Jeff Collins House Bill 56: Simply Garbage

Below is a copy of the proposed bill sponsored by Rep. Jeff Collins.  After reading the language of the bill, I’m not even sure this would stand a litigation test (constitutionally and on it’s own merits).  It’s a somewhat poorly written bill.  That may be why everyone else in the House is staying clear of it.  It also sends a bad message of precedent.   There are other ways to address the Oak Level issue.  Newton sponsored a moratorium on annexation that was more realistic and a much more meaningful bill.  Newton’s bill gives way to cooler heads and intelligent thinking.  What Collins has produced is just garage. 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION 2011
H 1
HOUSE BILL 56
Short Title: Rocky Mount Annexations Repealed. (Local)
Sponsors: Representative Collins (Primary Sponsor).
For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site.
Referred to: Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
February 9, 2011
*H56-v-1*
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1
AN ACT TO EXERCISE THE POWER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNDER 2 SECTION 1 OF ARTICLE VII OF THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO FIX 3 THE BOUNDARIES OF CITIES AND GIVE SUCH POWERS TO CITIES AS IT 4 DEEMS ADVISABLE BY WITHDRAWING THE DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO 5 THE CITY OF ROCKY MOUNT TO MAKE CERTAIN ANNEXATIONS. 6
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 7
SECTION 1. Ordinance No. O-2010-1 adopted by the City Council of the City of 8 Rocky Mount on January 11, 2010, entitled "ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 9 ADOPTED DECEMBER 18, 2008 EXTENDING THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE 10 CITY OF ROCKY MOUNT UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY PART 3, 11 ARTICLE 4A, CHAPTER 160A OF THE GENERAL STATUTES OF NORTH CAROLINA 12 – ANNEXATION NO. 287-AREA 1," and Ordinance No. O-2008-136 adopted by the City 13 Council of the City of Rocky Mount on December 18, 2008, entitled "AN ORDINANCE 14 EXTENDING THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF ROCKY MOUNT UNDER 15 THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY PART 3, ARTICLE 4A, CHAPTER 160A OF THE 16 GENERAL STATUTES OF NORTH CAROLINA – ANNEXATION NO. 287 – AREA 1," 17 are repealed. 18
SECTION 2. This act is effective from and after June 30, 2009. 19

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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5 Responses to Jeff Collins House Bill 56: Simply Garbage

  1. Troubled says:

    Garbage would be a good description of this annexation attempt by Rocky Mount.
    Urged on by The League of Annexalities, lobbying and funded with tax money against the tax payer, the municipalities have attempted and successfully completed many ludicrous, corrupt, and totally inquitable annexations by force. It’s time their reign is ended in NC.

    • George Fisher says:

      My point isn’t about the annexation or the right/wrong of the Oak Level issue: it’s about Jeff Collins and this particular bill. There are much better ways to handle this absent this bill.

  2. Bruce says:

    Yea! Involuntary annexations are garbage.Municipalities say they can offer better services but truth be told they can’t.But you can’t put all the blame on them,their only doing what the laws allows.Changes have to be made to the laws to keep them from continuing this injustice.I appreciate Rep.Collins and all of the other political supporters of annexation reform.My hope is that the way that Municipalities have been reeking havoc on the citizens of NC are numbered and some true reform will occur.

    • George Fisher says:

      Again, my point is directed at the Bill and not Oak Level. Oak Level has a case pending in the NC Court of Appeals and it will be decided there…or higher; the way it should be handled. The Collins bill is a waste of money, energy and time. This is a matter for the Courts. This bill is nothing more than a campaign flier for Collins directed at the Oak Level community.

      • Bruce says:

        But what better way to get the law changed than with the Goverment that made the laws to begin with.True justice can’t be found in the courts,the laws must be changed.Once again,Municipalities say that they are abiding by the laws.

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