August 22, 2013
On 24 July 2013 North Carolina passed a budget that, among other things, will fire all members of the state’s Environmental Management Commission (EMC), a rule-making body established in 1973 during the administration of Republican Governor James B. Holshouser, Jr. according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
The new budget decreases the number of commissioners from 19 to 15, gives the General Assembly more control over appointments, changes the qualifications for members and weakens conflict of interest provisions according to EDF. Current EMC members will lose their positions on July 31.
Speaking to the media shortly after adjournment, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said he was still studying the bill’s numerous provisions but that some gave him concerns. The Republican governor said he has not yet made up his mind about whether to veto the bill or sign it. If he does neither, the measure becomes law automatically in 30 days.
“The EMC deals with critical issues that affect the health of our families, businesses and communities. It’s difficult to imagine how firing an entire commission and losing that expertise and institutional knowledge will help our state be a better place to live and work,” says a spokesperson for the EDF.
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