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A day late and a dollar short: Real Facts NC's step-by-step guide to remembering who sits on the committee you chair

After 13 years in the NC House of Representatives, even the simple tasks can apparently become confusing.

Just ask Representative Nelson Dollar (R-Wake), who, in yesterday’s House Appropriations Committee meeting, could hardly remember who belongs to the committee (of which he is the senior chairman) and who doesn’t.

After Representative Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) raised her hand to debate an amendment and said her name aloud when Dollar failed to identify her from the front of the room, he asked, “Representative Harrison, are you on this committee?” to which she answered, “I am.”

To prevent this from happening again, Real Facts NC has compiled a step-by-step manual to help Rep. Dollar and any other weary members of the General Assembly remember the names and positions of their own colleagues.

  1. Make your way to the NCGA website. The homepage can be intimidating, but we’ll point you in the right direction.
  2. Click on the tab labeled “Committees” at the top of the page.
  3. Here you will find a drop-down menu of every committee in the NCGA, sorted in alphabetical order. If, for example, you were on your third term as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, you might want to select the option titled, “Appropriations (House Standing).”
  4. This brings you to the Appropriations Committee’s webpage. If you scroll down, you’ll see every member of this committee—even Representative Harrison!

We hope this guide has been helpful! 

Photo by James Piedad