Things that make you go hmmm

Now why would anyone want to exempt members of one of the state’s metropolitan planning organization from the state ethics act?

Here’s last year’s provision in the budget bill

APPLY STATE ETHICS ACT TO METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS AND RURAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS

SECTION 24.16.(a) G.S. 136‑202 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

(e) A Metropolitan Planning Organization shall be treated as a board for purposes of Chapter 138A of the General Statutes.

SECTION 24.16.(b) G.S. 136‑211 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

(e) Ethics Requirements.A Rural Transportation Planning Organization shall be treated as a board for purposes of Chapter 138A of the General Statutes.

SECTION 24.16.(c) Members of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Transportation Planning Organizations shall file an initial Statement of Economic Interest with the State Ethics Commission no later than April 15, 2013. All information provided in the Statement of Economic Interest shall be current as of December 31, 2012. The initial Statement of Economic Interest shall be filed electronically.

SECTION 24.16.(d) This section becomes effective January 1, 2013.

And here’s the text of the bill filed today that repeals that for the Meck/Union MPO

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to provide that the mecklenburg‑union metropolitan planning organization shall not have to comply with Section 24.16(a) of S.L. 2012‑142.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Section 24.16(a) of S.L. 2012‑142 is repealed.

SECTION 2. This act applies only to the Counties of Mecklenburg and Union.

SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law.

so, hmmmm.