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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
July 8, 2020 NC SB 232 Repeals Anti-Mask Law Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 4)
June 26, 2020 NC SB 168 Prohibits Public Disclosure of Internal Police Investigations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 0)
June 16, 2020 NC HB 511 Authorizes Shorter Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 0)
June 16, 2020 NC HB 511 Authorizes Shorter Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 0)
June 16, 2020 NC HB 511 Authorizes Shorter Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 0)
June 16, 2020 NC SB 562 Repeals Dismissed Charges and Nonviolent Misdemeanors & Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
June 16, 2020 NC SB 562 Repeals Dismissed Charges and Nonviolent Misdemeanors & Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
May 28, 2020 NC HB 536 Authorizes the Reopening of Bars and Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (65 - 53)
May 2, 2020 NC HB 1043 Appropriates Funds from the CARES Act for COVID-19 Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (120 - 0)
May 2, 2020 NC SB 704 Establishes the COVID-19 Response Act Bill Passed - House (119 - 0)
April 29, 2020 NC SB 704 Establishes the COVID-19 Response Act Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
Oct. 30, 2019 NC SB 250 Amends Voting Rolls to Correlate with Jury Selection Excusals Conference Report Adopted - House (59 - 51)
July 31, 2019 NC SB 199 Extends Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (92 - 15)
June 24, 2019 NC HB 370 Requires Sheriffs to Cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 18)
April 26, 2019 NC HB 511 Amends Criminal Sentencing Laws for Low-Level Nonviolent Drug Offenders Bill Passed - House (100 - 0)
April 26, 2019 NC HB 511 Amends Criminal Sentencing Laws for Low-Level Nonviolent Drug Offenders Bill Passed - House (100 - 0)
April 10, 2019 NC SB 250 Amends Voting Rolls to Correlate with Jury Selection Excusals Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 19)
April 3, 2019 NC HB 370 Requires Sheriffs to Cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (63 - 51)
June 13, 2018 NC SB 616 Establishes Heroin And Opioid Prevention and Enforcement Act Bill Passed - House (87 - 25)
June 13, 2018 NC SB 616 Establishes Heroin And Opioid Prevention and Enforcement Act Bill Passed - House (87 - 25)
June 13, 2018 NC SB 768 Amends Law to Include Person-First Lanugage Bill Passed - House (109 - 2)
May 23, 2018 NC SB 470 Amends Asbestos Claim Filing Procedures Bill Passed - House (78 - 30)
April 27, 2017 NC HB 330 Limits Liability for Motorists Involved in Accidents with Protesters Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
April 26, 2017 NC HB 527 Establishes Sanctions for Disruptive Student Protest (88 - 32)
April 10, 2017 NC H 467 Limits Penalties for Agricultural Operations Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
March 26, 2017 NC HB 174 Authorizes Concealed Handguns at Certain Church Services Bill Passed - House (82 - 34)
July 29, 2015 NC HB 774 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Monitor Executions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (74 - 34)
July 27, 2015 NC HB 774 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Monitor Executions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
June 24, 2015 NC HB 640 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 15)
May 28, 2015 NC HB 640 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
April 29, 2015 NC HB 774 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Monitor Executions Bill Passed - House (84 - 33)
July 24, 2013 NC HB 392 Authorizes Drug Testing for Work First Program Applicants Conference Report Adopted - House (92 - 21)
July 24, 2013 NC HB 522 Prohibits the Application of Foreign Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 37)
July 23, 2013 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 14)
July 23, 2013 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 41)
July 3, 2013 NC HB 695 Amends Abortion Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 12)
June 12, 2013 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
June 12, 2013 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
June 5, 2013 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 39)
June 5, 2013 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 39)
May 7, 2013 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Bill Passed - House (78 - 42)
April 25, 2013 NC SB 201 Authorizes the Use of Silencers While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16)
April 3, 2013 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
April 3, 2013 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
March 26, 2013 NC HB 17 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Bill Passed - House (97 - 20)
July 2, 2012 NC SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 48)
July 2, 2012 NC SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 11)
June 20, 2012 NC SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
