Local government

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    A step forward on criminal law reform

    On Monday night, the North Carolina Senate passed SB 584, a criminal law reform bill that represents an important step toward creating a more effective, efficient, and fair criminal justice system. Right now, local governments and some administrative agencies have the power to create new crimes on their own. Some…
    Mike Schietzelt, May 7, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. policymakers could boost health care innovation by scrapping a state requirement called the certificate of need. Jordan Roberts discusses CON reform efforts in the N.C. General Assembly for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders explains why it makes no sense for governments to…
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2019
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    The end of the road for criminal ordinances?

    What do off-leash dogs, screeching tires, and begging have in common? All three can earn you a criminal record in North Carolina. Last month, Professor Jessica Smith (UNC School of Government) shared a number of wonderful insights into the prosecution of ordinance violations in North Carolina in a blog post…
    Mike Schietzelt, April 23, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Linday Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online that unclear lines of accountability influence recent UNC System turmoil. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains why local governments still don’t need to get into the broadband business.
    Mitch Kokai, April 9, 2019
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    CJ reports: Republicans reversing course on government role in rural broadband?

    Carolina Journal reports on bills designed to decrease government’s role in rural broadband: North Carolina for many years has been a battleground over government-backed broadband services. The issue seemed to be settled in 2011, when the Republican-controlled General Assembly passed the Level Playing Field Law, which severely restricted…
    Anna Manning, April 4, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. policy linked to rural broadband service. John Tump’s Daily Journal focuses on the likelihood of state alcohol regulation reforms.
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the demise of the proposed Durham-Orange light rail line. The Daily Journal critiques recent decisions from the University of North Carolina’s governing board.
    Mitch Kokai, March 29, 2019
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    Raleigh overregulation kills off e-scooters

    Once again, when market choices don't square with their dictates, Raleigh's leaders choose to be on the cane-waving side of the "Keep off our lawn" news stories.
    Jon Sanders, March 28, 2019