SB 512: Greater Accountability for Boards/Commissions helps provide a check on unchallenged power of the governor’s office to single-handedly appoint allies onto these highly influential boards and commissions. Regardless of party, heathy tension among the branches of government providing checks and balances is good for policymaking. 

In particular, SB 512 takes critical first steps to reform the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC). The current executive branch monopoly on the NCUC appears to have created a problem with the way the commission handles policy, impacting North Carolinians’ energy costs, disjointing their mandate from the legislature in H.B. 951, and chilling free speech at public comment hearings. 

The current structure needs reform and this bill is a necessary step to addressing separation of powers issues in our state. 

Civitas Action believes the vote for freedom is YES on SB512

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