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.

Trump order to defund sanctuary cities temporarily blocked by federal court


A federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s plan to strip funding from sanctuary cities Tuesday.

New bill would prevent disruptions of free speech on campus

If a new bill passes in the N.C. General Assembly, public universities could be required to impose sanctions on protestors who disrupt events or prevent others from exercising free speech rights.

Art students use collaborative art to write to General Assembly


Arts professor Elin O’Hara Slavick and students from her ARTS 300 class used collaborative art to write letters to the North Carolina General Assembly, allowing anyone who passed by their table to write a message.

State Senate passes class size compromise bill


The N.C. Senate passed a compromise Tuesday to extend the deadline for schools to meet new class size requirements until fall 2018 — a year later than House Bill 13 had proposed. 

Republican House members propose ID law for undocumented immigrants

A new bill in the N.C. House, proposed by five Republican representatives, would aim to limit identity fraud in the state by creating identification for undocumented immigrants.

Looking back on Cooper's first 100 days in office


Between controversial HB2 and budget negotiations, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper rounded out his first 100 days in office April 10.

North Carolina is only remaining state to try all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults


North Carolina is the only state still treating all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system after the passage of Raise the Age legislation in New York earlier this month. 

State bill takes aim at North Carolina's 'stand your ground' laws


If passed, the Gun Safety Act, or House Bill 723, would change current “stand your ground” laws in North Carolina.

Hog waste drives new bill on compensation in contamination lawsuits


A bill in the N.C. General Assembly would limit the financial compensation for citizens filing lawsuits on environmental contamination against state hog farms.

Parents and students rally for bill to preserve music, art and PE classes


Crayon-drawn signs in hand, N.C. public school parents and kids rallied in Raleigh Wednesday in support of House Bill 13.

HB2 partial repeal leads to changes in Department of Justice lawsuit


Organizations involved in the legal fight against controversial House Bill 2 are considering their options after the bill’s partial repeal last month.

T.R.U.M.P. Act proposal would require candidates to release tax returns to get on the ballot

A bill in the N.C. Senate would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on North Carolina ballots in future general elections. 

NC Senate Bill aims to alter background check process for handgun permits


A bill proposed by the N.C. Senate would change the process for buying handguns — eliminating a step in which sheriffs conduct background checks.

Proposed state bill calls assault on police officers a hate crime

Under a new bill in the N.C. House of Representatives, assaults on police officers and other first responders would be classified as hate crimes.

Bill takes aim at ACC and future boycotts of North Carolina

A new bill in the N.C. General Assembly would require UNC-system schools to leave any intercollegiate athletic association — like the Atlantic Coast Conference — if they boycott the state.

NC bill banning same-sex marriage will not advance in the General Assembly


A bill filed Tuesday in the N.C. General Assembly to ban same-sex marriage will not advance in the legislature, according to a statement by N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore.

NC Senate committee clears bill punishing sanctuary city policies


The N.C. Senate Judiciary Committee cleared a bill that would punish municipalities with sanctuary city policies and compel universities in the UNC system to disclose students’ immigration status to law enforcement.

NC bill would require UNC schools to pull out of athletic associations, like ACC, in future boycotts

Legislators in the N.C. General Assembly filed a bill Monday to respond to any future boycott by an intercollegiate athletic association — like the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Legislature elects 12 new members to UNC-system Board of Governors


Twelve new members will be introduced in the UNC-system Board of Governors in July — the majority of whom are white and Republican.

Judge rules against gerrymandering in Greensboro

A federal judge ruled that the redistricting of Greensboro's City Council by the N.C. General Assembly was unconstitutional last Monday.