A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at Duke Chapel was recently removed after being defaced Thursday morning. Courtesy of William Snead/Duke Photography

Charlottesville spurs Confederate statue conversations

North Carolina and national lawmakers face stronger calls for the removal of Confederate monuments on state property following events in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.   


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.

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