North Carolina Statutes

Chapter 120 General Assembly

Article 1 - Apportionment of Members; Compensation and Allowances.

Article 1A - Legislative Retirement System.

  • § 120-4.8   Definitions
    The following words and phrases as used in this Article, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings: (1) "Accumulated contributions" means the...
  • § 120-4.9   Retirement system established
    A Retirement System is established and placed under the Board of Trustees of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System for administrative purposes. The Retirement...
  • § 120-4.10   Administration of retirement system
    The Board of Trustees of the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System shall be the trustee of the Retirement System, under the direction of the...
  • § 120-4.11   Membership
    The following members of the General Assembly and former members of the General Assembly are eligible for membership in the Retirement System: (1) Members of...
  • § 120-4.12   Creditable service
    (a) Creditable service at retirement consists of the membership service rendered by the member of the Retirement System and any prior service purchased or granted...
  • § 120-4.12A   Reciprocity of creditable service with other state-administered retirement systems
    (a) Only for the purpose of determining eligibility for benefits accruing under this Article, creditable service standing to the credit of a member of the...
  • § 120-4.13   Transfer of membership and benefits
    (a) The Board of Trustees shall set up procedures to transfer membership from the Legislative Retirement Fund to the Retirement System and to recompute benefits...
  • § 120-4.14   Purchase of prior service
    Purchase of prior service rendered by a member of the General Assembly before becoming a member of the Retirement System that is not service that...
  • § 120-4.15   Repayment of contributions
    Repayment of contributions withdrawn from the Legislative Retirement Fund and System shall be at the rate of seven percent (7%) of the highest monthly compensation...
  • § 120-4.16   Repayments and purchases
    (a) All repayments and purchases of service credit, allowed under this Article, shall be made within two years after the member first becomes eligible to...
  • § 120-4.17   Assets of retirement system
    (a) All of the assets of the Retirement System shall be credited according to the purpose for which they are held to one of two...
  • § 120-4.18   Management of funds
    The Board of Trustees shall manage the fund established by G.S. 120‑4.17 pursuant to G.S. 135‑7. (1983, c. 761, s. 238.)
  • § 120-4.19   Contributions by the members
    Effective upon convening of the 1985 Regular Session of the General Assembly, each member shall contribute by payroll deduction for each pay period for which...
  • § 120-4.20   Contributions by the State
    (a) Effective upon convening of the 1985 Regular Session of the General Assembly, the State shall contribute annually an amount equal to the sum of...
  • § 120-4.21   Service retirement benefits
    (a) Eligibility; Application. Any member may retire with full benefits who has reached 65 years of age with five years of creditable service. Any member...
  • § 120-4.22   Disability retirement benefits
    (a) Eligibility; Application. Upon application by or on behalf of the member, any member in service who has completed at least five years of creditable...
  • § 120-4.22A   Post-retirement increases in allowances
    (a) Retired members and beneficiaries of the Retirement System shall receive post‑retirement increases in allowances on the same basis as post‑retirement increases in allowances are...
  • § 120-4.23   Reexamination for disability retirement allowance
    Any disability retiree who has not reached age 65 shall be reexamined pursuant to G.S. 135‑5(e). After he reaches age 65, no further examinations are...
  • § 120-4.24   Return to membership of former member
    If a retired former member of the Retirement System or of the Legislative Retirement Fund returns to service as a member of the General Assembly,...
  • § 120-4.25   Return of accumulated contributions
    If a member ceases to be a member of the General Assembly except by death or retirement, he shall, upon submission of an application, be...
  • § 120-4.26   Benefit payment options
    Any member may elect to receive his benefits in a retirement allowance payable throughout life, or he may elect to receive the actuarial equivalent of...
  • § 120-4.26A   Benefits on death after retirement
    In the event of the death of a retired member while in receipt of a retirement allowance under the provisions of this Article, there shall...
  • § 120-4.27   Death benefit
    The designated beneficiary of a member who dies while in service after completing one year of creditable service shall receive a lump‑sum payment of an...
  • § 120-4.28   Survivor's alternate benefit
    The designated beneficiary of a member who dies in service before retirement but after age 60 and after completing five years of creditable service or...
  • § 120-4.29   Exemption from garnishment, attachment
    Except for the applications of the provisions of G. S. 110‑136, and in connection with a court‑ordered equitable distribution under G.S. 50‑20, the right of...
  • § 120-4.30   Termination or partial termination; discontinuance of contributions
    In the event of the termination or partial termination of the Retirement System or in the event of complete discontinuance of contributions under the Retirement...
  • § 120-4.31   Internal Revenue Code compliance
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, compensation for any calendar year after 1988 in which employee or employer contributions are made...
  • § 120-4.32   Deduction for payments to certain employees' or retirees' associations allowed
    Any beneficiary who is a member of a domiciled employees' or retirees' association that has at least 2,000 members, the majority of whom are active...
  • § 120-4.33   Forfeiture of retirement benefits for certain felonies
    (a) Except as provided in G.S. 120‑4.12(f), the Board of Trustees shall not pay any retirement benefits or allowances, except for a return of member...

