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