Legislative leaders in Raleigh are pushing a sweeping overhaul of state boards that would enable them to exert even more conservative influence on North Carolina.
The bill, which was approved by the N.C. Senate Thursday and will likely be debated in the N.C. House of Representatives this week, would purge all members of some of the state’s most prominent regulatory panels and reduce or eliminate some state commissions.
Senate Bill 10, the Government Reorganization and Efficiency Act, would allow Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders to stock the panels with their own appointees.
Rob Schofield, director of research and policy development for the left-leaning think tank N.C. Policy Watch, said the bill would be one of the most unprecedented power grabs in the state’s history.
“It is not unlike President (Franklin) Roosevelt’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court in the 1930s,” Schofield said. “The notion that we can just throw out the people in there who have been appointed and confirmed is a pretty remarkable step.”