Article 2 - Duty and Privilege of Members.

  • § 120-5   Presiding officers may administer oaths
    The President of the Senate is authorized to administer oaths for the qualification of Senators and officers of the Senate, and the Speaker of the...
  • § 120-6   Members to convene at appointed time and place
    Every person elected to represent any county or district in the General Assembly shall appear at such time and place as may be appointed for...
  • § 120-6.1   Request that reconvened session not be held
    (a) As provided by Section 22(7) of Article II of the Constitution of North Carolina, if within 30 days after adjournment, a bill is returned...
  • § 120-7   Penalty for failure to discharge duty
    If any member shall fail to appear, or shall neglect to attend to the duties of his office, he shall forfeit and pay for not...
  • § 120-8   Expulsion for corrupt practices in election
    If any person elected a member of the General Assembly shall by himself or any other person, directly or indirectly, give, or cause to be...
  • § 120-9   Freedom of speech
    The members shall have freedom of speech and debate in the General Assembly, and shall not be liable to impeachment or question, in any court...

Article 3 - Contests.

  • § 120-10   Repealed by Session Laws 2005-3, s. 1, effective March 10, 2005
  • § 120-10.1   Contesting a seat
    Except as otherwise provided by rules of the house, a contest of the qualifications as a candidate or election of a member of the House...
  • § 120-10.2   Definitions
    As used in this Article, the following terms mean: (1) Clerk. The Principal Clerk of the house in which the election of the seat is...
  • § 120-10.3   Initiating a contest
    (a) Who May Initiate. A contest may be initiated only by a contestant by the filing of a written notice of the intent to petition...
  • § 120-10.4   Answering a notice of intent
    Within 10 days after service of the notice of intent on a contestee, a contestee shall file a written answer with the clerk. The contestee's...
  • § 120-10.5   Filings and service
    The notice of intent to contest shall be filed by the contestant with the clerk and copies thereof served by the contestant on the contestee...
  • § 120-10.6   Discovery
    (a) Depositions. After service of the notice of intent, any party, after five days notice to the other party or parties may take depositions to...
  • § 120-10.7   Petitions
    (a) Filing. A written petition shall be filed by the contestant with the clerk within 40 days following the date of service of the notice...
  • § 120-10.8   Referral to committee
    (a) Referral. The clerk shall refer the notice, answer, petition, reply, depositions, and affidavits to the committee, which documents shall constitute part of the record...
  • § 120-10.9   Basis for decision
    (a) Eligibility and Qualification. If the contest is as to the eligibility or qualifications of the contestee, the house shall determine if the contestee is...
  • § 120-10.10   Jurisdiction
    A contest of any election held at the same time and place as members of the General Assembly are elected shall be considered by the...
  • § 120-10.11   Judicial proceedings abated
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon the initiation of a contest under this Article, any judicial proceedings involving either the contestant or the contestee...
  • § 120-10.12   Determination of house not reviewable
    The decision of one of the houses of the General Assembly in determining a contest pursuant to this Article may not be reviewed by the...
  • § 120-10.13   Bad faith costs assessed
    The prevailing party in any contest may recover that party's costs incurred in conjunction with the contest in a civil action, upon a showing that...
  • § 120-10.14   Applicability
    This Article applies only to a general or special election and does not apply to a primary or any other part of the nominating process....
  • § 120-11   Repealed by Session Laws 2005-3, s. 1, effective March 10, 2005

Article 3A - Sessions; Electronic Voting.

  • § 120-11.1   Time of meeting
    The regular session of the Senate and House of Representatives shall be held biennially beginning at 12:00 noon on the third Wednesday after the second...
  • § 120-11.2   Installation and use of electronic voting apparatus
    (a) The General Assembly of North Carolina shall, in accordance with rules adopted by each of the respective bodies, vote by use of electronic voting...

Article 4 - Reports of Officers to General Assembly.

Article 5 - Investigating Committees.

  • § 120-14   Power of committees
    Any committee of investigation raised either by joint resolution or resolution of either house of the General Assembly has full power to send for persons...
  • § 120-15   Chairman may administer oaths
    The chairman of any committee or any person in his presence, and under his direction, shall have power and authority to administer oaths. (1869‑70, c....
  • § 120-16   Pay of witnesses
    Any witness appearing and giving testimony shall be entitled to receive from the person at whose instance he was summoned ten cents (10) for every...
  • § 120-17   Appearance before committee
    Every person desiring to appear either in person or by attorney to introduce testimony, or to offer argument for or against the passage of an...
  • § 120-18   Appeal from denial of right to be heard
    If any committee shall refuse to grant the request of any citizen to be heard before it in a matter touching his interests, he may...
  • § 120-19   State officers, etc., upon request, to furnish data and information to legislative committees or commissions
    Except as provided in G.S. 105‑259, all officers, agents, agencies and departments of the State are required to give to any committee of either house...

Article 5A - Committee Activity.

Article 6 - Acts, Journals, and Reports to the General Assembly.

