Protest Petition

A bill originally designed to regulate car headlights has morphed into a 32-page measure that would affect cities, property owners and the media.

Updated 7/26/13: The regulatory bill that lawmakers ended up passing, left out eliminating protest petitions. 

In North Carolina neighbors can oppose development projects that require rezonings by filing something called a protest petition.  That means the rezoning requires a three-fourths vote on the city council, not just a simple majority.  A bill that would eliminate those kinds of petitions has passed the state house.