On May 4, 2023, the North Carolina Senate debated and passed S.B. 20, the Care for Women, Children, and Families Act, which outlaws abortion in North Carolina after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Video of the May 4 Senate session is available here.
The House of Representatives voted on this bill the day before, May 3. Audio of that session is available here.
What’s going on with medication abortion?
April 10, 2023
After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in last year’s Dobbs v. Jackson case, many observers wondered whether non-surgical abortions–i.e., abortions caused by certain medications–would become illegal.
There are now two competing court decisions about this issue.
This Texas-based decision, issued on April 7, ordered the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its approval of the abortion pill mifepristone.
On the same day, another federal court ordered the FDA not to withdraw mifepristone approval in the following states:
The Texas decision is currently stayed (i.e., not in effect) for seven days to allow for appeals.
Because two federal courts have disagreed, it is likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling to settle the matter. When such a ruling might happen is unknown.
Legislative Documents Deep Dive
April 5, 2023
Do you need committee minutes? Old North Carolina statutes? Study reports?
Homeowner associations (HOAs) are organizations that oversee and enforce the rules for living in certain houses, condominiums, or other homes. You join an HOA and agree to its terms and fees when you buy a home in a community governed by one.
In North Carolina, HOAs are governed by a few statutes:
HOA FAQs – An extensive list of HOA-related questions and answers
Finally, according to the North Carolina Secretary of State, “sometimes there are local government ordinances that may apply to HOAs.” Thus, you could try contacting your mayor and/or city or county commissioner to discuss your concern.
History of the NC Constitution
August 31, 2022
We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.
That’s the preamble to the North Carolina Constitution, which, in its current form, was written in 1971. North Carolina, of course, has had a constitution much longer than that.
When was the first one written? What did it include? How many times has it been amended?
You can find these and more answers in our new North Carolina Constitution infographic!
We have other guides and infographics on different topics, such as how to do a legislative history and how to request committee audio from the library. Check out all our guides here!