Record numbers of Republicans and African-Americans hold offices in the state legislature this year, according to the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.
And those elected officials are more interested in constitutional amendments and getting the state involved in local issues, the center added.
Republicans hold 110 of 170 legislative seats, more than the GOP has had in more than a century, according to the center.
The legislature has a record-high 31 African-American members.
There's been near-record turnover, with 50 legislators serving their first term.
At least 18 different constitutional amendments have been proposed this year.