Bad Bill of the Week

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB 1142 – Handout to Hollywood Cronies

Do you think your taxes are too high? Would like a tax break? Well, some NC legislators are happy to give you a big tax break – if you are a big Hollywood film studio. For years, North Carolina politicians have been tugging on the Armani suits of Hollywood execs…

 

Bad Bill Of The Week: SB 783: Paging Jim Black

In politics, it seems, bad ideas never die. This week’s Bad Bill of the Week – the first for the 2014 session – dredges up the type of legislative scheme that previously landed a state legislator in prison. Senate Bill 783, sponsored by Ralph Hise (R-Madison), Establish Chiropractor Co-Pay Parity,…

 

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).…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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.…

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