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GOP bill would sweep out current key boards, commission members

A bill began moving through the General Assembly on Tuesday that would sweep out the members of several important state boards and commissions so that they could be replaced by appointments by the governor and the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

Sen. Bill Rabon, a Republican from Southport, told the Senate Rules Committee the bill streamlines government by getting rid of unnecessary boards and commissions, and that it allows several key entities to be run by appointees who “are more like-minded and willing to carry out the philosophy of the new administration.

Senate Democrats objected, saying the state would lose years of expertise and carefully balanced membership.

“This is quite breathtaking in scope,” said Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat.
Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt, a Democrat from Asheville, repeatedly asked Rabon what the incumbent members had done wrong. Rabon said it wasn’t about job performance.

The bill affects the Coastal Resources Commission, Coastal Resources Advisory Board, Environmental Management Commission, and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. It also eliminates 12 special superior court judges, changes the makeup of the state Board of Elections, and modifies the composition of the state Lottery Commission.

The bill did propose to expand the state Supreme Court by two justices, but Republicans removed that provision for now. It will likely be taken up again.
The Rules Committee approved the bill, and it now heads to the full Senate for a vote.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

Out with the old and in with the new

I believe the good voters of North Carolina voted for change. So hopefully change is what we will get.

Didn't Bev appoint board members on her last day?

Didn't Bev appoint a number of Dems/donors to either full time positions or boards on her last day of office? Is that fair to saddle the new administration with appointees that have totally different views and/or that they can't manage? Where is the outrage with what Bev did?

Good question.

Good question.

But the latest version of

But the latest version of the bill isn't online yet.

Senate Bill 10

Look forward to reporting on how effective these commissions and boards have been. Are any changes justified?

Senate Bill 10

Senate Bill 10

It would help if you would

It would help if you would provide the bill number so we can read it.

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