Article 6A - Submission of Acts.

Article 6B - Legislative Research Commission.

  • § 120-30.10   Creation; appointment of members; members ex officio
    (a) There is hereby created a Legislative Research Commission to consist of five Senators to be appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate...
  • § 120-30.11   Time of appointments; terms of office
    Appointments to the Legislative Research Commission shall be made not earlier than the close of each regular session of the General Assembly held in the...
  • § 120-30.12   Vacancies
    Vacancies in the appointive membership of the Legislative Research Commission occurring during a term shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the...
  • § 120-30.13   Cochairmen; rules of procedure; quorum
    The President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall serve as cochairmen of the Legislative Research Commission. The Commission shall...
  • § 120-30.14   Meetings
    The first meeting of the Legislative Research Commission shall be held at the call of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate in the State...
  • § 120-30.15   Repealed by Session Laws 1969, c. 1184, s. 8
  • § 120-30.16   Cooperation with Commission
    The Legislative Research Commission may call upon any department, agency, institution, or officer of the State or of any political subdivision thereof for such facilities...
  • § 120-30.17   Powers and duties
    The Legislative Research Commission has the following powers and duties: (1) Pursuant to the direction of the General Assembly or either house thereof, or of...
  • § 120-30.18   Facilities; compensation of members; payments from appropriations
    The facilities of the State Legislative Building, and any other State office building used by the General Assembly, shall be available to the Commission for...
  • § 120-30.19 through 120-30.23   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 6C - Review of Administrative Rules.

Article 6D - Local Government Fiscal Information Act.

  • § 120-30.41   Short title
    This Article may be cited as the "Local Government Fiscal Information Act." (1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1262, s. 1.)
  • § 120-30.42   Definitions
    For the purposes of this Article, "unit of local government" means counties, cities, towns, and incorporated villages, sanitary districts, mosquito control districts, hospital districts, metropolitan...
  • § 120-30.43   Purpose
    It is the purpose of this Article to provide procedures for the preparation and distribution of fiscal information on bills, resolutions, amendments to bills and...
  • § 120-30.44   Fiscal note defined
    For purposes of this Article, "fiscal note" means a realistic statement of the estimated effect on the expenditures or revenues of units of local government...
  • § 120-30.45   Fiscal note on legislation
    (a) Every bill and resolution introduced in the General Assembly proposing any change in the law that could increase or decrease expenditures or revenues of...
  • § 120-30.46   Fiscal information related to requests for State appropriations
    Any State department, institution, agency, or other authority making requests for State appropriations to fund changes in existing programs or for implementing new programs shall,...
  • § 120-30.47   Legislation introduced by request
    Any State department, institution, agency, or other authority requesting a member or members of the General Assembly to introduce legislation which if enacted would have...
  • § 120-30.48   Fiscal impact of administrative rules
    An agency is required to prepare a fiscal note on a proposed administrative rule that affects the expenditures or revenues of a unit of local...
  • § 120-30.49   Compiling federal mandates; annual report
    (a) The Fiscal Research Division shall, in consultation with the appropriate staff of the Research and Bill Drafting Divisions, make an annual report to the...

Article 7 - Legislative Services Commission.

  • § 120-31   Legislative Services Commission organization
    (a) The Legislative Services Commission shall consist of the President pro tempore of the Senate, seven Senators appointed by the President pro tempore of the...
  • § 120-32   Commission duties
    The Legislative Services Commission is authorized to: (1) Determine the number, titles, classification, functions, compensation, and other conditions of employment of the joint legislative service...
  • § 120-32.01   Information to be supplied
    (a) Every State department, State agency, or State institution shall furnish the Legislative Services Office and the Research, Fiscal Research, Program Evaluation, and Bill Drafting...
  • § 120-32.02   Legislative commissions' and committees' employees and consultants
    (a) In the construction of a statute creating, continuing, or modifying a commission or committee whose funds are appropriated or transferred to the General Assembly...
  • § 120-32.03   Grants and contributions to legislative commissions and committees
    (a) In the construction of a statute creating, continuing, or modifying a commission or committee whose funds are appropriated or transferred to the General Assembly...
  • § 120-32.1   Use and maintenance of buildings and grounds
    (a) The Legislative Services Commission shall: (1) Establish policy for the use of the State legislative buildings and grounds; (2) Maintain and care for the...
  • § 120-32.1A   Evacuation of legislative buildings and grounds
    The Chief of the General Assembly Police, or the Chief's designee, shall exercise at all times those means that, in the opinion of the Chief,...
  • § 120-32.2   General Assembly special police
    (a) All sworn members of the General Assembly special police employed by the Legislative Services Office are special policemen, and have all the powers of...
  • § 120-32.3   Oath of General Assembly special police
    Before exercising the duties of a special policeman, each General Assembly special police officer shall take an oath before some officer empowered to administer oaths,...
  • § 120-32.4   Subpoena and contempt powers
    The provisions of G.S. 120‑19.1 through 120‑19.4 shall apply to the proceedings of the Legislative Services Commission as if it were a joint committee of...
  • § 120-32.5   Leave for temporary employees
    Temporary part‑time or full‑time employees of the General Assembly who have four years of aggregate employment with the General Assembly (temporary or permanent) shall receive...
  • § 120-32.6   Certain employment authority
    G.S. 114‑2.3 and G.S. 147‑17 shall not apply to the General Assembly. (2006‑201, s. 3.)
  • § 120-33   Duties of enrolling clerk
    (a) All bills passed by the General Assembly shall be enrolled for ratification under the supervision of the enrolling clerk. (b) Prior to enrolling any...
  • § 120-34   Printing of session laws; numbering of session laws
    (a) The Legislative Services Commission shall publish all laws and joint resolutions passed at each session of the General Assembly and the executive orders of...
  • § 120-35   Payment for expenses
    Actual expenses for the joint operation of the General Assembly shall be paid by the State Treasurer upon authorization of the President pro tempore of...
  • § 120-36   Legislative Services Officer of the General Assembly
    (a) The Legislative Services Officer of the General Assembly shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Legislative Services Commission, and his...

