Raleigh, N.C. — A glitch knocks the Republican-backed effort to restructure state boards off track, while school safety and regulatory reform bills advance.
The House rejected a deal negotiated with the Senate over a bill that would strip several key regulatory boards and commissions of Democratic appointees because it also would unseat two judges appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory.
The House also approved a bill designed to upgrade school security, but provisions that would have spent $34 million over two years to hire more school resource officers and counselors and install panic buttons in every classroom were stripped out of the bill.
Meanwhile, a Senate panel passed legislation that guts environmental regulations by requiring cities and counties to repeal any rules stricter than state or federal law and require state environmental oversight boards and agencies to repeal or rewrite any state rule stricter than federal regulations.