Legislative and Policy

Highlighting state and national legislative news, focusing on some of the most important policy issues of the day.

Citizens Divided

July 30, 2012

Amid the frenzy over the much-anticipated Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Court handed down its decision in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock.  The American public and media, with laser focus on the Court’s decision ...[Continue Reading]

D’oh! Fracking Gets the Green Light?

July 16, 2012

On July 3, 2012, the North Carolina legislature adjourned sine die – with no appointed date for resumption – bringing the two-year legislative session to an end.  State lawmakers passed significant legislation affecting everything from municipal annexations to allowing table games at ...[Continue Reading]

House Bill 819: Tomorrow’s Forecast, Yesterday

July 2, 2012

One does not simply look at a ten day forecast and expect the 10th day to be exactly as predicted, because forecasts are subject to change.  It is with this basic notion in mind that many North Carolinians have questioned the purpose of House Bill 819, short titled Coastal Management Policies. ...[Continue Reading]

The Future of Strip Searches

May 22, 2012

The Fourth Amendment, originally adopted in the Bill of Rights in response to abuse of the writ of assistance (a type of general search warrant) during the American Revolution, contains the well-known prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.  The rights granted by this amendment ...[Continue Reading]

Stand Your Ground, But Only If Reasonably Necessary

May 20, 2012

In a previous article, the Campbell Law Observer discussed the recent changes to North Carolina’s “castle doctrine,” which created a statutory presumption of a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm when a person uses deadly force to defend himself in his home, vehicle, or ...[Continue Reading]

The Future of Fracking in North Carolina

April 16, 2012

Why North Carolina? North Carolina is situated in the middle of a controversial debate about the extraction of natural gas, which can be used as an energy resource.  Hydraulic fracturing, known colloquially as fracking, has been the center of discussion among community leaders, lawmakers, and ...[Continue Reading]
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