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.

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


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


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.

Coal ash bill passes at end of NC session

Right before adjourning their short session, state legislators passed a bill Aug. 20 addressing coal ash regulations for energy companies — but environmental groups worry it doesn’t do enough.

NC voters will decide on right to jury trial

North Carolina voters will have the chance to add an amendment to the state’s constitution during the November election.

NC NAACP targets 2013 NC voting law

A shorter early voting period and the elimination of same-day voter registration are two parts of North Carolina’s year-old voting law slated to impact November’s elections.

More Moral Monday cases dismissed by NC judges


More than a dozen cases of protesters arrested during the 2013 Moral Monday protests have been dismissed in the last four weeks — and in a legal shift, the rulings have been made on a constitutional free speech basis.

Research centers fight to avoid more budget cuts


With all the money in the world, Grace Schmits would ask for just a little more space. 

Activists begin week of protesting NC legislature

Even now that the N.C. General Assembly’s short session has come to a close, activists are getting fired up — and they will return Friday to the streets of Raleigh to protest the actions of the legislature

UNC-system faculty to get pay hike

After four years of pay freezes  for UNC-system faculty in five years, a salary hike is on the way.

Q&A with Senate candidate Sean Haugh, 'Emperor of Pizza'


Sean Haugh, a 53-year-old pizza delivery man, had no intention of running for political office again. But the veteran Libertarian Party candidate and Durham resident is slated to face incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, Speaker of the N.C. House, in November.

Board of Governors aims to cut costs, keep future tuition hikes to a minimum

For the first time since 2009, the UNC-system Board of Governors is entering a new academic year without significant state budget cuts on its conscience.

NC film incentive replaced with $10 million grant

Film production in North Carolina might be headed for a precipitous decline in the near future, as the state’s tax incentive program for film companies is slated to undergo a major change.