Lawmakers announce statewide listening tour on regulatory reform

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The Joint Committee on Regulatory Reform, chaired by Senators Harry Brown (R-Jones) and David Rouzer (R-Johnston) and Representatives Marilyn Avila (R-Wake) and Pat McElraft (R- Carteret), announced a statewide listening tour to receive feedback from the public on burdensome state regulations.

The first meeting of the joint committee was held Friday, March 11 in Wilmington at the¬†downtown campus of Cape Fear Community College. The meeting was open to the public and the media.¬† Additional meetings of the committee will be scheduled across the state in Charlotte (3/21), Greensboro (3/28), Greenville (4/4), Hendersonville (4/18) and Raleigh (4/21). Details TBA at the committee’s website www.ncleg.net/regreform.

The committee is tasked with scrutinizing all state regulations on the private sector and targeting outdated rules and regulations that should be eliminated. It is comprised of nine Senators and nine Representatives, appointed by Senate President Pro-Tem Berger and Speaker Tillis, respectively.

Carolinas AGC NC Building Division Director Dave Simpson said “It’s imperative that our state leaders hear from the construction industry on regulatory reform. Reducing red tape will allow contractors to focus on their companies and employees.”

Simpson added, “It is also important for you to let it be known that providing construction funding is the way to stimulate North Carolina’s economy and provide jobs. Every $1 billion invested in design and construction creates or sustains 28,500 jobs at a time when the unemployment rate in the state’s design and construction industry is over 20 percent.”

The committee’s website will house a web-based submittal form as a tool for collecting public input, as well as an email address for those that cannot attend meetings but would still like to submit comments (or for those who do attend and want to submit additional comments or materials). The public email address is regreform@ncleg.net. Read More.

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