Apologies for the delay in posting—between life as a graduate student, a teaching assistant, and a new father, it’s been hard to keep up with the busy bees at the General Assembly working to rewrite North Carolina regulation, much less provide much in the way of context. Expect a deluge in the coming weeks.
But first, a few updates:
- Republicans endorse more regulatory bodies: Though Senate Bill 10 was supposedly necessary to prune the regulatory tree, Senate Bill 337 would add a new branch, the N.C. Public Charter School Board. The through line between both bills is that they take power away from Democratic appointees—Senate Bill 10 by firing them, Senate Bill 337 by creating a new board that takes on many of the duties of the State Board of Education.
- More money, more regulation: Still on the education beat, North Carolina home-schoolers have not all embraced the legislature’s endeavor to give them tax credits for home schooling their children. WRAL quotes Nikki Esquivel, who has home schooled her children for 15 years: “Most of us know that, along with government money, comes government regulation.”
- And the nanny state will soon stop telling motorcycle drivers they have to wear helmets, if House Bill 109 is passed. In exchange for feeling the breeze through their hair, motorcyclists will have to have at least $10,000 in medical insurance to cover their accidents. The bill does not specify a regulatory mechanism to ensure that drivers have this insurance, though if evidence starts coming in that drivers are not covering themselves adequately, you can expect it will be coming down the pike. If I’m a motorcyclist who DOES wear his helmet, I would wonder what this is going to do to my insurance premium.