July 22, 2022
2022 Legislative Session Update – Part 2
This is the second part of the 2022 legislative summary. Last week’s Advocate provided a short session overview and highlighted the passage of our high priority legislation, Remote Online Notarization (RON). While NCR’s other two priority bills did not pass, our lobbying team is hard at work strategizing on how to get the these bills over the finish line during the next legislative session.
Update on Priority Issues
The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (HB367) helps preserve family wealth passed to the next generation in the form of real property. The House passed this legislation in 2021. Most Senate members supported this bill. However, Senate leadership and attorney stakeholders continued to have concerns. NCR lobbyists, along with other coalition members, are working hard to address those issued in order to advance this important legislation during the 2023-2024 legislation session.
NCR’s other priority issue is Rental Property Protection (HB829). Property owners should not face restrictions on renting their property, and local governments should not be allowed to regulate or place restrictions on how owners choose to rent their property. Our lobbying team worked diligently during the short session to correct a change in the law that occurred in 2019. A standalone bill was introduced this session but it was also placed with other bills and did not advance. This bill is a high priority for 2023. NCR’s advocacy team will continue working to provide more education to legislators, staff and stakeholders to help them better understand the full ramifications of the 2019 changes to all residential rentals, not just short-term rentals.
In addition to the RON win this year, NCR successfully passed other bills of interest. Here are a few of interest:
Weston’s Law (HB619) is a bill addressing elevator safety by requiring elevators in rental homes eliminate or reduce the space between elevator doors and landing doors. The safety requirements in the Act applies to any elevator in a private residence, cottage or similar accommodation subject to taxation under G.S. 105-164.4F.
Marketable Title Issues (SB278) provides changes that are necessary to protect the ability of homeowners’ associations to be able to collect their dues to maintain common areas and key infrastructure.
As usual, your advocacy team also successfully prevented passage of many bills we oppose.
NCR’s advocacy team is busy working on issues for the 2023 legislative long session that will be presented to the Legislative Committee during the our meeting at Convention in October. A 2023 session preview will be distributed via the Advocate prior to the start of the legislative long session.
It’s Committee Appointment Time
Are you interested in serving on the Legislative Committee or another NCR Committee? The deadline to submit your request is August 31, 2022. You can access the 2023 Committee Request Form by clicking here.