Greensboro City Manager Roth sent out this e mail with a few items of interest to this blog that will be talked about plenty in the coming months for our North Carolina State Legislature to hopefully pass a Electronic Notice bill and also keep Protest Petitions in the zoning process.
Protest Petitions Remain Alive
HB 74 did not include the proposed elimination of protest petitions that was in Senate Bill 112. SB112, Create Jobs Through Regulatory Reform, was not adopted by both Chambers and this proposal has apparently failed for this session.
4. Electronic Notice.
Senate Bill 287, Notice Publication by Some Local Governments, began as a local bill for Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County. It was then expanded to 14 counties including Davidson, Forsyth, Randolph, Mecklenburg, and Wake. It passed the Senate on April 22nd. The bill faced strong opposition in the House. The bill was considered on the House floor on Wednesday the 24th. There it was amended and essentially gutted. Late last night the Senate failed to concur with the House changes, and adopted a conference substitute bill restoring the original bill language and applied it to Guilford and Mecklenburg County. The bill was due to be voted on this morning by the House, but was pulled from the calendar. It remains alive for consideration in the 2014 short session.