Research Group Says NC Lawmakers Should Drop Blank Bills

They're called "blank bills." But they can end up far from empty at the General Assembly. Lawmakers file the vague measures early in a session and later fill them in with sometimes significant proposed changes to state law.

A research group says the practice is unfair to citizens and should be banned by North Carolina's Legislature.

Since 1995, blank bills filed at the start of a session have later transformed into major legislation, including revisions to the state budget and a video poker ban.

That's according to a report out today from the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, which wants the practice to stop