Home builders from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties joined their colleagues from around the state this week in Raleigh, to promote the priorities of the building industry to legislators at the General Assembly.
The meetings were part of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA)’s annual Legislative Conference, which featured a unexpected visit by Governor Pat McCory, who dropped by Tuesday night’s legislative reception at the North Carolina Museum of History.
On Wednesday, builders made their way through the halls of the Legislative Building, to talk with our senators and state representatives about the importance of regulatory reform, tax reform, and property rights. Some of the legislators we met with included Representatives John Bradford, Becky Carney, Charles Jeter, and Senators Jeff Jackson, Bob Rucho and Jeff Tarte.
Some of NCHBA’s legislative priorities include:
- Expanding statutory vesting protections for landowners;
- Allowing landowners to more effectively bring legal challenges against local governments that are exceeding their statutory authority;
- Tightening the language in last year’s Residential Aesthetics law, to ensure compliance by all local governments;
- Modifying the new sales and use tax on repair, maintenance and installation (RMI) services to eliminate confusion over when the tax is paid; and,
- Supporting a provision in the House budget to make the North Carolina Building Code available online.
REBIC thanks those builders who took the time away from their businesses to travel to Raleigh for these important meetings!