Category: Government Reform

  • Achievement School District bill passes House, heads to governor

    A measure to rehabilitate five of North Carolina’s failing public schools passed the state House and Senate on consecutive days after facing opposition from Democratic lawmakers who said the bill would allow charter school companies to exploit taxpayers while perpetuating low performance among struggling students. Republican backers of House…

  • Measure with three constitutional amendments heads to House

    Senate Republicans rebuffed a pair of last-ditch Democratic amendments on Tuesday, and approved by a 31-18 vote House Bill 3, containing three amendments to the state constitution including a single amendment combining two measures — one permanently lowering the cap on the state personal income tax rate from 10 percent to…

  • Supreme Court ruling marks effective end for N.C. Map Act

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 684: The N.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Forsyth County property owners and against the state Department of Transportation in a case involving the Map Act. Jon Guze, the John Locke Foundation’s director of legal studies, analyzes the court’s ruling…

  • Budget would end CON mandate for new mental health beds

    Budget writers working on the state’s 2016-17 spending plan received the OK to increase the amount of money to open new psychiatric beds around the state from $12 million to $18 million, using proceeds from the sale of the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh, while eliminating a controversial regulation that…

  • Legislation Settles Lengthy Dispute Between State Bar, LegalZoom

    The General Assembly has codified many of the provisions of a 2015 consent judgment between LegalZoom.com Inc. and the N.C. State Bar, allowing the online self-help service to provide routine legal documents to consumers in the state. If Gov. Pat McCrory signs the legislation, it would end a battle that…

  • Senate Passes Reg Reform; House Version Up Next

    The state Senate on Monday approved its version of regulation reform on a mostly party-line 30-15 vote. The 2016 version of the Senate deregulation bill includes a provision that restricts agencies from imposing costly regulations that exceed thresholds set by the statute. Another provision would end the ban on…

  • Senate Committee Considers Repealing Certificate of Need

    State Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, said the state’s certificate-of-need law, a major regulatory barrier to reducing costs and competition in health care, would be repealed under a bill working its way through the Senate Health Care Committee. House Bill 161 “is very simple. All CON regulations with the state will…

  • New Regulation Reforms Focus on Cost, Accountability

    The 2016 edition of regulatory reform is beginning to emerge as both the House and the Senate piece together their respective versions, which focus on curtailing costly rules and making the process of imposing regulations more accountable to the public. “This effort here is to address unnecessary and over-burdensome regulations…