• John Locke Update

    Reducing the Burden to Get a License to Teach Cosmetic Arts

    posted May 13, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Occupational licensing imposes many costly burdens on would-be workers: taking hundreds of hours of coursework, passing required exams, logging job experience, paying license fees, etc. A bill that passed the House unanimously would significantly reduce the years of experience required for practitioners of cosmetic arts to qualify for licenses to teach those practices.
  • John Locke Update

    If Biden Can Support Keeping Nuclear Power Operating, Can Cooper?

    posted May 12, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    With zero emissions, unrivaled reliability, and lowest costs, existing nuclear power checks all the boxes for what different people want from electricity. Losing nuclear power has been shown to increase prices, cause grid instability, and even endanger lives. While Gov. Cooper's "Clean Power Plan" seeks "nuclear generation replacement," Pres. Biden recently signaled support for keeping nuclear plants operating.
  • John Locke Update

    Fight regulatory dark matter by defining terms properly

    posted May 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Regulatory dark matter is an executive agency's policies, guidelines, memos, or interpretive statements of rules that the agency then enforces as if they are the rules themselves. House Bill 361 would make any agency policy, guideline, interpretive statement, etc. implemented as a rule to be "unenforceable." The bill would require any such policy treated as a rule to be formally adopted as a rule first.
  • John Locke Update

    For cleaner voting rolls, North Carolina should join interstate data-sharing group

    posted April 28, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    Joining the Electronic Registration Information Center would help the boards of elections in North Carolina more effectively conduct the important task of voter list maintenance. The State Board of Elections is already legally empowered to join ERIC, but it needs the General Assembly to pay for it.
  • John Locke Update

    “Lowest cost generation available”: legislators seek to help NC’s electricity consumers

    posted April 26, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    NC's standard in law for electricity provision is least-cost, reliable electricity at the flip of a switch. State electricity policy, however, is too often directed by "stakeholders" whose desires clash with that legal standard, to the detriment especially of poor consumers. House Bill 529 would restore and boost the state's protection of electricity consumers from unnecessarily high costs.
  • John Locke Update

    Regulatory sandboxes: Test runs with lighter regulation for innovative products

    posted April 22, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Innovators move fast, but bureaucracies are slow, and regulations to protect consumers can make them worse off by protecting old ways from new products and services. Legislation would bring regulatory sandboxes to NC, which waive certain regulatory obstacles on a trial period for fast-emerging products and services, helping speed innovation in a way that benefits consumers and the economy.
  • John Locke Update

    Legislators consider ways to encourage broadband expansion into unserved parts of NC

    posted April 16, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    SB 689 would take up recent Locke recommendations for broadband expansion. It would charge broadband providers fairer rates for utility-pole attachments, including the net book value of any pole needing replacement, and expedite resolution by the NC Utilities Commission of any pole-attachment disputes.
  • John Locke Update

    It’s Time To Amend the Emergency Management Act

    posted April 15, 2021 by Jon Guze
    Reforming the Emergency Management Act is about good governance, regardless of who resides in the governor’s mansion. No individual should have the power unilaterally to deprive citizens of their liberty for an extended period. Reforms would still allow for rapid responses for true emergencies.
  • John Locke Update

    Buttress rules review in NC with legislative rules ratification of costly rules

    posted April 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Even though state agencies craft rules on authority given them by the General Assembly, it's very difficult for the legislature to disapprove a rule. HB 327, a bill to clarify the process by which legislators can review rules, should add the legislative rules ratification process that's worked well in Florida for over a decade.
  • John Locke Update

    Why EMA reform is so urgent: Cooper’s abuse of emergency powers is a year old

    posted March 17, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    On March 17, 2020, Gov. Cooper used emergency powers to shut down restaurants and bars to in-person eating and drinking, and he did so without concurrence from the Council of State, as required by the EMA. Cooper then claimed authority elsewhere in state law, setting a dangerous precedent that legislators must fix by reforming the EMA.

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