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Charlotte City Council Votes Unanimously to Repeal Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Charlotte City Council this morning voted 10 - 0 to repeal it’s non-discrimination ordinance contingent upon repeal of HB 2 by the North Carolina General Assembly by December 31. Governor Pat McCrory has committed to calling the legislature into yet another special session this week.

We commend the Charlotte City Council for taking action to bring about a solution to the controversy surrounding the passage of the City of Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance and the subsequent passage of House Bill 2. We encourage the North Carolina General Assembly to act promptly.


Third and Fourth Special Session Called for General Assembly 

Last week, Governor Pat McCrory called the General Assembly’s third special session of 2016 to address damages done by Hurricane Matthew, Tropical Storms Hermine and Julia and western wildfires. The NC Constitution allows the General Assembly to be called into special sessions at the call of the Governor or by the request of the General Assembly with the signatures of three fifths of the House and Senate. At the close of the special session on Wednesday afternoon, the GOP announced that they had called a fourth special session with 103 signatures from Republican legislators. The fourth special session began on Wednesday afternoon and has allowed the legislature to consider 28 pieces of legislation, five of which were passed. 
Democrats, including Governor-elect Cooper, have protested the special session, alleging that is was called illegally and voting against bills that they assert they would favor in a regular session. To read more about the session, legislation that passed and failed, click here
For more information on NC politics in the news from Kerri Burke, McGuire Woods Consulting, click here.


Legislative Agenda Task Force Committee Concludes 
 
The Legislative Agenda Task Force Committee concluded its last meeting for the year. The work of the committee concluded with a draft 2017 Legislative Agenda that will be present to the chamber board leadership for approval. The agenda guides the policy work and initiatives the chamber supports during the upcoming legislative cycle at the state and local level. 
To view the 2015-2106 agenda, click here. For more information on LATF committee, contact Natalie English. 

Aviation Committee Tours Successful Charlotte Based Startup 
Davinci Jets hosted the Charlotte Chamber’s Aviation Committee meeting Tuesday, Dec. 7, at their Charlotte Douglas International headquarters and hanger. Eric Legvold, co-founder and CEO, shared the history and operations of the Charlotte-based flight service and aircraft management company.

“In less than 10 years, Davinci Jets has grown from three employees to more than 45 full time pilots and executive staff,” said Legvold. And it isn’t just the company that is profiting from that quick growth. Davinci is one of a number of businesses that are helping to stimulate further expansion and development of the area surrounding the airport.

One challenge the company faces is finding a qualified workforce. Legvold says they must do more than simply recruit from area schools with aviation-related programs. The company is also working to grow its product offerings by seeking more employees with diverse skill sets.

New Legislative Effective January 1 

On the first of the year, fifteen laws from 2015-2016 session of the General Assembly will go into effect including:
SB 326: Local Gov’ts/ Buildings/ Structures/ Inspections: Revises the conditions under which counties and cities must inspect buildings or structures.
HB 97: 2015 Appropriations Act: Several provisions of the 2015 budget will go into effect on the first of the year:
Allows foster children to stay in or return to foster care after aging out at 18 years until they are 21. Revises franchise or privilege taxes on domestic and foreign corporations.
December 1, twelve laws from the 2015-16 session of the General Assembly also went into effect including:
HB 958: Felony Death Impaired Boating/Sheyenne’s Law: Increases the criminal penalty for impaired boating which results in death or serious injury. 

 

Speakers Added, Financial Services Summit, Wednesday, January 4

Reserve your seat and see the newest speakers add to the agenda for the 2017 Financial Services Summit January 4 at the Ballantyne Hotel Charlotte.
What will the future of banking look like? From Generationally Driven Decisions to Big data to FinTech and beyond what do the financial industry leaders in our region say about how it will play out? Join co-chairs Katy Knox, Bank of America, and Suzanne Morrison, Wells Fargo, along with other industry representatives for the 2016 Financial Services Summit, Innovation in Technology and Talent.
For remaining sponsorship opportunities, click here.

New Legislative Effective January 1 

On the first of the year, fifteen laws from 2015-2016 session of the General Assembly will go into effect including:
SB 326: Local Gov’ts/ Buildings/ Structures/ Inspections: Revises the conditions under which counties and cities must inspect buildings or structures.
HB 97: 2015 Appropriations Act: Several provisions of the 2015 budget will go into effect on the first of the year: 
Allows foster children to stay in or return to foster care after aging out at 18 years until they are 21. Revises franchise or privilege taxes on domestic and foreign corporations.
December 1, twelve laws from the 2015-16 session of the General Assembly also went into effect including:
HB 958: Felony Death Impaired Boating/Sheyenne’s Law: Increases the criminal penalty for impaired boating which results in death or serious injury. 
For a complete list of new laws and more information on NC politics in the news from Kerri Burke, McGuire Woods Consulting, click here.
 

 
Citizens Transit Advisory Group Meeting Canceled  
The Citizens Transit Advisory Group (CTAG) hosted by the City of Charlotte will not meet in December and will resume their regular meeting on January 17, at 7:30 a.m. in room CH-14 at 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, N.C.
To learn more, click here.