NC House Speakers Releases Documents Produced By House Historian

House Speaker Joe Hackney has released work turned in by a woman hired to document the history of the House.

That comes after former Speaker Jim Black had refused to release it.

Legislators and members of the media had requested that Black release Ann Lassiter's work, but he refused using a provision in the law.

The work released yesterday includes a 23-page report with short profiles of House speakers dating back to 1963. Hackney also released four incomplete reports about the history of the House and the General Assembly.

Lassiter formerly coordinated the House's page program. She retired from that position about nine months after Black learned that she had let teenage pages stay with her son, a felon with a history of drug and alcohol problems.

Black created the temporary historian position for Lassiter a month later.