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Property Rights Legislation Update

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The following are major bills in the state legislature that affect property rights:


  • SB 27: Senate Moratorium Bill
  • HB 9: House Moratorium Bill
  • HB 168: "An act providing a zoning exemption for any agricultural interest annexed by a municipality and exempting coverage of any agricultural interest in the extraterritorial planning jurisdiction of a municipality."

Eminent Domain

  • SB 37: Eminent Domain Amendment
  • HB 8: Eminent Domain Amendment
  • HB 95: Railroad Corridor Protection Bill

Castle Doctrine

  • SB 34: The Castle Doctrine

    Note: As of this writing, SB 34 had passed its second reading in the Senate (37-13). On Monday night, the Senate is expected to formally pass the bill after the third reading.

  • HB 52: The Castle Doctrine
  • HB 74: The Castle Doctrine

Quick Takes

Senate weighs self-defense rights (Castle Doctrine bill)

The state Senate will take a final vote Monday night on a proposal to expand North Carolina’s self-defense laws.

At issue is what’s known as the "Castle Doctrine" — the idea that a homeowner has the right to use deadly force to defend his or her person, family or property against someone breaking into the home, because it’s reasonable to expect that such a criminal might pose a danger of death or serious harm.

Also see this article.

Take another look at annexation law

North Carolina state lawmakers once again are considering a temporary moratorium on involuntary municipal annexations.

Although the moratorium faces opposition from both the N.C. League of Municipalities and city officials statewide, the temporary stay is a good idea. It will afford the legislature time to debate and possibly amend current law.

Don’t annex me, bro: Local and state property owners need more rights

Involuntary annexation isn’t exactly as sexy or attention-grabbing as other political issues like abortion and health care, but it is one that affects communities all over the state.

The policy that allows annexation without the consent of property owners is unfair and should be reevaluated by the General Assembly.

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Daren Bakst is the Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy at the Heritage Foundation.  In this position, Bakst studies and writes about agricultural and environmental policy and property rights, among other issues.  He has done extensive work on the farm bill… ...

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