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    Senate Finance Committee moves forward with Regulatory Sandbox Bill

    Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved SB 470, the Regulatory Sandbox bill. The legislation will now go to the Rules Committee before having a vote before the full Senate. In a recent research brief, my colleague Jon Sanders explained how the regulatory sandbox works: “What’s a regulatory sandbox?…
    Jordan Roberts, June 9, 2021
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    SB 455, Decriminalize non-Statutory Offenses is a good idea

    North Carolina’s criminal code is a mess. The sheer number of criminal laws and regulations are inaccessible and haphazardly organized so as to make it virtually impossible for regular citizens to know, understand and comply without breaking the law as they go about their everyday life, jobs and businesses. Citizens…
    Becki Gray, May 5, 2021
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    Talking without a government license?

    It’s the classic tale of government overstepping its bounds, making itself a burden to the very people it purports to help. A professional counselor in Virginia has been told by District of Columbia bureaucrats that she can’t offer online teletherapy to people who live right next door to her…
    Donna Martinez, March 11, 2021
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    What Is “Guidance? Nothing More Than A Rule In Disguise

    You may remember from School House Rock that the way an idea becomes a law is it is introduced to the legislature as a bill and passed through the legislative process. Unfortunately, that process has become muddled throughout the years, as Jon Sanders explains in his latest research brief.
    Brenee Goforth, June 11, 2020
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    NC would benefit from easing restrictions on Nurse Practitioners

    Primary care physicians have been on the decline in recent years and the projections for the future number of these type of doctors doesn’t look promising. As the number of baby boomers continue to age and live longer, the need for primary…
    Jordan Roberts, September 27, 2018
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    Regulations Block Innovations, Ignore Changing Norms in Funeral Industry

    Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses burdensome rules that block innovation in the funeral industry. Henderson offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. Watch the interview here and read the full Carolina Journal story here.
    Donna Martinez, November 14, 2017
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    CJ: Tillis-sponsored Bill Would Ease Some Barriers Slowing Marijuana Research

    Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports on a federal bill that would roll back regulations for marijuana studies. So what’s the status of marijuana in North Carolina? Marijuana isn’t legal in North Carolina, though CBD oil, a non-psychoactive part of the plant, is allowed to treat specific types of epilepsy…
    Donna Martinez, October 17, 2017
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    The Wrong Entrepreneurship

    Robert Litan and Ian Hathaway began three years ago to examine why fewer new businesses are being created. Their first attempt to explain things in 2014 found that slowing population growth and business consolidation were the two main factors. They acknowledged policy differences could have independent roles and could also contribute to population…
    Joseph Coletti, June 13, 2017