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The North Carolina General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The General Assembly drafts and legislates the state laws of North Carolina, also known as the General Statutes. The General Assembly is a bicameral legislature, consisting of the North Carolina House of Representatives (formerly the North Carolina House of Commons until 1868) and the North Carolina Senate. The House has 120 members, while the Senate has 50. There are no term limits for either chamber.


Legislators in both chambers serve two-year terms. Starting with the 2002 election, each legislator represents a single-member House or Senatorial district; prior to 2002, some districts elected multiple legislators.


The General Assembly meets in the state capital of Raleigh (except for special occasions, when legislators might decide to hold a ceremonial session in some other city). It met in the Capitol building until 1963, when the legislature relocated to the new North Carolina State Legislative Building.

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North Carolina Republicans now want federal prosecutors to scrutinize Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over a ... GOP lawmakers and their allies have been persistent in going after Cooper over the agreement, saying it put the governor in control of funds that should be expended by the General Assembly.
The legal fight over running North Carolina's elections didn't end when the state Supreme Court refused Democratic Gov. ... Cooper's private lawyers wrote that the entire law is still unconstitutional, even after the GOP-controlled General Assembly last month approved legislation tweaking the board's ...

Republican legislative leaders want the North Carolina Supreme Court to keep intact a lower-court decision voiding only one portion of the state law creating a ... Berger and Moore's attorneys wrote the justices have previously affirmed the General Assembly's authority to merge the once-separate elections ...
However, this decision bodes well for Republicans in North Carolina, as the districts will remain the same for the midterm elections, and the GOP seems poised to maintain control over the General Assembly. In addition to the disarray caused by the trial court's initial ruling, the Democrats' argument has also ...
In 1921, the General Assembly of North Carolina passed a $50 million road-building bond, which created a state highway system to be managed by a State Highway Commission. The General Assembly passed the Good Roads Bill because of lobbyist supporters who proclaimed the need for a network of ...
1, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law which allows government entities to formally object to waving these costs. By passing the agenda item Monday, Bladen County judges will not be able to waive costs, keeping revenue in the county. While excessive fee waving has not been in ...

Whomever Cooper names as Collins' board successor would serve through March 2021. The board will select a new vice chairman from its membership. Cooper nominated three new board members last year, but they've yet to take their seats because the General Assembly has not held confirmation votes ...
The General Assembly also tried twice last year to expand the list of places where people can carry a concealed handgun. The bills would have allowed concealed carry inside all community colleges in the state and all 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, including the residential high ...
DEMAND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: Perhaps most pressing for Cumberland County residents and voters downstream, ask General Assembly candidates whether they will tolerate chemical pollution of the Cape Fear River and North Carolina air? The General Assembly actually beat a hasty ...
Members of a House money committee scrapped a bill earmarking funds for Interstate 73, designed to extend between Roanoke and the North Carolina line. The bill by Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, cleared the General Assembly last year, but lawmakers slapped on a clause requiring the legislation to pass ...
Newly drawn districts at the Senate and House levels have changed representation in Rowan County. Maps adopted in late 2017 moved Senate districts 34 and 25 out of Rowan, leaving the area with an open-seated District 33. House redistricting similarly realigned incumbents. Carl Ford, R-76, would ...
“Gun deaths in North Carolina have risen significantly faster than the state's population. For every 100,000 people, about 14 died from firearms in 2016. That was the highest rate since 1997. … The pace of gun deaths here continues to exceed the national rate, about 12 gun deaths for every 100,000 people ...
The State Legislative Building in Raleigh is the home of the North Carolina General Assembly. News & Record. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save. The North Carolina General Assembly has its first high-profile #MeToo moment, and this one unfortunately appears as if it might linger for a while. State Rep ...
Police forces statewide were required to submit their findings last month to the Department of Justice, which will present them to the General Assembly no later than March 1. The State Crime Lab hasn't finished compiling the data, but it's likely North Carolina's rape kit backlog is substantial, according to ...
Newly drawn districts at the Senate and House levels have changed representation in Rowan County. Maps adopted in late 2017 moved Senate districts 34 and 25 out of Rowan, leaving the area with an open-seated District 33. House redistricting similarly realigned incumbents. Carl Ford, R-76, would ...
What you missed this week in the N.C. General Assembly ... The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a partial stay in the North Carolina v. Covington case, blocking a voting map drawn by a federal court after claims the General Assembly wrongly used racial gerrymandering and violated state law.
A political fixture in Durham and the General Assembly, N.C. Rep. ... Now, after winning 22 elections to represent Durham in the General Assembly, Michaux is in his 43rd year in politics. It'll be his ... Life has given me the honor of serving in this body and serving the state of North Carolina,” Michaux said.

