NC House of Representatives – Susan Fisher Update
N. C. House of Representatives
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
From the Office of Representative Susan C. Fisher
April 17, 2008
The Raleigh Report
There are several study committees meeting during the interim that deal with the way our state and local governments operate. Legislators serve on these committees to ensure that government serves you in best way possible and meets your needs.
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Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee
The Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee considers rules to determine if the law should be changed to fulfill the intent of the General Assembly. The committee receives reports from the Rules Review Commission and prepares a notebook of these administrative rules for members of the General Assembly.
The committee also evaluates the rule-making process and procedures for giving the public notice of and information about proposed rules. Members of the committee study state regulatory programs to determine if rules should be streamlined or changed.
At their first meeting, the committee looked at the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The APA was passed in the mid-80s to create a fair, uniform method for reviewing and adopting agency rules. The committee also reviewed status reports from occupational licensing boards.
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Capital Improvements
The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Capital Improvements examines capital improvements of state buildings and proposed projects. During the interim, the committee has been updated on projects for the University of North Carolina system and state ports. Members of the committee have also looked at the prison population and prison facilities, capacity concerns at psychiatric facilities, and the Central Regional Psychiatric Hospital project.
Recently, members of the committee reviewed the State Facility Master Plan. The plan focuses on minimizing lease space by purchasing property to save taxpayer dollars in the long run. Members of the committee asked about building in areas outside of the capitol that may have lower building costs.
A state construction working group will compare the costs of state and private company construction. The committee will receive a monthly report on all projects over $2 million and track whether the projects are on time and on budget. (more…)