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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If a bill in the state Senate becomes law, there will be some big changes on state boards and commissions, including the NC Utilities Commission and the Coastal Resources Commission.

The bill proposes dismissing members of the bodies, and letting the governor and Republican-led legislature appoint new members.

When the Coastal Resources Commission met at UNCW Wednesday, Sen. Bill Rabon’s plan to streamline state government was a hot topic.

“One of the primary issues everyone is talking about now is Senate Bill 10, which just went through the Rules Committee yesterday, and that bill would eliminate all the sitting commissioners, so they could be reappointed. It would also reduce the size of the commission from 15 members to 11,” NC Division of Coastal Management Spokeswoman Michele Walker said.

That means the CRC would remain, but with new members chosen by the McCrory administration.

The new members could be involved in coastal land management.

Coastal Resource Commission chairman Bob Emory just found about about SB 10.

“I didn’t know anything about it till yesterday,” Emory said.

In addition to the CRC, an advisory board call the Coastal Resources Advisory Council would be affected.

“What I’ve seen about it, it’s misguided,” CRAC member Webb Fuller said. “There are 20 coastal counties, there are a number of coastal cities, and we need good representation ”

The council would be reduced from 45 to only 20 seats. People at the coastal resource meeting are concerned about losing experience.

“You’re not only losing existing technical background, you’re losing folks who have been in these seats for over 10 years, so you’re losing a great deal of institutional knowledge,” CRAC member Tracy Skrabal said.

We tried to talk with Sen. Rabon today, but he did not return our calls.

The StarNews reported he told a Senate committee the commissions should be run by appointees who “are more like-minded and willing to carry out the philosophy of the new administration.”

If approved, the legislation would also dismiss all current members of the state Industrial Commission, Environmental Management Commission and Wildlife Resources Commission. It would eliminate other bodies altogether.

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15 Comments on "Rabon bill would mean sweeping changes to state boards, commissions"

2015 years 10 months ago

Get your sandbags here, folks! The only thing that has been standing between the ocean and sandbag installation has been the CRC. They’ve been under tremendous pressure to allow hardened strructures and, in some cases, have capitulated. I’m betting that in the very near future, it will become much, much easier to make the NC shoreline to look like NJ’s. Even though sea level rise is not real (that was sarcasm).

2015 years 10 months ago

it’s time to clean house and start from anew, with a lot leaner boards and with new people showing up, those that want to serve for the good of the people and not for the good of themselves, the only experience we as taxpayers will see lost is the one’s with the ability to milk the system, the future forNC is looking brighter with each house cleaning!

2015 years 10 months ago

These boards will be staffed with toadies from Titan Cement, Duke Power, Progress Energy, etc. NC is soon going to be an uneducated, polluted dump thanks to the GOP!

2015 years 10 months ago

address the second portion of your comment.

But the first portion is inaccurate. Those entities will never allow an employee, or anyone associated with their activities such as an attorney, to serve on one of the Boards.

That person, if appointed, would have to recuse himself from voting on any topic which even remotely involves his or her Patron.

Anyone should know that.

2015 years 10 months ago

“A bill began moving through the General Assembly on Tuesday that would sweep out the members of several important state boards and commissions so that they could be replaced by APPOINTMENTS by the governor and the GOP-controlled General Assembly.”

Art Pope will have McPuppet appoint anyone HE wants to and no one will do a thing about it because they are bought and paid for.

Get ready for a reaming.

2015 years 10 months ago

there will be so much oversight by the opposition, whomever is handling the appointments will have to be cautious.

2015 years 10 months ago

yep you’re right Suf city Tom. North Carolina state poltics has such a great history of demonstrating excellent judgment when it comes to ethics and objectivity, I have no doubt this process will be clean and transparent as distilled water.

All of these entities are charged with being good stwewards with public public property or policy. Being a good steward often comes into conflict with people who an “invested” interest.

The GOP will remove Scientists, Engineers and other people who routinely force contesting parties to actually prove their cases and replace them with lackeys who will approve anything that sounds like it may create a job one day….regardless of the cost.

2015 years 10 months ago

And EVERYONE knows this is NC.
A person who is friendly but not connected to those entities is just as effective as having a person from those entities.
This is what happens ………..


Gil Dunnagan
2015 years 10 months ago

The NCUC governs movers within NC. This Commission has little enforcement in place for the rulings they make. We have as many Non-Certificated Movers (illegal) operating, as we have legal movers causing unfair competition between legal & illegal movers as well as putting the consumers at risk for loss/damage. With limited powers of enforcement, rules and laws are not often applied. Movers are required to obtain operating authority from the NCUC to operate charing from Tariff MRT-1. The NCUC is too “relaxed” with granting operating authority and do not apply the fit, willing, & able requirements. In my opinion creating the ole “rubber stamp” passing all that apply. The NCUC needs enforcement powers in place to work directly with the Public Staff to correct and elminate the non-certificated movers operating. The NC Hwy Patrol is at this time the only enforcement. I understand the NC Hwy Patrol only has 3 Officers that are familar with the moving section of the Motors Carrier Laws and Regulations to enforce the NC Statutory Provisions in Chapter 62. There is more that should be heard concerning the NCUC and Public Staff. I have worked as a mover since 1971 and my operating authority has been in place since 1986 under NCUC 1456. Thank You

2015 years 10 months ago

Goodbye clean environment. Hello fracking, drilling, and Titan.

2015 years 10 months ago

is what we’re going to need for the 4 years of this administration. Sure, a lot of the time people are asked to resign from offices and boards so they can appoint their own people, but, never have I seen an administration first give the highest paid employees a raise and then want to cut unemployment insurance by 35%. This is a typical republican gambit. Give more to the people that don’t need it and screw the ones that do.
If you expect more out of this cabal, you will end up very disappointed.

2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t know why anyone is surprised by this. This type of thing is typical with any new administration. For example, the President makes appointments of like-minded persons to certain positions. This is no different. The newly elected Republican wants to get rid of the previously appointed Democrats….Standard operating procedure of politics…..

2015 years 10 months ago

Ok I read over this Bill #10 and I do not see anything wrong with what has been done. I am glad they are doing away with unnecessary waste of tax money that could be put to better use.

2015 years 10 months ago

Duke Energy will now be free to raise our rates at will. Those beautiful beaches that bring in tourist dollars? Screw’ em. So much for the high hopes I had for the McCrory Administration.

2015 years 10 months ago

A couple of weeks ago Bradshaw resigned from the State Ports. Many applauded and even went so far as to say he got fired when in fact it was WIDELY reported last year he would serve only one year.
But what did we lose?
According to one very respected business man, former state representative and current state ports board member we lost a lot:

“Danny McComas, the chairman of the Ports Authority board, agreed with Rountree’s assessment.

“We’ve got some issues,” McComas said. “Mr. Bradshaw was the driving force in getting all of that going with the bonding authority and borrowing the money for these new projects, and we don’t have that kind of experience on board anymore.”

The envisioned wood pellet project, one of the biggest in port history, would supply a growing power-plant fuel need in Europe.”
There are good (and bad) Republicans and there are good (and bad) Democrats – the trick is to recognize it.
Rabon’s bill does not recognize this fact.



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