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 for grabs, incumbents - especially those in the Democratic majority - were extra cautious not to raise taxes during the latest legislative session. They did manage, however, to raise an assortment of fees, the latest being those required to obtain and renew a license to be an athletic trainer in the North Carolina... (Read More)

  • 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 for grabs, incumbents - especially those in the Democratic majority - were extra cautious not to raise taxes during the latest legislative session. They did manage, however, to raise an assortment of fees, the latest being those required to obtain and renew a license to be an athletic trainer in the North Carolina.

  • 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 drastically alter current laws on the books by putting drunk drivers back on the roads.

  • 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 with their gender-neutral counterparts.

  • 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 are being looked at as “special.”