NC General Assembly

Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

North Carolina Gets Six New State Symbols

Megalodon tooth with two great white shark teeth.
Credit Brocken Inaglory & Parzi via Flickr, Creative Commons

Many bills brought before this year’s General Assembly were hotly debated and heavily protested. But one bill that sailed through both chambers without a hitch was HB 830, which designates six new official state symbols. Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law in June. If you’re a Tar Heel, here are your newest state designations:

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Politics & Government
5:54 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

What Comes Next For Law That Regulates Clinics Providing Abortions?

An abortion rights protester at a Moral Mondays protest
Credit Matthew Lenard

Earlier this week, Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that would impose stricter regulations on clinics that provide abortions.

Among other things, the law requires state health officials to develop more regulations that will govern the clinics. It also contains a clause in which health officials may issue temporary rules during that rule making process.

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Politics & Government
9:08 am
Thu August 1, 2013

New Law Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

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Education
10:31 am
Wed July 31, 2013

UNC-TV Survives Latest State Budget

The General Assembly funded UNC-TV at $9.1 million per year in the 2013 budget.
Credit UNC-TV

July was an anxious month for many state-funded (or partially state-funded) agencies, as leaders in the Legislature hashed out a final budget. That was true for one of the most high-profile: UNC-TV, with four million viewers statewide.

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Politics & Government
7:21 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Moral Monday Demonstrators Protest Education Cuts, New Abortion Rules

Monday night's Moral Monday protest
Credit Jessica Jones

Organizers of the "Moral Monday" protests held one of their largest marches at the legislature Monday.

Police watching the rally estimated there were between 4,000 and 5,000 protesters there. Many were teachers, who were wearing red clothing.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

McCrory Unlikely To Wield Veto

Governor McCrory has dozens of bills to sign.
Credit Governor's office

Dozens of bills passed by the State Legislature in the last few days are sitting on Governor Pat McCrory’s desk. McCrory says he will sign most, but wants to take a closer look at a few.

Those bills include one that requires welfare recipients to be drug tested, and another that deals with billboards along highways.

The Governor said he is most proud of the tax reform law he signed earlier this week.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Journalists Look Back On A Challenging Legislative Session

Police stand outside the capitol during one of the 12 Moral Mondays protests that occurred during the legislative session.
Credit Matthew Lenard

The North Carolina Legislature stayed up late last night to make a few last minute decisions before the end of session. The Senate finished it's business at 2 am, and the House reconvened this morning to squeeze a few final votes in. Now an abortion bill and an election bill are both headed to Governor Pat McCrory.

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Politics & Government
4:39 am
Fri July 26, 2013

General Assembly Casts Historic Votes

Many will remember this Legislative session for the Moral Monday protests it inspired.
Credit Matthew Lenard

It seems like a long time ago, but it’s really been just seven months since newly-inaugurated Governor Pat McCrory sounded this hopeful tone:

“North Carolina’s greatest strength and asset remains its people,” he said during his inauguration speech.

“On those main streets across this state, it’s the people that count and that make a difference. People will come from different backgrounds but share a common set of principles. Self-starters and hard workers.”

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Politics & Government
7:23 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Legislature Passes Abortion Regulations

The Senate gave final approval to a bill that regulates clinics that perform abortions.
Credit Matthew Lenard

The North Carolina Legislature has passed new regulations for clinics that perform abortions. It was one of the final bills passed last night by the Senate.

On a day of contentious debates in both the Senate and House, arguments over the bill with the title “Motorcycle Safety Act” stood out as especially passionate.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Looking At The State's Regional Legislation As The Session Comes To A Close

The North Carolina State Seal.
Credit NC Department Of Transportation

At the start of this legislative session, the General Assembly was jam-packed with bills to alter ultra-local affairs.

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