Bad Bill of the Week

  • HB 803: Healthy and High Levels of Micromanaging and Bureaucracy for Our Schools Act

    House Bill 803, Healthy and High Performance Schools Act, is a lengthy bill filled with mind-numbing amounts of detail in an attempt to micro-manage the lives of schoolchildren. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), and Rep. Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg). A sampling of what is […]

  • HB 208: Thinking Inside the Box

    This week’s Bad Bill of the Week has the intention of removing a barrier to employment opportunities for people with a criminal record, but like previous Bad Bills relating to employment, this one has unintended consequences that must be pointed out. House Bill 208, Ban the Box, is sponsored by Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), Garland Pierce […]

  • HB 976: Gun-Grabber Wish List

    After reading House Bill 976, the Gun Safety Act, it becomes hard to believe that Joe Biden, Diane Feinstein and Andrew Cuomo are nowhere to be found roaming the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly. After all, the Gun Safety Act reads as though it is straight out of their no-compromise, gun control playbook. […]

  • HB 956: Who Let the Dogs Out?

    Since the introduction of this week’s Bad Bill of the Week, there has been a lot of talk about criminal background checks. No, not for potential gun buyers – criminal background checks for dog ownership.  House Bill 956, or the Act to Regulate Aggressive Dog Breeds, would impose a number of regulations and restrictions on […]

  • SB 150: Paging Karl Marx

    One of the ten planks of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto is “Centralization of credit in the hands of the State.”  Apparently of like mind is North Carolina state Senator Ellie Kinnaird (D-Orange), primary sponsor of Senate Bill 150, Study State-Owned Banks. Basically, the “state-owned bank” would take taxpayer dollars, then loan these funds to select […]

  • HB 722: Racial Justice Act, Part 2?

    The death penalty is always a hot topic in any discussion, but is HB 722 another back-door attempt to do away with the death penalty without addressing the issue itself? This week's Bad Bill of the Week is HB 722, “Capital Punishment/Severe Disabilities,” which would mandate that a killer who suffered from a “severe mental disability” when the crime was committed would not be sentenced to death.

  • HB 797, Business Facilities Development: Making a Bad Idea Worse

    Government doling out taxpayer dollars to politically-connected businesses is bad enough, but this week’s Bad Bill of the Week takes that concept to even lower depths. HB 797, Business Facilities Development, sponsored by Reps. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), Paul “Skip” Stam (R-Wake), and Tom Murry (R-Wake), would extend government-subsidized loans to groups of unelected and unaccountable […]

  • SB 558: Exposing Taxpayers to More Risk

    Gamblers on a losing streak often resort to desperately making riskier bets to try to make up for their previous losses – a move that rarely pays off and which usually leaves them even poorer. Senate Bill 558, Treasurer’s Investments, appears to mimic the risky behavior of the desperate gambler. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Hise […]

  • HR 836: Perpetuating a Major Myth from the Financial Crisis

    House Resolution 836, Support Restoration of Glass-Steagall Act, is a fact-free proclamation seeking to perpetuate a harmful myth surrounding the financial collapse of 2008. Sponsored by Reps. Jeff Collins (R-Nash), Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba), Robert Brawley (R-Iredell), and Rodney Moore (D-Mecklenburg), the Resolution would have the General Assembly urge “the United States Congress to enact legislation […]

  • HB 737: Shun and Neglect the Unemployed

    This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is HB 737. Titled “Protect and Support the Unemployed” and sponsored by Representatives Deborah Ross (D-Wake), Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover/Brunswick), Pricey Harrison (D- Guilford) and Edward Hanes (D- Forsyth), HB 737 is not all its lofty title suggests that it is. Aiming to put people back to work, […]

  • HB 603: The Discourage Employers From Hiring Women Act

    This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is HB 603. Sponsored by Representatives Deborah Ross (D-Wake), Deb McManus (D-Chatham), Valerie Foushee (D-Orange), and Paul Tine (D-Beaufort), the The Equal Pay Act is a mess. The bill aims to  guarantee fair compensation by requiring employers to pay all employees “the same wages in the same establishment […]

  • HB 447, Restore Teaching Fellows Program

    Facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit in 2011, the state legislature reduced and eliminated a variety of programs in order to balance the budget. One program the legislature ended future funding for was the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program. The Teaching Fellows program awarded renewable scholarships of up to $6,500 annually to 500 high school […]

  • SB 362, Study Energy Efficiency Standards: A Bill Only Al Gore Could Love

    This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is SB 362, Study Energy Efficiency Standards. Sponsored by Sen. Eleanor Kinnaird (D-Orange), this bill would create a study of an ineffective “tiered” billing format for electricity, impossible goals for electricity-use reduction, and an ambiguous “pollution tax.” Tiered electricity rates mean that the more electricity you use, the […]

  • One Size a Bad Fit for One Stop

    This week’s “Bad Bill of the Week” is House Bill 188, Early Voting on Weekends. It is sponsored by Representatives Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Pitt) and Garland Pierce (D-Hoke) and goes a long way to expose the apparent “one-size fits all” attitude of so many elected politicians. HB 188 seeks to require all 100 counties to conduct […]

  • Lipstick on a Pig – “Independent Redistricting Commissions”

    Senator Eleanor Kinnaird (D-Orange) is the lone sponsor of this week’s Bad Bill of the Week – SB 155, The Hamilton C. Horton Jr. Independent Redistricting Commission. Senator Kinnaird sponsored a similar bill last year with the same name. While Civitas remembers the late Senator Horton fondly, we are skeptical of all “non-partisan” or “independent” […]

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