What was supposed to be the legislative equivalent of fast food — a quick in-and-out special session — turned into an elaborate eight-course meal — a full-day rife with backdoor discussions, testy debates and attempted sleights of hand.
Senate Bill 16, which passed both chambers, includes some cut-and-paste portions of a failed measure, HB 374. It also micromanages DEQ, weakens coastal stormwater and development rules, and eliminates public input from landfill permit renewals. But it pales in comparison to HB 162 — more on that this afternoon — which, after Rep. Pricey Harrison protested that the bill had been sprung on lawmakers without notice, was shipped off by House Speaker Tim Moore from the House floor to the rules committee.
To explain what’s at stake — and what will become law if Gov. Cooper signs it — we annotated the environmental portions of SB 16 below. Click on the arrows in the lower right corner to view full screen.