Yesterday, 6/25/14, Senator Dan Soucek (R-45th) succeeded in his effort to strip Boone of its extraterritorial jurisdiction. SB 865 won approval in a vote of 66-46. The ETJ will now be controlled by the Republican led Watauga County Commissioners barring legal action that could be taken by the Town of Boone.
On Monday, 6/23/14, the House Committee on Government did not provide the bill with a favorable report by a vote of 12-15. On Tuesday, however, the bill was reintroduced in the absence of some Committee members who had voted against it and was given a favorable report.
There has been strong opposition to removing Boone's ETJ authority. In what is becoming the absolute norm for this General Assembly, it does not appear that Senator Soucek or his representatives made any effort to obtain the opinions of those living in the ETJ regarding the removal of Boone's oversight. This marks the first time in NC history that the State has taken away a Town's ETJ authority and sets the precedent for further actions Statewide.