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.

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


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


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


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.

Opinion: N.C. legislators have superb voting records

The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union recently released their 2015 Legislative Report Card, which details how each member of the General Assembly voted on five key bills related to civil liberties.

Opinion: Gov. Pat McCrory ought to veto anti-immigrant law

The bill is titled “Protect North Carolina’s Workers,” when it should actually read as “Protect North Carolina from Undocumented Immigrants and the Unemployed” because those are the targeted groups who supposedly threaten the integrity of this state.

Second round of sterilization victim settlements due in November

Victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program received $20,000 from the state last year as compensation, and they will receive $15,000 more on Nov. 1.

No "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants in North Carolina


A bill presented to the governor’s office Wednesday might allow police in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham to have more discretion when enforcing immigration policies.

NC schooled on teacher treatment

North Carolina ranked worst in the country — save West Virginia — for teachers in 2015, according to a recent WalletHub report. 

Voter ID case put on hold until after March elections

N.C. Superior Judge Michael Morgan placed a hold on the case against the North Carolina voter ID law last week until after the March primary elections. 

Uncertain ruling for judiciary party labels

Some say voters might become better equipped to cast their ballots in judicial elections, as N.C. House Bill 8 outlines the addition of partisan labels next to candidates’ names.

A primary dilemma: 2016 elections in North Carolina

Basketball might not be the only madness in North Carolina this March­, as the N.C. General Assembly will vote this week on a bill to move both of the state’s primary elections to March 15.

Education experts tell legislature to take notes on NC budget

Nearly a week after N.C. legislators passed the state budget, many education experts are still unsure how to evaluate its impact.

Drivers ed money back on the table

Drivers education could survive at local high schools as the Senate and House approach a compromise during budget talks, despite months of doubt over the program’s status.