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.

Rules for domestic drones unveiled

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The Federal Aviation Administration released new rules regulating how drones are allowed to operate in the United States.


Report: Duke Energy pays for sway over NC General Assembly

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Duke Energy is the leader in a pack of special interest groups who hold the most sway over the N.C. General Assembly, according to a new report from the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham.


Q&A with snowed-in NC Sen. Jeff Jackson

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The Democrat from Mecklenburg found himself the lone legislator at the General Assembly on Tuesday.


NC public school performance report cards released Thursday

The long-awaited N.C. public school performance report cards — now featuring letter grades — were released Thursday at a state Board of Education meeting, showing that schools with higher poverty rates tended to receive lower letter grades. 


Legislators predict a policy regulating Airbnb might be next

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With its pale green exterior and vivid blue siding, the Pittsboro bed-and-breakfast run by Lisa Piper and Dave Clark — a short walk from the Chatham County Courthouse — is hard to miss.


NC Capitol’s new rules frustrate activists

The state chapter of the NAACP is considering taking legal action against new rules that limit where protestors can gather within the capitol.


More economic incentives debated in NC

While N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory is urging the legislature to replenish the state’s economic incentives fund, experts are continuing to debate the effectiveness of incentive programs in attracting businesses.


NC House Speaker to-be Tim Moore has contentious past

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Tim Moore is slated to become one of the most powerful politicians in North Carolina on Wednesday, assuming the role of speaker of the N.C. House. More than two decades ago, Moore stirred controversy as speaker of UNC’s Student Congress for attempting to defund the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association (CGLA).


Paul Tine, member of NC House, leaves Democrats

Paul Tine, a member of the N.C. House of Representatives, has decided to leave the Democratic Party and, as of Friday, has joined the General Assembly’s Republican House Caucus.


In talks with Obama, McCrory considers Medicaid expansion

Governor Pat McCrory, along with four other governors, traveled to the White House on Tuesday to talk with President Barack Obama about a variety of issues, including Medicaid expansion.


New NC law regulates drone surveillance in hunting

Hunters in North Carolina can now breathe a collective sigh of relief as a new state law will regulate drone surveillance in hunting — part of a nationwide trend of state governments monitoring the growing use of drones and their surveillance abilities.


Six candidates in race for NC House speaker

With the election of Thom Tillis to the U.S. Senate on Nov. 4, six Republican state lawmakers have entered the race to succeed him as N.C. Speaker of the House.


Officials hold closed meeting on potential fracking

State officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia held a closed-door meeting Nov. 6 to discuss the possibility of oil drilling off the Atlantic coast — and environmental advocacy groups are disconcerted with their lack of access to the discussions. 


Forced sterilization compensation begins in NC

North Carolina abandoned its forced sterilization policies 40 years ago, but people impacted just began to be compensated Monday.


NC abortion law returns to federal court

A provision of a 2011 state law requiring doctors to display and explain ultrasounds to women prior to performing an abortion has returned to court.


Court blocks parts of NC voting law

An all-campus email Wednesday said the deadline to register to vote in the midterm election was Oct. 10 — but it turns out students might be able to register and fill out a ballot on the same day when early voting begins Oct. 23.


Thousands of LGBT advocates gather in Durham for NC Pride Parade

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DURHAM — Colorful boas and homemade signs were plentiful among the thousands of people marching, dancing and cheering across Duke University’s East Campus on Saturday for the 30th annual N.C. Pride Festival and Parade.


National poverty rate drops, NC rate still higher than average

National and state poverty levels have decreased for the first time since before the recession, but North Carolina’s levels remain above the national average.


Early voting appeal denied at App State

A final push to save Appalachian State University’s on-campus early voting site was denied at the end of August — ensuring students will have to make a 20-minute trek to an off-campus site during November’s midterm elections.


Education schools see drop in enrollment in NC

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As teachers continue to leave North Carolina for more enticing opportunities, the number of students pursuing education degrees in the state follows a similarly dismal trajectory.