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NC senators back more forced annexation changes

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina senators have given initial approval to two bills that respond to a judge’s ruling that found unconstitutional a key section of changes to forced annexation rules in 2011.

The Senate voted mostly along party lines Thursday in favor of the legislation.

One bill adjusts the method by which people can successfully block a municipality’s effort to incorporate land outside its boundaries. The other bill cancels several pending annexations from Wilmington to Asheville where landowners successfully overturned them by filing enough petitions under the 2011 law.

A judge in March struck down the petition process as unenforceable because only landowners had the right to decide. The bills would appear to make legal challenges moot.

Final chamber votes are expected Monday before the bills move to the House.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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