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Local lawmakers introduce flurry of bills as February ends

Local lawmakers passed a flurry of bills in the General Assembly as February came to an end Local lawmakers passed a flurry of bills in the General Assembly as February came to an end

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Local lawmakers sponsored several new bills in the General Assembly in the last days of February, dealing with a myriad of issues.

Senate Bill 97, sponsored by Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover), cleared the Senate Finance committee Thursday morning on a unanimous vote.  The next step would go to the full floor for second reading. Click here to see the bill.

"Passage of this important bill will give the City of Wilmington a release to not collect property taxes in the de-annexed areas as is currently required by state law," Goolsby said in an email release. "I appreciate the City's desire to not collect this revenue."

SB122, also co-sponsored by Goolsby, cleared a Senate committee on Thursday.  The bill forces anyone convicted for human trafficking in North Carolina to be required to register as a sex offender, and be subject to wearing GPS monitoring devices. Click here to see the bill.

Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) filed several bills on Thursday, including Senate Bill 152. It mandates Pender County Commissioners to create the Burgaw Tourism Development Authority, if they pass a resolution to levy a room occupancy tax to promote travel and tourism in Burgaw. Click here to see the bill.

In the state House, HB 139 passed on third reading Thursday and is now headed to the Senate. Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) is one of four primary sponsors of the bill, which would adopt the "Uniform Deployed parents Custody and Visitation Act". The bill defines who is entitled to custody, and the terms of custody and visitation of minor children, and also spells out what can be taken into account if the child's parent is deploying in the military. Click here to see the bill.

Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) is a primary sponsor of House Bill 175, which provides that Homeowners Associations may not foreclose on association assessment liens. The bill was sent to committee on Thursday. Click here to see the bill.

Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender) is one of four primary sponsors of HB 160, which says the state cannot enter into government contracts with contractors who employ illegal immigrants, and it also requires contractors to verify their employees are certified to work in the United States.  That bill was sent to committee on Thursday.

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