The Greensboro City Council had some success in the short session of the North Carolina General Assembly that adjourned in July.
The Greensboro City Council legislative agenda – a list of proposed legislation requested by the City Council – included 11 items, most of which did not result in successful legislation according to a report provided by City Attorney Chuck Watts.
One big win for Greensboro was the passage of a bill that gives Greensboro the authority to establish a race- and gender-neutral small business enterprise program that will allow the city to give preference in awarding contracts to local small business enterprises.
The second part of that legislation the city requested – the authority to have civilian traffic investigators replace sworn police officers – did not pass and is expected to be filed as a separate bill in the 2023 legislative session.
A pilot program funded by the state was established in the budget to provide presumptive disability for firefighters diagnosed with cancer.
The legislature did restore the flexibility in transportation funding.
A request for search and rescue funding was included in the state budget.
No bill was filed on a request for fewer restrictions releasing police body worn camera videos. Under the current law, only a NC Superior Court judge can release police body worn camera videos, and even the City Council is not allowed to view the videos without the approval of a judge.
A bill to provide health care for retired city councilmembers remains in committee.
The City Council requested the authority to have electronic speed enforcement devices in school zones, but no action was taken on that request.
Greensboro agreed not to request bills on establishing the authority for a 25-mile-an-hour speed limit and also on default enrollment of new employees into a deferred compensation plan.
The Triad Connected Cities initiative was not included in the state budget nor was a bill introduced to get this underway.