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State boards overhaul passes NC House

Posted March 4, 2013

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— State House lawmakers voted 71-43 Monday night to approve a proposal to eliminate, fire or reconfigure more than two dozen state oversight boards.

Senate Bill 10, which would allow Republican leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to name political appointees as replacements to the boards, is now headed back to the Senate, where it will likely be kicked to a conference committee.

The measure passed its first reading 70-42 last week after a contentious floor debate in which even some Republican members voiced concerns about the bill's hasty arrival on the floor.

Three GOP representatives – Reps. Chuck McGrady of Buncombe County, Nathan Ramsey of Buncombe County and Michael Speciale of Craven County – joined Democrats in voting against the bill Monday.

Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, said the move was necessary to purge state regulatory boards and commissions that, he said, "have been infiltrated with people that have a very left-leaning bent."

Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, however, called it a bad bill.

"This is not a reform bill," she said. "This is a bill about securing special interest rights in very important areas of our law and our government."

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  • Save It Mar 5, 2013

    NC is entering a period of consequences. GOP voters still have no idea what they have done. They'll feel it soon enough, your property taxes just went up today. Everything will cost more and there will be fewer jobs in the name of corporate welfare.

  • AlbertEinstein Mar 5, 2013

    Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, however, called it a bad bill. "This is not a reform bill," she said. "This is a bill about securing special interest rights in very important areas of our law and our government."

    This is a bill that is purging the "Demoncrat" special interest rights in very important areas of our law and government.

  • jcarroll006 Mar 4, 2013

    I applaud Reps McGrady, Ramsey, and Speciale for having the backbone to not align themselves with the over-reaching GOP bullies in order to stand up for and protect the citizens of NC. Enough with the horrendous, self-serving decision-making. Throw the crazies out!

  • Gork Mar 4, 2013

    My, all those commissions might end up filled with Republicans who support the "right leaning" agenda, rather than being "left leaning", as alledged in the article...

  • Gork Mar 4, 2013

    Welcome to Rightwing America.