Article 7A - Fiscal Research Division.

  • § 120-36.1   Fiscal Research Division of Legislative Services Commission established
    There is hereby established the Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Commission, which shall be solely a staff agency of the General Assembly, shall...
  • § 120-36.2   Organization
    (a) The Legislative Services Commission shall appoint a Director of Fiscal Research, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission. The Director of Fiscal...
  • § 120-36.3   Functions
    In addition to the functions prescribed in Article 7 of Chapter 120, the Legislative Services Commission, acting through the Fiscal Research Division, shall have the...
  • § 120-36.4   Repealed by Session Laws 1983 (Regular Session 1984), c. 1034, s. 176
  • § 120-36.5   Office space and equipment
    The Fiscal Research Division shall be provided with suitable office space and equipment. (1971, c. 659, s. 1; 1981; c. 772, s. 7; c. 859,...
  • § 120-36.6   Legislative Fiscal Research staff participation
    The Legislative Services Officer shall designate a member of the Fiscal Research staff, and a member of the General Research or Bill Drafting staff who...
  • § 120-36.7   Long-term fiscal notes
    (a) Budget Outlook; Proposed Legislation. Every fiscal analysis of the State budget outlook shall encompass the upcoming five‑year period. Every fiscal analysis of the impact...

Article 7B - Research Division.

Article 7C - Program Evaluation.

Article 8 - Elected Officers.

Article 9 - Lobbying.

Article 9A - Legislative Branch Lobbying [Repealed].

Article 10 - Influencing Public Opinion or Legislation.

Article 11 - Legislative Intern Program.

Article 12 - Commission on Children with Special Needs.

Article 12A - Joint Legislative Utility Review Committee.

  • § 120-70.1   Committee established
    There is hereby established a permanent committee of the General Assembly to be known as the Joint Legislative Utility Review Committee, hereinafter called the Joint...
  • § 120-70.2   Appointment of members and organization
    The Joint Committee shall consist of ten sitting members of the General Assembly. Five shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate...
  • § 120-70.3   Powers and duties
    The Joint Committee shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To evaluate the actions of the North Carolina Utilities Commission, including the review of...
  • § 120-70.4   Additional powers
    The Joint Committee, while in the discharge of official duties, may exercise all the powers provided for under the provisions of G.S. 120‑19 and 120‑19.1...
  • § 120-70.5   Compensation and expenses of members
    Members of the Joint Committee shall receive subsistence and travel expenses at the rates set forth in G.S. 120‑3.1. (1985, c. 499, s. 1.)
  • § 120-70.6   Joint Committee staffing
    The Joint Committee shall use clerical and professional employees of the General Assembly for its staff, who shall be made available to the Joint Committee...

Article 12B - Commission on Children and Youth.

Article 12C - Joint Select Committee on Low-Level Radioactive Waste.

  • § 120-70.31   Committee established
    The Joint Select Committee on Low‑Level Radioactive Waste is hereby established as a permanent joint committee of the General Assembly. As used in this Article,...
  • § 120-70.32   Membership; cochairmen; vacancies; quorum
    The Joint Select Committee shall consist of six Senators appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and six Representatives appointed by the Speaker...
  • § 120-70.33   Powers and duties
    The Joint Select Committee shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To study alternatives available to the State for dealing with low‑level radioactive waste...
  • § 120-70.34   Additional powers
    The Joint Select Committee, while in the discharge of official duties, may exercise all the powers provided for under the provisions of G.S. 120‑19, and...
  • § 120-70.35   Compensation and expenses of members
    Members of the Joint Select Committee shall receive subsistence and travel expenses at the rates set forth in G.S. 120‑3.1. (1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c....
  • § 120-70.36   Staffing
    The Legislative Services Officer shall assign as staff to the Joint Select Committee professional employees of the General Assembly, as approved by the Legislative Services...
  • § 120-70.37   Funding
    From funds available to the General Assembly, the Legislative Services Commission shall allocate monies to fund the Joint Select Committee created by this Part. (1987...
  • § 120-70.38   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-70.39   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-70.40   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 12D - Environmental Review Commission.

