State News

Perdue asks legislators to review panels

Posted January 25, 2011 4:00 a.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2011 8:43 a.m. EST

— Gov. Beverly Perdue is offering a long to-do list to the General Assembly, starting with boards and commissions that may have outlived their usefulness.

Perdue said Tuesday she wants the new Republican-led legislature to review 345 state panels by the end of the year and decide whether they're still necessary or if they can be terminated or adjusted.

“Working together, we can hone boards and commissions down to just those we truly need to best serve the people of this state,” Perdue said in a statement.

The Democratic governor said last month she wants the legislature to examine boards and commissions as part of her government reorganization plan.

On Tuesday, she pledged to use executive orders to set specific dates to dissolve any new boards and commissions that are deemed necessary.

More than 4,000 people are appointed to the 406 boards and commissions in North Carolina, and some two-thirds of those are supported in some way by state agencies.

Perdue held a news conference shortly after a coalition of civil rights, religious and social justice advocates met and urged the General Assembly not to support legislation that speakers said would move the state backward on issues of racial justice and education.

"Don't balance the budget on the backs of the poor," state NAACP President William Barber said at the rally. "Don't undermine equal protection under the law for every citizen, and don't slash vital programs that will keep North Carolina from moving forward."