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WATCH: Republican legislator chide colleagues on rushed process, legislation to protect “one giant corporation” (video)

If you missed it with this week’s marathon sessions at the General Assembly, be sure to take 14 minutes this weekend to listen to Rep. John Blust repeatedly challenge his colleagues on the House floor for their efforts to rush through the controversial Farm Act.

(As Policy Watch’s Lisa Sorg has reported SB 711 would all but erase the rights of neighbors of industrialized hog farms to sue for nuisance. The bill follows a $50 million dollar verdict in April in which Smithfield Foods lost a high profile nuisance suit to several Bladen County families.)

Rep. Blust, a Guilford County Republican, blasted legislative leaders for fast tracking the bill in response to an April court ruling, and then refusing to allow any amendments to be considered.

“We’re the people’s house and the people’s legislature, and we ought to do business in a deliberative fashion that befits the trust that’s been bestowed on us by the people.”

And for those who opted not to speak up, Blust offered this blunt assessment:

“What we do here is not a small matter. And people who really don’t want to look at these bills and have the debates, there’s still time till August to go ahead and take your name off the ballot and your party can  replace you. This is our duty.”

Click below to watch Rep. Blust’s full 14 minute speech:

In the end, the Republican-controlled House voted 65-42 to approve the farm Act, sending the measure to Governor Roy Cooper’s desk.

One Comment


  1. Dorothy D. Hodges

    June 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Those of you in our Legislative branch of government should be forced to live within 1/2 mile of these hog “farms”. Even a small one contaminates the ground water and fills the air with a hideous order. They were banned in Virginia years back, migrated to North Carolina, and have grown even larger! How can we be so blind?! Would someone please show me the actual money that is left in NC, including any taxes paid versus the amount that goes back to China and to the lobbyists? The health of those condemned to live in these counties costs a great deal more as well, bloating our Medicare/Medicaid expenses. You have now overridden a Judge’s ruling, with no public debate. Our state is in very poor hands, those that areobviously more concerned about their power in office, paid for by the lobbyists, than the well being of those whom they are supposed to help.

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