Tag:regulation

  • The Session & Freedom’s Fate

    As the 2005 legislative session approaches an end, many will evaluate it according to fiscal beneficiaries or political winners and losers. But another question is more important: what was the fate of freedom?…

  • The First Step to Over-Regulation

    It turns out that falls, not poisons or firearms, pose the most deadly risk to North Carolinians in home-based accidents. So will child-safety locks be required for stepladders?…

  • River Buffer Rules Go Into Effect

    RALEIGH — Water-quality regulations that preserve the pollutant removal functions of existing waterside buffers along parts of the Catawba River and chain lakes became permanent Aug. 1. The measures apply to seven lakes as well as the free-flowing sections of the Catawba River below Lake James. They replace the temporary…

  • Regulations Push Up Rent, Waste

    RALEIGH — Clarke Martin is keeping his fingers crossed that the Apartment Association of North Carolina can convince the General Assembly that consumers and environmentalists will both benefit from proposed legislation to change the rules covering how apartment owners monitor and bill their tenants for water, and to cut industry…

  • Another Way to Tax

    Fiscal conservatives properly focus great attention on the deleterious effects of legislated tax hikes on freedom and prosperity. But they shouldn't ignore the other way to tax.

  • State Regulators On the Hot Seat

    RALEIGH — The air turned foul in a General Assembly committee meeting Tuesday when representatives of various industries in assailed the state Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. One DENR official told the Joint Select Committee on Small Business and Economic Development that North Carolina’s environmental laws sometimes are…

  • Appeals Court Upholds Regulation

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court ruling finding state regulations on pre-need (before death) casket sales to be unconstitutional. At trial, the unregulated cemetery had argued regulations limiting the sales to licensed funeral establishments were not rationally related to the state's interest in protecting its…