June 13, 2012 NC SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Bill Passed - House (73 - 47)
Jan. 4, 2012 NC SB 9 Death Penalty Discrimination Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
Nov. 28, 2011 NC SB 9 Death Penalty Discrimination Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 17)
June 16, 2011 NC SB 9 Death Penalty Discrimination Bill Passed - House (64 - 52)
April 20, 2011 NC SB 33 Medical Malpractice Amendments Bill Passed - House (91 - 27)
March 30, 2011 NC HB 111 Concealed Handguns in Restaurants and State Parks Bill Passed - House (74 - 42)
March 2, 2011 NC SB 33 Medical Malpractice Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
July 10, 2010 NC HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 21)
July 10, 2010 NC HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 21)
July 7, 2010 NC HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Bill Passed - House (93 - 20)
July 7, 2010 NC HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Bill Passed - House (93 - 20)
Aug. 5, 2009 NC SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 18)
Aug. 5, 2009 NC SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 18)
Aug. 5, 2009 NC SB 138 Banning Salvia Divinorum Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
July 15, 2009 NC HB 1185 Habitual DWI Reinstatement after Ten Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 29)
July 15, 2009 NC HB 1185 Habitual DWI Reinstatement after Ten Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 29)
July 15, 2009 NC HB 1185 Habitual DWI Reinstatement after Ten Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 29)
July 15, 2009 NC SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
July 15, 2009 NC SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
May 14, 2009 NC SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
May 14, 2009 NC SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
May 11, 2009 NC HB 2 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
April 2, 2009 NC HB 2 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (72 - 45)
April 1, 2009 NC Amdt 2 to HB 2 Exempting 18+ Establishments from Smoking Ban Amendment Adopted - House (70 - 46)
July 17, 2008 NC HB 2340 Prohibiting Children from Riding in Pickup Truck Beds Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
July 2, 2008 NC SB 1988 Outlaws Burning Crosses and Hanging Nooses Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 3)
July 2, 2008 NC SB 1988 Outlaws Burning Crosses and Hanging Nooses Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 3)
June 17, 2008 NC SB 1686 Restrictions on Public Smoking Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
July 19, 2007 NC CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (80 - 34)
July 17, 2007 NC CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
May 2, 2007 NC HB 259 Smoking Ban Bill Failed - House (55 - 61)
April 19, 2007 NC HB 573 Concealed Weapons for Judges Bill Passed - House (86 - 15)
July 25, 2006 NC HB 1323 Establishment of NC Innocence Inquiry Commission Conference Report Adopted - House (86 - 28)
Date No. Title Outcome
7/08 SB 232 Repeals Anti-Mask Law Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 4)
6/26 SB 168 Prohibits Public Disclosure of Internal Police Investigations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 0)
6/16 HB 511 Authorizes Shorter Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 0)
6/16 HB 511 Authorizes Shorter Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 0)
6/16 HB 511 Authorizes Shorter Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 0)
6/16 SB 562 Repeals Dismissed Charges and Nonviolent Misdemeanors & Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
6/16 SB 562 Repeals Dismissed Charges and Nonviolent Misdemeanors & Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
5/28 HB 536 Authorizes the Reopening of Bars and Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (65 - 53)
5/02 HB 1043 Appropriates Funds from the CARES Act for COVID-19 Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (120 - 0)
5/02 SB 704 Establishes the COVID-19 Response Act Bill Passed - House (119 - 0)
4/29 SB 704 Establishes the COVID-19 Response Act Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
10/30 SB 250 Amends Voting Rolls to Correlate with Jury Selection Excusals Conference Report Adopted - House (59 - 51)
7/31 SB 199 Extends Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (92 - 15)
6/24 HB 370 Requires Sheriffs to Cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 18)
4/26 HB 511 Amends Criminal Sentencing Laws for Low-Level Nonviolent Drug Offenders Bill Passed - House (100 - 0)
4/26 HB 511 Amends Criminal Sentencing Laws for Low-Level Nonviolent Drug Offenders Bill Passed - House (100 - 0)
4/10 SB 250 Amends Voting Rolls to Correlate with Jury Selection Excusals Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 19)
4/03 HB 370 Requires Sheriffs to Cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (63 - 51)
6/13 SB 616 Establishes Heroin And Opioid Prevention and Enforcement Act Bill Passed - House (87 - 25)
6/13 SB 616 Establishes Heroin And Opioid Prevention and Enforcement Act Bill Passed - House (87 - 25)
