The News & Observer reports

By a nearly unanimous vote, 106-3, House members tentatively banned lobbyists and their clients from giving big gifts to legislators. Violators could face a misdemeanor charge, a two-year ban on lobbying and a civil fine of up to $5,000 per violation.

Nearly?  Nearly, what’s up with this?  Why such a wimpy fine?  We are talking about possibly influencing millions and millions of dollars and the find is $5,000?

This is clearly a start but it should be looked at is only a start.  The Legislature should put some real teeth into cleaning up corruption at the state and local level.  It should be clear that the state of North Carolina is not for sale.