The General Assembly has given final approval to two bills that alter forced annexation rules in North Carolina for the second year in a row. This is in response to a court ruling that struck down changes made in 2011.
One bill cancels contentious involuntary annexations by nine municipalities including Kinston, Goldsboro and Rocky Mount. The governor does not have veto authority with that bill.
Another bill passed would make it more difficult for municipalities to expand their boundaries by taking in land when property owners object. That bill is subject to the governor's approval.