2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 10 Jul 2004 20:16:37 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: North Carolina bills target encroachment, closure
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More military-friendly bills passed, introduced

Pat Coleman 
New Bern Sun Journal (NC)
July 10,2004 

As the legislature winds up its short session, defenders of Cherry Point
say they are encouraged by the number and variety of bills that have
been introduced in support of the military, in light of the upcoming
Base Realignment and Closure process.

"From (Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow's) perspective and the
Governor's Military Commission perspective, this has done more to
support the military's presence in North Carolina than any time in
history," said Hugh Overholt, a retired Army general hired by ACT to
represent Cherry Point's interests in the upcoming BRAC.

House Bill 1567, co-sponsored by Rep. Michael Gorman, R-Craven, and Rep.
William Wainwright, D-Craven, and co-sponsored by Sen. Scott Thomas,
D-Craven, as S.B. 1161, was signed by the Gov. Mike Easley on Thursday.
It requires counties and cities to give notice of land-use changes to
the military. Overholt said its passage is important because one of the
prime considerations in the upcoming BRAC is encroachment.

Encroaching development that threatens military training around bases
also was addressed in Senate Bill 1064, which could lead to the purchase
of property around military bases to prevent development in areas
critical to the military's mission and training needs.

The bill would allow borrowing from the Clean Water Management Trust
Fund, the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Trust
Fund to preserve sensitive lands around parks and military bases. The
money would be repaid from existing taxes and revenue from specialized
license plates.


for the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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