Our NC General Assembly introduces and passes numerous bills each year that impact the quality of life in Western North Carolina. The WNC Vote Tracker provides information on important legislation passed in the 2013 long session and 2014 short session in six categories: Economic Security; Education; Environment; Health & Safety; Government & Democracy; and Women's Issues. The WNC Vote Tracker also offers an overview of the state budget - arguably the most important legislation passed each year. Check back soon for updates on the bills and budgets passed in the 2015 long session and 2016 short session.
Use the "Bills" navigation tab to view important legislation in each category and see how WNC legislators voted. Several of the bills are included in multiple categories. Click here to download a two-page WNC Vote Tracker summary sheet.
Legislators may vote on a bill several times as the bill moves through committees and to final passage. Bills are usually changed, or amended, from their introduction to final passage. The WNC Vote Tracker only tracked bills that were passed and records legislators' votes on the last recorded vote for the bill's passage.
Some bills, especially the budget bill, are very complex and contain numerous provisions that legislators must consider before voting. Legislators may not agree with all the provisions of a bill but may still vote for it. The WNC Vote Tracker does not track all provisions of the bills listed - instead only focusing on provisions impacting our six categories. The WNC Vote Tracker does not rank or rate legislators by their votes.
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