People opposing involuntary annexations won victories in the General Assembly on Tuesday. A Senate committee approved a bill placing a moratorium on involuntary annexation.
The House gave its initial approval to bills repealing involuntary annexations in two cities – Kinston and Lexington.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the moratorium bill, which would place a halt on involuntary annexations until July 1, 2012. Last week, the committee had included a provision in the bill that would have exempted a annexation in Charlotte, where the city has already spent $5 million in infrastructure preparing for that annexation. That provision was removed from the version approved by the committee on Tuesday. That bill is sponsored by Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie.
Rep. William Wainwright, D-Craven, opposed the Kinston deannexation bill. He said passage of the bill would set up a “slippery slope” that would “begin a process of destroying the stability of our cities.”
A similar bill, which would repeal a Lexington annexation, passed the House by a 68-47 vote. That bill was sponsored by Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Lexington, who made annexation an issue in the fall campaign.
Final House votes on the Kinston and Lexington bills are expected on Wednesday.