Legislative Activity

  • Government Size on the Rise? Lobbying a Telltale Sign

    Here in North Carolina, lobbying is becoming a microcosm of our state’s government.  The number of lobbyists located in the state has steadily grown over the past fifteen years.  The question is why? North Carolina defines lobbying as “influencing or attempting to influence legislative or executive action through direct communication or activities with a designated […]

  • Bev’s Vetoes: Politics over Principle

    “This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors,” she said.  “The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship. Physicians must be free to advise and treat their patients based on their medical knowledge and expertise […]

  • Top Possible Veto Overrides

    Several possible veto overrides are in the air as legislators reconvene later this month to discuss Gov. Bev Perdue’s record-breaking 15 vetoes.  The question remains as to whether both chambers have the three-fifths majority needed to bypass the Governor’s signature and ratify these bills into law. Below are the top six bills to watch as […]

  • The Veto Governor

    Gov. Bev Perdue has declared repeatedly that she wants to be remembered as North Carolina’s “jobs governor”, but the 2011 legislative session has cemented her place in history for a completely different reason: her vetoes. Perdue has vetoed more legislation than every previous governor combined. A governor previously mocked for never seeming to do anything […]

  • Wisconsin Union Battle: Framing the Debate in North Carolina?

    Amidst the controversy surrounding recent legislation that would have affected the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), people are regrettably misinformed.  Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of legislation banning automatic dues payments from NCAE members’ paychecks exposed several prevailing misconceptions. First, the NCAE has certain self-interests. The NCAE is a lobbying group representing the welfare of […]

  • Women’s Right to Know Act Embodies “Pro-Choice” Mentality

    No one can call themselves “pro-choice” and “pro-woman” and stand in opposition to the Women’s Right to Know Act (House bill 854).  This piece of legislation requires that women receive a consultation with a doctor, are given information on alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting period before having an abortion. […]

  • Tort Reform Not Forgotten in Historic Legislative Session

    The General Assembly worked tirelessly throughout the 2011 legislative session to push through hundreds of bills aimed at dismantling the old liberal guard.  In the area of tort reform, several significant legislative improvements were offered with bi-partisan support.  Two of the bills, HB 542, “Tort Reform for Citizens and Business” and HB 709, “Protect and […]

  • Session Gains Ground on Family Issues

    The 2011 legislative session was marked by a significant amount of pro-life and pro-family legislation. The most contested of these was HB 854, the “Women’s Right to Know Act,”which would have required that women be completely informed of all alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting period before making the final […]

  • Second Amendment Gets a Fresh Look in 2011 Session

    The past legislative session has been a historic victory for Second Amendment rights.  Since claiming both chambers in the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time in over a hundred years, Republicans have made significant Second Amendment advances.  Several bills have been introduced in the legislature and the most comprehensive bill, HB 650, has […]

  • Immigration Reform Long Time in Coming, Long Ways to Go

      While not on the Republican’s “100 Days” 10-point legislative agenda when they swept the General Assembly in November, immigration reform still proved to be a major issue in both the House and Senate. In between heated legislative battles over subjects ranging from taxes to tanning beds, several bills were put forth in an effort […]

  • Session Filled With Steps – And Missteps – to Redirect and Reshape Public Education

    With Republican majorities in the House and Senate for the first time in over 100 years, the recently-completed legislative session marks a new period in North Carolina political history. Last November, conservative themes of accountability, expanding educational freedom, and local control helped to propel many candidates to victory. Soon after the election, Republicans proposed a […]

  • 2011 Redistricting is a Process

    Since April 2011, the Joint House and Senate Redistricting Committee has held 37 public hearings in 36 counties across North Carolina.  Hundreds of North Carolinians have been given the opportunity to have their voices heard at the public hearings and online via the General Assembly website. The Joint Redistricting Committee will continue public hearings on […]

  • Lawmakers Perform Healthcare Reconstructive Surgery

    For the first time in over 140 years, Republicans are leading both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.  They came in with a comprehensive list of legislative goals, hoping to overturn and roll back some of the more burdensome policies of the liberal regime. Within their extensive legislative agenda, healthcare was certainly not left […]

  • Legislature Imposes New Hurdles for Involuntary Annexations

    Property owners now have a method of fighting involuntary annexation under the “Annexation Reform Act of 2011″ (HB845) passed by the General Assembly. The primary sponsor of the bill, Representative Steve LaRoque (R-Lenoir) reached a compromise with Democrats and the League of Municipalities that stopped short of a complete annexation moratorium. According to the legislation, […]

  • GOP: Makes Good on Promises, More

    The sun has set on North Carolina’s 2011 long session in the General Assembly, but pundits, analysts, and news media are still digesting the sweeping changes brought to the state in these few brief months. 2011 was destined to be a historic year for North Carolina since the last vote was cast in last November’s […]

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