More than 100 state environmental regulators who will implement upcoming legislative decisions on natural gas drilling, offshore oil exploration and changes to air and water quality rules will soon do so as "exempt" employees who can be fired without cause or appeal.
An environmental advocate blasted the state General Assembly Friday for a legislative session she said prioritizes the needs of business over the natural world.
A measure that would turn the job recruitment functions of the Commerce Department over to a public-private partnership did not pass the Senate. It's unclear how much authority the governor has to pursue changes for which he has pushed.
Two bills that are high on the governor's priority list are prime targets for end-of-session politicking this week.
A bill to ease regulations on hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' in North Carolina has won final approval.