Bad Bill of the Week

 

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…

 

SB 99: For Whose Benefit?

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is another repeat offender. SB 99, the North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act, is the same piece of legislation dubbed a “Bad Bill” by Civitas in 2011. This year’s version is sponsored by Senators Peter Brunstetter (R-Forsyth) and Eleanor Kinnaird (D-Orange). For starters, the…

 

HJR 171: Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is actually a House Joint Resolution. HJR 171, crafted by Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange), urges the NC General Assembly to draft a resolution opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and calling on Congress to amend the…

 

HB 18: Nanny State is the Real Burning Issue

This week’s “Bad Bill of the Week” is HB 18. Known as the Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act,  HB 18 would ban all North Carolinians under the age of 18 from indoor tanning. Though similar legislation has been tried before, this incarnation of the bill is sponsored by Representatives Mark Hollo…

 

HB 100: Unhealthy Government Intrusion, Take 2

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is a repeat offender. House Bill 100 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days, sponsored by Reps. Alma Adams (D-Guilford) and Larry Hall (D-Durham), would criminalize voluntary work agreements between workers and employers. This bill is a replay of a bill dubbed a BBOTW…

 

Measure a Lock for ‘Bad Bill of the Week’

Occupational licensing has been a frequent target for our Bad Bill of the Week series, so it’s not surprising that we didn’t have to wait long into the 2013 General Assembly Session for a burdensome licensing bill to be filed in the General Assembly. The bill: S.B. 18 to “Amend…

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