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.

Western Governors University establishes partnership with North Carolina

Western Governors University received a $2 million dollar grant from the North Carolina General Assembly — making North Carolina the university’s seventh state affiliate.

Who gets on the UNC-system Board of Governors?


 The UNC-system Board of Governors faced scrutiny after a system-wide ban on litigation — forcing the UNC Center for Civil rights to cease taking real legal cases. While the Board itself is known across campuses, the process through which people get on the board might be less known. 

Lumbee Tribe could be fully federally recognized with new bill


U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., attained a congressional hearing for The Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that will fully federally recognize the Native American tribe located in southeastern North Carolina. 

'We live in a man's world': NC women work towards more government representation

women in politics

Women in the North Carolina legislature are far outnumbered by men despite making up over half the state's population.

Democrats are challenging Republicans across the country, but can they win?


Four Democrats in North Carolina's second congressional district plan to challenge incumbent Republican candidate George Holding, R-N.C., in November 2018 — accompanying a larger national trend in response to president Donald Trump's election.

Tillis co-sponsors potential DACA replacement


North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis announced a new Senate GOP proposal that could create a pathway to legalization for young undocumented immigrants in place of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Monday. 

Cooper blocks legislation that would aid GenX removal in Cape Fear River

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday he will veto legislation that would have funded local efforts to research and remove the chemical GenX from the Cape Fear River. 

Tillis op-ed promotes NC tax reform as a model for federal action


As Congress works to overhaul the United States tax system, one local leader hopes to use North Carolina as an example.

NC legislators consider redrawing court districts, along with other judicial reforms


Discussion regarding judicial reform in North Carolina is quickly gaining traction after over 60 years of relative stagnancy.

New plan has changed North Carolina principal pay


North Carolina principals are subject to pay changes under a new pay plan implemented this year by the North Carolina General Assembly.  

Organized theft is costing retailers $30 billion a year. Here's what NC is doing about it.

 North Carolina is taking action in response to a growing trend of organized retail theft in the state.

Republicans take the back seat... in voter registration

 The number of voters registered as unaffiliated has surpassed the number of voters registered as Republican— making unaffiliated voters the second largest voting group in the state by about 1,000 voters.

NC laws lead to higher-than-average child marriage rates


Although cesnsus data shows child marriages in the United States are rare, a report by the Tahirih Justice Center shows varying state laws directly contribute to minors getting legally married.

Two NC legislators mistakenly sign anti-gerrymandering brief


U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., removed their names from a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court last week after mistakenly supporting a pledge to end politically-motivated gerrymandering. 

New report reveals progress and problems in NC public schools

The annual North Carolina public schools accountability report was released Thursday — prompting discussions about how the education system should move forward. 

Nearly a year after Matthew, hurricanes hit close to home ... again


 In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, North Carolina continues to feel the effects of Hurricane Matthew.  

NC General Assembly moves forward with new voting maps


The North Carolina General Assembly's new legislative voting district maps are awaiting approval from a three-judge panel. 

Cooper vetoes face General Assembly override ... again


Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed 11 bills this year – but none of those vetoes have succeeded yet.

UNC sees increase in teaching program enrollment


Legal issues complicate Silent Sam's removal



Silent Sam remains standing in McCorkle Place despite calls from leaders — including Gov. Roy Cooper — across the state for its removal. The Heritage Protection Act of 2015 has complicated efforts to remove the Confederate monument, which leaves the monument's fate in legal limbo.