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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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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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