North Carolina Governor Mike Easley want the State Legislature to give him and future governors additional powers to respond to droughts. For example, he wants the ability to issue water conservation measures when there's not an emergency. According to his top legislative lobbyist, Franklin Freeman, the current law makes it difficult for a governor to react to such emergencies. Currently, the governor can either encourage conservation or invoke constitutional powers in drastic cases where the health and safety of North Carolina residents are threatened.
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