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NC House and Senate advance annual regulatory and farm bills

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation scaling back North Carolina government regulations and altering agriculture and environmental rules are advancing at the General Assembly.
The full House gave unanimous approval Thursday to the chamber’s annual “Regulatory Reform Act.” The 35-page bill would eliminate and consolidate environmental reports, shift rendering plant inspections to the Agriculture Department and make clear providing government documents in electronic formats satisfies public records requirements.
The Senate gave tentative approval Thursday to its annual farm bill, which also would eliminate the need for building permits for more low-value repairs on homes and farms.
And the Senate’s environment committee backed omnibus legislation that in part bars regulators from requiring certain stormwater control measures for downstream waters. But it also would delay a July1 insurance requirement for moped operators by another year.

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