2011 North Carolina bill deadlines

February 8, 2011

The House (HR1) and Senate (SR1) rules for the 2011 Regular Session of the North Carolina General Assembly have set out deadlines for requesting and filing bills in the House and Senate.

The first two deadlines:

  1. In the House, requests to staff to draft bills already recommended by study commissions are due by Tuesday, March 1, those bills must be filed in the House by Wednesday, March 9
  2. In the Senate, requests to staff to draft local bills (those affecting less than 15 counties) are due by Tuesday, March 1, those bills must be filed in the Senate by Wednesday, March 9

NC Bill Drafting requests down 31%

May 15, 2010

Total bill drafting requests received by staff for the 2010 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly are down over 31% from the same point after convening of the 2008 short session.  There are two conflicting trends — 1) Requests to the Research Division are up over 21%, probably a reflection of more study committees meeting and recommending substantive legislation, and 2) Requests to the Bill Drafting Division are down over 42%, a reflection of a drop off in special appropriations bill requests.    

    2008 2010   CHANGE
RESEARCH DIVISION   221 268 +21.27%
DRAFTING DIVISION   1066 610 -42.78%
GRAND TOTAL   1287 878 -31.78%

Bill drafting and filing deadlines in the 2010 NC short session

March 10, 2010

Below are the deadlines for various types of bills for the 2010 short session to be requested from North Carolina legislative staff and filed in the Principal Clerk’s offices:

2010 House/Senate Deadlines

Drafts To Bill DraftingBy 4:00 PM Filed in House/SenateBy 4:00 PM
Bills recommended byStudy commissions Wednesday, May 12 Wednesday, May 19
Bills Affecting2010-2011 Budget Friday, May 14 Tuesday, May 25
Local Bills Wednesday, May 19 Wednesday, May 26
Bills Affecting State orLocal Pension orRetirement Systems Wednesday, May 19 Wednesday, May 26


Eligible to file in 2010 but no deadlines:

(1)   Appointments to and confirmation of members of State boards and commissions

(2)   State Constitutional amendments

(3)   Resolutions honoring deceased persons

(4)   Resolutions authorizing other bills (two-thirds vote required)

(5)  Adjournment resolution sine die

Bills disapproving administrative rules are also eligible to be filed by the 30th legislative day of the short session under G.S. 150B-21.3(b1). A legislative day is a day when either house meets.  Assuming session Monday-Thursday of each week, the 30th legislative day will be Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Finding House bills filed at the deadline

April 9, 2009

Looking for the 157 House bills filed April 8, 2009 (HB 1221-1377) and the 127 House bills filed April 9, 2009 (HB 1378-1504)?

The quickest way is to go to:


where you can scroll through the short titles and click on the links.

Today at 1:00 pm was the filing deadline under the House rules for substantive House public bills.  The deadline for House appropriations and finance bills is May 6, 2009.

2009 NC bill deadlines

January 28, 2009

Here are the North Carolina General Assembly House and Senate deadlines for getting bill drafting requests to staff, filing those bills, and crossover when non-money bills must clear one house. The deadlines can also be found here on the Legislative website.




2009 House Deadlines 



To Bill Drafting

by 4 pm

Filed in House

by 3 pm Wednesdays

Local Bills


Wednesday, March 18

April 1

Public Bills

(Not Appropriations or Finance)


Thursday, March 26

April 8

Appropriations and Finance

Wednesday, April 22

May 6




2009 Senate Deadlines



To Bill Drafting

by 3 pm

Filed in Senate

by 3 pm Wednesdays



Tuesday, March 3

March 11 

Public & Resolutions


Friday, March 13

March 25


Crossover Deadline Thursday May 14

NC Bill filing deadlines in 2009

January 20, 2009

 I’m getting a lot of inquiries about the bill filing deadlines for the North Carolina General Assembly’s 2009 Regular Session, which convenes January 28.  Those deadlines have not been set — typically, they appear in the temporary or permanent rules adopted the first day of session.

remaining 2008 bill eligibility

May 28, 2008
With the passing of today’s 4:00 pm deadline for local and pension bills, only the following categories of bills and resolutions remain eligible for introduction in the 2008 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly under the adjournment resolution. There is no deadline on any of these other than (12). Note that bills under category (7) can not be filed UNTIL an authorizing resolution has passed each house by 2/3 vote. Some explanations appear after the list.



(*2*)                   Bills amending the Constitution of North Carolina.


(*6*)                   Selection, appointment, or confirmation of members of State boards and commissions as required by law, including the filling of vacancies of positions for which the appointees were elected by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, or President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

(*7*)                   Any matter authorized by joint resolution passed during the 2008 Regular Session by a two‑thirds majority of the members of the House of Representatives present and voting and by a two‑thirds majority of the members of the Senate present and voting. A bill or resolution filed in either house under the provisions of this subdivision shall have a copy of the ratified enabling resolution attached to the jacket before filing for introduction in the Senate or introduction in the House of Representatives.

(*8*)                   A joint resolution authorizing the introduction of a bill pursuant to subdivision (7) of this section.


(*10*)                 Joint resolutions, House resolutions, and Senate resolutions authorized for introduction under Senate Rule 40(b) or House Rule 31.

(*11*)                 A joint resolution adjourning the 2007 Regular Session, sine die.

(*12*)                 Bills to disapprove rules under G.S. 150B‑21.3.


                                    NOTES: Resolutions under category (10) might include those honoring the memory of a deceased former member, authorize astudy of a subject by the Legislative Research Commission, or deal with some matter internal to the procedures of either house or the General Assembly. Bills in category (12) must be filed by the end of the 30th legislative day, which is Wednesday, July 2, assuming sessions only on Monday-Thursday before then.