Legislation (S.B. 781) which limits environmental rulemaking procedures in North Carolina became law after legislators on July 25 overrode a veto by Governor Bev Perdue (D-NC). Under the new law state regulatory agencies are required to only issue regulations that are necessary, clearly written, and authorized by state or federal law with additional restrictions placed on environmental rulemaking. The bill also requires agencies to try to lower the burden on regulated entities and write rules in a manner that achieves their objectives in a cost-effective and timely manner.