(2.18.11) General Assembly Sends First Bills to Perdue
RALEIGH — The Balanced Budget Act of 2011 and Protect Healthcare Freedom bill are on their way to Gov. Bev Perdue. Bills attempting to strengthen Second Amendment rights and improve government transparency also were added to the legislative calendar this week.
(2.17.11) North Carolina Lawmakers Push Back Against Federal Government
RALEIGH — Bills seeking to restore state sovereignty may send a message to Washington while having little immediate practical impact.
(2.15.11) New General Assembly Members Seek an End to Forced Annexation
RALEIGH — For years, property-rights advocates, facing stiff, bipartisan opposition from mayors and city councils, have tried but failed to get relief from the General Assembly. Those landowners hope this time will be different.
(2.08.11) Electoral Freedom Act Would Put More Third Parties on the Ballot
RALEIGH — If passed, the bill would lower the number of signatures third parties and unaffiliated candidates are required to collect before getting on the ballot in North Carolina, easing some of the nation's toughest ballot access restrictions.
(2.03.11) Bill Exempting North Carolinians from Health Insurance Mandate Passes House
RALEIGH — Democrats cited the Commerce Clause and the General Welfare Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Republicans argued that the federal power to regulate interstate commerce did not include the power to regulate economic inactivity (the failure to purchase health insurance).
(2.02.11) Freshman Lawmaker Says 10-Bill Cap Could Slow Reform Efforts
RALEIGH — House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, proposed the cap with the intention of making government more efficient.
(1.31.11) NCGA Preview: Week of January 31
RALEIGH — As the second week of the 2011 General Assembly begins today, legislators are expected to discuss bills addressing forced annexation, the cap on charter schools, and the federal health care mandate.
(1.27.11) At Meeting, Charter Struggle Compared to Civil Rights Movement
RALEIGH — The event featured the intensity and fervor of a tent revival or a civil-rights demonstration. In the eyes of the participants, perhaps it was. The cause for celebration? The promise by the General Assembly’s new leaders to remove the state’s cap on charter schools.
(1.26.11) Forced Annexation and Eminent Domain Bills Filed on First Day of Session
RALEIGH — If passed, House Bill 8 would prohibit governments from taking private property for any reason except public use. The bill clarifies that public use does not include “interest in the property for economic development.”
(1.20.11) Uwharrie Commission Stacked with Alcoa Adversaries
RALEIGH — A majority of the commission members have gone on the record backing Gov. Bev Perdue’s request for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny Alcoa’s license to continue operating four hydroelectric dams, enabling the state to take over the project and gain control of thousands of acres of adjacent property.