Last year, Republican majorities in North Carolina's state house and Senate savaged environmental protections, making it nearly impossible to issue or improve state health and environmental protections, cutting funding for land conservation by 88.5% and enacting lots of special interest exemptions.
Now, a crucial committee revealed its plan to finish the job. Senate Bill 851 purging volunteer, unpaid scientists, doctors and conservationists from the state's environmental and health boards including:
- Six of 19 professionals on the state's Environmental Management Commission, including a public health expert and a conservationist. It leaves representatives of agriculture, industry and utilities in place.
- Six of 15 members on the Coastal Resources Commission.
- Other commissions including those that protect children's health, promote local and sustainable agriculture.