Bad Bill of the Week

 

HB 1010: Spending Money Like it’s Free

As North Carolina continues to struggle with one of the worst unemployment rates in the country, many families are finding ways to trim their household budget. But how many of you would think that adding an expensive cable channel that nobody watches would count as tightening your budget? Representative Ray…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 691 – Raising Rates on Driving

Nobody likes going to the DMV. The lines are long, the wait is longer, and the service is generally subpar most times. It’s hard to imagine how people can tolerate waiting at the DMV without going mad. While the DMV experience is already dreadful, Senate Bill 691 seeks to also…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 527: Taxpayer Bailout of Risky Investments

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…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB135 – “Eccentric Energy Efficiency Enforcement”

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…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB 879: People are not ATM Machines

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.…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 558 – Unhealthy Government Intrusion

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…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: Senate Bill 471 – The Nanny State Reaches Farther

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…

 

HB 884: Because Working Families Have Too Much Money!

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…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB 758: Commissions Not Gone for Long

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…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: SB 632 – Million Dollar Umbrella Alternative

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…

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