Continuing Budget Authority Bill signed

June 30, 2008

Governor Easley signed House Bill 2437 tonight, Continuing Budget Authority, which extends through July 15, 2008 a number of programs that had just been funded for the first year of the 2007-2009 biennium, including federal block grants.

Archived audio of the 2008 legislative session

June 27, 2008

Jack Betts notes that archived audio of daily 2008 House and Senate sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly is now available at There is both a playlist to listen to the archives via streaming audio, and the opportunity to download specific daily floor sessions.

Live audio of both chambers, the Finance and Appropriations committee rooms, and the Press Conference room is available on the legislative website.

Tracking bills as the legislative pace picks up

June 27, 2008

As the 2008 Regular Session of the North Carolina General speeds up, there are a few bill tracking features on our website I’d like to point out:

1) Bill and joint resolutions that have been enacted in 2008, in order by enactment date, or by bill number.

2) Public bills signed by the Governor covering both years, in order by bill number. (covers both years)

3) Bills acted on in the 2008 short session.

4) Bills pending on the Governor’s desk.

5) Bills scheduled to be ratified (they have passed all parliamentary stages except signature by the presiding officers in the House and Senate). Ratification is the step before public bills go to the Governor or local bills become law.

6) Bills in conference.
7) General Statutes amended by bills enacted in 2008.

Most of these reports are current within a day, but some actions Thursday evening and Friday (and the weekend, too) by the Governor are often not shown until Monday afternoon.

There also lots of other reports available on our bill reports page.

What’s pending on the Governor’s desk and what’s law from 2008

June 19, 2008

We have a webpage keeping up with what is pending on the Governor Easley’s desk, you can find it here:

to find bills that have become law in 2008 you can go here:

Chaptered Bills (Session Laws)



Lots more NC budget documents

June 19, 2008

New – Report – Senate Appropriations Committee Report on the Continuation, Expansion and Capital Budgets for House Bill 2436, 7th Edition Engrossed, June 19, 2008 (PDF Document 571 KB)

Senate committee approved budget

June 17, 2008

This is the version of the North Carolina FY 2008-2009 budget that will be on the Senate floor Wednesday, June 18, 2008, along with the committee report explaining it:

New – Bill Text – Committee Substitute for House Bill 2436, Modify Appropriations Act of 2007, Sixth edition, as approved by Senate Appropriations, Finance, and Pensions & Retirement Committees, including adopted amendments, June 17, 2008

New – Report – Senate Appropriations Committee Report on the Continuation, Expansion and Capital Budgets for Proposed Senate Committee Substitute for House Bill 2436, Modify Appropriations Act of 2007 — June 17, 2008 (PDF Document 588 KB)

Senate budget draft released

June 16, 2008
A draft budget bill and committee report has been released for Senate Appropriations Committee action Tuesday, June 17:

short session lobbyist directory online

June 13, 2008

GS 120C-220(d) and (e) require the Secretary of State to periodically furnish to all legislators and legislative employees the list of all registered lobbyist and lobbyist principals and allows that this list can be delivered electronically. The directory is maintained at this site.  Lobbying directory #2 is as of June 2, 2008, and is an 8.3mb .pdf file.

The Secretary of State’s Lobbying Compliance Division also maintains many other resources:

 Lobbyist Directory
Search for a Lobbyist
Search for a Principal
List of Legislative Liaisons
Download Lobbyists & Principals
North Carolina Lobbying Law
Report Due Dates
Frequently Asked Questions
Download Forms
Compilation Report of..
..Lobbyist & Principal Expenses

NC House passed budget bill and report online

June 5, 2008

NC House passed budget online

June 5, 2008


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