Tag:transparency

  • Bill setting daily webcasts of legislature moves ahead

    The North Carolina General Assembly lags behind most other states as one of seven state governments that doesn’t offer video of any legislative sessions or committees. Reps. Destin Hall, R-Caldwell; Jason Saine, R-Lincoln; and Brendan Jones, R-Columbus, are behind a new bill which would turn…

  • Experts: Military commission not following open meetings laws

    Media law experts believe the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission violated the spirit —  if not the letter — of state laws requiring the conduct of public meetings in a transparent manner. “I feel like a judge would say this is a violation of the law,” Raleigh-based…

  • Judges consider extending order blocking Senate confirmations

    A three-judge panel heard arguments Friday over whether to grant a temporary injunction blocking Senate confirmation of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet nominees. That same panel — Superior Court Judges Jesse Caldwell III, Todd Burke, and Jeffrey Foster — on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order in…

  • New governor must make transparency a priority

    It’s an interesting time for news reporters in North Carolina and across the country. Newspapers, for example, are closing and consolidating. The consistency and frequency in which this is happening isn’t alarming, really. It’s been going on for a while. It does, however, portend a certain future, which is by…

  • Council of State members offer mixed reaction to limits on employment

    A recommendation that the state might impose ethics-related restrictions on secondary employment and corporate board memberships on the state treasurer — and possibly other Council of State officers — drew a mixed response from those officials. At a July 28 meeting of the Investment Advisory Committee, Blake Thomas, interim general…

  • Feds keep recipients of tax credit confidential

      The federal government issued tax credits in North Carolina approaching a half-billion dollars for renewable energy investment in the five most recent years for which records are available, and high-income earners have benefited the most from the tax favors. But the names of beneficiaries of that $466,928,000 in carve-outs…

  • Foxx-sponsored higher-ed transparency bill moves forward

    While North Carolina’s recently passed college transparency bill awaits the signature of Gov. Pat McCrory, similar federal legislation was approved on Wednesday by the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District House Resolution 3178, the “Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act,” would…

  • College Transparency An Issue In N.C., Other States

    A bill that would increase access to information about the costs, benefits, and consequences of college degrees available in North Carolina passed the state House on Wednesday by a vote of 101-16 and has been placed on Monday’s Senate calendar. Senate Bill 536, “Students Know Before You Go and Central…