This afternoon, with much pomp and circumstance, the General Assembly released a proposed fix for its self-imposed class-size crisis, which school districts around the state feared would strain their resources, as the legislature had created what was, ... This is the North Carolina General Assembly, after all.
Last night, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a partial stay of the new North Carolina legislative districts drawn by special master Nathaniel Persily at the best of ... The ruling, which didn't come with much of an explanation—though Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg would have denied the General Assembly's ...
With the 2018 session well underway, here's what you might have missed from last week in the North Carolina General Assembly: ... A federal judge ruled Wednesday that partisan primaries must occur for North Carolina appellate court races in 2018, partially halting provisions of Senate Bill 656 that ...
In the past two years, all North Carolina judicial elections — from the state's highest courts to the district courts — have switched to partisan. Recently, the North Carolina General Assembly also voted to eliminate primaries for judicial races. Currently, the legislature is debating whether to switch from electing ...
Efforts to block a new North Carolina law canceling primary elections this year for state trial and appeals court seats are coming before a federal judge. The Republican-controlled General Assembly approved the law three months ago, but the Democratic Party sued, saying it would violate the party's right to ...
“It is time for the General Assembly to stand up and reinvest to North Carolina's public school system that was at one time a hallmark of public education in the nation, where people were moving from all over the country to attend,” he said. North Carolina has seen some major education changes since ...
“In the same way we're seeing Congress rush to approve Trump's judicial nominees before possibly losing the Senate, the North Carolina general assembly is rushing to pass sweeping judicial changes before they lose their supermajorities,” says Price Kromm. North Carolina, she says, is a test case.
According to the American Lung Association, North Carolina could save more people from tobacco-related deaths if they would have implemented ... In the 16th annual report, they found that Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina General Assembly are failing to enact what the association said are ...
It appears that judicial redistricting is again stalled in the North Carolina General Assembly. That comes after a recent show of confidence from leading state Republicans that the issue might pick up momentum. Another iteration of political judicial maps was rolled out at a joint legislative committee on ...
Raleigh, N.C. — The need for nurses in North Carolina public schools is growing, but the state would need to dedicate up to $79 million a year to meet the recommended school nurse-to-student ratio, according to a new study released Monday by the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division.
Mujtaba Mohammed: Serving at the Council for Children's Rights, serving young children, low-income families, people who have a lot of problems, I realized again and again, the North Carolina General Assembly under Republican leadership had been oftentimes the biggest impediment to success at the ...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature returned to work Wednesday, passing a few simple bills but finishing with Republicans unable to agree on more immediate action for water quality challenges intensified since disclosure of the discharge of a little-studied chemical into a river.
A panel of three federal judges in North Carolina struck down the state's 2016 congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander on Tuesday. The ruling blocks the state from conducting any elections under the 2016 map and orders the state's General Assembly to redraw congressional ...
North Carolina General Assembly building in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press ... Ahead of the session, Cooper and Democrats in the General Assembly are pressing for a fix for legislation passed last year mandating class-size reduction in grades K-3. School administrators across the state ...
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – After time off, the North Carolina general assembly meets Wednesday in a special session. Senators say anything could happen at this special session. Some of the big topics they're expecting to cover include judicial redistricting and judicial reform. Other possibilities could ...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday for another extra work session in which Republican leaders say they'll act quickly on a slender agenda. Once done, however, they could delay adjournment while redistricting litigation and negotiations over judicial ...
Judicial reform likely focus of this week's General Assembly special session ... got started on the back of a heated extra session about repealing House Bill 2, the North Carolina General Assembly's 2018 begins Wednesday with a special session likely to see discussions on judicial reform and redistricting.
At the North Carolina General Assembly, WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii uncovered two incidents of reported misconduct: one from 2007 involving former Representative David Almond (R-Stanly), who allegedly exposed himself to a legislative assistant and then masturbated on an office chair.
At the General Assembly in Raleigh, there are examples of inappropriate behavior – some sexual in nature, others that point to the dynamics of power and gender. It's a pattern some describe as a culture of sexual harassment, though that characterization isn't shared by everyone. In recent weeks, WUNC ...
Yesterday, North Carolina Democrats unveiled a slate of nine new candidates, including six women, for next year's General Assembly elections. As Darren Jackson, the Dems' House leader, said on Twitter: “It's something we were seeing way before all the sexual harassment scandals started to break.
The North Carolina General Assembly is officially on hiatus for the next three months, as long as the courts or a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper doesn't force them back. The House and Senate adjourned Tuesday with both chambers approving a resolution they won't return to Raleigh for votes again ...
A veteran Democrat in the North Carolina General Assembly announced Monday that she won't seek re-election, saying it would be difficult for her to win in a redrawn district. Angela Bryant of Rocky Mount in Nash County says she won't seek a fourth term in the state Senate. She previously served three ...
But his ties to Dollar come amid an intense Democratic push to gain power in the North Carolina General Assembly. Republicans now have so many seats in the state House and state Senate that they can override Cooper's vetoes. But Democrats hope to break the supermajority in the legislature in this ...
Greensboro, N.C. — A three-judge panel again set aside Republican-drawn maps on Friday, decreeing that General Assembly districts drawn by a Stanford University professor should be used instead for North Carolina's 2018 legislative races. The unanimous decision is a victory for Democrats and ...
RALEIGH — North Carolina has collected less state revenue so far than ... the GOP-majority General Assembly has built significant cushions ...
... Meridian Behavioral Health Services has found itself in with ongoing funding cuts funneling down from the North Carolina General Assembly.
There's plenty for folks to disagree on as the North Carolina Utilities ... If anything is true about the General Assembly in the last few years, ...
North Carolina ranked second last year after the N.C. General Assembly passed House Bill 2, commonly known as the “bathroom bill,” which ...
... Duke state President David Fountain testified Monday during a rate increase hearing, that the North Carolina General Assembly would have ...
North Carolina health department officials say they've temporarily taken ... Cohen said she had spoken with General Assembly leaders who ...
... aim at moves currently afoot in the Republican-led General Assembly to ... it described as "partisan attacks on North Carolina's court system.".
“In North Carolina, the effort to politicize the judiciary is even more brazen. The Republican-led General Assembly has made judicial elections ...
North Carolina is getting $92 million in free money; the line to get a piece of it ... without an appropriation from the General Assembly,” said Rep.


 

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