Legislative Activity

  • Regulatory Reform: Jobs and Economic Recovery Take Priority over State Bureaucracy

    The General Assembly passed several pieces of legislation this session that will limit the regulatory authority of state bureaucracies. Important reforms include mandatory cost-benefit analysis for all new regulations and a prohibition on state agencies creating new environmental rules unless required to under federal or state law. Republicans had promised to reduce the regulatory burden […]

  • Historic State Budget Battle Focuses on Taxes, Jobs

    The 2011 North Carolina state budget is an historic one; it is the first state budget to be vetoed by the governor. Adding to its historic nature, the governor’s veto was overridden by the required three-fifths vote in both the state House and Senate, making it only the second veto to be overridden in state […]

  • Before the 2011 Legislative Session Ends, a few More Bills to Pass

    The 2011 session of the North Carolina legislature has accomplished an amazing amount of work in a short time. The session is likely to end in the near future, (for that we are always happy) but there is still work to do. The legislature is due to return later this summer to finish redistricting and […]

  • Governor Perdue: A Rebel without a Cause

    If 2011 goes down in North Carolina’s history books for anything, it won’t be for its amount of civil discourse. Leading up to a budget balancing finale, this legislative session has been pockmarked by a variety of jousting and posturing episodes between the GOP-controlled legislature and Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue, with the media greedily cashing […]

  • Senate Bill Gets Tough on Deficit

    In a bold move to proactively address an historical budget shortfall expected this summer, Senator Richard Stevens (R – Wake) and two other Republican senators, introduced SB 13, also known as the Balanced Budget Act of 2011, early last week. In anticipation of a $3.7 billion shortfall, the bill empowers Gov. Perdue to hold back […]

  • Assembly under New Management

    On an otherwise dreary Wednesday afternoon, a newly instated and historical legislative body wasted no time in setting the tone for the 2011-12 session with a series of substantial changes in legislative procedure. Wielding a strong governing mandate, Republican leadership moved quickly to enact a new set of rules to govern their respective legislative bodies […]

  • House Cleans House

    Republican House leadership acted swiftly on the first day of session to both consolidate their newfound power and allay Democratic concerns of being relegated to minority party obscurity, as was the case for Republicans in previous sessions. The vast majority of changes involved streamlining the means by which bills are passed, as well as reducing […]

  • Senate Sets Session’s Tone

    Within minutes of the legislative body taking the oath of office, Senate leadership pushed through a number of procedural reforms that were at times contentious and other times universally applauded. On the one hand, many concessions were made to the minority party as a gesture of good will. The Republican administration harped on the conditions […]

  • Increased Communication Vital for Liberty

    The recent shooting spree against U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords of Arizona shocked the political world, a world already riddled with very little compromise and reliable uncertainty. Giffords has been heralded as a positive advocate for her constituents, a fighter who narrowly wins her district in a conservative-leaning state. When Giffords was shot in the head by a shooter described by both Republicans and Democrats as characteristically "unstable," she was participating in what many news reports detailed as Giffords doing what she loved best, which is communicating with the public in a town hall style meeting.

  • Will Upcoming NC Legislative Session Include Tort Reform?

    North Carolina’s current civil liability, or tort system, is expensive and inefficient, resulting in litigation that adds unnecessary costs to doctors and businesses. Our tort system prevents North Carolina employers from creating and maintaining jobs, while encouraging doctors to either practice defensive medicine or leave our state. If state legislators want an effective solution to creating new jobs and boosting the economy, tort reform should be a legislative priority.

  • Civitas Conversations – 2010 New NC Legislators

    The results of the 2010 North Carolina election brings in a wave of new state legislators for the 2011 term. Civitas has compiled profiles for all of the new legislators, including name, district, counties represented, political affiliation, occupation, and previous offices held. As the 2011 legislative session approaches, Civitas will routinely update this article with exclusive interviews with new legislators. We hope these profiles and interviews will provide constituents with a vital tool to connect with their state representatives and learn about the issues their representatives support.

  • Ferry Investigation Prompts ‘Sink or Swim’ Moment

    In case you were in the camp that believed that $41 million was an obscenely large annual budget to run a Ferry system that takes in around $2.5 million a year, recent investigations into wrongdoings and increased public attention may cause the Ferry Divisions finances to go under some long overdue scrutiny.

  • New UNC System President Funded Abortions and Gay Rights in North Carolina

    Thomas Ross, while the head of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, steered over $280,000 to Planned Parenthood from 2001-2007 and an additional $50,000 to NARAL Pro-Choice America. Both groups provide abortions and inevitably had the most to gain from the UNC system’s new health care plan, which up until last week included coverage for elective abortions.

  • Ross speedily confirmed as President of UNC System, ACORN ties and all

    At a hastily convened meeting on August 26th, The UNC Board of Governors voted to appoint Thomas Ross as the next President of the more than 200,000 students and more than 30,000 staff of the university system. While relatively unknown by most state residents, Ross is well known by the politically connected, especially those on the left.

  • 2010 Legislative Session Summary

    The 2010 North Carolina Legislative Session has come to an abrupt close, leaving behind a mixed bag of new laws and a slew of serious problems that have yet to be resolved by our government. The major themes of this legislative session were tax incentives and ethics bills, although there were other notable laws in the areas of education, fees and regulation.

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