GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 703
A JOINT RESOLUTION adjourning the Regular Session of the 2019 General Assembly until a Date Certain and limiting the matters that may be considered.
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
SECTION 1. When the House of Representatives and the Senate jointly adjourn the session convened on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, they stand adjourned to reconvene on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 12:00 noon.
SECTION 2. During the regular session that reconvenes on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, only the following matters may be considered:
a. Directly and primarily affecting the State budget, including the budget of an occupational licensing board for fiscal year 2020‑2021.
b. Primarily affecting any State or local pension or retirement system.
A bill authorized by this subdivision must be submitted to the Legislative Drafting Division of the Legislative Services Office no later than 4:00 P.M. Friday, May 1, 2020, and must be introduced in the House of Representatives or filed for introduction in the Senate no later than 4:00 P.M. Thursday, May 14, 2020.
(2) Bills and resolutions implementing the recommendations of:
a. Study committees or commissions, authorities, and statutory committees or commissions authorized or directed to report to the 2020 Regular Session of the 2019 General Assembly.
b. The General Statutes Commission, the Courts Commission, or any committee or commission created under Chapter 120 of the General Statutes that is authorized or directed to report to the General Assembly.
c. The House Ethics Committee.
d. Select committees.
e. The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee.
A bill authorized by this subdivision must be submitted to the Legislative Drafting Division of the Legislative Services Office no later than 4:00 P.M. Thursday, April 30, 2020, and must be filed for introduction in the Senate or introduced in the House of Representatives no later than 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
(3) Any local bill that has been submitted to the Legislative Drafting Division of the Legislative Services Office by 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 5, 2020, is introduced in the House of Representatives or filed for introduction in the Senate by 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and is accompanied by a certificate signed by the principal sponsor stating that (i) no public hearing will be required or asked for by a member on the bill, (ii) the bill is noncontroversial, and (iii) the bill is approved for introduction by each member of the House of Representatives and the Senate whose district includes the area to which the bill applies.
(4) Bills providing for one or more of the following and containing no other matter:
a. Amendments to the North Carolina Constitution.
b. Statutory amendments and transitional changes to implement proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution.
(5) Bills and resolutions that meet all of the following requirements:
a. Were introduced in 2019.
b. Passed third reading in 2019 in the house in which introduced.
c. Received in the other house in accordance with Senate Rule 41 or House Rule 31.1(h), as appropriate.
d. Were not disposed of in the other house by tabling, unfavorable committee report, indefinite postponement, or failure to pass any reading.
e. Do not violate the rules of the receiving house.
(6) Bills providing for action on appointments by the General Assembly pursuant to G.S. 120‑121 or providing for the selection, election, appointment, or confirmation, including the filling of vacancies, by one or both houses as required by law.
(7) Bills providing for action on gubernatorial nominations or appointments.
(8) Any matter authorized by joint resolution passed by a two‑thirds majority of the members of the House of Representatives present and voting and by a two‑thirds majority of the members of the Senate present and voting. A bill or resolution filed in either house under the provisions of this subdivision shall have a copy of the ratified enabling resolution attached to the jacket before filing for introduction.
(9) A joint resolution authorizing the introduction of a bill pursuant to subdivision (8) of this section.
(10) Joint resolutions and simple resolutions authorized for introduction under Senate Rule 40.1 or House Rule 31.
(11) Bills returned by the Governor with objections under Section 22 of Article II of the North Carolina Constitution.
(12) Bills responding to litigation challenging the legality of legislative enactments.
(13) Any bills relating to election laws.
(14) Bills to disapprove rules under G.S. 150B‑21.3.
(15) Bills providing for impeachment pursuant to Article IV of the North Carolina Constitution or Chapter 123 of the General Statutes.
(16) Bills revising or establishing districts for any elected federal, State, or local office.
(17) A joint resolution doing one or more of the following:
a. Further adjourning the 2019 Regular Session to a date certain.
b. Amending a joint resolution adjourning the 2019 Regular Session to a date certain.
c. Adjourning the 2019 Regular Session, sine die.
SECTION 3. The Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate may authorize appropriate committees or subcommittees of their respective houses to meet during the interims between sessions to (i) review matters related to the State budget for the 2019‑2021 fiscal biennium, (ii) prepare reports, including revised budgets, or (iii) consider any other matters as the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate deems appropriate. A conference committee may meet in the interim upon approval by the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
SECTION 4. This resolution is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 14th day of January, 2020.
s/ Philip E. Berger
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives