Articles by Gary D. Robertson

North Carolina Lawmakers Try to Expand Number of Erosion-Controlling Structures

Some legislators are once again trying to expand the number of certain erosion-controlling structures allowed by law along the North Carolina coast. This time, they’re trying to do it through the state budget. Republican budget negotiators confirmed Wednesday they’ve recommended …

North Carolina Lawmakers Send Ridesharing Regulations to Governor

The North Carolina legislature gave its final OK to state regulations August 27 for ridesharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, a move supporters say will protect consumers and drivers of the mobile phone-based services and encourage competition. The …

North Carolina Legislators Override Governor’s Veto of Workplace Activity Bill

The North Carolina General Assembly cancelled Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill designed to give employers in the state legal recourse against people who deliberately get jobs to steal company secrets or record purported maltreatment at farms or factories. …

North Carolina Restarts Debate Over Moped Regulations

The debate over regulating mopeds in North Carolina resumed Tuesday as legislators heard new rule suggestions from the Division of Motor Vehicles just months after the General Assembly mandated owners register the vehicles. DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas said lawmakers also …

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 …