The proposed moratorium on forced annexation in North Carolina has hit another snag. The bill was supposed to be heard for the third reading today on the floor of the House but was pulled by the sponsors after Rep. Skip Stam (R-Wake) sought to have more time to work on an amendment for the bill. Rumors have said that the original language that restricted cities from proceeding with forced annexations for a whole year may be brought back after some horse trading on some other issues.
Legislators need to be mindful that the moratorium is a temporary measure designed to give lawmakers time to consider permanent changes in the annexation laws and not an end unto itself.