Annual regulatory overhaul happening at General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The annual effort to tweak or scale back regulations on North Carolina businesses or state government itself is progressing through the General Assembly in competing House and Senate bills.

The Senate scheduled floor debate Thursday on its proposed “Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016.” The measure would repeal the state’s electronics recycling program, halt annual motor vehicle emissions testing in eight counties and eliminate or consolidate environmental reports. A provision that would have allowed North Carolina distilleries to sell more liquor to people touring their operations was removed by a committee Wednesday.

The House began discussing its annual regulatory recommendations this week. The House bill would clarify how online databases provided by government agencies satisfy public records requirements and would amend the definition of an antique automobile for tax purposes.

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