Category: Law & Regulation

  • Are state agencies waiting to disclose data breaches?

    State agencies reported a record 250 data breaches, identity information thefts, and unauthorized disclosures of personal records in their custody in 2017. But as public concerns about computer hacks, electronic system vulnerabilities, and personal data mismanagement mount, the question is whether state agencies notify victims in…

  • Occupational licensing Grinch ready to steal opportunities

    It’s the holidays. Time for good cheer, glad tidings and songs of the season. Good will to all, peace and joy. But in North Carolina, a Grinch hides around every corner. He steals opportunity and won’t let people work. The Grinch is occupational licensing. He’s a mean one. Traveling…

  • FLASHBACK: Tax cuts are not self-financing

    Editor’s note: This Daily Journal by John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood originally ran here May 30, 2017. We are running it again in response to a story,”What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country,” published Sunday in The Washington Post. North Carolina Republicans…

  • UNC Center for Civil Rights breaking away from university

    CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina Law School’s Center for Civil Rights is cutting ties with the university system. Center lawyers Mark Dorosin and Elizabeth Haddix, who were fired Nov. 30, have filed paperwork moving the organization from under the UNC umbrella. The…

  • Q&A: Charlotte-based makeup artist challenges N.C. licensing law 

    Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani wanted to open a makeup artistry school, but the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners wouldn’t allow it unless she agreed to teach esthetics and bought thousands of dollars of unrelated equipment. Now, along with the Institute for Justice, Bukvic-Bhayani is suing the board. Carolina Journal Associate Editor Lindsay Marchello sat…

  • North Carolina not smiling on happy hours

    While I don’t consider myself an expert on North Carolina’s laws governing alcohol, I do think I’m pretty well informed. But the other day I learned something I probably should have known, considering my research on the subject. No bar, grill, brasserie, bistro, or…

  • Audit finds excessive use of state vehicles by DMV workers

    A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary organization,” according to an investigative report released Tuesday by State Auditor Beth Wood.