  • § 120-70.41   Commission established
    The Environmental Review Commission is hereby established. (1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c. 1100, s. 4.1.)
  • § 120-70.42   Membership; cochairs; vacancies; quorum
    (a) The Environmental Review Commission shall consist of six Senators appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, six Representatives appointed by the Speaker...
  • § 120-70.43   Powers and duties
    (a) The Environmental Review Commission shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To evaluate actions of all boards, commissions, departments, and other agencies of...
  • § 120-70.44   Additional powers
    (a) The Environmental Review Commission, while in the discharge of official duties, may exercise all the powers provided for under the provisions of G.S. 120‑19,...
  • § 120-70.45   Compensation and expenses of members
    Members of the Environmental Review Commission shall receive subsistence and travel expenses at the rates set forth in G.S. 120‑3.1. (1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c....
  • § 120-70.46   Staffing
    The Legislative Services Officer shall assign as staff to the Environmental Review Commission professional employees of the General Assembly, as approved by the Legislative Services...
  • § 120-70.47   Funding
    From funds available to the General Assembly, the Legislative Services Commission shall allocate monies to fund the work of the Environmental Review Commission. (1987 (Reg....
  • § 120-70.48   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-70.49   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 12E - Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee.

Article 12F - Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture.

  • § 120-70.60   Commission established
    The Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture is hereby established as a permanent joint committee of the General Assembly. As used in this Article,...
  • § 120-70.61   Membership; cochairs; vacancies; quorum
    (a) The Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture shall consist of 15 members: four Senators appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;...
  • § 120-70.62   Powers and duties
    The Commission shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To monitor and study the current seafood industry in North Carolina including studies of the...
  • § 120-70.63   Additional powers
    (a) The Commission, while in the discharge of official duties, may exercise all the powers of a joint committee of the General Assembly provided for...
  • § 120-70.64   Compensation and expenses of members
    Members of the Commission shall receive per diem and travel allowances in accordance with G.S. 120‑3.1 for members who are legislators, and shall receive compensation...
  • § 120-70.65   Staffing
    The Legislative Services Officer shall assign as staff to the Commission professional employees of the General Assembly, as approved by the Legislative Services Commission. Clerical...
  • § 120-70.66   Funding
    From funds available to the General Assembly, the Legislative Services Commission shall allocate monies to fund the Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture. (1989,...
  • § 120-70.67   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-70.68   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-70.69   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 12G - Commission on the Family.

Article 12H - Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

  • § 120-70.80   Creation and membership of Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
    The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee is established. The Committee consists of 22 members as follows: (1) Eleven members of the Senate appointed by the...
  • § 120-70.81   Purpose and powers of Committee
    (a) The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee shall examine, on a continuing basis, the several educational institutions in North Carolina, in order to make ongoing...
  • § 120-70.82   Organization of Committee
    (a) The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall each designate a cochair of the Joint Legislative...
  • § 120-70.83   Additional powers
    The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, while in discharge of official duties, shall have access to any paper or document, and may compel the attendance...
  • § 120-70.84 through 120-70.89   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 12I - Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Early Childhood Education and Development Initiatives.

Article 12J - Joint Legislative Corrections, Crime Control, and Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee.

Article 12K - Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee.

Article 12L - Revenue Laws Study Committee.

Article 12M - Joint Legislative Health Care Oversight Committee.

Article 12N - Joint Legislative Growth Strategies Oversight Committee.

Article 12O - Joint Legislative Economic Development Oversight Committee.

Article 13 - Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

  • § 120-71   Purpose
    The rapid increase in the functions and costs of State government and the complexity of agency operations deeply concern the General Assembly. Members of the...
  • § 120-72   Definition
    For the purposes of this Article, "program evaluation" is defined as: an examination of the organization, programs, and administration of State government to ascertain whether...
  • § 120-73   Commission established
    There is hereby established the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, hereinafter called the Commission, which shall conduct evaluative studies of the programs, policies, practices...
  • § 120-74   Appointment of members; terms of office
    The Commission shall consist of 38 members. The President pro tempore of the Senate, the Speaker pro tempore of the House, the Deputy President pro...
  • § 120-75   Organization of the Commission
    The President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall serve as cochairmen of the Commission. Either of the...
  • § 120-76   Powers and duties of the Commission
    The Commission shall have the following powers: (1) To conduct program evaluation studies of the various components of State agency activity as they relate to:...
  • § 120-76.1   Prior consultation with the Commission
    (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 120‑76(8) or any other provision of law requiring prior consultation by the Governor with the Commission, whenever an expenditure...
  • § 120-77   Additional powers
    The Commission, while in the discharge of official duties, shall have access to any paper or document, and may compel the attendance of any State...
  • § 120-78   Compensation and expenses of Commission members
    Members of the Commission, who are also members of the General Assembly, shall receive subsistence and travel expenses at the rates set forth in G.S....
  • § 120-79   Commission staffing
    (a) The Commission shall use available secretarial employees of the General Assembly, or may employ, and may remove, such professional and clerical employees as the...
  • § 120-80 through 120-84   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 13A - Joint Legislative Committee to Review Federal Block Grant Funds.

