- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Resignations, pending retirements and runs for other public offices by North Carolina General Assembly members are taking a significant bite out of the legislature’s collective experience and effectiveness.

The nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research released Thursday results of its biennial effectiveness survey for lawmakers during the 2015 session.

Sixteen legislators not coming back next year or who’ve already resigned ranked in the top half of the House or Senate rankings. They include Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca R-Henderson, who was ranked the second most-effective senator, and Senate Finance Committee Co-Chairman Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, at No. 5.

Also choosing not to seek re-election this year are retiring House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Stam, R-Wake, who ranked fourth, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Leo Daughtry, R-Johnston, at No. 6.

As expected, Republicans in control of the Legislature received the highest rankings based on surveys completed by legislators, lobbyists and capital news reporters.

GOP members held the top 12 effectiveness positions in the 170-member House, led by Speaker Tim Moore of Cleveland County and Rules Committee Chairman David Lewis of Harnett County at No. 2. Republicans were in the first 21 positions in the 50-member Senate, with Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, at the top.

The Top House Democrat, Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, at No. 13, resigned last August to become executive director of the North Carolina Justice Center. Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue of Wake County, a former House Speaker, was the highest Senate Democrat at No. 22.

Second-term legislators moving most up the survey rankings compared to 2013 were Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth (59 spots to No. 10), and Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake (19 spots to No. 18).

This year’s General Assembly regular work session starts Monday.


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