Republican representative Jason Saine received two new appointments to committees earlier this week. His first appointment was to the Assessment of Regulated and Non-regulated Industry Utility Fees Joint Study Committee. According to their press release, the committee is in charge of assessing the regulatory fee structure of the North Carolina Utilities Commission and ensuring fees are not unfairly increased.
The review of the Utility Commission regulatory fees is part of an ongoing effort to maintain the integrity of North Carolina boards and commissions. Recommendations are scheduled to be reported during the 2014 short session and 2015 long session of the General Assembly as a component of the Legislative Research Commission report.
Saine said he was very interested in analyzing the current utility rates and learning how effective they are for the state.
His other appointment involves the Property Owner Protection and Rights Study Committee. As stated in the press release, this committee studies “the establishment of a property owner protection act that would favor the free use of land.” The study will be conducted as part of an ongoing effort to cut through bureaucratic red tape for citizens and small businesses.
Saine stressed the importance of finding a balance. “We want to do the most good for the general public that we can, but we also have to protect private property rights,” he said.
The representative believes his three years of experience as president of a Home Owner’s Association will benefit him with this endeavor.
“I hope to bring a pragmatic and understanding view of both individuals and businesses,” said Saine.
Recommendations based on the committee’s research are scheduled to be reported during the 2014 short session and the 2015 long session of the General Assembly as a component of the Legislative Research Commission report.