Improvements to annexation referendum fails
Posted by Becki Gray at 09:41 AM
Rep Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) proposes an amendment that would lower the referendum trigger from 15 percent to 5 percent to city residents. And from those in area being annexed from 15 percent to 50 percent. Argues that the way the referendum is so tight that realistically it is very difficult to qualify.
Rep Lucy Allen (D-Franklin) says this is a clear quantum leap and would be a tragedy and a travesty for "the economic engines" (cities) of our state.
Rep Bruce Goforth (D-Buncombe) says a vote of the people will not destroy cities.
Rep Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland) says this would win the battle and lose the war. If this amendment passes it will seal the bill's death in the Senate. Says this undoes the balance.
Rep Larry Brown (R-Forsyth) supports the amendment. Rep Marilyn Avila (R-Wake) says cities die when they don't offer people what they want at a price people want to pay.
Dollar amendment fails 38 - 45.
UPDATE (3:13pm): Vote on Amendment
Dollar Amendment - FAILED (38-45)
Brisson(D-Bladen); Crawford(D-Granville); Coates(D-Rowan); Goforth(D-Buncombe); Harrell(D-Wake); Stewart(D-Nash); Whilden(D-Buncombe)
Avila(R-Wake); Blackwell(R-Burke); Boles(R-Moore); Brown(R-Forsyth); Burr(R-Stanly); Burris-Floyd(R-Gaston); Cleveland(R-Onslow); Current(R-Gaston); Dollar(R-Wake); Frye(R-Mitchell); Gillespie(R-McDowell); Grady(R-Onslow); Guice(R-Transylvania); Gulley(R-Mecklenburg), Hilton(R-Catawba); Holloway(R-Stokes); Hurley(R-Randolph); Iler(R-Brunswick); Ingle(R-Alamance); Johnson(R-Cabarrus); Justice(R-Pender); Justus(R-Henderson); Langdon(R-Johnston); Mills(R-Iredell); Moore(R-Cleveland); Neumann(R-Gaston); Randleman(R-Wilkes); Sager(R-Wayne); Steen(R-Rowan); Stevens(R-Surry); Wiley(R-Guilford
Adams(D-Guilford); Alexander, K(D-Mecklenburg); Allen(D-Franklin); Bell(D-Sampson); Bordsen(D-Alamance); Bryant (D-Nash); Cole(D-Rockingham); Dickson(D-Cumberland); Earle(D-Mecklenburg); England(D-Rutherford); Farmer-Butterfield(D-Wilson) Fisher(D-Buncombe); Floyd, E.(D-Cumberland); Gill(D-Wake); Glazier(D-Cumberland); Goodwin(D-Richmond); Holliman(D-Davidson); Insko(D-Orange); Jackson(D-Wake); Jeffus(D-Guilford); Love(D-Lee); Lucas(D-Cumberland Mackey(D-Mecklenburg); Martin(D-Wake); McLawhorn(D-Pitt); Mobley(D-Hertford); Owens(D-Pasquotank); Pierce(D-Scotland); Rapp(D-Madison); Ross(D-Wake); Spear(D-Washington); Sutton(D-Robeson); Tarleton(D-Watauga); Tolson(D-Edgecombe); Tucker(D-Duplin); Underhill(D-Craven); Wainwright(D-Craven); Warren, E.(D-Pitt); Warren, R.(D-Alexander); Wilkins(D-Person); Williams(D-Beauford); Womble(D-Forsyth), Yongue(D-Scotland)
Absent from committee meeting: Daughtry (R-Johnston), Dockham (R-Davidson), Harrison (D-Guilford), Killian (R-Mecklenburg), McElraft (R-Carteret), Parmon (D-Forsyth), West (R-Cherokee), Wray (D-Northampton).
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