Article 13B - Joint Legislative Commission on Future Strategies for North Carolina.

  • § 120-84.6   Purpose
    There is hereby established the Joint Legislative Commission on Future Strategies for North Carolina, hereinafter called the Commission, which shall review future trends and events...
  • § 120-84.7   Membership
    The Commission shall consist of six members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and six members of...
  • § 120-84.8   Powers and duties
    The Commission shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To review reports which propose future strategies, goals, or recommendations for North Carolina, and determine...
  • § 120-84.9   Reports to the General Assembly
    The reports shall contain findings, recommendations, and forecasts of potential future strategies and policy alternatives which may be beneficial to State and local governments and...
  • § 120-84.10   Additional powers
    The Commission shall have the following additional powers: (1) While in the discharge of official duties, to have access to any paper or document, and...
  • § 120-84.11   Compensation and expenses of Commission members
    Members of the Commission shall serve without pay but shall receive per diem and subsistence in accordance with G.S. 138‑5, 138‑6, or 120‑3.1, as appropriate....
  • § 120-84.12   Commission staffing
    (a) The Commission may use available clerical employees of the General Assembly, with the approval of the Legislative Services Commission. (b) The Commission may, with...

Article 14 - Legislative Ethics Act.

Article 14A - Committees on Pensions and Retirement.

  • § 120-111.1   Creation
    A standing committee is hereby created in the House of Representatives to be known as the Committee on Pensions and Retirement, to consist of a...
  • § 120-111.2   Duties
    With respect to public officers and public employees to whom State‑administered retirement benefit or pension plans are applicable, the Senate and House Committees on Pensions...
  • § 120-111.3   Analysis of legislation
    Every bill, which creates or modifies any provision for the retirement of public officers or public employees or for the payment of retirement benefits or...
  • § 120-111.4   Staff and actuarial assistance
    Upon application of the chairman of the Senate or House Committee on Pensions and Retirement, the Legislative Services Commission shall provide staff, including actuarial assistance,...

Article 15 - Legislative Actuarial Note Act.

  • § 120-112   Title
    This Article may be cited as the "Legislative Actuarial Note Act". (1977, c. 503, s. 1; 1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c. 1091, s. 1; 1993,...
  • § 120-113   Duties and functions of Fiscal Research Division
    (a) The Fiscal Research Division of the Legislative Services Commission of the General Assembly shall have authority to evaluate on a continuing basis all aspects...
  • § 120-114   Actuarial notes
    (a) Every bill, joint resolution, and simple or concurrent resolution introduced in the General Assembly proposing any change in the law relative to any State,...
  • § 120-115 through 120-120   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 16 - Legislative Appointments to Boards and Commissions.

Article 17 - Confidentiality of Legislative Communications.

  • § 120-129   Definitions
    As used in this Article: (1) "Document" means all records, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data‑processing records,...
  • § 120-130   Drafting and information requests to legislative employees
    (a) A drafting request made to a legislative employee from a legislator is confidential. Neither the identity of the legislator making the request nor, except...
  • § 120-131   Documents produced by legislative employees
    (a) Documents prepared by legislative employees upon the request of legislators are confidential. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the existence of...
  • § 120-131.1   Requests from legislative employees for assistance in the preparation of fiscal notes
    (a) A request made to an employee of a State agency other than the General Assembly by an employee of the Fiscal Research Division for...
  • § 120-132   Testimony by legislative employees
    No present or former legislative employees may be required to disclose any information that the individual, while employed or retained by the State, may have...
  • § 120-133   Redistricting communications
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all drafting and information requests to legislative employees and documents prepared by legislative employees for legislators concerning redistricting the...
  • § 120-134   Penalty
    Violation of any provision of this Article shall be grounds for disciplinary action in the case of employees and for removal from office in the...
  • § 120-135 through 120-139   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 18 - Review of Proposals to License New Occupations and Professions.

  • § 120-140 through 120-149   Expired

Article 18A - Review of Proposals to License New Occupations and Professions.

  • § 120-149.1   Findings and purpose
    The General Assembly finds that the number of licensed occupations and professions has substantially increased and that licensing boards have occasionally been established without a...
  • § 120-149.2   Definitions
    As used in this Article: (1) "Assessment report" means a report that initially describes the need for and the fiscal impact of a new licensing...
  • § 120-149.3   Assessment of new licensing boards
    (a) Any legislative proposal introduced in the General Assembly after the effective date of this act proposing (1) the establishment of a new licensing board,...
  • § 120-149.4   Procedure and criteria to be used in preparation of assessment reports
    (a) The Legislative Committee on New Licensing Boards shall conduct an evaluation of the need for each new licensing board. If a legislator or other...
  • § 120-149.5   Hearings
    (a) Before submitting a preliminary or final assessment report, the Committee may, in its discretion, hold one or more public hearings in the Legislative Building...
  • § 120-149.6   Legislative Committee on New Licensing Boards
    (a) The Legislative Committee on New Licensing Boards is created to consist of a Chairman and eight members, four Senators appointed by the President Pro...

