While state legislators are considering a bill that appears to relax groundwater standards, state environmental officials are seeking public comment on rule changes that strengthen some of them – and relax others.
The N.C. General Assembly is considering allowing video gaming in the state—and taking a cut of the action.
Buncombe County Rep. Bruce Goforth has introduced a bill in the House to extend “certain permits and approvals” affecting development or real property in the state. The extension period begins Jan. 1, 2007, and continues through Dec. 31, 2010,
Bills introduced in the N.C. House last week included action to hold a statewide referendum on medical marijuana, introduce more energy efficiency in state-funded buildings and in the state building code, and establish a Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.
Among the far-ranging topics of legislation submitted in the N.C. General Assembly over the past week were bills that would amend the absentee voting law, permit immediate euthanization of stray animals that bite humans, limit mandatory testing in the public schools, and provide written parental notification when a student is recommended for expulsion or suspension.
Local WNC bills introduced last week in the Legislature could allow an Asheville ordinance addressing nonconsensual (predatory) towing, the incorporation of the town of Swannanoa, and an amendment to the Sullivan Act affecting Asheville’s water management.
Bills to increase the number of charter schools in the state and to institute a “No Adult Left Behind” program moved forward in the N.C. General Assembly this past week, along with authorization to make Grandfather Mountain an official state park.
The General Assembly’s second week of the 2009 session included the introduction of a number of bills of particular interest to Western North Carolina legislators and constituents, including a provision to create four-year terms for the legislators.
State legislation has been filed that would make it illegal to communicate libelous or slanderous material through online services, blogs, forums and other electronic means.
With the opening of the 2009-2010 session of the N.C. General Assembly, several bills of particular interest to Western North Carolina legislators and constituents went into the starting gate on Jan. 29.
The sky isn’t falling, but at the Asheville City Council’s April 15 work session, Council members were told that the city can expect tight budgets and lean times for the next few years—probably moving some Council priorities to the back burner. That includes such items as property-tax relief, various major capital-improvement projects, and assorted environmental […]
Asheville wants to end homelessness, right? That’s a noble cause, and I support the good intentions behind this effort. But if Asheville is ever going to achieve this lofty goal, we need to be honest about a few things first. 1) There’s a segment of Asheville’s homeless population that chooses it as a “lifestyle.” Take […]