On today’s show Mark speaks with Nick Ochsner, investigative reporter with WBTV, on this, the one year anniversary of the passing of HB2, to give us an update on the process to repeal the bill and an update on the very public back and forth between Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenburg) and the LGBT activist group EqualityNC on Twitter Wednesday over a repeal bill that Ford filed this week. Ford’s bill would repeal HB2 and include a “cooling off” period wherein municipalities would not be able to pass non-discrimination ordinances like the one Charlotte passed leading the state to pass HB2.
Mark speaks with Rep. Jimmy Dixon, (R-Duplin) about three bills he has filed this session related to the solar/renewable energy industry. Dixon is looking to cap the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) in North Carolina at 8 percent, lower the property tax exemption for solar facilities from 80 percent to 60 percent and change a state tax law related to land valuation that benefits the solar industry that Dixon feels is no longer necessary.
Mark talks with Daniel Parks, executive director of Cities4Life Charlotte, about his pro-life organization’s ongoing struggle with the City of Charlotte and a local abortion clinic over attempts to have no parking signs posted on the street in front of the clinic to keep Cities4Life from parking their RV on the street. The pro-life organization offers free ultrasounds for women heading into the abortion clinic in the hopes that seeing their child in the womb might change their mind about going through with the abortion.
Mark speaks with Rep. Chris Millis (R-Onslow) about his bill, the “Athletic Associations Accountability Act”, which is meant to bring attention to the question of whether the NCAA and the ACC are acting outside of their legally recognized, nonprofit-exempt core mission as athletic organizations, by devoting significant time and resources to lobby lawmakers to repeal HB2. Millis says that because of the NCAA’s and ACC’s blatantly political meddling, outside the scope of their mission, the legislation calls for legislative leaders to ask the IRS to investigate whether these athletic associations have violated their tax-exempt status.