The North Carolina State Senate today gave its final approval to three bills sponsored by Representative McGrady: House Bill 315 (Plastics Labeling Requirements), House Bill 774 (Building Code Exclusion/Primitive Structures), and House Bill 829 (Sale of Growlers by Certain ABC Permittees). The bills now await Governor McCrory‘s signature to become law.
House Bill 315 requires that degradable plastic products be clearly labeled to prevent contamination of recycled plastic feedstocks. North Carolina is one of the top states for plastics recycling, and the bill seeks to protect the recycling industry by making sure degradable plastics don’t contaminate recyclable plastics. “This bill is good for business and the environment,” McGrady said. “Recycled plastic is valuable and shouldn’t be going into landfills.” The bill was supported by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, the National Association for PET Container Resources, the North Carolina Beverage Association, and the Carolina Recycling Association.
House Bill 774 exempts certain primitive structures from the North Carolina State Building Code. The legislation addresses the closing of Eustace Conway’s Turtle Island Preserve outside of Boone, North Carolina. Conway’s life was the subject of a book, “The Last American Man,” and his fight to save his camp was the subject of numerous newspaper articles in the various newspapers including The Wall Street Journal and the Charlotte Observer. For some good background on Eustace, the Turtle Island Preserve and HB774, read my article on this website, The curious case of Eustace Conway.
House Bill 829 allows the sale of malt beverages in large, refillable containers, known as “Growlers,” in grocery stores, wine shops, and other places where alcoholic beverages are sold. Growlers are currently sold in South Carolina and, since North Carolina is the home of numerous craft brewers, the bill is expected to make North Carolina brewers’ product more available.
“I’m grateful to my House and Senate colleagues for their support, and to those senators who ran my bills on the Senate floor today,” remarked Representative McGrady. “It’s not often that a legislator has the good fortune of seeing three bills pass one chamber in one day.”