Carolina Public Press: Bills limiting Asheville’s authority advance despite terse questioning
From Carolina Public Press:
RALEIGH — Deep disagreement within Asheville’s legislative delegation on two bills that that would strip the city of its extraterritorial jurisdiction and its right to annex and that would eliminate a funding stream for capital improvements were front and center at a meeting Thursday of the House Government Committee.
The bills passed on a voice vote of the committee, but not before their chief sponsor, Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt, was grilled by Democrats on the committee, including Democrat Rep. Susan Fisher, who complained that neither she nor Asheville City Council were given a chance to see the legislation ahead of time. Both bills now move to the House Finance Committee.
“Why is it that just about every bill we see coming from Rep. Moffitt has to do with ending Asheville’s authority?” she said during one back-and-forth exchange with Moffitt.
Fisher said that, in the past, local bills would only be introduced if local delegations had reached a consensus on them, a process that she said, helped preserve local rule.