From the NCWRC newletter 6/16/10...
With the North Carolina General Assembly back in session, many of you are wondering about the status of rules sent for legislative review last year.
The N.C. Rules Review Commission sent the rules for review due to written opposition. By law, legislators have 30 days from the start of the legislative session to propose a bill disapproving a rule. If no bill is proposed, the rule automatically goes into effect. If a bill is introduced, the rule becomes effective on the earlier of either the day an unfavorable final action is taken on the bill or the day that session adjourns without ratifying the bill to disapprove the rule.
Bills to disapprove rules passed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have been introduced and referred either to the Rules, Calendar and Operation of the House committee or to the Rules and Operation of the Senate committee. These bills must receive favorable votes from both the House and Senate chambers of the General Assembly before they become law. If they do not pass both chambers by the end of this legislative session, the Commission’s rules will go into effect.
Bills introduced disapproving the Commission's rules are:
HB 1857 = SB 1173 Crossbow Use/Disapprove Rule
HB 1858 = SB 1144 Disapprove Deer Season Rule Change
HB 1930 Disapprove Rule Change/Sunday Hunting
HB 1918 Disapprove Rule Change/Sale of Live Foxes
The N.C. General Assembly's website is a great tool for tracking legislation. For more information on how to track legislation, go to the General Assembly's tracking page.
As the process moves forward, we will continue to keep you informed. Meanwhile, for more information on the delayed rules, see the Delayed Regulations Fact Sheet. For information on the rulemaking process, download “From Proposal to Regulation.” http://www.ncwildlife.org/Enews/061610.htm
The House and Senate sessions usually meet until mid to late August, so we still have a couple of months before we know anything for sure. I would suggest that all contact legislators, especially those in the rules & operations committee, to make sure these bills DIE before a floor vote. Let's send a message to the NCBA that they DO NOT speak for the majority of NC sportsmen/women.http://www.ncleg.net