Regulation (page 360)

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    House Appropriations Committee

    H.B. 14, Vietnam Veterans and Beirut Memorial Signs, passed H.B 351, Restore Confidence in Government, a bill which is supposed to reduce voter fraud by requiring either a picture I.D., a voter I.D. card or another method of identification (such as a utilities bill) in order to cast a ballot.
    Erin McBrayer, June 7, 2011
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    Ridge Law Exemption Proposed: Good for Bigger Government

    North Carolina has a law, known as the Ridge Law, that generally bans construction of most structures over 40 feet along the ridgelines. As I wrote nearly two years ago, wind power advocates are trying to create a special exemption for massive wind turbines. There shouldn’t be a Ridge…
    Daren Bakst, June 6, 2011
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    Dubious carbon offsets

    OK, they’re all dubious, but a new Bloomberg Businessweek article documents one unusual carbon offset transaction involving Chevrolet: The automaker is paying almost $750,000 to bolster a state program in Maine that insulates homes for low-income families. The investment is enough to weatherize 170…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2011
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    Here’s a shocker: Renewable energy mandates are going to cost you

    In a brief sidebar article, the News & Observer recently informed us: Progress Energy asked the N.C. Utilities Commission on Friday for permission to raise rates nearly 4 percent for residential customers. The Raleigh-based power company seeks the increase…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2011
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    Lessons for Lefties: The Legislature

    I have decided to start a new public education campaign for far-left extremists to teach them the basics of government and anything else they may be having problems understanding.  I’d include pictures, but I only have so much time. Today’s lesson: The state legislature.  Click here for today’s reading.
    Daren Bakst, June 3, 2011
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    JLF regulatory expert touts two key reforms in budget plan

    While the General Assembly is focusing much of its attention on the dollars and cents in the new state budget plan, Daren Bakst is touting two key regulatory reforms state senators inserted in the budget. He explains them here and in the video clip below.
    Mitch Kokai, June 2, 2011
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    House Committee on Commerce and Job Development Proceedings

      HB 713, Public Contracts/Multiple Awards, is supposed to save the state money in the long run. However a representative from the Department of Administration said the bill would have a fiscal cost and it was requested that the bill not require the department to have multiple awards in every…
    Erin McBrayer, June 1, 2011
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    Proposed Bill Would Reform NC’s Tort System

    The House Judiciary Subcommittee discussed a new proposal, HB 732, that would drastically reform NC’s tort system. If the bill becomes law, the contributory negligence doctrine would change to the comparative fault doctrine. Basically, this new regulation places a percentage system on the defendant’s responsibility for damages. This…
    Jonathan W. Martin, June 1, 2011