Government by Facebook

Over in Greensboro there's been a push to reinstate protest petitions and it's a pretty heated battle.  It's a complicated story and if you don't track Greensboro politics it is kind of hard to follow. To summarize let's just say that in most of North Carolina residents can file a protest petition if they don't like something going on near their property.  In Greensboro residents don't have that capability (again, a long story), but now there's a grass roots effort to get protest petitions reinstated. At a recent Greensboro city council meeting the council decided to address the issue but they left things a little confused.  From what I can gather they asked a group representing the development side (TREBIC) to work with those who want the protest petition reinstated to work out a proposal to be sent to the state legislature.  That's where things stood as far as I understood it.

Then I read Ed Cone's blog this evening that said that State Senator Don Vaughan announced on his Facebook page that he'd co-sponsored Senate Bill 67 titled Greensboro/Restore Zoning Protest Rights.  And Ed reports that Senator Vaughan's wife left a quick comment that said the House posted a bill with the same name (#64).

I guess this is what they mean by "Government 2.0".
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  1. droopy dog

    Jon, it has been a long process but there has been a blog on this for over a year on this issue, here is the link. http://protestpetitiongreensboro.blogspot.com/
    We were still trying to figure out about the Greensboro City Council what part of STATE LAW do they not understand. The compromise was a joke when they brought it up on the 21st and now as you can see the state legislators know that they aren’t going to change a state law just for Greensboro when every other city in this state abides by STATE LAW.

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