Tag:regulatory reform

  • What to expect during this week’s legislative session

    Another session of the N.C. General Assembly — this one especially short — should convene at noon Oct. 4. In an email last week, House Speaker Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, told House Republicans to expect to be in Raleigh for three days, starting Wednesday. And, says Moore in the email,…

  • Senate passes General Fund budget by veto-proof margin

    After roughly two hours of debate, Thursday evening the Republican-led Senate passed a $22.9 billion General Fund budget for the 2017-19 fiscal cycle by an initial 34-15 party-line vote, more than the 30 votes that would be needed to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Discussions of…

  • Finding common ground may elude 2017 General Assembly

    Perhaps the biggest task facing a Republican-controlled General Assembly when it returns from a two-week hiatus Wednesday is finding common ground with a new Democratic governor, and vice versa. That’s a significant challenge, considering the contentious nature of last year’s special sessions and the flurry of lawsuits that followed. Lawmakers…

  • Rules review head wants more regulations scrapped

    Many state agencies are skirting legislation requiring them to determine whether the regulations they collectively impose are necessary, said Garth Dunklin, chairman of the state Rules Review Commission. Dunklin wants tighter controls to force agencies to look closer at rules they issue and potentially remove more of them from the books.

  • DHHS seeks repeal of several certificate-of-need rules

    The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking repeal of six unnecessary certificate-of-need rules to reduce the regulatory burden on medical diagnostic centers and purchase of major medical equipment. Some health care experts welcome the reduced red tape, but say the changes don’t go far enough. The proposal, which…

  • National analysts praise N.C. regulatory reforms

    North Carolina was lauded for “impressive reforms” curtailing its regulatory burdens on businesses and individuals, and national policy analysts discussed methods of further reducing costly restrictions during a June 22 teleconference call. “North Carolina has been a model for a lot of things,” said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs…