NCDP Clips for Friday, March 15, 2013

  • Good morning! A bipartisan bill to limit drone use by NC police departments is making it’s way through the General Assembly, while Republicans are working to block renewable energy use and a Raleigh park. Your morning clips:


NBC NEWS – Contamination at NC Marine base lasted up to 60 years
Some of the wells that supplied drinking water to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were contaminated by cancer-causing solvents for as long as 60 years, a new federal report shows.
Month-by-month calculations show that Marines and their families at the base drank and bathed in water that may have been tainted with trichloroethylene (TCE) from 1948 through 2008. Other water sources were contaminated with benzene from 1951 to 2008, the report shows.


WRAL – Bills would clean slate on Dix park deal
Companion bills filed Thursday in the House and Senate would wipe away the lease of the Dorothea Dix site inked by Gov. Beverly Perdue on her way out of office, throwing into limbo a plan that would turn the central Raleigh campus into a park.


NEWS & RECORD – N.C. legislators want rules on drone use
North Carolina police departments would generally need a warrant to use unmanned drones in criminal investigations under new legislation filed this week at the statehouse.
The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Pricey Harrison of Greensboro, is an opening salvo on an issue likely to generate debate: how to deal with the technological leaps making drones practical.


MOTHER JONES – Will North Carolina Nix Its Renewable Energy Mandate?
In North Carolina, legislators are working to undo the progress their state has made on renewable energy.
Back in 2007, it was the first southern state to pass a renewable energy mandate. The law requires investor-owned utilities to draw 12.5 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2021. But House bill 298, introduced on Wednesday, would end that mandate altogether.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – No-tax-hike stadium plan advances in N.C. House
It’s not what city officials want, but a bill allowing Charlotte to help the Panthers finance stadium improvements without a tax hike began what could be an easy trip through the N.C. House Thursday.
The House government committee endorsed the bill, which would allow the city to use taxes now earmarked for the Charlotte Convention Center for upgrades to Bank of America Stadium.


NEWS & OBSERVER – NC House Dems, McCrory donate campaign cash from sweepstakes owner
The fallout continues after the arrest of a sweepstakes company owner who played big in North Carolina political circles.
The N.C. House Democratic caucus announced Thursday its members would donate an amount equal to the campaign contributions they received from Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies, to various veteran charities.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman