The Legislative Branch makes laws for North Carolina. It is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, which together are known as the General Assembly. The Legislature meets biennially and all members are elected for two-year terms.
The Executive Branch of government enforces laws made by the legislature. The head of this branch is the Governor, who is elected every four years. Along with the Governor, the Executive Branch also includes the Lieutenant Governor, the Council of State, and many State agencies.
The Judicial Branch interprets what our laws mean and makes decisions about the laws and those who break them. The Courts of the Judicial Branch are split into three divisions, the Appellate Division, the Superior Court Division, and the District Court Division.
United States Congress
The role of the United States Congress is explicitly defined and limited in the United States Constitution. The 10th amendment states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people." The Congress is comprised of two chambers:
Other Useful Links
- The Structure of the North Carolina General Assembly
- When is the General Assembly in Session?
- How An Idea Becomes Law
- Who Represents Me?
- Types of Statutes in North Carolina
- Visiting the State Legislative Complex
- Legislative Building Brochure
- Visit Raleigh Video of Legislative Building
- Video of the 50th Anniversary of the NC Legislative Building
- Rules of State Legislative Building and Legislative Office Building - (Updated 5/15/2014)
- Legislative Building Accessibility
- Photo Gallery
- Homework Resources
- State Government Website
- The North Carolina Court System
- State Government Telephone and E-mail Directory