I hope you’re doing well and having a better week than Wall Street.
The Senate and House appropriations chairs have been locked in budget negotiations this week, but I believe we are finally making progress. Sometimes, I wish I could bring the sense of urgency and timeliness of the farm to the legislature.
Question of the Week
Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s Question of the Week. I enjoyed reading everyone’s responses on 3rd party energy sales. Seventy-five percent of you responded that you supported 3rd party energy sales as defined in HB 245: Utilities/The Energy Freedom Act. Some of you indicated that you would like to see regulations on 3rd party sales to avoid price gouging and higher utility bills. I think there is a happy medium that can be reached that will allow solar companies to provide a facility with electricity and place excess power on the grid, as well as ensure that fair prices are charged to all. I look forward to studying and exploring this issue more.
This week, I would like to get your opinion on how long you think the General Assembly should be in session. We are considered a part time legislature, but North Carolina does not have a limit on how many days the legislature can be in session. Some states have a start and end date set by statute or their constitution to keep them part time. Do you think the North Carolina Legislature’s sessions should have a set date to end or should they go until the members feel the work is done? If you do not believe in a limit, do you believe we should be a full time legislature and stay in session year round?
I look forward to hearing from you!
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.