North Carolina Amendment 1 (2002)
North Carolina Amendment 1, also known as Simplify the Process for the Acceptance of Property into the State Nature and Historic Preserve was on the November 7, 2002 election ballot in North Carolina. It passed, with 71.7% of voters in favor.
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
Purpose of the Constitutional Amendment:
Section 4 of S.L. 1999-268, as amended by Section 3 of S.L. 2001-18 and Section 1 of S.L. 2002-3 (2002 Extra Session), provides for a vote at the next statewide general election on amending the North Carolina Constitution to provide that properties may be accepted into the Preserve through the enactment of a bill alone.
The constitutional amendment will conform the procedure by which the General Assembly dedicates properties to the Preserve to the procedures by which the General Assembly enacts other laws related to the Preserve. The result will be a uniform procedure for the enactment of laws related to the Preserve that is consistent with the procedure by which the General Assembly enacts laws for other purposes.
How properties are accepted or removed from the Preserve:
Currently, there is a two-step process by which properties are accepted in to the Preserve:
1) The General Assembly first accepts properties for inclusion in the Preserve by a joint resolution adopted by a vote of three-fifths of the members of each house.
2) The resolution accepting properties into the Preserve must also be codified in the General Statutes through the enactment of a bill.
Upon inclusion in the Preserve, these lands may not be used for other purposes except as authorized by a law enacted by a vote of three-fifths of the members of each house.
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