Annexation legislation has been a hot button topic in the east, especially in Lenoir County.
Back in December the City of Kinston voted to expand its boundaries to bring more residents and property into the city, but more than 60 percent of residents opposed that decision and signed petition to nullify the annexation.
Then Tuesday afternoon a judge struck down the state's new method that gave residents that power, that's according to the Kinston Free Press.
The State General Assembly voted last year that would allow residents to sign petitions against forced annexation, but several municipalities with pending annexations sued late last year, arguing that the new method was unenforceable.
The judge agreed and said the General Assembly's decision was unconstitutional.
The case could head to an appellent court, according to the paper.