Divided duties in oversight of lobbying prompts move to combine functionsNorth Carolina’s lobbying law authorizes the Secretary of State to administer its requirements, but interpretation of the law rests with the N.C. Ethics Commission. That division of labor gave Judge Paul C. Ridgeway an additional reason to set aside penalties levied against Don Beason, finding that the Secretary of State Elaine Marshall had exceeded her authority by determining that Beason had engaged in “lobbying” and assessing fines.
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