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North Carolina Legislative History

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

House and Senate Journals

The House and Senate journals document the day-to-day activities of the North Carolina General Assembly. Although not a verbatim account of all that transpires in each house of the legislature, these journals can be useful for constructing a bill history. Use the journals to trace a bill's process through the legislature. One can find the number of the bill, the date introduced, the name of the sponsor, the standing committee to which the bill was assigned, roll call votes on the bill and whether the bill was amended or a committee substitute was introduced.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina (KFN7418 .H68):

Journal of the Senate of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina (KFN7418 .S46):

Audio Resources

Listening to audio recordings of house and senate proceedings can be a uniquely valuable research tool.

NCLeg.gov: Online audio of the current session activity of the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate is provided through the General Assembly's website. Access to past House chamber audio is also available from the the North Carolina General Assembly website for past sessions, beginning with January 2009.

The State Library of North Carolina - Senate Audio: This webpage contains access to archived Senate chamber audio for most days of the 2006-2012 sessions