North Carolina is a beautiful state that is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its own Wilderness Act this year. On the other hand, it received significant national attention to the recent political shifts which occurred in its executive and legislative branches, along with a continuing focus on the subsequent actions of the state's governor, legislature and attorney general on everything from same-sex marriage to New Year's opossums.
The state also draws national attention on numerous environmental topics; this includes a February coal ash spill that resulted in a recently aborted attempt at legislation addressing the state's coal ash ponds. Last year, the state passed many other controversial bills, such as a roll-back of rules protecting Jordan Lake's water quality in favor of water agitators.
The General Assembly passed five more controversial bills related to the environment in the 2014 short session, profiled here. With more work scheduled for mid-August and November, other legislation could resurface - including the coal ash bill, transit-limiting sales tax caps and more.