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Cheat sheet for the #NCGA (N.C. General Assembly)

Nothing snarky here, just a few pointers for those trying to figure out what goes on at the state legislature, and how to keep up with it from afar.

I’ll break it down in that ever-so-useful “Who, what, when, where and why” format drilled into my head so many years ago in journalism school.

N.C. General Assembly

WHO? Want to figure out who your lawmakers are? Type in your address here, and then use these lists (with legislative assistants’ names) to call or email them (House here and Senate here).

The Senate leader is state Sen. Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, and Thom Tillis, a Republican from Cornelius, is the Speaker of the House. (Tillis, of course, is in the midst of a high-profile race for the U.S. Senate challening Democrat Kay Hagan).

WHAT? You can see what bills have been filed each day by House members here and Senate members here, and search by text or bill numbers here.

You can listen to audio (the legislature has yet to adopt video) to committee hearings as well as debate here. The N.C. Center for Voter Education also streams lots of committee meetings on their VoterRadio.com website here, and archives much of it.

Raleigh television station WRAL often live-steams some of the more newsworthy debates as does the North Carolina newsroom of Time Warner Cable News (you generally need a customer code to watch their videos).

 

WHEN? The main page of the N.C. General Assembly website has a daily schedule (click here) for the House and Senate every day. Agendas are often not posted ahead of time, but if they are, you can find them by clicking on the committee websites here. You can often find committee handout information here as well.

 

WHERE? The N.C. Legislature is located at 16 W. Jones Street in Raleigh. Directions are here. Many members have their offices in that building or in the nearby Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury St., where many committee meetings are also held.

 

WHY? I’ll leave that one for readers to answer.

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, and if there are websites or other tools that readers have, please go ahead and share in the comments below.

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