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Bill Would Eliminate And Retool State Boards And Commissions

A bill approved today by the Senate Rules Committee would eliminate and retool a number of key state boards and commissions. It would end members' terms on the Utilities Commission, Industrial Commission, and Coastal Resources Commission, among others. The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Bill Rabon, says it will allow several key boards to be run by political appointees. Democratic Senator Josh Stein says the measure is a power grab.

"To fire the entire utilities commission, the entire industrial commission, so that you can put your own people on there who may not have any knowledge or expertise or background I think is very damaging to the state of North Carolina."

The bill would also get rid of 12 Special Superior Court judge positions beginning July first. And it would allow the governor to appoint the chairman of the State Board of Education. The measure could reach the Senate floor as early as tomorrow.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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