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Fracking bill whisked through committee without public comment

More distasteful sausage was ground at the General Assembly this morning — this time in the House Committee on (Pillaging the) Environment. As reported in many places, the subject was fracking and the apparently irresistable move to get a law on the books legalizing the practice in North Carolina for the first time.

The committee meeting was notable and disheartening for a number of reasons —

But here was the main thing that really ought to make citizens of all stripes angry: This morning, state lawmakers passed an enormously complicated 30-page bill through a crtically important committee 45 minutes after it was first unveiled in its present form. (As you can see by clicking here [1], the current version is not even available online yet). Reports indicate that they are intent on passing it into law within the week.

This is the kind of absurd lack of process that is fast becoming the standard M.O. for the current North Carolina General Assembly and that ultimately reflects an abiding contempt for government and governing [2].