Legislative Building Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 pm Sundays. See the Building Rules for complete information.
Legislative Complex Maps
Planning a visit to the Legislative Complex? View a map of the area. See "Visiting the Legislative Complex" for directions, parking and other building information.
Tours of the Legislative Building
Tours of the Legislative Building are offered through the State Visitors Services and by calling the Legislative Building. All tours begin at the Legislative Information Desk. Brochures are available there. Tour guides lead a 30 minute tour for scheduled groups; and information will be provided for self guided tours. For more information call 919-733-7929.
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.
How to Contact your Legislator
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:
The term of office for Senate and House of Representatives members is two years. The requirements for candidates for Senate and House of Representatives are found in Article II of the State Constitution. Please visit the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement website for the following information:
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