‘Power grab” bill passes House, heads back to Senate (video)

The NC House gave final approval Monday evening to Senate Bill 10, the Government Reorganization & Efficiency Act.

The legislation will allow Governor McCrory to essentially fire the current members of more than two dozen oversight boards and commissions, replacing them with political appointees.

During the floor debate, the Republican-controlled House rejected an amendment by Rep. Paul Luebke that would have added a consumer advocate as a voting member to the state Utilities Commission.

Rep. Mike Hager said that was the public staff’s role – to look out for consumers – as he urged his colleagues to reject Leubke’s proposal.

“Incredibly, we just had a vote on the floor of the House to say that we don’t need to have a voting member of the Utilities commission, who cares about consumers,” argued Rep. Deborah Ross in urging members to vote down SB 10. “This is not a reform bill.”

Rep. Edgar Starnes said the reorganization bill would bring the boards back to the center and “accomplish the reforms we desire.”

The bill now heads back to the Senate for concurrence.

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6 Comments

  1. david esmay

    March 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Hager and Apodaca two of the cheapest political parasites Duke’s money could buy. They sold out the state for a pittance. The 10 sponsors and co-sponsors of this bill were paid $147,500.00 to pass this garbage and stick it to the state and it’s citizens.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    March 5, 2013 at 5:40 am

    David, David ,David
    This is a joke, correct? In the sense of honor, truth and justice, how much money was given to Democrats by Duke or other utilities? I think Bluepoint/ Blueprint needs to research a little more.

    Rep Ross never complained when DHHS was stealing the state blind or when millions were lost on transportations projects.The costal committees have done nothing to control growth. Where was the vocie of the environment by Rep Ross? She just picks and selects justice as it fits her causes. Every time she speaks, she appears to be at the point of breaking.Ross is never against poverty, hunger and evil, she is only for the things that will further her career.

  3. Doug

    March 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Definitely a good thing to get some efficiency minded people running things vs. the government-centric people there. The more we can do to get regressives out of power, the better things will get. Just give it a little time.

  4. Andrew Gorman

    March 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Pat McCrony’s silent acceptance of the micromanaging of boards and commissions is duly noted.

    It doesn’t matter which political party you belong to, this is wrong. It shows they truly want to turn our government into something more like a modern corporation. It benefits those at the top (McCrory’s pay raises, getting rid of millionaire estate tax), and hurts those at the bottom (denying medicaid, cutting child care, and gutting the earned income tax credit). Not to mention they are trying to turn education into one of their profit making schemes.

  5. Doug

    March 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Running like a corporation is at least running with some thought to the bottom line. That is something sorely missing from our government for the past 140 years here in NC. While corporations are not the end all be all, that different attitude will at least offset the entrenched idea that more government is the panacea for every problem.

  6. david esmay

    March 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Governments aren’t corporations, nor do they share the same goals. Bad analogy.