July 24, 2015
Much has happened since I last wrote to you on June 30, 2015.
Several other budget initiatives address school choice:
- Each budget increases funding for Opportunity Scholarships from $10.8M to $17.6M. These scholarships provide school choice for low and moderate income families who switch from public to a private school up to $4,200 per year. These scholarships save taxpayers money. We are waiting for a North Carolina Supreme Court decision on this.
Some legislation I have worked on that involve local government interest:
- HB 201: Zoning Protest/Citizen Input. I am the primary sponsor. The Governor has signed this bill into law. This bill amends the process by which city councils receive citizen input in zoning ordinance amendments. It repeals ¾ majority vote requirement triggered by a protest provision. Provides a formal method for citizens to petition the governing board for or against a rezoning.
- HB 721: Subdivision Performance Guarantees will simplify the development process
- HB 44: Local Government Regulatory Reform 2015. This reforms law related to local government including compliance requirements for “voluntary” regulations and rules; regulation of signage; riparian buffer reform; and zoning density credits to name a few. It is in a conference committee. Rep. Stam is a conferee.
- HB765: Regulatory Reform. The Senate sent a 54 page bill to the House. Rep Stam is on the Conference Committee
With best regards, I am
Rep. Paul Stam
Speaker Pro Tem