From the Asheville Citizen-Times
Two of North Carolina’s largest counties would not be forced to give up their public water systems under Senate amendments to a bill that would move the [Asheville] city system to a regional authority.
Meanwhile, former congressional candidate and past Republican City Councilman Carl Mumpower said he would leave the GOP in protest if the bill passes.
“The unprecedented use of eminent domain to seize a city-owned water system reveals a party power structure indifferent to the principles upon which that party is founded,” he said in a statement.
Senators from Wake and Mecklenburg counties pushed for the amendments to House Bill 488 during debate this week. The amendments go back to the House for consideration before the bill goes to the Senate for a final vote. …