Bad Bill of the Week

 

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…

 

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…

 

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.…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

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