Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Popular Government Vol. 47 Issue 4, Spring 1982
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Since a 1972 report from the North Carolina Bar Association's Penal Study Committee called \"As the Twig Is Bent\" state lawmakers have endeavored to improve the juvenile justice system through legislation. Much of their efforts focused on community based initiatives and youth development programs reinforcing positive behavior. The article summarizes these actions and presents statistical data demonstrating effectiveness of the new legislation.
This article is a comprehensive look at determining water quality, factors affecting quality, and solutions both practical and policy focused for improving the state's water supply. Raw data is reviewed from the State Department of Natural Resources and Community Development and used to discuss policy reform for maintaining safer potable water. Regional issues are also presented since the coastal zone faces different problems with water quality management than the Piedmont or western mountain area.
Clean air and water acts and devastating incidents like Love Canal and Three Mile Island in the 1970s spotlighted a need for government involvement with the disposal of solid wastes. Presented are comments from five government officials specializing in waste management policy. They discuss legislation and regulation of waste both hazardous and non-hazardous within the state and potential future initiatives to manage waste and protect the state's citizens.
Involuntary commitment refers to committing a person to a mental health institution without the individual's consent. Legislation concerning this topic defines reasons for committing a person and how to provide proof that an individual requires professional help. The article reviews legislation changes between 1973 and 1980 both on a national and state-wide level.
The North Carolina Drug Paraphernalia Act took effect October 1, 1981. Specifically, the measure outlaws sale of drug paraphernalia by retailers and an individual can be charged with possession if found with these articles. Paraphernalia constitutes a range of items divided into twelve categories to demonstrate what could be considered for drug use and other tobacco related products that would be legal for retailers to sell.
Regulating and supplying water to the state's citizens falls to state and local government which faced decreased federal support in the early 1980s. Lacking thorough information about the 500 municipally owned water systems, the author proposed a more detailed study of these systems to better inform future development. Mr. Moreau further suggests more state government involvement intended to give local government more capabilities for managing and planning specific water supplies.