While several North Carolina bankruptcy courts have asserted that "[n]ot only is there no legislative history for § 1C-1601, In re Ragan, 64 B.R. 384, 387 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 1986), this may be merely received wisdom that was not actually researched.
So for what it might be worth, about a month ago I spent an afternoon after the EBI recording at the NC legislature's library on its microfiche machine and got copies of all of the legislative history for N.C.G.S. § 1C-1601.
While there is not as much as anyone might want, there certainly is more than bankruptcy courts have found previously.
Additionally, I only had time to get the documents for N.C.G.S. § 1C-1601. At the same time that was enacted, the North Carolina legislature also passed a bill opting out of the federal exemptions. Senate Bill 156 from 1980-1981 had parallel hearings and also potentially some additional history.
I would be very happy if someone wanted to spend an afternoon pulling that, but perhaps the only thing more outdated than our current exemptions are the microfiche machines in Raleigh.
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