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.

Winner, winner, chicken… festival?

A bill proposed Feb. 14 would make Fayetteville the host of North Carolina's official fried chicken festival — though the city has yet to hold a fried chicken festival.

Cooper and Stein withdraw appeal of federal ruling on state's voter ID law


On Tuesday, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein announced their intent to withdraw an appeal of a federal ruling that overturned the state’s voter ID law.

Bill allowing concealed firearms without license proposed in General Assembly


A bill proposed in the N.C. General Assembly would allow gun owners to carry a concealed firearm without a permit if passed.

NC Senate passes bill shrinking UNC-system Board of Governors

The North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 39 Thursday, which would shrink the membership of the UNC-system Board of Governors from 32 to 24 if signed into law.

Cooper proposes compromise on HB2 repeal


Gov. Roy Cooper announced plans to repeal House Bill 2 and crack down on crimes committed in locker rooms and bathrooms in a Tuesday press conference.

First NC wind farm to have economic benefits despite concerns from legislators


Amazon Wind Farm became the first fully operational, utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina last week — after it was declared commercially operational earlier this month.

NC representatives pose pay raise for themselves for first time in over 20 years


A group of legislators from the North Carolina General Assembly filed a bill Wednesday to increase their daily stipend while in session — a number which has not been raised for over 20 years.

HKonJ and the Moral March on Raleigh draw record number, organizers report


Black Lives Matter sign in hand and “Nasty Woman” shirt at the ready, Stephanie Freeman marched as part of Saturday’s HKonJ People’s Assembly and Moral March on Raleigh.

HB2 raises concerns at Raleigh's Moral March


Commentary on House Bill 2 was clear and common at Saturday’s Moral March on Raleigh — “BBQ not HB2,” “Worst in rights,” “Repeal HB2” signs read. 

Deb Butler becomes second openly LGBTQ representative in General Assembly


Rep. Deb Butler, D-New Hanover, was sworn in to the North Carolina General Assembly Monday night, becoming the second out LGBT representative serving in the state legislature.

Judges temporarily block law restricting authority of N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper

A three-judge panel has temporarily blocked legislation restricting the governor’s authority and requiring Senate confirmation hearings for his appointees — now six weeks into N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration.

NC General Assembly to consider changing age at which juveniles are tried as adults

North Carolina and New York are the only two states in the nation that still try 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of crime committed.

NC Reps. prepare for a new legislative session

With the election of N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and a Republican majority in the General Assembly, the future of laws like House Bill 2 and Medicaid expansion are expected to be widely debated.

Abortion rates up 3 percent in North Carolina despite national decline, study says

While the percentage of abortions in the United States declined by 14 percent in the years 2011-2014, North Carolina’s rates increased by 3 percent, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute.

Sen. Thom Tillis calls for bipartisan cooperation in U.S. Congress


Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., called for Republicans to reach across the aisle to work toward meaningful solutions rather than mistakenly assuming there was a conservative mandate, in an op-ed in The Charlotte Observer last week.

Researchers at UNC, NC State develop artificial stem cell

A newly developed artificial cardiac stem cell might provide new opportunities for pharmaceutical engineering — thanks to a collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University in China.

Q&A with Jay Chaudhuri, the first Indian-American state legislator in N.C.


N.C. Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake, became the first Indian-American elected to the state legislature — and spoke with staff writer Rebecca Ayers.

HB2 replica bills spread to other states legislatures

Since House Bill 2 was pushed through North Carolina’s state legislature last March, it has lost the state millions of dollars in business.

With Republican majorities, Cooper enters tense political landscape


After four years of Republican control of the legislature and the governor’s mansion, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper was inaugurated and remains at odds with legislative leaders.

Special elections, redistricting uncertain after U.S. Supreme Court order

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay to halt North Carolina’s special elections later this year, surprising N.C. legislators just before their session begins.