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The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

North Carolina Legislative Wrap-Up

2012 November 28

The North Carolina General Assembly has biennial sessions with a regular long session in odd years and a short session held on even years. In 2011, the legislature’s long session lasted from January 26th to June 18th. The legislature reconvened for their short session for approximately 2 months from May 16, 2012 to July 3, 2012. The 2010 election led to a historical switch in power where Republicans were able to gain a majority in both legislative chambers. Republicans have not held a majority in the House since 1997 nor have they been a majority in the Senate in over 70 years. The legislative session focused on a number of issues notably the budget, hydraulic fracturing, abortion, gambling, and education

The House is comprised of 120 members, 67 are Republicans, 52 are Democrats, and 1 is an Independent. The Senate has 50 members, 31 are Republicans and 19 are Democrats. The House is led by Speaker Rep. Thom Tillis and the Senate President who is also the Lt. Governor Sen. Phillip Berger. Governor Beverly Perdue is a Democrat and she is North Carolina’s first female governor. The General Assembly introduced 2169 bills and resolutions in this two year session, 653 cleared both chambers and 646 became law.

The uses of veto power and veto overrides were an overarching theme of this legislative session. Gov. Perdue vetoed 19 bills, the highest number of vetoes in a given session in North Carolina since 1996 when veto power was granted to the governor. The ...

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