Legislative representation is the number one service provided by NCRMA.
Our three full-time lobbyists represent over 30 years of experience. It is their job to learn about retailers’ concerns and to present those concerns to each legislator in the General Assembly. They also attend hundreds of committee meetings during the legislative session and organize “grassroots lobbying” by asking Association members to contact their legislators on particular issues.
The staff not only works to ensure the passage of positive legislation and the defeat of laws that impede retail store operations, they also make sure that what happens in Raleigh is translated to our members in a way that is understandable and useful. The 2016 Legislative short session will reconvene on April 25, 2016.
Issues from the 2015 Session
- Maintain Repeal of Local Privilege License Tax
- Engage in Tax Modernization Debate
- Follow Workers’ Compensation Reform Efforts
- Support Regulatory Reform Efforts
- Oppose Legislation on Extended Producer Responsibility
NC General Assembly
The House and Senate convene for an Organizational Session of the 2015 Long Session on January 14, 2015 when all members elected to the General Assembly in November 2014 will be sworn into office, leadership positions elected and committees appointed. Lawmakers will then return to Raleigh to begin the full work of the session on January 28, 2015. North Carolina has no statutory session limits but the General Assembly always sets a goal of adjourning around the beginning of North Carolina’s Fiscal Year on July 1.
The path from when a bill is introduced until it is signed into law is indeed a long and windy road. To help our members better understand and follow the process we created the educational document, “How a Bill Becomes a Law.”
NCRMA has two options for participation in helping
NCRMA elect business-friendly legislators: