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Annexation bill may stir up referendum in North Carolina

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August 19,2009

RALEIGH, North Carolina: The North Carolina State House passed a bill during the end of July that would allow cities to provide promised services to areas that a city annexes "in a timely manner."However, the state government has also taken into consideration the opinions of those who are concerned with the newly approved law. North Carolina lawmakers have allowed the right to referendum for opponents in both a city and the annexed area, if opponents in that specific area choose to do so. This comes after reformists called for the North Carolina General Assembly to provide for that opportunity.

The bill requires opponents to collect petition signatures from 15 percent of registered voters from the area in order for a referendum were to be put to a public vote.[1]

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