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Date Title Statute Requestor
07/18/02 City of Jacksonville Wastewater Collection Facility’s Construction 143-128, 143-128.2, 160A-17.1, 160A-311, Carter, John
07/11/02 Authority of Cities to Levy Local Franchise Tax 105-116, 105-116.1, Tolson, E. Norris
07/10/02 Authority of Jackson County to Regulate Helicopter Sightseeing Operations by Ordinance 63-18, Large, Raymond
06/24/02 Sex Offender Registration Predicated on a Federal Conviction 14-208.12A, 14-208.6, 14-208.7, 14-27.7, Williams, Johnny
06/20/02 Applicability of Grandfather Clause to a General Self-Insurance Fund 55-14-01, 55-14-03, 55-14-04, 55-14-05, 58-47-65, 97-93, Nye, Edd
06/11/02 Highway Trust Fund; Northern Durham Parkway Alternative 113A-1, 113A-4, 136-175, 136-176, 136-180, 136-180.1, Bell, William
05/17/02 Proposed NPDES General Permits 143-212, 143-214.1, 143-215, 143-215.1, 143-215.10C, 143-215.10H, 143-215.10M, 143-215.11, Oakley, Daniel
04/12/02 Rulemaking for Career Banding Classification of State Employees 150B-2, Wright, Thomas
03/25/02 Ability of the University System to Offer Dependent Health Coverage 116-17.2, 135-40, 135-41, 143-34.1, Winner, Leslie
03/07/02 Public Entity Definition 132-1, 143-128, 143-128.2, 143-128.3, 143-318.10, 143-64.31, Skinner, T. Brooks
02/20/02 Authority of Local Boards of Educations to Participate in Risk Management Pools 115C-42, 115C-43, 160A-462, 160A-464, 160A-485, 58-1-10, 58-1-5, 58-23-15, Dunlap, Edwin
02/19/02 Municipal Hospitals; Authority to Lend Hospital Revenues 131A-1, 131E-12, 131E-7, 159-30, 159-39, 159-7, 55A-3-01, 55A-3-02, Barrett, Granger
02/14/02 Public Access to Legislator’s Redistricting Communications; Custodians of Record 120-129, 120-130, 120-131, 120-133, 129-133, 132-1, 132-2, 132-6, Sullivan, Terrence
02/05/02 Public Access to Legislator Drafts of Redistricting Plans 120-130, 120-131, 120-133, 120-9, 132-1, Sullivan, Terrence
02/05/02 Ad Valorem Tax Exemption Eligibility; Charlotte/Mecklenburg Development Corporation 105-278.7, 105-282.1, Wade, Hamlin
01/24/02 State Fair Midway Operator 106-140.1, 106-187, 106-2, 106-22, 106-262, 106-407.2, 106-503, 106-503.1, 143A-59, 143A-6, Reeves, Eric
01/24/02 Magistrate Discretion to Set Conditions of Pretrial Release for Crimes of Domestic Violence 14-134.3, 14-277, 15A-534.1, 50B-4.1, Horton, Hamilton
01/22/02 Public Records and Radio Communications 132-1, 132-1.4, 132-6, 132-6.2, Payne, J. Mark
01/17/02 Rental Vehicle Tax 105-551, 105-552, 105-555, Wade, Trudy
01/15/02 Patentable Intellectual Property Pending Transfers N/A Stafford-Pope, Sheila
01/14/02 Legislative Liaisons Designation 120-47.1, 120-47.11, 120-47.12, 120-47.2, 120-47.8, Stafford-Pope, Sheila
01/11/02 NPDES Storm Water Phase II Program to Local Governments 153A-330, 153A-340, 153A-341, 214.7, Sullins, Coleen
01/08/02 Fitting and Selling of Hearing Aids in UNC Speech and Hearing Clinics 116-1, 66-58, Nichols, M. Jackson
11/09/01 Taxation by City of Southport of Ferries Owned by Bald Head Island Trans 105-304, Isenburg, Michael
11/07/01 Approval Of DiscontinuedService Retirement Allowance And Severance Wages 143-27.2, McCoy, David
