bills eligible in the 2010 NC short session

September 29, 2009

The 2009 Regular Session of the 2009 General Assembly adjourned on August 11, 2009, to reconvene for the 2010 Short Session at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

As in the past, the adjournment resolution limits the measures that may be considered during the Short Session.  An explanatory memorandum is now available online for your review at the General Assembly website, and includes a list of bills meeting the crossover requirement of the Adjournment Resolution.  A limited number of copies of this memorandum will be available in the Legislative Library beginning Wednesday morning, September 30, 2009.

 (source – Walker Reagan, Research Division Director)


September 18 reconvened session cancelled

September 16, 2009

A majority of the members of the House and Senate having signed a petition under Article II, Section 22(7) of th North Carolina Constitution stating that no reconvened session was necessary, the General Assembly session set to convene at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 18 has been cancelled by Governue Perdue, see Order Rescinding Proclamation of Reconvened Session – September 16, 2009.

Article II, Section 22(7) states: “Notwithstanding the previous sentence, if the Governor prior to reconvening the session receives written requests dated no earlier than 30 days after such adjournment, signed by a majority of the members of each house that a reconvened session to reconsider vetoed legislation is unnecessary, the Governor shall not reconvene the session for that purpose”

stats on NC long sessions 2001 through 2009

September 16, 2009

Here’s a table comparing the volume of legislation filed and passed during the last five long sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly, covering 2001 through 2009:

  2001 2003 2005 2007 2009
Date Convened Jan. 24 Jan. 26 Jan. 26 Jan. 24 Jan. 28
Date adjourned Dec. 6 July 20 Sept. 2 Aug. 2 Aug. 11
Senate legislative days  173  102  126  111  112
House legislative days  179  102  125  113  114
Senate bills introduced  1,109  1,340  1,184  1,573  1,109
House bills introduced  1,478  1,028  1,800  2,072  1,658
Total bills introduced  2,587  2,368  2,984  3,645  2,767
Session Laws enacted  519  435  463  551  577
Vetoes 0 1 1 1 1
Joint resolutions ratified  36  32  58  68  33
Simple resolutions adopted  10  16  26  7  8
Total measures passed  565  483  547  626  618
% measures passed  21.8%  20.3%  18.3%  17.2%  22.3%

source for most of the data: North Carolina Legislative Library, Legislative Statistics 1965-2009. This post is an update of a similar one post-2007 long session, which covered 1993-2007 .

Table of statutes amended by 2009 NC regular session

September 11, 2009

We’ve put up a final list (in Excel spreadsheet format) of all General Statutes and Session Laws amended by the 2009 Regular Session of the North General Assembly, find it on this page, listed as:  NCGS and Session Laws Affected by 2009 Ratified Bills.

Governor Perdue signs four bills, vetoes HB104

September 10, 2009

Governor Perdue completed her action this afternoon on bills from the 2009 Regular Session of the North Carolina General Assembly by signing four and vetoing one.

Signed were:

2009-574 H945 The Studies Act of 2009. HTML | RTF | PDF ]
2009-575 H836 Modify Appropriations Act. HTML | RTF | PDF ]
2009-576 S133 Registers of Deeds’ Pension. HTML | RTF | PDF ]
2009-577 H1329 Consolidate Expunction Statutes. HTML | RTF | PDF ]

Vetoed was House Bill 104. Clarify Legislative Confidentiality, on September 10, 2009. Click here to view the Governor’s veto objections, message, signature, and Proclamation of Reconvened Session.

As linked above, the General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2009, unless as allowed by the Constitution a majority of members of each house sign a petition that a reconvened session is not necessary.


I got notice of the veto around 4:30 pm from two tweets on my cellphone via SMS from the Governor’s office:

“ncgovoffice Gov. Perdue Vetoes HB 104

ncgovoffice Veto message and document pdf with stamp and signature are here

I was at a Raleigh Transit Authority meeting and forwarded the tweets to our Information Systems Division to post the various links as news items on our web page.

No bills signed as of 2 pm today

September 10, 2009

No bills signed as of 2 pm today. Still 10 hours left.

first scans – NC public records digitization project

September 10, 2009

I posted this past weekend about the big joint ECU/UNC/State/Legislative libraries project to digitize and publish 750,000+ pages of NC historical records.

I’ve learned from the North Carolina Legislative Library: “UNC has begun scanning materials on the Scribe, and ECU will begin testing data extracts from the Internet Archive in the next three weeks, with the hope that we get the first sample set of data sometime in October. UNC is starting at the top of the alphabetized priority one list and scanning until they are done.”

Linked is the initial subject list of the 1,307 volumes containing 581,736 pages that are being scanned. Some of the 56 different types of publications include:

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