Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-17 Passes House in Bipartisan Vote

The North Carolina House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 131 Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-17 with a bipartisan vote of 84-27 on Thursday to continue consolidating, simplifying and eliminating unnecessary rules and reporting requirements across local governments and state agencies in North Carolina.

Eliminating excessive rules and red tape through commonsense deregulation of North Carolina’s bureaucracy has been a priority of conservative leaders in the General Assembly since 2011.

“The Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-17 keeps our promise to continue improving North Carolina’s regulatory systems by getting government out of the way of private sector citizens and businesses in our state,” said Rep. John Bradford, co-chair of the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.

Among other deregulation provisions in the bill, Senate Bill 131 would streamline mortgage notice requirements, allow agencies to fulfill public records requests online, eliminate redundant reports from North Carolina’s bureaucracy, exempt basic landscaping materials from stringent stormwater control regulations and seek flexibility from excessive stream mitigation requirements.

The Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-17 also streamlines permits for private well-water systems and allows certain building classes to voluntarily comply with the Energy Conservation Code. It provides financial and regulatory relief to residents by no longer requiring state emissions inspections in certain counties or on vehicles greater than twenty years old.

“By simplifying and streamlining government regulations, we’re ensuring state and local agencies serve taxpayers more effectively and focus on core priorities instead of enforcing excessive and unnecessary rules,” said Rep. Chris Millis, co-chair of the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.