The North Carolina House has approved a Republican-backed regulatory reform package that relaxes rules for landfills and trucks hauling trash, makes it harder for local governments to enact environmental ordinances and fires the state Environmental Management Commission.
The bill passed Friday in the waning hours of the legislative session includes 68 pages of wide-ranging provisions. They include requiring all hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors in each room, following three poisoning deaths in the same Boone motel room.
Another provision would prevent cities and counties from requiring contractors to pay more than minimum wage or provide employees sick leave to get government business. Durham has had so-called living wage requirements for its contractors since 1998.
The bill now heads to the desk of GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.
The state auditor’s report determined that the former town manager “made nearly $366,000 of purchases" that were inappropriate.
North Korea's supreme leader and The Onion's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive is quite upset about a video making the rounds. A YouTube viral hit out of China features Kim Jong-un's head pasted to several clips of people dancing and breaking out karate moves.