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Tuesday Wrap: Wash your hands (or not)

Posted February 3, 2015

— On a day that saw the first legislative movement of the session and the latest redistricting reform effort, the day's headlines were dominated by questions of U.S. Thom Tillis' personal hygiene.

Speaking at a Washington, D.C., gathering, Tillis answered a question about his support for deregulation by saying he wouldn't object to abandoning the requirement that restaurant employees wash their hands after going to the bathroom. He said market forces would determine whether the restaurant then remained in business.

On the redistricting front, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to create an independent commission to take over the responsibility of drawing congressional and legislative voting districts every 10 years. Previous efforts have failed for more than 20 years, and Senate leaders said this plan likely won't succeed either.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill that cleans up a few funding snags from last year, including giving money to the Coal Ash Management Commission, and also demands that the Department of Public Instruction set aside money to pay the state's expense to defend a lawsuit filed by the State Board of Education. The board sued the state and the Rules Review Commission in November, arguing that the board's powers under the state constitution should exempt its policy decisions from administrative review.

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  • burnhace Feb 5, 2015

    As long as hand washing is optional for food preparation, let's make it optional for surgery too. Hospitals can post their policy on the door and let the marketplace decide.

  • DJ-George Raleigh Feb 5, 2015
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    No.. Frank.. not really, although based on this biased piece, I understand you confusion

  • Edward Levy Feb 4, 2015
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    If this becomes law, it will probably be followed up with no need for Doctors and staff in hospital or private practice, to scrub their hands. No need for masks in surgical procedures including dentists. Oh, and food handler in grocery stores no need to have gloves, while handling, cheese, deli, etc.

  • Eric Hammond Feb 4, 2015
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    "WRAL which is it? If you changed it by removing that line this it is prof of blatant bias against Republicans."
    68_dodge_polara
    Ummmm.... ever heard of the term "paraphrasing"? And, how much of a carpet bagger republican are you? WRAL the birthplace of the political career of Jesse "Senator NO" Helms showing bias against republicans? ya gotta be kidding me!!

  • Arthur Raleigh Feb 4, 2015
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    Wow! Really? He wants no health laws!

  • Tanya Rose Feb 4, 2015
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    Gee, I'm a liberal and when I read the story I knew exactly what Tillis meant-he just could have come up with a MUCH better example. For instance, something like, "Employees washing their hands protects society as a whole from disease so that is a common sense regulation" and then all he had to do was insert a regulation he thought was not logical or was too extreme. If we are so highly regulated with so many regulations that are not needed it shouldn't have been too terribly difficult to come up with a better example. He obviously doesn't think very quickly on his feet. Or he is trying so hard to keep to the Republican mantras he didn't take common sense into consideration. Either way, he did not handle this very well.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 4, 2015

    he wouldn't object to abandoning the requirement that restaurant employees "wash their hands after going to the bathroom. He said market forces would determine whether the restaurant then remained in business."

    Got to call you out on this one WRAL in the earlier article it clearly stated

    he wouldn't object to abandoning the requirement that restaurant employees wash their hands after going to the bathroom if they posted a notice to that effect and then market forces would determine whether the restaurant then remained in business."

    WRAL which is it? If you changed it by removing that line this it is prof of blatant bias against Republicans.

  • DJ-George Raleigh Feb 4, 2015
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    How utterly pathetic of WRAL to the this out of context. It is a blatant and SAD example of their bias against Tillis and the Republicans. Perhaps you should go back and watch the video, or read the transcript. Then you would see that his comment was made in jest to make the point that regulations are not the only way to achieve a desired outcome.

    There is no excuse for this. You owe Tillis a public apology.

    I really enjoyed the WRAL morning crew and I will certainly miss them.

  • ncsense Feb 4, 2015

    For a long time, Republicans could rail against regulation without thinking at all about where the line should be between personal freedom and the public interest. Time to get a grip -- shouting "Freedom!" won't insure the water coming out of your tap is safe to drink; it won't keep rivers from being smothered in coal ash; and it won't prevent epidemics. Neither will the free market. Freedom and the market gave us air pollution, burning rivers, contaminated groundwater, adulterated food and other joys. It took rules to put basic health and environmental standards in place.

  • Kathryn Adams Feb 4, 2015
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    I know I've asked this before, but I haven't gotten a direct answer so I'll ask it again: if a company is required to post a sign stating whether or not their employees are required to wash their hands, how exactly is that somehow less regulation than requiring companies to post a sign that all employees must wash their hands? Someone is still going to have to verify that companies are posting the sign. If Tillis is trying to argue for less regulation he used a TERRIBLE example, and his suggested solution doesn't actually cut down on regulation.

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