Lack of transparency always a hallmark of NC legislature
Democrats have repeatedly cried foul during the six-month session, saying the Republican majorities in the House and Senate are circumventing public debate by introducing bills with little notice, if any, and using their numerical advantage to push them through the chambers quickly.
"They simply are imposing their will," said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland.
"Transparency is critical," Glazier said. "It's critical for not only a better product, but it's critical for the confidence of the public about what's happening here."
Republican lawmakers say more notice would do little to change the outcomes – they have the numbers to pass their agenda. They also say there's not enough time in the session to allow public comment on every controversial bill, adding that Election Day gives the public a chance to comment on their actions.
Also, many Republicans say, their actions are business as usual at the General Assembly.
The Bottom Line:
Glazier said citing past Democratic wrongs is a poor defense.
"Two wrongs don't make a right. It's what we teach our kids," he said.