Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a sweeping regulatory overhaul Friday that reduces environmental regulations, supersedes some city ordinances and puts all rules currently in place under review.
McCrory hailed the legislation, which had support in the business community but was criticized by environmentalists, as a bill that would boost job creation in the state by removing “burdensome regulations and government red tape.”
“For decades, Democrats have stifled small businesses and job creators with undue bureaucratic burden and red tape,” McCrory said in a statement. “We have more than 22,000 rules on the books in state government and this is unacceptable. This common sense legislation cuts government red tape, axes overly burdensome regulations and puts job creation first here in North Carolina.”
McCrory had campaigned last fall on making North Carolina more business-friendly, and along with tax cuts and a customer-service attitude in state government, had promised to reduce the number of state regulations.
The regulatory measure is one of 33 he endorsed Friday, the final batch from a prolonged legislative session.
The governor left one measure unsigned: a bill to prevent North Carolina courts from recognizing Islamic Sharia law in family cases. He called House Bill 522 “unnecessary.” The bill will become law without his signature after Sunday night.