Current Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:38:40 -0500
The N.C. General Assembly is wasting no time introducing a litany of bills that would squelch civil rights and set the state back decades. It’s at times like this that a sluggish, inefficient government seems appealing.
Among the veritable murderer’s row of boneheaded bills are the following:
￼* The ominously titled Senate Bill 666, which would bar parents from receiving tax exemptions for dependent children who are registered to vote elsewhere. Charging people money to vote where they live seems a bit antidemocratic.
￼* And finally, House Bill 298, which would lift the current legal requirement that utilities must derive 12.5 percent of their sales from renewable energy by 2021. The General Assembly is really doubling down on its effort to quicken global warming. Last year, after all, it voted to prevent the Division of Coastal Management from figuring out how quickly ocean levels are rising until July 2016.