Four years ago, the Greensboro City Council unanimously requested that the General Assembly reinstate the protest petition here. At that time, Greensboro was one of only two North Carolina cities to not have that power.
The petition has been an important tool for city neighborhoods to check the power of special interests. As a Senate sponsor of the bill in 2009, I was shocked to learn that this session of the General Assembly plans to repeal it.
Greensboro is a strong city based on strong neighborhoods. Taking away this power is not in the best interest of the city we love.
The writer is a former state senator.