North Carolina Legislation would put a net ban referendum on November ballot

nc net ban billLate last month, state Rep. Billy Richardson, D-Cumberland, told a room full of recreational fishermen in Wilmington he would push for a statewide referendum to ban trawling and netting in North Carolina’s estuaries. The room responded with a standing ovation. A month later, Richardson has delivered on that promise — sort of. On Tuesday the Cumberland County Democrat filed a bill that would let voters decide whether to outlaw gill and certain other nets in all state coastal waters. If the N.C. General Assembly supports House Bill 1122, that referendum would appear on the November ballot. Richardson did not return multiple requests for comment. But observers say they think the bill is doomed to go belly-up. Read the rest here 14:02

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