SB 382; 2R - RFI/Privatization of Ferry System

This bill authorizes the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee to study the feasibility of privatizing North Carolina’s Ferry System. It also includes a request for information (RFI) regarding privatization. Under the section titled ‘Intent’, the bill states. The General Assembly finds that the privatization of the North Carolina Ferry System would provide a more cost-effective service model for the citizens of the State. Civitas believes the conservative position is that government should be limited in scope to its essential services, and a ferry system falls outside that scope. We also believe that the voluntary, private marketplace will provide superior quality compared to a government-run system. The conservative vote is yes.