Article 19 - Commission on Agriculture and Forestry Awareness.

  • § 120-150   Creation; appointment of members
    There is created an Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission. Members of the Commission shall be citizens of North Carolina who are interested in the...
  • § 120-151   Advisory Committee
    Upon proper motion and by a vote of a majority of the members present, the Commission may appoint an Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory...
  • § 120-152   Subsistence and travel expenses
    The members of the Commission who are members of the General Assembly shall receive subsistence and travel allowances at the rate set forth in G.S....
  • § 120-153   Facilities and staff
    The Commission may hold its meetings in the State Legislative Building with the approval of the Legislative Services Commission. The Legislative Services Commission shall provide...
  • § 120-154   Duties
    The Commission shall bring to the attention of the General Assembly the influence of agriculture and forestry on the economy of the State, develop alternatives...
  • § 120-155   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-156   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-157   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 20 - Joint Legislative Commission on Municipal Incorporations.

  • § 120-158   Creation of Commission
    (a) There is created the Joint Legislative Commission on Municipal Incorporations, referred to in this Article as "Commission". (b) The Commission shall consist of six...
  • § 120-159   Terms
    Members shall be appointed for terms ending June 30, 1987, and subsequently for two‑year terms beginning July 1, 1987, and biennially thereafter. A member eligible...
  • § 120-160   Compensation
    Members of the Commission who are members of the General Assembly shall receive subsistence and travel allowances as provided by G.S. 120‑3.1. Members who are...
  • § 120-161   Facilities and staff
    The Commission may meet in the Legislative Building or the Legislative Office Building. Staff for the Commission shall be provided by the Legislative Services Commission....
  • § 120-162   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-163   Petition
    (a) The process of seeking the recommendation of the Commission is commenced by filing with the Commission a petition signed by fifteen percent (15%) of...
  • § 120-164   Notification
    (a) Not later than five days before submitting the petition to the Commission, the petitioners shall notify: (1) The board or boards of county commissioners...
  • § 120-165   Initial inquiry
    (a) The Commission shall, upon receipt of the petition, determine if the requirements of G.S. 120‑163 and G.S. 120‑164 have been met. If it determines...
  • § 120-166   Additional criteria; nearness to another municipality
    (a) The Commission may not make a positive recommendation if the proposed municipality is located within one mile of a municipality of 5,000 to 9,999,...
  • § 120-167   Additional criteria; population
    The Commission may not make a positive recommendation unless the proposed municipality has a permanent population of at least 100 and a population density (either...
  • § 120-168   Additional criteria; development
    The Commission may not make a positive recommendation unless forty percent (40%) of the area is developed for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, or governmental uses,...
  • § 120-169   Additional criteria; area unincorporated
    The Commission may not make a positive recommendation if any of the proposed municipality is included within the boundary of another incorporated municipality, as defined...
  • § 120-169.1   Additional criteria; level of development, services; financial impact on other local governments
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 1999‑458, s. 4. (b) Services. The Commission may not make a positive recommendation unless the area to be incorporated submits...
  • § 120-170   Findings as to services
    The Commission may not make a positive recommendation unless it finds that the proposed municipality can provide at a reasonable tax rate the services requested...
  • § 120-171   Procedures if findings made
    (a) If the Commission finds that it may not make a positive recommendation because of the provisions of G.S. 120‑166 through G.S. 120‑170, it shall...
  • § 120-172   Referendum
    Based on information received at the public hearing, the Commission may recommend that any incorporation act passed by the General Assembly shall be submitted to...
  • § 120-173   Modification of petition
    With the agreement of the majority of the persons designated by the petition as an interim governing board, the Commission may submit to the General...
  • § 120-174   Deadline for recommendations
    If the petition is timely received under G.S. 120‑163(e), the Commission shall make its recommendation to the General Assembly no later than 60 days after...
  • § 120-175 through 120-179   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 21 - The North Carolina Study Commission on Aging.

  • § 120-180   Commission; creation
    The North Carolina Study Commission on Aging is created to study and evaluate the existing system of delivery of State services to older adults and...
  • § 120-181   Commission; duties
    The Commission shall study the issues of availability and accessibility of health, mental health, social, and other services needed by older adults. In making this...
  • § 120-182   Commission; membership
    The Commission shall consist of 17 members, as follows: (1) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services or his delegate shall serve...
  • § 120-183   Commission; meetings
    The Commission shall have its initial meeting no later than October 1, 1987, at the call of the President of the Senate and Speaker of...
  • § 120-184   Commission; reimbursement
    The Commission members shall receive no salary as a result of serving on the Commission but shall receive necessary subsistence and travel expenses in accordance...
  • § 120-185   Commission; public hearings
    The Commission may hold public meetings across the State to solicit public input with respect to the issues of aging in North Carolina. (1987, c....
  • § 120-186   Commission; authority
    The Commission has the authority to obtain information and data from all State officers, agents, agencies and departments, while in discharge of its duties, pursuant...
  • § 120-186.1   Commission; Alzheimer's Subcommittee, Long-Term Care Subcommittee, and other subcommittees
    (a) The Commission cochairs shall appoint subcommittees as needed to assist with the completion of the work of the Commission. These subcommittees may include an...
  • § 120-187   Commission; reports
    The Commission shall report to the General Assembly and the Governor the results of its study and recommendations. A written report shall be submitted to...
  • § 120-188   Commission; staff; meeting place
    The Commission may contract for clerical or professional staff or for any other services it may require in the course of its on‑going study. At...
  • § 120-189 through 120-194   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 22 - The Public Health Study Commission.

  • § 120-195   Commission created; purpose
    There is established the Public Health Study Commission. The Commission shall examine the public health system to determine its effectiveness and efficiency in assuring the...
  • § 120-196   Commission duties
    The Commission shall study the availability and accessibility of public health services to all citizens throughout the State. In conducting the study the Commission shall:...
  • § 120-197   Commission membership; vacancies; terms
    (a) The Commission shall consist of 17 members, one of whom shall be the State Health Director. The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall...
  • § 120-198   Commission meetings
    The Commission shall have its first meeting not later than 60 days after the sine die adjournment of the 1993 General Assembly at the call...
  • § 120-199   Commission reimbursement
    The Commission members shall receive no salary as a result of serving on the Commission but shall receive necessary subsistence and travel expenses in accordance...
  • § 120-200   Commission subcommittees; non-Commission membership
    The Commission cochairs may establish subcommittees for the purpose of making special studies pursuant to its duties, and may appoint non‑Commission members to serve on...
  • § 120-201   Commission authority
    The Commission may obtain information and data from all State officers, agents, agencies, and departments, while in discharge of its duties, under G.S. 120‑19, as...
  • § 120-202   Commission reports
    The Commission shall report to the General Assembly, the Governor, and the Lieutenant Governor the results of its study and recommendations. The Commission shall submit...
  • § 120-203   Commission staff; meeting place
    The Commission may contract for clerical and professional staff or for any other services it may require in the course of its ongoing study. The...

Article 23 - The Legislative Study Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.

Article 24 - The Legislative Study Commission on Children and Youth.

Article 25 - Joint Legislative Public Assistance Commission.

Article 25A - Legislative Commission on Methamphetamine Abuse.

Article 26 - Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology.

Article 27 - The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.

  • § 120-240   Creation and membership of Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
    (a) Establishment; Definition. There is established the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. (b) Membership. The Committee shall...
  • § 120-241   Purpose of Committee
    The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services shall examine, on a continuing basis, systemwide issues affecting the development,...
  • § 120-242   Organization of Committee
    (a) The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall each designate a cochair of the Joint Legislative...
  • § 120-243   Reports to Committee
    Whenever the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, is required by law to report to...
  • § 120-244   Committee authority
    The Committee may obtain information and data from all State officers, agents, agencies, and departments, while in discharge of its duties, under G.S. 120‑19, as...

Article 28 - Future of the North Carolina Railroad Study Commission.

  • § 120-245   Commission Established
    There is established the Future of the North Carolina Railroad Study Commission. (1999‑237, s. 27.25(a).)
  • § 120-246   Membership
    The Commission shall be composed of 18 members as follows: (1) Nine members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House....
  • § 120-247   Duties of the Commission
    The Commission shall study the following matters: (1) The importance of railroads and railroad infrastructure improvements to economic development in North Carolina, including improvements to...
  • § 120-248   Vacancies
    Any vacancy on the Commission shall be filled by the appointing authority. (1999‑237, s. 27.25(d).)
  • § 120-249   Cochairs
    Cochairs of the Commission shall be designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate from among...
  • § 120-250   Quorum
    A quorum of the Commission shall be nine members. (1999‑237, s. 27.25(f).)
  • § 120-251   Expenses of Members
    Members of the Commission shall receive per diem, subsistence, and travel allowances in accordance with G.S. 120‑3.1. (1999‑237, s. 27.25(g).)
  • § 120-252   Staff
    Adequate staff shall be provided to the Commission by the Legislative Services Office. (1999‑237, s. 27.25(h).)
  • § 120-253   Consultants
    The Commission may hire consultants to assist with the study. Before expending any funds for a consultant, the Commission shall report to the Joint Legislative...
  • § 120-254   Meeting Location
    The Legislative Services Commission shall grant adequate meeting space to the Commission in the State Legislative Building or the Legislative Office Building. (1999‑237, s. 27.25(j).)
  • § 120-255   Reports
    The Commission shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly on or before the convening of the regular session of the General Assembly each...
  • § 120-256   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • § 120-257   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 29 - Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Capital Improvements.

Article 30 - Joint Legislative Committee on Domestic Violence.

Article 31 - Miscellaneous.

Article 32 - Article 32 Joint Legislative Commission on the Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Businesses Program.