This afternoon, the House passed bipartisan legislation that builds upon the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 and reconstitutes the Coal Ash Management Commission.
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Chuck McGrady, had this to say: “I believe that this bill is about more than protecting public health, safety, and the welfare of North Carolina citizens. This bill is about protecting the institution that is the North Carolina House of Representatives and maintaining the separation of powers between our branches of government. On January 26, 2011, I swore an oath on the House floor that I would uphold the constitution of North Carolina. Section 5 of Article III ascribes to the General Assembly the power to assign functions, powers, and duties to the executive branch. Section 11 of Article III provides that all administration departments or agencies, and offices of the state shall be allocated by law. Senate Bill 71 is about protecting this institution.”
Speaker of the House Tim Moore (Cleveland) issued the following statement: “Today I was proud to support a bipartisan bill that enhances measures that protect North Carolinians’ drinking water and puts in place a realistic path forward to remediate coal ash ponds across the state. Safeguarding the state’s water supply is one of the most important issues with which state government is charged and I am glad this reconstituted Coal Ash Commission will be in place to help oversee the remediation effort that will benefit all North Carolinians.”