Neighbors on Call's Weekly Policy Update for 11/23/20


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Environmental Policy

  • On Thursday the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield in a series of nuisance suits against the company. The ruling affirmed an earlier District Court decision that industrialized hog farming operations on a farm in Bladen County, a contract grower for Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, unduly harmed its neighbors’ quality of life. The appellate judges sided with Murphy-Brown’s lawyers in one particular, however: they ruled that there would need to be a rehearing governing the amount of punitive damages issued to plaintiffs, this time without mention of corporate finances or executive compensation. Smithfield released a statement later in the day on Thursday that they had reached a settlement, the details of which will not be disclosed.

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Governance The legislative session may end with several high-profile issues left unresolved, including raises for teachers and state employees, Medicaid expansion, and medical marijuana legalization,

Voting Rights The North Carolina Republican Party submitted a written request to the NC State Board of Elections asking that county boards verify voter signatures on requests for absentee ballots and

Education Policy On Thursday the NC House approved a bill that would remove North Carolina’s two virtual charter schools from pilot program status and grant them new five-year charters. SB 671 would a

Neighbors on Call's Weekly Policy Update for 11/23/20


Election Update



Environmental Policy

  • On Thursday the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield in a series of nuisance suits against the company. The ruling affirmed an earlier District Court decision that industrialized hog farming operations on a farm in Bladen County, a contract grower for Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, unduly harmed its neighbors’ quality of life. The appellate judges sided with Murphy-Brown’s lawyers in one particular, however: they ruled that there would need to be a rehearing governing the amount of punitive damages issued to plaintiffs, this time without mention of corporate finances or executive compensation. Smithfield released a statement later in the day on Thursday that they had reached a settlement, the details of which will not be disclosed.

Recent Posts

See All

Governance The legislative session may end with several high-profile issues left unresolved, including raises for teachers and state employees, Medicaid expansion, and medical marijuana legalization,

Voting Rights The North Carolina Republican Party submitted a written request to the NC State Board of Elections asking that county boards verify voter signatures on requests for absentee ballots and

Education Policy On Thursday the NC House approved a bill that would remove North Carolina’s two virtual charter schools from pilot program status and grant them new five-year charters. SB 671 would a