Earlier this month, the North Carolina Legislature met to deal with a collection of vetoes made by Gov. Roy Cooper, one of which was Senate Bill 16, the Business and Agency Regulatory Reform Act of 2017. On Oct. 5, both chambers overrode the veto, meaning good news for small business owners across the state. This was a key vote for NFIB, meaning we let legislators know our position and that we’ll report every vote to our members.
SB16 will streamline and simplify the state’s rulemaking processes. Specifically, it will:
- Ensure that objections to agency rules are recorded as public comment
- Expand public notice requirements for proposed rule changes and give residents more time to submit comments and input on the process
- Remove the requirement that a citizen petition an agency through the rules review process before seeking judicial review of regulations
- Help agencies prioritize critical reports to give highest scrutiny to the most impactful regulations
- Reform a number of specific regulations, including those that oversee state agencies, bed and breakfasts, alarm system salespeople, and businesses that provide critical solid waste disposal services
- Clarify stormwater laws to remove duplicate requirements
- Remove an outdated requirement that pipelines and mains originate in North Carolina for eminent domain to be exercised to expand their construction
- Add a requirement that vehicle backup lights be working in order to pass annual safety inspections
“We’ve empowered the people of this state with a louder voice in government’s rulemaking process through regulatory reforms that enhance transparency and respond to public input,” House Speaker Tim Moore said in a press release statement.