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Final Senate approval likely Thursday on bill to eliminate board members, judgeships (video)

Senate Bill 10 – sweeping legislation that would immediately fire dozens of sitting members on several important boards and commissions – won quick approval in the NC Senate Wednesday.

Senator Bill Rabon, the bill’s sponsor, told the Republican-controlled chamber his bill was intended to increase efficiencies in state government.

But Senator Josh Stein said it was clearly an effort to inject partisan politics where it didn’t belong.

“The Utilities Commission – the entire membership fired. The Environmental Management Commission – the entire membership fired. The Coastal Resources Commission – the entire membership fired. Industrial Commission – membership fired,” said Stein.

SB 10 would also eliminate 12 special superior court judgeships.

As for the objections by Stein and others, Senator Jerry Tillman, the Majority Whip, summed it up this way:

“There was an election. And whether you like it or not, we got a new team in place. They deserve the appointments, I don’t care what board or commission it is. You can quibble over whether the terms should be staggered and all should be wiped out, but that’s the prerogative of the management team,” responded Tillman.

The bill is up for a third reading in the Senate Thursday, and then will head to the state House.

To hear part of Wednesday’s debate. click below:

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11 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    February 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    So the judge would make $160,00.00 per year, work maybe work ten hours per week, all expenses paid and after five years could retire with 60% of their salary.

  2. david esmay

    February 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Funny thing Frances, there is data to support your ridiculous claim. Assoc. state supreme court justices make 137,000, superior court justices make 124,000. http://www.ncsbe.gov/content.aspx?id=64

  3. david esmay

    February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    There is no data to support your ridiculous claim.

  4. MJ

    February 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    According to the financial impact report attached to SB 10 –

    In FY 2012-13, each judge receives base compensation of $125,875 in salary and $54,158 in benefits. In addition, the General Assembly appropriates $8,214 for travel and $13,628 for other operating costs for each position. Thus, the total FY 2012-13 cost per judge is $201,875.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    February 8, 2013 at 5:54 am

    I think David has egg on his face. Go David.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    February 8, 2013 at 6:13 am

    You forgot to mention Tillman went on to say what a short memory for the Democrats. This is a practice that has been in place for many years. Fair minded liberals, seeking truth, justice and fighting poverty, just turned their heads in the past. This is just like the liberal Democrats silence on drones for today.

  7. david esmay

    February 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    The financial impact report is an estimate, and even with the base salary, which is less than your average DA, what the GA appropriates is not necessarily what will be spent. Given the fact that these judges are taking a cut in pay by leaving private practice, the compensation is not why they serve in the first place.

  8. david esmay

    February 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Another curious thing you haven’t brought up “Frances”, is the fact that the bill’s sponsors took $147,000 from Duke Power.http://greenpeaceblogs.org/2013/02/07/nc-duke-energy-gave-147000-to-sponsors-of-sb10-power-grab/

  9. […] have introduced and passed bills to make devastating cuts to our unemployment insurance system, to fire the members of all state oversight boards (like the Utilities Commission, the Environmental Management Commission, the Board of Elections, […]

  10. Frances Jenkins

    February 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    A little off topic, David, however I thought campaign contribution were to $4000.00. Are you sure you did not mistake Stein and Nesbitt’s reports?

  11. david esmay

    February 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

    MJ, if the final impact statement claims a 2 million dollar savings by eliminating these positions, what is their estimate of the cost involved in the ensuing back log it will create in an already over burdened and under budgeted system? Claiming a 2 million dollar savings while creating a 10 million dollar problem solves nothing. This is a purely political move, savings has nothing to do with it.
    The real issue behind this bill by Rabon, is the fact that he is working in concert Mike Hager, former Duke energy engineer, and ALEC member. Rabon sponsors a bill to wipe out opposition on the Utilities Commission and the Environmental Management Commission, opening the door for Hager’s attack of 2007 SB 3. By the way Frances, Hager received $14,500 from Duke during the last two elections. Hager’s in a bind now with his handlers, Duke’s guys wrote the bill and ALEC’s guys oppose it.
    Now it’s awkward for Duke. They are members of ALEC but oppose ALEC’s Electricity Freedom Act. They would love to continue the image of supporting the state’s clean energy act and still freely pollute.
    The superior court judges, claims of savings and creating efficeincies are just a distraction from the reason this bill was brought to life. Increased corporate profits at the expense of the people of NC.