The N&R dramatically sets the stage for Sen. Trudy Wade’s landfill bill:
Grady McCallie, policy director for the N.C. Conservation Network, said the bill “radically weakens” current standards. He said he first saw the rewritten bill at 5 a.m. today. Senate staffers said the rewrite was completed about 8 or 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Copies were still warm from the photocopier this morning when passed out at committee shortly after it’s 9 a.m. start.
The committee moved the bill forward despite calls, from activists and some Democratic senators, to slow down.
Lobbyists for and against the bill were given one minute each to state their case. Then committee chairman Andrew Brock, R-Davie, pushed the committee to vote quickly, saying a House committee needed the meeting room.
No such meeting was scheduled, and the room sat vacant after Senators and lobbyists left.
Needless to say the article mentions Wade’s support for the reopening of the White Street landfill while she was a Greensboro City Council member, and of course it speculates if Wade’s bill was designed to somehow reopen the landfill.
The way I read it, if anything Wade’s bill will reduce the likelihood that White Street would be reopened by opening up the competition for Gboro’s garbage, and if you’ve read the Rhino’s coverage of garbage politics you’d know that’s a good thing.
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