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N.C. House Convenes at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Final Reading of Bill To Eliminate Boone’s ETJ on Docket

By Jesse Wood

June 25, 2014. The N.C. House convenes at 3:30 p.m. Among the many agenda items is the third and final reading of Senate Bill 865, a bill filed by Sen. Dan Soucek that would eliminate Boone’s extraterritorial jurisdiction in 2015. On Tuesday, the bill was unexpectedly resurrected in the N.C. House Government Committee after initially failing in a vote in that same committee the evening before.

It then received a favorable report in the committee and passed on the House floor in a 65 to 47 vote on Tuesday evening. After an objection to immediate third reading, the bill was calendared for Wednesday, June 25, when a third and final reading will take place – likely turning the bill into law because the governor doesn’t have to sign local bills.

This bill only affects the ETJ in Boone and would be the first time in state history that a municipalities ETJ authority has been abolished.

See the House’s calendar for Wednesday below. Tune into the N.C. General Assembly’s website to hear the final reading live.

See Mayor Andy Ball’s response to Tuesday night’s vote here.

See prior articles on this issue here and here.

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