10/22/01 Private Correctional Facilities and Officers 148-4, 148-46, 150B-21.1, 15A-401, Beck, Theodis
10/11/01 Exemption of Utilities Commisison for Certain Contracts 143-52, 143-64.20, 62-37, Bennink, Robert
10/09/01 Validity of Marriage of Underage Persons 51-1, 51-16, 51-2, 51-2A, 51-3, Shaw, Ann
10/05/01 Parking Meters; Handicapped Parking Spaces; G.S. � 20-37.6 20-37.6, Albright, Clyde
10/03/01 Non-Exemption of Commisisoner of Insurance 143-52, 143-64.20, 143-64.21, 143-64.22, 38-6, 58-19-15, 58-2-25, 58-65-131, Kolbe, Peter
10/03/01 NC Gen. Stat. �� 116-17.2 and 143-34.1(d) 116-17.2, 143-34.1, Goodwin, Carl
10/02/01 Charter Schools’ Eligibility to Participate in the Private Capital Facilities Finance Act 115C-238.29A, 115C-238.29E, 159D-36, 159D-37, Sneeden, Brad
09/05/01 Rules Requiring Permits for Impacts to Isolated Wetlands and Surface Waters 143-212, 143-213, 143-215.1, 143-215.3, 143B-282, 150B-19, 150B-21, 150B-21.1, Peterson, Charles
08/27/01 Eligibility of Town of Midland to Receive Powell Bill Funds and Other State Tax Reimbursements 105-113.82, 105-116.1, 105-472, 136-41.1, 136-41.2, 136-41.3, Burgner, Michael
08/24/01 Exemption of Department of Insurance 143-64.21, 58-2-25, 58-65-131, Kolbe, Peter
08/23/01 Applicability of the Consultant Contract Provisions of Chapter 143 135-40.4, 143-64.20, Walker, Jack
08/16/01 Use of Mandatory District Bar Dues for BarCARES Program 84-16, 84-18.1, 84-23, 84-23.1, 84-34, Lunsford, L. Thomas
08/09/01 Attorney Acting as Notary and Legal Counsel 10A-9, Stafford-Pope, Sheila
08/08/01 HIPAA Liability for DMHDDSAS 122C-11, 122C-112, 122C-116, 122C-181, 143B-137.1, Robarge, Arthur
07/27/01 Whether Funds Collected by the North Carolina Board of Nursing are State Funds 138-5, 138-6, 143-1, 90-171.19, 90-171.23, 90-171.25, 90-171.27, Kramer, Howard
07/09/01 Scope of Health Plan Definition under HIPAA 143-545.1, 143B-181.1, Cox, Bill
07/05/01 Duty of a Settlement Agent Under the Good Funds Settlement Act 45A-3, 45A-4, 45A-7, Mitchell, Frank
06/29/01 Authority of the Governor to Transfer Money in a Budget Emergency-Wireless 143-1, 143-2, 143-28, 62A-21, 62A-22, 62A-23, 62A-24, 62A-25, 62A-26, 66A-22, Archer, Charles
06/19/01 Application of Mini-Brooks Act to Subcontracted Professional Services and Design-Build Contracts 136-28.1, 143-129, 143-132, 143-135.26, 143-64.31, 143-64.32, 143-64.34, Carter, Jerry
06/18/01 Availability of Writing of Insurance by Geographical Location 58-42-1, 58-42-10, 58-42-55, Redwine, David
06/13/01 Expungement of 30-day Drivers License Revocation 15A-145, 15A-146, 20-16.5, 20-26, Bryant, Mike
06/12/01 Swine Near State Institutions 143-128, 143-153, 143-300.2, Allred, Cary
06/05/01 Allocation of State Employees’ Incentive Bonus Savings 111-52, 117-3.1, 143-250, 143-345.22, 58-86-20, 90-171.27, Skinner, T. Brooks
05/30/01 Authority of the City of Graham to Disclose Attorney-Client Communications 132-1.1, 160A-168, Wheeler, Grady
05/29/01 Rural Internet Access Authority; Authority to Award Telecenter Grants to For-Profit Organizations 143B-437.42, 143B-437.43, Leutze, James
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