Bills signed by McCrory address Map Act, industrial hemp

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A short-term response to a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling last month over land for proposed highway projects and slight adjustments to a 2015 law authorizing experimental industrial hemp farming have been signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCrory’s office announced late Tuesday he had signed five more bills the General Assembly left on his desk.

One bill addresses the Map Act, which had been used by the state to keep property costs in check while planning to build loops around cities. The justices said the land-use restrictions effectively took private property from landowners, who could be compensated.

The new law in part directs how litigation covering thousands of landowners will be paid for and tells the Department of Transportation to study how to balance landowners’ needs with protecting transportation corridors.

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