The N.C. Legislature Section includes:
Article II: A Guide to the North Carolina Legislature
This citizens’ guide contains profiles and photos of each of the 170 members of the General Assembly; business and home addresses; telephone and fax numbers; counties in their districts; the number of terms they have served in the legislature; and their educational and occupational backgrounds. For members who served in the previous session, the guide lists five bills they introduced in the previous session, their votes on 12 bills of statewide interest, and past rankings of each legislator’s attendance, roll call voting participation, and effectiveness. The guide also includes demographic and occupational trends for the General Assembly for the last 20 years, as well as rankings of the most influential lobbyists in the legislature. These guides are published in odd-numbered years after a new legislature has been elected.
Rankings of the Effectiveness, Attendance, and Roll Call Voting Participation
The effectiveness rankings are based on surveys of all legislators, registered lobbyists based in North Carolina, and the capital news media. These rankings are published in even-numbered years, usually in April. The latest set of legislative effectiveness rankings was released in April 2008. The next set will be released in April 2010.
Rankings of the Most Influential Lobbyists
The rankings of the most influential lobbyists also are based on surveys of all legislators, registered lobbyists based in North Carolina, and the capital news media. These rankings are published in even-numbered years after the legislative session ends. They help citizens understand which key interests and organizations have clout with legislators in North Carolina and shed light on the lobbying and the legislative process.
Other Resources on How To Be Effective in the Legislature
13 Ways To Be More Effective in the Legislature
Tips, Tactics, Technology, and Techniques: Lessons in Advocacy from N.C.'s Most Influential