North Carolina State Senator Tommy Tucker wants to let local governments out of the requirement that they publish legal notices about important government decisions – like planning a sewage treatment plant by your house, for instance.
The Charlotte Observer reports that after Tucker jammed his bill through committee, he told a newspaper publisher, “I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet.”
The paper also notes that Tucker’s proposal may be too much for his fellow Republicans, who now have unilateral control in North Carolina. Several of them are pushing the opposite kind of bill, one that would make it easier for governments to publish notices in the local paper.
(H/t Jim Romenesko)