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North Carolina Legislative History

Research guide about resources and strategies for researching North Carolina legislative history.

Committee Deliberations

Records of committee deliberations can give some insight into the debates that influenced how a bill was formed. Starting in 1967, the Legislative Library has a near-complete collection of committee minutes available in print and microfilm. The record of those holdings is available through the North Carolina General Assembly website.

In addition, some recent committee minutes can be accessed through the committee's own website. A list of committee websites can be found through the North Carolina General Assembly website.

Researchers are reminded that the North Carolina Supreme Court has indicated that internal committee deliberations cannot be used to determine legislative intent. See Electric Supply Co. v. Swain Electrical Co. 328 N.C. 651, 403 S.E.2d 291, 295 (1991).