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Date Title Statute Requestor
11/08/10 Personnel Information Required to Be Made Available For Inspection 123-23 The Honorable Linda Coleman
01/12/10 Design, Build, Finance Agreements for the Construction of Transportation NCGS � 136-18(39) Eugene A. Conti, Jr.
09/17/09 North Carolina Constitution Art. IV, Sec. 22 North Carolina Constitution Art. IV, Sec. 22 Honorable Jim Gulley
06/15/09 Public Records Act; Accrued Leave Balances 132-1; 126-22; 126-23 Laura B. Luger
06/15/09 Public Records Act; Accrued Leave Balances 132-1; 126-22; 126-23; 135-1 Laura B. Luger
02/05/08 Confidentiality of Retirement Benefit Information 126-23, 136-22, 135-5, 135-2 Rand, Tony
07/02/07 Workers’ Compensation Act; N.C.G.S. �97-19.1; Regulation of Motor Carriers 97-19.1, 97-93, Saunders, Drew
11/07/06 Authority of State Personnel Commission to Implement Career Banding 126-1, 126-4, Wright, Thomas
06/06/06 Applicability of Public Records Act to Certain Investment Documents 132-1, 132-1.2, 66-152 Moore, Richard
04/03/06 Public Records Law – Criminal Records 120-47.10, 132-1, 132-1.4, Maddox, Rodney
10/05/05 Open Government 143-318.11, Chapter 143, Article 33C, N/A
10/03/05 Status Of Proposed Limited Liability Company-Rex Hospital 116-37, 135-1, 135-8, Gilbert, Benjamin
09/12/05 Review of Reserve Funds in the 2004-2005 Revised Certified Budget 143-12, 143-16.3, Merritt, Leslie
05/19/05 Qualification for Funding Under Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 143B-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
04/14/05 Local Board of Education Authority to Adopt Modified School Calendars 115C-84.2, Watson, Earl
02/09/05 Drivers Privacy Protection Act 105-319, 105-321, 105-322, 105-330.2, 132-1, 20-166.1, 20-43, 20-43.1, 20-7, 20-9, Tatum, George
12/02/04 Vacancy on Board of Education; Election of Unqualified Candidate 115C-37, Lamar, L. Wardlaw
11/18/04 District Court Vacancy 128-7, 128-7.1, 163-327, 163-9, 7A-140, 7A-142, Bragg, Christopher
10/12/04 Applicability of Open Meetings Law to Tax Review Board Proceedings 105-122, 105-130.4, 105-259, 105-269.2, 132-1.1, 143-1, 143-318.10, 143-318.11, 143-318.18, Moore, Richard
09/23/04 Notary Public Commission and Effective Date of the Oath 10A-3, 10A-8, 11-11, 11-7, Montgomery, Haley Haynes
08/18/04 Premium Tax on Surplus Lines Insurance; Exemption for Cherokee Indian Reservation 58-21-10, 58-21-85, 58-28-5, 58-28-65, Kolbe, Peter
08/03/04 Permissible Mortgage Lending Activities of Exempt Entities 53-243.01, 53-243.02, 53-243.15, Kinnaird, Ellie
06/30/04 Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; State 401(k) Plan N/A Williamson, Michael
05/06/04 Vacancy on Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Board of Education 115C-37, 115C-5, Hornthal, L
04/13/04 Term of Appointments to Fill Vacancies on Brunswick County Board of Education 115-19, 115-24, 115C-37, 115C-37.1, Causey, B. Joseph
03/28/04 Issuance of Marriage Licenses to Individuals of Same Gender; Penalties 161-27, 51-1, 51-1.2, 51-17, 51-6, 51-8, Covington, Willie
03/25/04 Disclosure of Settlements 132-1.3, 96-4, Payne, Harry
03/11/04 Appointment of Guardians Ad Litem in Incompetency Proceedings 35A-1107, 35A-1112, 35A-1114, 35A-1130, Hunter, Director, Malcolm Ray
10/28/03 Wholesale Power Transactions between Electric Membership Corporations and other Persons 117-10, 117-16, 117-17, 117-18, 117-20, 55-3-01, 55A-3-01, Dalton, Walter
10/21/03 Centennial Authority; Vacancies 160A-480.3, Gray, Jeffrey
09/22/03 Authority to Grant Leases for Cultivation of Shellfish 113-169.2, 113-201, 113-202, 113-202.1, 113-261, Pate, Preston
09/16/03 Age Requirements for Entry Into Public School 115C-288, 115C-364, Skinner, T. Brooks
09/15/03 Bogue Inlet 113A-100, 146-6, Preston, Jean
09/12/03 Drug Testing 7B-302, Beal, Pheon
08/19/03 Dual Office 115D-16, 128-1.1, 143B-313.2, Oakley, Daniel
08/15/03 Escheats Fund 116B-6, 116B-62, 116B-65, 116B-65(b), Stewart, Joseph
06/20/03 Unauthorized Practice of Law 84.1, State Bar, North Carolina
02/18/03 Conversion Plans 58-65-131, 58-65-132, 58-65-133, Kolbe, Peter
02/06/03 Public Records 126-22, 126-23, 126-24, 132-1, Waldrup, Charles
01/23/03 Occupancy Tax 160A-206, 160A-215, Eggers-Gryder, Rebecca
12/12/02 State Treasurer 135-7, 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
11/26/02 Centennial Campus Executive Conference Center 116-198.34, 116-41.1, 198.34, 57C-2-20, 66-58, Nesbitt, Martin
11/18/02 Access of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety to Tax Information 105-259, Faires, Sabra
11/18/02 Piedmont Triad Airport Authority 143-128, 143-128.2, 143-128.3, 143-131, 63-1, 63-54, Cooke, William
11/12/02 State Ports Authority 143B-452, 143B-454, 143B-468, 143B-469, 143B-469.3, Basnight, Marc
11/08/02 Confidentiality of Information to be Presented 132-6.1, 147-33.82, 147-64.4, 147-64.6, Perdue, Beverly
10/09/02 Junkyard Control Act Applicability to Ashe County 136-141, 136-144, 136-145, 136-152, 136-155, Kilby, John
10/08/02 Judicial Standards Commission; Confidentiality of Records 126-22, 126-5, 132-1, 7A-109, 7A-377, Carrington, Deborah
09/06/02 Mental Health Authorities 122C-115, 122C-115.1, 153A-77, Winstead, Eddie
08/01/02 Appointments to the State Board of Mortuary Science 90-210.18, Sullivan, Terrence
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