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.

House bill aims to freeze solar energy standard

A bill in the North Carolina Senate would halt solar energy growth and could deter solar farm companies from building in the state.

Indoor tanning popular despite costs


Using artificial tanning to maintain a summertime glow year-round has become a cultural norm and sign of beauty for American adolescents and adults alike in the last several decades.

N.C. House bill would loosen execution restrictions

Although 149 criminals sit on North Carolina’s death row, not one inmate in the state has been executed in nine years.

NCGA addresses body cameras

Under a bill in the N.C. state legislature, audio and video recorded by body cameras would not be considered public record.

Bill would ask Board of Governors to study fixed tuition in UNC system

UNC students might soon be able to pay the same level of tuition for all four years of school if a new N.C. General Assembly proposal continues to move forward.

Student-athlete pay bill fails in NC General Assembly

An N.C. General Assembly bill that would have required most of the state’s universities to pay student-athletes failed to pass a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday. 

A rundown of the NC General Assembly's latest bills

Possum Drop could return

The North Carolina Possum Drop tradition — which had comedian John Oliver in fits of laughter during his visit to Durham in December — might be returning this year.

A proposal making its way through the legislature would allow a live animal to be part of the Brasstown Possum Drop.

Bill would prevent NC schools from teaching about Plan B

North Carolina public schools might no longer be able to teach about the effectiveness and safety of emergency contraceptive methods like Plan B if an N.C. General Assembly proposal becomes law.

NC Legislature to look at budget this summer

Weeks after students have left UNC classrooms and put spring finals behind them, North Carolina lawmakers will remain hard at work passing some of the most important state policies — including a budget that will fund the University.

Iran nuclear deal misses Tuesday deadline

North Carolina’s two U.S. senators have been among a cohort of Republicans raising concerns about ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations — and in spite of setbacks and a blown Tuesday deadline, American diplomats insist that they’re close to a deal.

Rules for domestic drones unveiled


The Federal Aviation Administration released new rules regulating how drones are allowed to operate in the United States.

Report: Duke Energy pays for sway over NC General Assembly


Duke Energy is the leader in a pack of special interest groups who hold the most sway over the N.C. General Assembly, according to a new report from the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham.

Q&A with snowed-in NC Sen. Jeff Jackson


The Democrat from Mecklenburg found himself the lone legislator at the General Assembly on Tuesday.

NC public school performance report cards released Thursday

The long-awaited N.C. public school performance report cards — now featuring letter grades — were released Thursday at a state Board of Education meeting, showing that schools with higher poverty rates tended to receive lower letter grades. 

Legislators predict a policy regulating Airbnb might be next


With its pale green exterior and vivid blue siding, the Pittsboro bed-and-breakfast run by Lisa Piper and Dave Clark — a short walk from the Chatham County Courthouse — is hard to miss.

NC Capitol’s new rules frustrate activists

The state chapter of the NAACP is considering taking legal action against new rules that limit where protestors can gather within the capitol.

More economic incentives debated in NC

While N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory is urging the legislature to replenish the state’s economic incentives fund, experts are continuing to debate the effectiveness of incentive programs in attracting businesses.

NC House Speaker to-be Tim Moore has contentious past


Tim Moore is slated to become one of the most powerful politicians in North Carolina on Wednesday, assuming the role of speaker of the N.C. House. More than two decades ago, Moore stirred controversy as speaker of UNC’s Student Congress for attempting to defund the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association (CGLA).

Paul Tine, member of NC House, leaves Democrats

Paul Tine, a member of the N.C. House of Representatives, has decided to leave the Democratic Party and, as of Friday, has joined the General Assembly’s Republican House Caucus.

In talks with Obama, McCrory considers Medicaid expansion

Governor Pat McCrory, along with four other governors, traveled to the White House on Tuesday to talk with President Barack Obama about a variety of issues, including Medicaid expansion.