by Melissa Brumback
Ragsdale Liggett PLLC
For those of you following the proposed revisions to the NC lien law that is currently at the NC House Judiciary Subcommittee B, a quick update: the proposed bill (HB 489) is unlikely to be voted on this legislative session due to its unpopularity with several constituency groups, including both the AIA-North Carolina and the NC Home Builders Association.
According to NC Bar Association Construction Law section chair, Nan Hannah, a vote is unlikely in this legislative session. However, there is the potential for a study commission to continue the conversation and discuss alternative lien law changes that might satisfy all constituents.
Such a study commission will only occur if Subcommittee Chairman Paul Stam hears from those in the industry that such a study commission is desired. In addition to the Construction Section of the Bar, the American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas supports the idea, as do other industry groups.