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11/08/10Personnel Information Required to Be Made Available For Inspection123-23The Honorable Linda Coleman
01/12/10Design, Build, Finance Agreements for the Construction of TransportationNCGS � 136-18(39)Eugene A. Conti, Jr.
09/17/09North Carolina Constitution Art. IV, Sec. 22North Carolina Constitution Art. IV, Sec. 22Honorable Jim Gulley
06/15/09Public Records Act; Accrued Leave Balances132-1; 126-22; 126-23Laura B. Luger
06/15/09Public Records Act; Accrued Leave Balances132-1; 126-22; 126-23; 135-1Laura B. Luger
02/05/08Confidentiality of Retirement Benefit Information126-23, 136-22, 135-5, 135-2Rand, Tony
07/02/07Workers’ Compensation Act; N.C.G.S. �97-19.1; Regulation of Motor Carriers97-19.1, 97-93,Saunders, Drew
11/07/06Authority of State Personnel Commission to Implement Career Banding126-1, 126-4,Wright, Thomas
06/06/06Applicability of Public Records Act to Certain Investment Documents132-1, 132-1.2, 66-152Moore, Richard
04/03/06Public Records Law – Criminal Records120-47.10, 132-1, 132-1.4,Maddox, Rodney
10/05/05Open Government143-318.11, Chapter 143, Article 33C,N/A
10/03/05Status Of Proposed Limited Liability Company-Rex Hospital116-37, 135-1, 135-8,Gilbert, Benjamin
09/12/05Review of Reserve Funds in the 2004-2005 Revised Certified Budget143-12, 143-16.3,Merritt, Leslie
05/19/05Qualification for Funding Under Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001143B-164.15, 115C-105.31, 115C-110, 115C-325, 115C-37, 115C-5, 115C-66, 143B-164.10, 143B-164.13, 143B-164.14, 143B-216.41, 143B-525, 143B-529,Willoughby, Patricia
04/14/05Local Board of Education Authority to Adopt Modified School Calendars115C-84.2,Watson, Earl
02/09/05Drivers Privacy Protection Act105-319, 105-321, 105-322, 105-330.2, 132-1, 20-166.1, 20-43, 20-43.1, 20-7, 20-9,Tatum, George
12/02/04Vacancy on Board of Education; Election of Unqualified Candidate115C-37,Lamar, L. Wardlaw
11/18/04District Court Vacancy128-7, 128-7.1, 163-327, 163-9, 7A-140, 7A-142,Bragg, Christopher
10/12/04Applicability of Open Meetings Law to Tax Review Board Proceedings105-122, 105-130.4, 105-259, 105-269.2, 132-1.1, 143-1, 143-318.10, 143-318.11, 143-318.18,Moore, Richard
09/23/04Notary Public Commission and Effective Date of the Oath10A-3, 10A-8, 11-11, 11-7,Montgomery, Haley Haynes
08/18/04Premium Tax on Surplus Lines Insurance; Exemption for Cherokee Indian Reservation58-21-10, 58-21-85, 58-28-5, 58-28-65,Kolbe, Peter
08/03/04Permissible Mortgage Lending Activities of Exempt Entities53-243.01, 53-243.02, 53-243.15,Kinnaird, Ellie
06/30/04Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; State 401(k) PlanN/AWilliamson, Michael
05/06/04Vacancy on Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Board of Education115C-37, 115C-5,Hornthal, L
04/13/04Term of Appointments to Fill Vacancies on Brunswick County Board of Education115-19, 115-24, 115C-37, 115C-37.1,Causey, B. Joseph
03/28/04Issuance of Marriage Licenses to Individuals of Same Gender; Penalties161-27, 51-1, 51-1.2, 51-17, 51-6, 51-8,Covington, Willie
03/25/04Disclosure of Settlements132-1.3, 96-4,Payne, Harry
03/11/04Appointment of Guardians Ad Litem in Incompetency Proceedings35A-1107, 35A-1112, 35A-1114, 35A-1130,Hunter, Director, Malcolm Ray
10/28/03Wholesale Power Transactions between Electric Membership Corporations and other Persons117-10, 117-16, 117-17, 117-18, 117-20, 55-3-01, 55A-3-01,Dalton, Walter
10/21/03Centennial Authority; Vacancies160A-480.3,Gray, Jeffrey
09/22/03Authority to Grant Leases for Cultivation of Shellfish113-169.2, 113-201, 113-202, 113-202.1, 113-261,Pate, Preston
09/16/03Age Requirements for Entry Into Public School115C-288, 115C-364,Skinner, T. Brooks
09/15/03Bogue Inlet113A-100, 146-6,Preston, Jean
09/12/03Drug Testing7B-302,Beal, Pheon
08/19/03Dual Office115D-16, 128-1.1, 143B-313.2,Oakley, Daniel
08/15/03Escheats Fund116B-6, 116B-62, 116B-65, 116B-65(b),Stewart, Joseph
06/20/03Unauthorized Practice of Law84.1,State Bar, North Carolina
02/18/03Conversion Plans58-65-131, 58-65-132, 58-65-133,Kolbe, Peter
02/06/03Public Records126-22, 126-23, 126-24, 132-1,Waldrup, Charles
01/23/03Occupancy Tax160A-206, 160A-215,Eggers-Gryder, Rebecca
12/12/02State Treasurer135-7, 143-12, 143-16.3, 143-23, 143-25, 143-28, 143-3.2, 143-64.20, 143.2, 147-68, 147-69.2, 147-69.3,Campbell, Ralph
11/26/02Centennial Campus Executive Conference Center116-198.34, 116-41.1, 198.34, 57C-2-20, 66-58,Nesbitt, Martin
11/18/02Access of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety to Tax Information105-259,Faires, Sabra
11/18/02Piedmont Triad Airport Authority143-128, 143-128.2, 143-128.3, 143-131, 63-1, 63-54,Cooke, William
11/12/02State Ports Authority143B-452, 143B-454, 143B-468, 143B-469, 143B-469.3,Basnight, Marc
11/08/02Confidentiality of Information to be Presented132-6.1, 147-33.82, 147-64.4, 147-64.6,Perdue, Beverly
10/09/02Junkyard Control Act Applicability to Ashe County136-141, 136-144, 136-145, 136-152, 136-155,Kilby, John
10/08/02Judicial Standards Commission; Confidentiality of Records126-22, 126-5, 132-1, 7A-109, 7A-377,Carrington, Deborah
09/06/02Mental Health Authorities122C-115, 122C-115.1, 153A-77,Winstead, Eddie
08/01/02Appointments to the State Board of Mortuary Science90-210.18,Sullivan, Terrence
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