Regulation (page 343)

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    New at CJO: Republican legislators bypass Perdue, Cooper in ObamaCare legal challenge

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on the friend-of-the-court brief Republican legislative leaders have filed in the lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s constitutionality.
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2011
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    Maine opens health care competion

    Live BlogMaine’s House of Representatives passed a package of health insurance reforms that will open up the insurance market in that state, so it looks more like a market, and should mean more affordable insurance for young adults. Mainers would be able to purchase insurance from other states,…
    Joseph Coletti, May 12, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest CarolinaJournal.tv report focuses on a Guilford County brewery’s efforts to win freedom from state restrictions on its business. Watch the story by clicking the play button below. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on one apparent point of budget agreement between Democratic Gov. Beverly…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
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    Heritage Action for America seeks answers from Burr, Hagan

    The Heritage Action for America group wants to know what North Carolina’s two U.S. senators think about increasing domestic oil production. The group sent this action alert today: As gas prices rise, Senatorial opposition to American oil production is indefensible. Take Action: Get Your Senators…
    Mitch Kokai, May 5, 2011
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    The Ever Expanding Smoking Ban

    When the North Carolina legislature passed a statewide smoking ban in 2009, it gave local governments the power to exceed the state prohibition by restricting smoking in additional locations, including local government grounds, such as parks. As expected, municipalities have taken advantage of this power by restricting smoking in public outdoor areas.  Earlier this year, Raleigh passed an ordinance banning smoking in parks and greenways. Now, Greensboro is considering a similar type of ban.  Greensboro is still accepting comments from the public on this proposal. When the state bans smoking in private locations, such as restaurants, it is violating the property rights of private property owners.  A property owner should be able to decide whether or not he wants to allow smoking in his establishment.  Potential patrons can make informed decisions as to whether they want to visit the establishment. When it comes to public parks, such a property rights argument doesn't exist.  However, there may even be more compelling arguments.  Parks and open public grounds aren't enclosed areas and as a result no legitimate health argument exists.  There's a big atmosphere that can protect people from someone smoking a cigarette on a bench hundreds of feet away.
    Daren Bakst, April 27, 2011
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    Bullies, Thugs, and Federal Government

    In an alarming and inconceivable move this week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is attempting to remove a CEO from office. The latest move builds on Eliot Spitzer’s persecution of Hank Greenberg at AIG, the administration’s revolving door atop…
    Nicole Fisher, April 26, 2011
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    New at CJO: Bill aims to change N.C. auto dealer regulations

    Karen McMahan’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on legislation that would amend North Carolina’s rules restricting auto dealers.
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2011
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    N.C. auto insurance system penalizes the best drivers, guarantees private profits

    North Carolina’s auto insurance system could benefit from major reforms that would end penalties for the best drivers and end guaranteed profits for private firms. Those are two key findings in a new John Locke Foundation report on auto insurance reform from Eli Lehrer, vice president of the Heartland Institute.
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2011