Chuck McGrady’s bill, H553, that would prevent local governments from writing their own livestock regulation, will probably be signed into law. The bill is in response to the acclaimed success of the Buncombe County Commissioners as they learned from an enraged public about the unintended consequences of their arbitrary and capricious ordinance. As sections were repealed, the commissioners were pleased as punch about how educational the process had been. They were proud to have played a part in such a great showing of how government can operate.

“Commissioners made the rules less restrictive in March after horse owners and others argued that language in the original Buncombe ordinance requiring a three-sided shelter and socialization for horses was unnecessary.”