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We hope that everyone had a wonderful July 4th holiday. After a brief break, we are back with a packed newsletter detailing a lot going on at the General Assembly, as well as across the state.

What’s in this edition?

  1. Happening on Jones Street
  2. NC REALTORS® Selected to Lead Licensing Boards
  3. NC REALTORS® Leadership meets with Governor Cooper
  4. Inside Baseball: Governor’s Signature
  5. #HowdoyouBackthePAC?
  6. Local Event Spotlight: Greensboro
  7. #CrazyLocalGovernments
Happening on Jones Street

What’s on the General Assembly’s mind this week?

When we last left you, legislative leaders were reaching a deal on their budget proposal before sending it over to the Governor. Since that time, the Governor has vetoed that proposal, both sides have unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate, and the House has approved a stop-gap budget proposal (Senate will likely take this up early next week).

Even with all of this going on, the General Assembly still had time to approve one of NC REALTORS® most important Legislative Priorities: Private Road Maintenance Agreements!


NC REALTORS® selected to lead licensing boards

Three NC REALTORS® members have recently been selected to lead two important licensing bodies for our profession and our state: the North Carolina Real Estate Commission and the North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board.

At their June meeting, the members of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission elected Jeff Malarney as Chair and Sandra O’Connor as Vice Chair. Jeff previously served on the Commission from 2007-2013 before being reappointed in 2018. He succeeds Anna Gregory Wagoner as Chair. Sandra was the 2009 NC REALTORS® President and has served on the Commission since 2017. She succeeds fellow NC REALTORS® Past President Tommy Lawing, Jr. as the Commission’s Vice Chair.

Lisa York was elected as the Vice Chair of the North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board. Lisa has served on the Board since 2018 and holds multiple certifications in the auctioneer field in addition to her REALTOR® service.

Congratulations and thank you for your service!

NC REALTORS® Leadership meets with Governor Cooper

On Thursday, NC REALTORS President Asa Fleming, along with Chief Executive Officer Andrea Bushnell and Senior Vice President for External Affairs Mark Zimmerman met with Governor Roy Cooper at the Executive Mansion to discussion important NC REALTORS issues like association health insurance, economic development, and affordable housing.

Inside Baseball: What happens after the General Assembly passes a bill?

A look behind the curtain at the inside workings of government

As we near the end of the legislative session, it is important to look at the process which occurs following the passage of a bill by the General Assembly. We currently have 3 options for the Governor to consider:

1. Sign the bill
2. Veto the bill
3. Allow the bill to become law without signature at the completion of the time allowed

The “time allowed” varies based on whether or not the General Assembly is still in session. If they are, then the Governor has 10 days to act. If they have adjourned, then the Governor has 30 days to act.

As we have discussed in a previous edition, the Governor’s veto power allows them to object to the bill in total and return it to the General Assembly for reconsideration. The General Assembly can override a Governor’s veto with a three-fifths vote of the members of both chambers. Following the 2018 elections, neither chamber possesses a “veto-proof majority” (72 in the House, 30 in the Senate) so an automatic veto override is unlikely.

You can follow the progress of bills which have been presented to the Governor for signature here.


Mark your calendars for our 2nd Annual #iBackthePAC day on Thursday, October 3rd!

Maybe you’re a new NC REALTORS® PAC investor, participating in your industry’s advocacy efforts for the first time. Maybe you’re a RPAC Chair, walking the walk and talking the talk. Maybe you’re a Major Investor, who has truly put your money where your mouth is. Wherever you are in your NC REALTORS® advocacy journey, October 3rd is the day to celebrate! #iBackthePAC Day is a celebration of NC REALTORS® PAC and the people who invest in the REALTOR® Party and our industry.

Check out why other REALTORS® celebrated #iBackthePAC day with us last year here!

Local Event Spotlight: Greensboro

What’s going on around the state?

In this new section we will feature activities taking place at local associations across the state. Many of these events will feature NC REALTORS®’ Shared and Regional Government Affairs Directors as examples of that program’s work with local associations.

On June 25, the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance (RCA) of the Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association (GRRA), in partnership with the NC REALTORS® Global Network, held a panel discussion with economic development experts from across the Triad. Hosted by former Greensboro Mayor and current RCA member Robbie Perkins, participants shared their successes and struggles locally, as well as identify broader opportunities for regional cooperation.

The panel discussed everything from workforce development and attracting young professionals into the workforce to the impact of Chick fil-A into small communities. REALTORS® and community partners filled the room, bringing together an impressive network of individuals dedicated to making the Triad succeed.

REALTORS® were identified as key players in area economic development, and the event received positive feedback in the press. You can check the video and article for more details.

Nick Scarci serves as the Shared Local Government Affairs Director for the Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association and the High Point Regional Association of REALTORS®.


Did you see what that city proposed?

From time to time the NC REALTORS® Local Government Affairs team sees some actions at the local level that make them scratch their heads. Whether it be an off-the-wall ordinance, a fun meme in a government presentation, or something that we aren’t even thinking about, we will share those with you as part of our effort to keep you informed and engaged.

Who says that all government presentations are boring? For one suburban town in the Piedmont, they made a recent Environmental Committee meeting a little more exciting through the addition of a meme in their presentation.

Not sure if it captured the point they were trying to make, but we are sure that it at least added a bit of humor to an otherwise dry meeting,

Have you seen an especially catchy meme, image, or video from your local government that has caught your eye? Let us know!

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