Bad Bill of the Week

 

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…

 

Bad Bill of the Week: HB 840: Ensuring the Education Bureaucracy Stays Healthy

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:…

 

HB 681: Mascots under the Microscope

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…

 

SB 35: That Dog Won’t Hunt (Literally)

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”…

 

House Bill 349: It’s Not Easy Being Green

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.

 

Bad Bills of the Week: HB 169 & SB 188, High Point Furniture Festival

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),…

 

SB 169: Pay Now, and Pay Later

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…

 

Socially Irresponsible Companies

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.

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