We’re ten days into 2019 and 11 new laws took effect in our state back on January 1st.
Some of the bills contain multiple technical items or budget changes, others have various effects on businesses like car dealers.
Two of the biggest new laws impacting people in North Carolina involve roads and elections.
When it comes to roads, the Build NC Bond Act will give the North Carolina Department of Transportation an extra $300 million dollars for projects that aren’t eligible for federal funding.
NCDOT can now borrow up to $300 million per year in special indebtedness bonds once they hit a certain level.
Basically, as long as they keep on pace with their projects, they can borrow this money from the state, allowing them to fulfill more projects.
In the past year, NCDOT says they made improvements on 350 projects, and have room for an additional 144 projects.
Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said in a statement “Transportation is the backbone of our state’s economic competitiveness and our quality of life.”
These bonds will be backed up using money from tolls, highway taxes, and vehicle registration fees.
Another law, centers on elections, mainly election years when the presidential race is on the ballot.
In the past, North Carolina held the presidential primary in March and primaries for all other races in May.
Now, the state has decided to move all primaries to March.
Pitt County Board of Elections director Dave Davis says that has a lot to do with the face they see a higher turnout for presidential races.
“It’s more in the national news, since they’ll see a president on the ballot, everyone wants to come out and vote in that, it brings more people out and that trickles down to the local elections as well.” Davis said.
The hope is that this will give North Carolina more of a say in who the presidential nominees are going to be.
The last time the state of North Carolina held early presidential primaries was in 1988.
There were 7 democrats and 6 republicans in that primary.
George HW Bush would go on to become president that year.