The North Carolina House has approved a Republican-backed regulatory reform package that relaxes rules for landfills and trucks hauling trash, makes it harder for local governments to enact environmental ordinances and fires the state Environmental Management Commission.
The bill passed Friday in the waning hours of the legislative session includes 68 pages of wide-ranging provisions. They include requiring all hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors in each room, following three poisoning deaths in the same Boone motel room.
Another provision would prevent cities and counties from requiring contractors to pay more than minimum wage or provide employees sick leave to get government business. Durham has had so-called living wage requirements for its contractors since 1998.
The bill now heads to the desk of GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.