Topics: N.C. General Assembly

The N.C. General Assembly is the legislative body for the state of North Carolina. The general assembly is made up of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislative process works much like congress. A bill must be passed by both houses and is sent to the governor for approval before it becomes a law.

The general assembly has a direct effect on the University and how it runs. Every two years the assembly appropriates money for the UNC system in its biennial budget. During that time the budget for UNC-Chapel Hill is discussed and decided.

The first Republican majorities in both chambers of the legislature since 1898 were elected in the November 2010 general election, and they convened in January 2011.

With month left in office, McCrory calls for special session for General Assembly

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With about a month remaining before his successor takes office, Gov. Pat McCrory is urging North Carolina state legislators to get back to Raleigh and make relief provisions for victims of Hurricane Matthew.


Year in review: NC voting rights reach federal courts

A North Carolina voting law and the state's voting districts for the General Assembly were contested by federal courts over claims of racial discrimination this election year.


19 N.C. public schools to operate with charter-school-like flexibility

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Beginning next school year, 19 low-performing public schools in North Carolina will operate with the flexibility usually given only to charter schools. The schools will have more freedom in determining regulations like school calendar dates and budgeting. 


North Carolina to redraw gerrymandered districts for 2017 special election

A federal court ruled Tuesday that North Carolina must hold a special election in 2017 for the N.C. General Assembly after 28 districts are redrawn.


Graig Meyer meets with League of Women Voters

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By Bole Stanley

Senior Writer

Graig Meyer began Monday’s meeting with the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties by addressing the elephant in the room.

Meyer began his speech by saying although the recent election had many feeling anxious, there was much reason for optimism, and then engaging the crowd in an exercise where each person in the audience shared something they appreciated about our democracy and something they were hopeful could change.


N.C. Rep. Paul Luebke dies at 70

Paul Luebke, who represented Durham’s 30th District in the N.C. House, passed away at 70 from lymphoma on Sunday.


Charlotte Mayor celebrates National Coming Out Day at UNC School of Law

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said she did not foresee the extent the state would go to repeal a Charlotte ordinance that protected the rights of LGBTQ individuals.


Federal regulations impending for Kratom

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Kratom, an herbal drug often served in tea, has become a popular alternative to pain medication — but impending federal action may place the drug under strict regulation.


Law makes biking safer in North Carolina

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Thanks to a newly implemented North Carolina law, cyclists and motorists may finally have the space to settle their differences.


Lawsuit dismissed against marriage refusal law for magistrates

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Senate Bill 2 on Sept. 20, causing an immediately filing to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Law to limit public access to police camera footage

Starting Saturday, members of the public will have to obtain a court order to access North Carolina police body and dash camera footage.


NC schools end corporal punishment in all but two counties

Physical discipline — also know as corporal punishment — was removed from Macon County schools policy this year. There are still two counties in North Carolina that allow and actively use it.


Bipartisan group redraws congressional districts in North Carolina

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A bipartisan group of retired North Carolina judges is advocating for redistricting reform by proposing a new congressional district map on Monday.


NC Senate race heats up with challenger Deborah Ross

A little-known former North Carolina legislator has surged ahead in the polls over incumbent Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., for his seat in the U.S. Senate. 


North Carolina sees a decade without any executions

When Samuel Flippen was executed in the early hours of Aug. 18, 2006, by lethal injection, he locked eyes with his parents and mouthed, “I love you.”


'Racial gerrymanders' to stand on election day

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Come election day, some North Carolina voters will submit their ballots within unconstitutional districts — following a ruling early this month by a three-judge panel.


N.C. policy research group releases effectiveness ratings of state legislators

State legislators learned this month graduation doesn't mean the end of the grading scale.


Proposed bill would send lowest performing schools to charter administration

North Carolina spent the fourth lowest amount of money per capita to fund its public K-12 education system of any state and Washington, D.C., in the United States in 2011-12, according to a report from the National Education Association.


UK issues travel warning for NC after HB 2, Obama calls for repeal

President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron added their names to the list of figures opposing House Bill 2 on Friday. 


Proposed body camera bill draws ire from town officials

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Carrboro Board of Aldermen member Sammy Slade is concerned that a proposed bill from the N.C. General Assembly will limit accessibility to police body-worn and dashboard camera footage.