NC General Assembly

Roles of the Senate and House of Representatives

The General Assembly

  • Before Raleigh became the capital the General Assembly was formed
  • Consisted of one house that moved from town to town
  • They would meet in any big structure that will hold the legislators
  • First met in Raleigh in 1794
  • Today the General Assembly is made up of the Senate and House of Representatives
  • The General Assembly is used to amend and pass laws

Senate

  • Composed of 50 members
  • The Lieutenant Governor is the lead officer
  • Lieutenant maintains the order in the senate
  • If the Lieutenant is absent then the elected President Pro Templore takes over for that time
  • The Principal Clerk, Reading Clerk, and Sergeant-at-arms are all elected members of the senate

House of Representatives

  • 120 Members total
  • All representatives have 2-year terms
  • The Speaker of the House is elected by the members
  • The Speakers duties are:
  1. Maintaining order
  2. Appointing members
  • When the speaker is absent then the elected Speaker Pro Templore takes over