Just another example of the local price of republican legislatures. As a resident of Wake county, NC which borders Jordan Lake (as well as many other important reservoirs) I am appalled at the lack of public discussion in the state's General Assembly when it comes to the complete revocation of water quality measures. These measures were carefully constructed over many years of skilled and reasoned input by locals, ecologists, and well-meaning public officials to protect one of North Carolina's most important water resources.
Other bills that have come out of NC's legislature:
H.J.R. 494 (Rowan County Defense of Religion Act of 2013) - revokes the First Amendment, nullifies all SCOTUS rulings and declares that North Carolina can and should declare a state religion.
House Bill 819 - which became law last year - makes it illegal for scientists to conclude that sea level rise will pose a threat to coastal communities. The law makes it illegal to make predictions on sea level rise if those predictions include any science.
Senate Bill 667 - Equalize Voter Rights - This bill places a poll tax on the families of students who vote in their college towns. It takes away their in-state tuition rates and makes them ineligible to be considered as a dependent on their parents taxes. (I believe the SCOTUS has ruled several times on using residency requirements to deny students the right to vote, but of course HJR 494 would take care of that!)
Last year the State wrote into its Constitution an amendment banning gay marriage.
Then of course, there were the countless resolutions to limit access to voting in minority and democratic districts during the last election, as well as the ridiculously tortured re-districting that took place to further divide these same areas prior to the election.
The list goes on and on. Each bill seems to have been crafted with an equal dose of malice and stupidity, crammed through without regard to public discussion, the implications of the law, or a thought about the future.
All in all North Carolina is indicative of what citizens can expect when they put their state in the hands of reactionary republican legislatures. These so called "small government" conservatives are anything but. What they really want is to sever themselves from the authority of Washington so that they can rule their states in whatever self serving manner they choose - without regards to freedom of choice, the freedom to marry, the freedom to vote, the freedom to worship as one sees fit, the freedom to pursue an education without giving up these freedoms, the freedom to perform science for the public good, and lastly the freedom to not be poisoned by the water we drink.