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.

NC requests stay on districting decision

During a weekend when most North Carolinians turned their attentions to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, a federal court ruled to referee North Carolina’s congressional districts — marking a temporary end to the battle over voting district fairness.


McCrory wins suit against legislature

After more than a year of litigation, the N.C. Supreme Court handed down a victory to Gov. Pat McCrory over the state legislature in its decision on Friday. 


54 NC legislators remain unchallenged in primaries

Millions of N.C. voters will be left without a choice this March in the primaries.


Coal ash debate resurfaces in state politics, likely to take focus in upcoming elections

Nearly two years after a coal ash spill in North Carolina’s Dan River, state leaders and legislators have yet to agree on the best method for storage of the hazardous waste.


Ultrasounds required to confirm abortion legality

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Noah Lieberman goes to Raleigh

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UNC senior Noah Lezin Lieberman could be that 6-foot-tall redhead on your bus. He loves the sweet potato gnocchi his mom makes from scratch. He competes in national Scrabble championships with his parents and two younger sisters.


NC magistrates law challenged for constitutionality

Six North Carolina residents are challenging a law that allows magistrates to opt out performing civil marriages if it goes against their religious beliefs.

The plaintiffs, who filed the complaint Wednesday and include both LGBT and interracial couples, argue the magistrates law uses taxpayer dollars for religious reasons and therefore violates the First Amendment.

Charlotte-based lawyer Luke Largess, who filed the lawsuit in the U.S.


Year in Review: Margaret Spellings will take the helm after a long year for the UNC-system

After current UNC-system President Tom Ross was forced to resign in January, a controversial and closed-door search process resulted in the hire of former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings in October — a replacement many have opposed.


Year in Review: Delayed NC budget passed despite controversy

After two and a half months of delays, the N.C. General Assembly passed the state budget for 2015-17 in mid-September.


New Senate bill requires changes to Northside district

A bill passed through the North Carolina General Assembly in June will require Chapel Hill to make changes to the Northside conservation district.


The fight goes on for Adam Stein

Known for being the wizard of the civil rights movement, Adam Stein often works his magic from behind the curtain.


Board of Governors head tells legislators the vote for chancellors' raises should have been open

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RALEIGH — The UNC-system Board of Governors made a mistake, the board’s interim chairperson admitted to a questioning committee comprised of North Carolina legislators Wednesday.


Legislators to meet with Board of Governors on Wednesday, discuss transparency issues

For months, members of the N.C. legislature have called for more transparency regarding the UNC-system Board of Governors. When the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations meets Wednesday, with several board members in attendance, legislators are expected to address just that.


NC representation could expand in US House

Piecing together new congressional districts in 2020 will be a puzzle for legislators as North Carolina prepares to add a new district, according to a report released Nov. 3 by the Carolina Population Center.


'D' integrity rating above average for state

North Carolina received a ‘D’ rating in a state integrity investigation published Tuesday by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan news group.


Board of Governors gives Carol Folt $50K raise

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The Board of Governors announced Monday that 12 UNC-system chancellors would be receiving raises ranging from about $17,000 to $70,000.


October brings attention to domestic violence in North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory named October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 1 — emphasizing that the problem is a top tier issue in the state.


State sees rise in child suicide

North Carolina's child suicide rate has doubled since 2010, according to recent statistics. 

The number of suicides committed by children in the state has increased from 23 to 46 over the past five years — a trend which will be addressed by the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force Feb.


Politics influence higher ed funding

Public universities have taken a financial hit from the state government in recent years — but that wasn’t always the case. Now some experts say a shift in political ideology is to blame.


Tension rises among NC Republican leaders

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Intraparty disagreements among Republican leaders in North Carolina have come to the fore amid this year’s protracted budget fight and accusations of a lack of transparency during the Board of Governors’ UNC-system president search — which led to chair John Fennebresque’s resignation Monday.