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House rejects Senate’s anti-environmental reg reform bill, sets-up conference committee (video)

It’s not just the state budget and Medicaid reform where legislators are at odds. On Wednesday the NC House voted overwhelmingly to reject the Senate’s latest version of a sweeping regulatory reform bill.

House Bill 765, which began as a one-page bill about gravel hauling, was transformed by the Senate into a 58-page measure that covers everything from the repeal of recycling requirements for discarded computers and televisions to allowing polluters to “self report” their violations to avoid penalties.

During a public hearing Tuesday, former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr told legislators that another portion of the bill that requires the courts to force private individuals to pay the state’s attorney fees if they lose their challenge was possibly unconstitutional.

“I would submit this legislation is unfair in its application, it’s bad public policy favoring the government over its citizens,” explained Orr

Yet another section of H765 would lower the age of required adult supervision (from 8 to 6) for children operating ATVs.

With Wednesday’s vote, the House and the Senate will appoint conferees to  work toward a compromise on the legislation.

Read more about H765 here. Click below to hear Orr speak on the bill:

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