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Leaving early from the legislature

A number of legislators have left this session.

Below, a running list of state lawmakers who have resigned, died, switched chambers or plan to leave before session's end:

Rep. Linda Coleman, Wake County Democrat: Resigned Jan. 11 after being appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue to head the Office of State Personnel.

Sen. Vern Malone, Wake County Democrat: Died on April 18.

Rep. Dan Blue, Wake County Democrat: Resigned May 19 after being appointed to Malone's seat in the state Senate.

Rep. Cary Allred, Alamance County Republican: Resigned June 1 after allegations of impropriety with a teen-aged page and a speeding ticket.

Rep. Bonner Stiller, Brunswick County Republican: Announced he will resign June 15 to spend more time with his family and run his law firm.

Inauguration committee named

A dozen members of a state inauguration committee have been named.

The N.C. Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies will oversee the swearing-in ceremonies of Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue and other members of the Council of State, the inaugural parade and an open house at the Executive Mansion that same afternoon.

Perdue appointed New Bern law firm employee Sissy Chesnutt, former U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton of Lake Gaston and higher education administrator Jill Dinwiddie of Charlotte.

Gov. Mike Easley appointed Raleigh attorney Dee Becton Rozier, tourism development officer Kaye Myers of Fairview, and Wilmington attorney Linda Wilson.

Senate leader Marc Basnight appointed Sens. Katie Dorsett of Greensboro, Vern Malone of Raleigh and Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand of Fayetteville.

And House Speaker Joe Hackney appointed Reps. Linda Coleman of Knightdale, Margaret Highsmith Dickson of Fayetteville and Alice Underhill of New Bern.

Basnight, Hackney and the 10 newly elected members of the Council of State will also serve as non-voting members.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated Chesnutt's job.

Ethics limbo

Ethics regulations written last year have put a nonprofit in limbo.

The N.C. Legislative Black Caucus Foundation gives scholarships to minorities and sponsors education seminars. As a 501(c)(3), it does not have to disclose its contributions.

But the group is also closely associated with the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus, currently made up of eight state senators and 20 representatives, including Reps. Mickey Michaux and Larry Hall of Durham, and Sen. Vernon Malone and Reps. Linda Coleman and Dan Blue of Wake, all Democrats.

As The Greensboro News & Record reported Sunday, the arrangement means groups with an interest in upcoming legislation can give "virtually unlimited donations" to a cause dear to state lawmakers without disclosing them to the public.

Rep. Alma Adams, a Greensboro Democrat, has asked the N.C. State Ethics Commission for advice and ordered an audit of its finances.

Click here to read its most recent tax forms.

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