Author: John Eick

 

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 1210

Every legislative session, members of the General Assembly impose or increase various fees as alternative ways to raise revenue for the state government when raising taxes is not a palatable option. As we stand just months away from an election in which all seats in the General Assembly are up…

 

SB 1210: Athletic Trainers Running On Empty

Every legislative session, members of the General Assembly impose or increase various fees as alternative ways to raise revenue for the state government when raising taxes is not a palatable option. As we stand just months away from an election in which all seats in the General Assembly are up…

 

Lawmakers Give Habitual DWI Offenders Drivers’ Licenses

During the long legislative session of 2009 that was defined by increased spending, in¬creased taxes, and a statewide smoking ban, the General Assembly managed to make several other significant changes to the General Statutes. One such revision – largely made unnoticed and with little media attention or fanfare – would…

 

Use of the Wrong Term Could Result in Dirty Look

Both HB 1739 and SB 1180, “Implement Gender Neutral Terms,” seek to rectify the supposed discrimination associated with using non-inclusive language. Rep. Deborah Ross (D-Wake) and Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) are the primary sponsors of the respective bills that would amend the North Carolina General Statutes to replace gendered terms…

 

State Legislation: Sure to Satisfy Food and Drug Administration and Department of Corrections

In light of the ongoing struggle to balance the state budget, one particularly frivolous bill introduced this session on the House floor by Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes (D-New Hanover) makes the job of legislating look like a piece of cake.

 

No Loophole Here – Anticipate a Surge of “100-Percent” Recycled Items on the Market

If a handful of state legislators get their way, all products manufactured from 100-percent recycled content, like yesterday’s News & Observer, a campaign flyer, and scrap pieces of cardboard boxes, will soon be exempted from state sales tax. Because these items are made with the “environment in mind,” they now…