6/13 SB 768 Amends Law to Include Person-First Lanugage Bill Passed - House (109 - 2)
5/23 SB 470 Amends Asbestos Claim Filing Procedures Bill Passed - House (78 - 30)
4/27 HB 330 Limits Liability for Motorists Involved in Accidents with Protesters Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
4/26 HB 527 Establishes Sanctions for Disruptive Student Protest (88 - 32)
4/10 H 467 Limits Penalties for Agricultural Operations Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
3/26 HB 174 Authorizes Concealed Handguns at Certain Church Services Bill Passed - House (82 - 34)
7/29 HB 774 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Monitor Executions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (74 - 34)
7/27 HB 774 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Monitor Executions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
6/24 HB 640 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 15)
5/28 HB 640 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
4/29 HB 774 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Monitor Executions Bill Passed - House (84 - 33)
7/24 HB 392 Authorizes Drug Testing for Work First Program Applicants Conference Report Adopted - House (92 - 21)
7/24 HB 522 Prohibits the Application of Foreign Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 37)
7/23 HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 14)
7/23 HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 41)
7/03 HB 695 Amends Abortion Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 12)
6/12 SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
6/12 SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
6/05 SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 39)
6/05 SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 39)
5/07 HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Bill Passed - House (78 - 42)
4/25 SB 201 Authorizes the Use of Silencers While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16)
4/03 SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
4/03 SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
3/26 HB 17 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Bill Passed - House (97 - 20)
7/02 SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 48)
7/02 SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 11)
6/20 SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
6/13 SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination Bill Passed - House (73 - 47)
1/04 SB 9 Death Penalty Discrimination Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
11/28 SB 9 Death Penalty Discrimination Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 17)
6/16 SB 9 Death Penalty Discrimination Bill Passed - House (64 - 52)
4/20 SB 33 Medical Malpractice Amendments Bill Passed - House (91 - 27)
3/30 HB 111 Concealed Handguns in Restaurants and State Parks Bill Passed - House (74 - 42)
3/02 SB 33 Medical Malpractice Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
7/10 HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 21)
7/10 HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 21)
7/07 HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Bill Passed - House (93 - 20)
7/07 HB 1403 Collecting DNA Sample Upon Arrest Bill Passed - House (93 - 20)
8/05 SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 18)
8/05 SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 18)
8/05 SB 138 Banning Salvia Divinorum Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
7/15 HB 1185 Habitual DWI Reinstatement after Ten Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 29)
7/15 HB 1185 Habitual DWI Reinstatement after Ten Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 29)
7/15 HB 1185 Habitual DWI Reinstatement after Ten Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 29)
7/15 SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
7/15 SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
5/14 SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
5/14 SB 461 Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
5/11 HB 2 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
4/02 HB 2 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (72 - 45)
4/01 Amdt 2 to HB 2 Exempting 18+ Establishments from Smoking Ban Amendment Adopted - House (70 - 46)
7/17 HB 2340 Prohibiting Children from Riding in Pickup Truck Beds Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
7/02 SB 1988 Outlaws Burning Crosses and Hanging Nooses Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 3)
7/02 SB 1988 Outlaws Burning Crosses and Hanging Nooses Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 3)
6/17 SB 1686 Restrictions on Public Smoking Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
7/19 CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (80 - 34)
7/17 CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
5/02 HB 259 Smoking Ban Bill Failed - House (55 - 61)
4/19 HB 573 Concealed Weapons for Judges Bill Passed - House (86 - 15)
7/25 HB 1323 Establishment of NC Innocence Inquiry Commission Conference Report Adopted - House (86 - 28)

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