The North Carolina General Assembly refers to the State Legislature of North Carolina. This government body consists of both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate.
There are one hundred twenty members in the House, and fifty members in the Senate. There are no term limits for any members in the North Carolina General Assembly. North Carolina General Assembly members serve two-year terms. Except in special occasions or ceremonial sessions, the North Carolina General Assembly meets in the North Carolina State Legislative Building in the State Capital of Raleigh.
In the upper house of the North Carolina General Assembly, the 50 members represent larger districts than their counterparts in the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly. However, the upper house does not have greater rights nor powers. The North Carolina State Constitution states that a senator must be at least 25 years old when elected, be a qualified voter, have been a citizen in the state for two years, and a citizen of the district for one year.
The State Constitution also states that in order to be elected to the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly, representatives must be at least 21 years old, be a qualified voter in North Carolina, and reside in the district where they face election for at least one year prior.
As of the 2008 election, the North Carolina General Assembly is strongly held by the Democratic party, 30-20 in the Senate and 68-58 in the House. If you need legal advice and assistance, contact North Carolina lawyers.