Special session another legislative overreach

The North Carolina General Assembly is busy today, wasting your money and engaging in legislative overreach that has, unfortunately, become all too common under the present leadership of the governing body.

It’s important to note here that the General Assembly is scheduled to meet in its regular session beginning April 25 — just 33 days from today. What could possibly be so pressing, of such an urgent nature to require the Assembly to meet in special session — at a cost of more than $40,000 per day?

Charlotte’s new restroom ordinance, the one that allows folks to choose which restroom to use based on which sexual orientation they happen to identify with that day.

Don’t misunderstand, we think the Charlotte city council’s vote on that issue was flat-out wrong. It has been called by the more politically correct the extension of “protections” to the LGBT community.

We say hogwash. This allows folks to use whatever restroom they want regardless of the discomfort, embarrassment, and flat-out danger to the overwhelming majority of individuals in that city, without offering a single “protection” to the LGBT community that doesn’t already exist.

The ordinance is simply wrong.

But it’s a Charlotte issue. If Charlotte voters don’t want it in place, they should remove city council members who put it in place. If businesses, organizations and groups outside Charlotte have an issue with the ordinance, they should boycott the city — refuse to attend Panthers or Hornets games, move their conventions to other nearby communities, stop doing business in Charlotte.

For the General Assembly to step in and pass a state law aimed specifically at one city’s ordinance is simply another move by an out-of-control state legislative body that’s had no issue with stealing local water systems from communities, nullifying legally binding contracts passed by the previous General Assembly simply because the present version of the legislature didn’t like the contract, and trying to forcibly take over an airport for state purposes.

Even Gov. Pat McCrory, who’s mostly been a figurehead without any political backbone, showed a little bit of leadership when he refused to call a special session of the General Assembly. Unfortunately, legislative leaders simply ignored him again and utilized an obscure and seldom-used clause in the state constitution that allows the lieutenant governor and the House Speaker to jointly call for the special session.

We would ask that level-headed, responsible members of the Assembly boycott the gathering, but that removes the few rational voices in the legislature.

With district lines drawn in such a manor as to virtually ensure GOP members retain their seats in any re-election bid, it’s unlikely those behind such irresponsible government will be held accountable for their actions at the ballot box.

That’s a pity, because it seems every year North Carolina becomes more of an embarrassment, and the good, hard-working, decent folks who call this state home deserve better.

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