State senate passes bill to freeze involuntary annexation

The new majority in Raleigh is moving on a lot of fronts. Some of them are needed, while some are not.

This vote was at the top of the list for rational curbs on local government growth:

Homeowners on the verge of being absorbed into cities or towns against their will won a victory Monday night with a state Senate vote to freeze involuntary annexations.

Under the bill, the freeze would end July 1, 2012. Sen. Andrew Brock, a Mocksville Republican, said during the freeze the N.C. League of Municipalities, the Association of County Commissioners and property rights groups could negotiate revisions to the state’s annexation law. The Senate bill, which passed 36-12, now goes to the House.

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