I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend.The legislature is not convening for any votes this week, so I get to spend some extra time back on the farm. When we come back next week, we will start budget negotiations with the House. We recently passed a continuing resolution to fund the government until we finalize the budget.
Last week, the Senate passed its fifth Regulatory Reform bill since 2010. This years “Reg Reform” contained over 60 provisions intended to streamline North Carolina’s regulatory framework and remove some of the red tape that hinders commerce and stunts economic growth. I believe that this bill, like its predecessors, is a step forward for North Carolina as our taxpaying families and small businesses continue to recover from the recession. A few of the most significant provisions include:
- Allowing small business owners to sale their own property
- Expanding the Good Samaritan Law to protect individuals who break into watercraft or aircraft to provide emergency medical assistance
- Allowing voluntary environmental self-audits, to encourage businesses to police themselves and nip compliance problems in the bud.
Question of the Week
I would like to thank everyone who responded to last week’s question. The most common ideals that people mentioned were: religious freedom, liberty under god, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and entrepreneurship. I believe that all of these ideals embody the meaning of America and are part of what makes this country great.
For this week’s question, I would like to hear what your favorite summer time activity to do in Eastern North Carolina is?
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way possible.
Brent Jackson is a N.C. senator representing District 10, which includes Sampson, Duplin and Johnston counties.