Articles by Gary D. Robertson

Panel Backs North Carolina AG’s Call for More School Bus Cameras

A panel of lawmakers, safety advocates and health professionals back North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s proposal to install more cameras on school buses. Cooper says the cameras will deter drivers from skirting around them as they pick up or …

North Carolina’s Teen Driving Log Results in Fewer Fatalities, More Violations

The numbers of teen driving deaths and injuries have fallen in North Carolina but moving violations are up since the state’s General Assembly imposed new requirements on young drivers and their parents before teens can drive fully on their own, …

North Carolina Auto Insurance Rating Bill Dies in Committee

Legislation to overhaul North Carolina’s automobile insurance system was rejected Tuesday by a House committee after Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and other speakers argued it would raise premiums for everyone. The House Insurance Committee turned down a motion to recommend …

North Carolina Tax Reformers Seek Code in Keeping with New Economy

Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory brimmed with optimism early this year about prospects for passing a North Carolina tax code overhaul that most agree has been needed for decades. Still, they didn’t predict smooth sailing. General Assembly members …

North Carolina Bill Would End Motorcycle Helmet Mandate for Adults

Legislation that would end North Carolina’s mandatory helmet law and make it optional for riders age 21 and over won support from the majority in a divided state House panel this week. On a voice vote, the House Transportation Committee …

Judge Nixes North Carolina’s Matching Election Funds Program

A federal judge has struck down portions of North Carolina’s voluntary public financing program for appellate court candidates. The program was designed to provide extra funds to participants when they’re outspent by candidates who opt not to abide by limits …

Insurers Divided Over North Carolina Auto Insurance System

Is it more important to keep overall car insurance premiums low, or to make sure everyone’s paying what they deserve? North Carolina legislators once again examining the unique rate-setting system for the state’s roughly 7 million insured personal vehicles will …

North Carolina Officials Want Answers on Flood Claims

Two North Carolina state officials want flood insurance claims adjusters to return to areas pummeled by Hurricane Irene to ensure home and business inspections are performed adequately so damage claims can be resolved as winter approaches. State Insurance Commissioner Wayne …

North Carolina Gov. Perdue Vetoes Malpractice Cap, OKs Work Comp Bill

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed another bill Friday pushed by the Republican majority at the Legislature, this time changes to rules governing medical malpractice cases that would have capped certain monetary awards for negligence victims. Perdue, a Democrat,  blocked …

North Carolina Debates More Fines on Drivers Using Cell Phones

North Carolina lawmakers already have banned young drivers from using cell phones and everyone else from texting or emails while behind the wheel. Now they’re considering whether to go further. A commerce committee this week debated a measure that would …