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General Assembly Update
House Bill 255, a bill that would make several changes to the way in which building codes in North Carolina are enforced, passed the House Regulatory Reform Committee and was re-referred to the House Finance Committee.Mecklenburg County, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, the League of Municipalities and other groups are working with the North Carolina Home Builders’ Association and bill sponsors to address several provisions in the bill.
LUESA has shared concerns that a provision mandating complete inspections for construction that is not compliant with the building code could result in longer turn-around times for all inspections. This provision is even more concerning given an additional provision that inspectors could be found to be grossly negligent and lose their certification for not completing inspections in a timely manner. The bill would also eliminate plan review for residential construction, leading to higher insurance costs for properties in the flood plain and more failures in the field.
In the Senate, S247 was amended to allow the municipalities in Mecklenburg to donate retired service animals used by the police department to the employee who worked with the animal. In coordination with the Sheriff’s Office, we are working to add language in the House that would also allow retired Sheriff’s Office animals to be donated. The General Assembly returns today following a week-long break.
For more information, contact Brian Francis at 980-314-2905 or Brian.Francis@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Commissioner Leake to Host Community Meeting
Commissioner Vilma Leake will host a community meeting in her district on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Police and Fire Training Academy, 1770 Shopton Road. Everyone is invited.
Several County department directors and other speakers will be present to discuss parks and greenways, property taxes and valuation; Health Department services, CATS transit, law enforcement (CMPD and Sheriff’s Office), social services and more.
For more information, contact LaShonda Hart at 980-314-2906 or LaShonda.Hart@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. National Association of Women Business Owners Award
I have been honored by the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) to receive an award at their upcoming 30th Annual NAWBO Charlotte Awards Ceremony in May.
The Public Policy Award is given to a woman who has made a difference in her community and state, particularly in the area of setting and promoting policies that affect women business owners.
The National Association of Women Business Owners plays a significant role in our community, and internationally. I’m pleased to be honored by such a distinguished organization.
The awards ceremony will be held on May 5, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte City Club on West Trade Street. For more information about the event or the NAWBO, visit nawbocharlotte.org.