As the North Carolina General Assembly struggles to deal with its budget crisis, the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association has gone on record as calling for limits on legislative sessions.

NCEITA, pointing out that the legislature was in session a record 317 days in 2001, said it’s time for the state to pass a constitutional amendment to control such sessions.

“These lengthy sessions limit participation by many business and technology leaders in our legislature,” NCEITA said in a statement, adding that North Carolina is one of only a few states that don’t limit session length. North Carolina also does not have a full-time legislature, unlike many other states.

Joan Myers, president of NCEITA, said in a statement: “Legislative sessions that go for almost a complete calendar year make it virtually impossible for technology leaders or other business leaders to be active participants in the process.”

NCEITA is currently lobbying the legislature in favor of a series of tax incentives for new business.

The General Assembly also has before it a number of proposals for incentives to encourage new job growth.