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NCAR's 2014 Legislative Session Summary

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 25, 2014) - The 2013-14 biennium has wrapped. On August 20, state legislators adjourned and will return January 14 for the start of the 2015-16 biennium. There was consideration of a different adjournment resolution, which would have brought them back on November 17 for Medicaid reform. However, the House would not agree to return.

State lawmakers filed 2,162 bills during the 2013-2014 session and passed about 26 percent. Governor Pat McCrory could veto any of the bills that remain on his desk prior to September 20, which would call them back to Raleigh. The number of new laws and resolutions chaptered or awaiting his approval currently stands at 564, or 26 percent, including 516 session laws, 31 chaptered resolutions and 17 bills on his desk.

The filing numbers are similar to those of 2011-2012, when Republicans gained control of both chambers and adopted rules limiting the number of bills that each legislator could file. During that session, 2,195 bills were filed and 646, or 29 percent, passed. This is low in comparison to years when no filing limits existed. During the 2009-2010 session, 3,547 bills were filed and 837 became law. In 2007-2008, legislators filed 4,980 bills, leading to 880 new laws and resolutions.

Click the button below to read the full details on each legislative issue courtesy of Cady Thomas, NCAR Director of Government Affairs and her staff.

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New Community Affairs Director Added to Strengthen Public Outreach

Evan McMillan, Community Affairs DirectorWILMINGTON, N.C. (August 21, 2014) – In support of its growing vision to proactively engage local homeowners, its members and the community in legislative and political issues, the WRAR has hired Evan McMillan as its Community Affairs Director.

McMillan will be responsible for growing a grassroots capacity-building network that mobilizes WRAR’s members throughout the New Hanover and Pender County area, while also directing events, deploying social media, managing databases, and building community partnerships.

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Claim Your .REALTOR Domain Early

CHICAGO, I.L. (August 20, 2014) - Recently, NAR announced that REALTORS® can begin to claim a .REALTOR domain on October 23, 2014. Having a .REALTOR domain instantly showcases your status as a REALTOR® to consumers and connects you to the $5 billion REALTOR® brand.
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As a member on the priority registration list, you have 72 hours BEFORE the general membership to claim your domain(s). Mark October 20, 2014 on your calendar now to visit www.claim.realtor and be among the first to have a .REALTOR website.  Additional details on priority registration will be provided.

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