Editorial: Cities hemmed in – News & Record (In Response To NC General Assembly On Annexation)

State Senate leader Phil Berger reminded North Carolinians in a press release last week that the legislature has "constitutional authority to establish municipalities and set municipal boundaries."

Then the Senate voted to overturn legally conducted annexations in nine cities and towns. (More)

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N.C. House OKs Senate bill to halt Oak Level annexation – Rocky Mount Telegram

RALEIGH – Oak Level residents flashed a thumbs-up sign Thursday as they posed for a celebratory photo after the N.C. House voted in favor of a pair of involuntary annexation bills. (More)

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Annexation petition ruled unconstitutional, "Good Neighbors" to keep fighting – WITN

LENOIR COUNTY,N.C.(WNCT)- People who refuse to be annexed into neighboring cities are not giving up their fight.  On Monday a superior court judge ruled a recent state law allowing people to block annexation with a petition unconstitutional.

State representative Stephen LaRoque formed the group, The Good Neighbors of Kinston three years ago.  He supported county residents by getting a law passed last year.  It allowed them to block annexation by signing a petition.  Now it’s been ruled unconstitutional and it’s back to square one for people who don’t want to live in the city limits. (More)

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Lawmakers, cities remain at odds over annexations – Rocky Mount Telegram

An impasse between legislators and several municipalities over new annexation laws shows no signs of resolution.

N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger this week reiterated statements he made last month calling lawsuits six cities have filed to challenge the new annexation laws “frivolous and abusive legal maneuvers.”

City officials who filed the lawsuits say it is their right to challenge the laws. (More)

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City defends its attempts to annex Oak Level – The Rocky Mount Telegram

Mayor David Combs said Rocky Mount’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new annexation laws is an attempt to protect a $1.5 million investment the city made to support an annexation that complied with state law and was upheld twice in court. (More)

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Rocky Mount NC – Video/Pictures Rocky Mount City Council Meeting November 14, 2011 7:00 PM, Hot Topics Annexation And Sheetz, Kind Of Sorta Heated

See who attended the meeting. Where were the black folks? Are they not interested in what goes on in Rocky Mount? Whites were well represented.

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