Turns out that a House committee vote yesterday to reject Sen. Dan Soucek's bill making Boone the only town in the state to lose developmental control over its Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) was a useless, pointless vote, according to the parliamentary ruling of a Republican lawyer who works for the Republican majority in the NC Senate.
"Senate special counsel Gerry Cohen said the bill wasn't actually dead after Monday's vote - just in parliamentary limbo."
Meaning that, if they could round up enough committee members who didn't vote yesterday, or if they could blackmail, bribe, or otherwise coerce those who voted "no" yesterday to change to "yes" today, then they can do whatever the hell they want and high water allows. Soucek's "Punish Boone to the Nth Degree Act of 2014" passed 18-16 in the same committee today that rejected it yesterday 15-12. When you can't win by regular order, go for the parliamentary trick.
If this passes the full House -- as it probably will -- the Templetons and other mega-developers will have finally succeeded in dominating the landscape around Boone, and Boone will be the new poster child of Republican extremism and overreach.