SB 527, “Life Science Development Act”, has once again resurfaced from the depths of buried legislation. Similar legislation was proposed in the 2009-2010 and the 2010-2011 sessions, failing to go anywhere each time. Indeed, the 2009 version was also the recipient of a Bad Bill of the Week award. Yet here it is again. It […]
Energy efficiency is all the rage these days. “Green” products are hip, and saving the environment is supposedly as easy as turning your lights off at night. There is nothing wrong with individuals engaging in voluntary actions they perceive will help reduce our ecological footprint. Moreover, such actions can also lower utility bills, helping us […]
The ATM is a wonderful device. It allows someone short on cash to quickly and efficiently replenish their wallet, allowing them to spend more money as they see fit. Yet it is not magic; what you spend is your own, and it will come to an end sooner or later. Yet some House members seem […]
Senate Bill 558 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days (McKissick D-Durham) offers up an unhealthy dose of government intrusion into voluntary labor agreements. (There is an equivalent House Bill, HB 223 sponsored by Alma Adams, D-Guilford). The bill would mandate a certain threshold of paid sick days, and also detail what qualifies as a paid […]
Those who thought last November’s election meant there would be less intrusion into families and raising children are going to get a reality check with Senate Bill 471. It carries the mom and apple pie title of Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act and is sponsored by Sen. William R. Purcell (D-Scotland) ; Sen. Eric Mansfield […]
Anyone who has gone to the grocery store or the gas station in recent months has likely felt the pain of rising prices. No doubt, those having the most difficulty reaching deeper into their pockets to pay more for these goods are the poor and working families trying to make ends meet. With this as […]
In light of a budget deficit of more than $2 billion, both the General Assembly and Governor Perdue recognized a need to reduce and reorganize state government. One action supported by both sides is the reduction and consolidation of many of the state’s boards, committees and commissions, a step championed by Perdue as a means […]
If you have ever been to the General Assembly you have probably noticed security is not as stringent as at other state buildings. The Sergeant at Arms staff is there to keep the peace at crowded committee meetings and hearings, and you might see a police officer every once in a while. However, there are […]
There has been a big push at the national level to promote better nutrition and increase exercise for children. There is nothing wrong with telling kids to eat better and play outside, but North Carolina’s latest legislative attempt to jump on the bandwagon misses the mark entirely. House Bill 840: Healthier and Greener Schools Act–sponsored […]
Major things are happening in North Carolina government. Budgets are being written, districts are being redrawn, and if several legislators get their way, mascots will soon be under review for political correctness. Wait, what? Under HB 681 An Act to Study the Use of American Indian Mascots at Public Schools sponsored by Charles Gram (D-Robeson), […]
Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend.” Apparently, they aren’t a friend of Rep. Ellie Kinnaird. SB 35, Orange Co./No Deer Hunting with Dogs, sponsored by Kinnaird (D-Orange) would criminalize anyone attempting to “hunt deer or attempt to take deer with the aid of dogs at any time” in Orange County. Hunting deer […]
House Bill 349, Promote Green Roofs on Buildings, is just one more example of politicians using the “green” movement to disguise classic political game playing. It sounds good, but it is a really just a taxpayer-funded handout to companies that install green roofs.
Upon electing a new conservative majority in Raleigh, voters have high hopes for the end of the General Assembly’s “write a check and hope for the best” approach to economic development. However, House Bill 169: High Point Furniture Market Funds sponsored by Rep. Maggie Jeffus (D-Guilford), Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford), Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), and […]
Like a bad headache, sometimes bad bills just won’t go away. Such is the case with this week’s Bad Bill of the Week SB 169, introduced by Senator Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) and cryptically named Study Innovations/Incentives in Education. SB 169 calls for creation of a study commission “to study the feasibility of offering financial incentives […]
Senate Bill 26, the North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act, would create a new class of business or corporation that can claim to be morally superior to the run of the mill greedy corporation that now exists.