HB 488: Regionalization of Public Utilities

Summary: Transfers City of Asheville's water system to Metropolitan Sewer District; creates an appointed governance board from local governments within the service area.  There is no compensation provided to the City of Asheville.  Note:  This law is being challenged in court by the City of Asheville. Click here for official bill history, bill text, and vote records.

Status: Introduced in the House, heard in the House Committee on Finance and Senate Committee on Finance. Passed 5/2/2013. Became law without the governor's signature 5/14/2013.

WNC Legislators sponsoring the bill: 

  • Primary Sponsors: Chuck McGrady (HD117), Nathan Ramsey (HD115)
  • Mike Hagar (HD112)

Voting for SB 488
Rep. Roger West (R)
Rep. Michelle Presnell (R)
Rep. Chuck McGrady (R)
Rep. Nathan Ramsey (R)
Rep. Tim Moffitt (R)
Rep. Chris Whitmore (R)
Rep. Hugh Blackwell (R)
Rep. Mike Hager (R)
Rep. Josh Dobson (R)
Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R)

Sen. Jim Davis (R)
Sen. Ralph Hise (R)
Sen. Warren Daniel (R)
Sen. Dan Soucek (R)
Voting Against HB 488
Rep. Joe Sam Queen (D)
Rep. Susan Fisher (D)

Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D)
Not Voting
Sen. Tom Apodaca (R) - excused absence