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The 2011 North Carolina General Assembly long session ended on Saturday afternoon June 18 after several weeks
of extremely long days, many into the wee hours of the morning. The 2012 legislative session is called the "short session". The following document provides information on those bills which are eligible to be taken up for debate and vote during the 2012 Short Session.
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If you're following the NC State Legislature, you know about crossover. State lawmakers introduced many more bills than could be taken up during the 2011 legislative session. The majority of these bills do not spend or raise money and must pass from one chamber to the other by the arbitrary crossover deadline in order to remain eligible for the remainder of the 2011–12 Legislative Session. Any bill not passed by midnight Thursday, June 9, is technically not eligible for consideration the rest of the two year session, though bills affecting the state budget are not covered by that restriction and creative legislators often manage to use that exception broadly.