PENC lobbyists are in active conversatioThe North Carolina General Assembly has been hard at work over the last month. To date, a combined total of more than 600 bills have been filed in the House and Senate. Governor Cooper released his budget recommendations: agency heads are giving presentations to the appropriations committees about the Governor’s recommendations. 

With committees focused primarily on the budget in recent weeks, not many bills relevant to PENC priorities have been discussed. PENC lobbyists are hard at work advocating on many issues. Our primary issues of focus are: interior design bill, infrastructure needs, and regulatory reform, among others. Lobbyists constantly keep an eye out for upcoming issues and bills, and approach everything with the PENC mission in mind: To protect the public health, safety and well-being of North Carolinians. NS with ACEC, AIA and other stakeholders about the interior design bill. We haven’t seen anything introduced yet, and are negotiating where oversight of interior designers could fall. As we receive additional information on this issue, we will share that with PENC to ensure we align on the position of our organization. 

If you are interested in providing your insight or perspective on these or other issues, please email Elizabeth Ruf (,a member on our lobbying team, to get plugged in. The more perspectives that are brought to the table allow better public policy to be implemented.

The Senate filing deadlines have passed: no new bills will be introduced on that side of the chamber for the remainder of session. House filing deadlines fall at the end of March through mid-April, so any new legislation will need to make its way through that chamber first.

RSVP for the PENC Lobby Day on March 26. We’re finalizing the schedule, and you don’t need to be available for the entire day to join us. Sign up here. 

Save the date: PENC will participate in the coalition lobby day on May 1. More details to come, including a sign-up.