Thursday Wrap: Rules are rules

Posted January 29, 2015

— Another day at the legislature, another social issue.

On Wednesday, it was a bill to allow magistrates and register of deeds staff to opt out of issuing marriage licenses or presiding over marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers and physicians fired a pre-emptive shot at the potential for new regulations for abortion clinics.

The state Department of Health and Human Services recently finished drafting proposed regulations as part of a 2013 law, but some social conservatives say the new rules aren't strong enough. Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, said he is considering a new bill to address some of the issues, but Democrats say the regulations crafted with the help of medical experts should be allowed to go into effect and called for an end to politicizing the issue.

In other news, the anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill is approaching, and lawmakers are looking at small tweaks to the legislation passed last year, if any changes are made at all.


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  • NotAgain Jan 30, 2015

    I work in the private sector, where all the poor non government jobs are. And if my boss asks me do something in my job description and legal, then I have to do it. This is too much regulation, let the private sector handle marrage.

  • NotAgain Jan 30, 2015

    Saw a sign out by the outhouse where they work. Said, 'show us the money'.

  • Terry Watts Jan 30, 2015
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    Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Oh wait...