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Former State Sen. Harold “Bull” Hardison dies at 92

Former State Sen. Harold W. “Bull” Hardison of Lenoir County, a power in the legislature in the 1970s and 1980s, died Wednesday at 92.

According to the obituary from Howard-Carter Funeral Home in Kinston, Hardison, a Deep Run resident, is survived by his wife, Arlene Humphrey Hardison. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Deep Run Original Free Will Baptist Church.

Hardison was known as an advocate for business and a strong foe of environmental legislation. Amendments he pushed through the legislature in the late 1970s, which prohibited state agencies from adopting environmental regulations stricter than federal rules, became known as the “Hardison amendments.”

A World War II veteran who served in the Pacific, he was the owner and operator of an oil company in Deep Run. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in 1988.