Bill titles have no legal standing in North Carolina.
In Congress, the name of a piece of legislation is often specified in the first section of the bill, which makes it a permanent part of the law.
But the titles given to bills in the General Assembly are not included in the bill itself, explained the ever-helpful Gerry Cohen, head of the bill drafting division.
Though bill titles are used in the bill digest and daily calendar, they are not part of state statutes or session laws afterward.
"When a bill becomes a law, the title drops off," he said.
Many legislative watchers don't pay much attention to them.
Christine Wunsche, director of the legislative reporting service at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Government, said that they focus on the long titles and the text of the bill when writing daily summaries.
"We really try when we summarize bills to give a lot of the details," she said. "Short titles just don't give enough information."