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‘Short’ not uncontroversial

Buckle your seat belts. The N.C. General Assembly is in session and in a hurry.
One of the first items on today’s House agenda, under “unfinished business,” is Senate Bill 287. The House will be voting on whether to allow local governments in Mecklenberg and Guilford to post public notices on government websites instead of in local newspapers and their websites — thus greatly reducing the number of citizens likely to see those important notices.
Bad idea.
The short session can run long on controversy. Fracking, teacher salaries, Common Core and coal ash ponds are among the issues expected to come up. You can keep up with the legislature’s calendar and look up bills at www.ncleg.net.
To be part of the process, use this list of Rowan County’s state legislators when you want to comment on legislation:

Rep. Carl Ford
Republican representing Rowan and Cabarrus counties
Office: 607 Legislative Office Building
Phone: 919-733-5881
Email: Carl.Ford@ncleg.net
Mail: N.C. House
300 N. Salisbury St., Room 607
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Rep. Harry Warren
Republican representing Rowan County
Office: 611 Legislative Office Building
Phone: 919-733-5784
Email: Harry.Warren@ncleg.net
Mail: N.C. House
300 N. Salisbury St., Room 611
Raleigh, N.C. 27603-5925

Sen. Andrew Brock
Republican representing Rowan, Iredell and Davie.
Office: 521 Legislative Office Building
Phone: 919-715-0690
Email: Andrew.Brock@ncleg.net
Mail: N.C. Senate
300 N. Salisbury St., Room 521
Raleigh, N.C. 27603-5925

• Sen Gene McLaurin
Democrat representing Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly
Office: 1118 Legislative Building
Phone: 919-733-5953
Email: Gene.McLaurin@ncleg.net
Mail: N.C. Senate
16 W. Jones St., Room 1118
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

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