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2020 Final Legislative Update

Frankly, I have run out of words to describe what is happening in our country and our state – unprecedented, extraordinary, once in a lifetime, shocking, unbelievable. Read the full report

September 4, 2020 Legislative Update

The General Assembly dealt with its work quickly this week, passing the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0 with bipartisan support and sending it to Governor Cooper. Read the full report

Alarm Systems Licensing Board Emergency Rule Amendment

An Emergency rule amendment was adopted by the Alarm Systems Licensing Board at its May 21, 2020 meeting to address the concerns of license applicants in light of the various Executive Orders issued by the Governor and certain counties in response to the current COVID-19 Crisis.  The intent is to ease a restriction on applications for licensure and is effective June 9, 2020.

In order to make this amendment a permanent change to its administrative rules the Board is simultaneously starting the Temporary rulemaking process.  In keeping with that statutory procedure, there is a 15-day Public Comment period which begins runs through June 30 , 2020. You may contact Director Paul Sherwin at the Board’s office with any written public comment. The Board will adopt this rule amendment as a Temporary rule at its July 16, 2020 Board meeting.  Read the full report

June 15, 2020 Legislative Update

The General Assembly continues to be in full swing as legislators work mainly to address pandemic-related needs of North Carolinians, as well as various other budget matters. Read the full report 

June 10, 2020 Legislative Update

Legislators were faced with the stark reality of the budget hole that they are looking at as a result of COVID-19 with the revised consensus revenue forecast, which predicted a total net drop in expected collections of $5 billion for the current budget biennium. Read the full report 

June 4, 2020 Legislative Update

The General Assembly returned last week to continue its business for the 2020 short session.  Read the full report 

May 29, 2020 Legislative Update

The General Assembly has re-convened for the short session to continue to address needs of North Carolinians as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and to consider various other bills, as well as the state’s budget. Leaders have indicated that they hope to complete their business within four to six weeks, but recognize that this is subject to change due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic and the uncertainty around federal coronavirus funding.  Read the full report 

May 6, 2020 Legislative Update

Saturday, May 2, 2020, the General Assembly passed two COVID-19 relief bills.  Senate Bill 704 addresses policy changes related to the pandemic, and House Bill 1043 addresses funding.  The new laws became effective immediately.  The whole process was marked with bi-partisan cooperation which we have not seen in Raleigh in many years.  Read the full report 

May 1, 2020 Legislative Update

The North Carolina General Assembly arrived (some virtually) in Raleigh on Tuesday the 28th. The House had held virtual working group meetings for a month and the legislation filed on Monday reflected the discussions and drafts that were created in those groups. The mystery was on the Senate side where no public meetings or real information had been provided about how they intended to address the session. Now we know that Senators have been working behind the scenes in a bipartisan way so that by the next day their bill was unanimously approved.  Read the full report 

April 28, 2020 Legislative Update

The General Assembly is working on  a  COVID response and is expected to convene for remote committee work on April 28 with voting to begin on April 30.  After a package is passed, this session is expected to adjourn  until July or August for the traditional "short" session when the impact on a budget will be more clear.   Read the full report 

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