N.C. Legislature: Gagging its citizens—in more ways than one | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, June 4, 2015

N.C. Legislature: Gagging its citizens—in more ways than one

Posted by on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 8:05 AM

(Flickr Photo Credit: Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, used under Creative Commons License) - CATTLE FEED LOT
  • Cattle Feed Lot
  • (Flickr Photo Credit: Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, used under Creative Commons License)

Talk to the hand. Actually, just shut up.

That seems to be the message from our chatty state Legislature, which hears only what it wants to hear—or deems legal to.

First, the Legislature overrode the governor's veto of the ag-gag bill—effectively silencing any employee who wants to document abuses at farms and processing plants where he or he works. (All the more reason for meat-eaters to buy from their local farmers' market. Know your farmer, folks.) You could interpret the bill to extend that gag rule to even nursing homes and day care centers. 

Now, with the resurrection of House Bill 201, citizens could lose their right to protest a rezoning near their property. (Watch, you'll get a two-for-one deal and big-ag will ask to put a chicken processing plant across from your subdivision.)

The bill is in the Senate Commerce Committee, and there are a few sensible people who sit on it: Democrats Dan Blue, Josh Stein, Valerie Foushee, Angela Bryant, Floyd McKissick Jr.

But the committee is also loaded with conservative Republicans, including Tom Apodaca (who wanted to redistribute the sales tax wealth to rural counties), Harry Brown (who joined Apodaca on that uh socialist sales tax bill and sponsored legislature to usurp local authority over billboard regulations,) and Bob Rucho (who co-sponsored the ag-gag bill and many other pro-fracking measures).

Commerce could take up the bill as soon as next Tuesday. 

When HB 201 reared its ugly head in March, the INDY provided a brief primer and history on protest petitions and the bill itself.


Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

@snake00 - You forgot to point out how much money Francis received from large Republican donors. What has that political …

by JerrryG on Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes (News)

This is so sad this woman continues with her untruths and deception of making things appear what they are really …

by Diana Powell on McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump (News)

Most Recent Comments

@snake00 - You forgot to point out how much money Francis received from large Republican donors. What has that political …

by JerrryG on Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes (News)

This is so sad this woman continues with her untruths and deception of making things appear what they are really …

by Diana Powell on McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump (News)

@jerryg you said that the Mayor has no power over mental health, no power over policing and is a "weak …

by snake00 on Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes (News)

The irony of this is that McFarlane has done a lot to help people who are just like Trump, like …

by hatethehater08 on McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump (News)

I never said you shouldn't vote, but maybe you shouldn't. You obviously can't take the time to understand what you …

by JerrryG on Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation