills over to the Senate on Thursday.
Meanwhile, dozens of other measures were heard in committees as lawmakers play beat the clock with the April 27 deadline, which will kill off most legislation that doesn't pass either the House or the Senate by then.
Two such bills would do away with local impact fees on developers, although Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, effectively gutted one, turning a repeal into a one-year freeze while a new formula for fairly charging such fees in cities and counties statewide can be developed.
Another House committee approved a bill that would allow landfill operators to spray their wastewater and leaking fluids into the air as an aerosol without any environmental regulation. The state Department of Environmental Quality said it wants to work with the bill sponsor to set up a permit system.
A proposal to overhaul the state's economic incentives program to help drive more business expansions to rural areas, cleared the Senate Commerce Committee, although Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland told lawmakers expanding infrastructure and better worker training in those areas would be a better way to go.