North Carolina legislators face more than 10 proposed constitutional amendments

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September 8, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

North Carolina

RALEIGH, North Carolina: The legislative session begins again in just a few days on September 12. Already legislators have an estimated total of 17 legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to address. If approved by a 60% vote of each house of the North Carolina State Legislature then the measure will appear on the 2012 statewide ballot. Legislators have yet to approve any measures for next year's ballot.[1][2]

In 2010, only one measure qualified for the ballot. Previously, measures appeared on the ballot in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004.

Legislators will face a wide array of topics, including the controversial a same-sex marriage amendment.

Below is a current list of proposed amendments for the 2012 ballot:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Sunshine Amendment Admin of gov't Would amend state public record and meeting laws
LRCA Secret Ballot Amendment Labor Would guarantee the right to a secret ballot in votes of employee representation
LRCA Private Property Amendment Eminent domain Would prevent property from being condemned solely for private economic development
LRCA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage Would define marriage in the state as between one man and one woman
LRCA State Board of Education Amendment Education Shifts authority from the Board of Education to an elected superintendent
LRCA Senate and House Leader Term Limits Amendment Administration of government Limits the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem to three consecutive two-year terms (six years)
LRCA Gubernatorial Election Amendment Administration of government Requires that the governor and lieutenant governor run together in the general election
LRCA English Language Amendment English Would make English the official language
LRCA Supermajority Vote Required to Levy Taxes Taxes Would require a three-fifths vote of the legislature to levy state taxes
LRCA Taxpayer Bill of Rights Amendment Taxes Would establish an expenditure limit based on population growth plus inflation
LRCA State Savings Fund Amendment State budgets Would create a state savings account
LRCA Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment Redistricting Establishes an independent commission to draw legislative and congressional seats
LRCA General Assembly Term Limits Amendment Administration of government Limits General Assembly members to four consecutive terms
LRCA Appellate Court Term and Vacancy Amendment State judiciary Would allow judges to serve until a second general election after appointment; vacancies on appellate courts would be filled by the governor
LRCA Judicial Appointment Amendment State judiciary Replaces the present practice of selecting Justices and Judges of the Appellate Division and Judges of the Superior Court by gubernatorial appointment
LRCA Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Appointment Amendment State judiciary Reforms the process of selecting Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of Appeals
LRCA Appointment of Magistrates Amendment State judiciary Magistrates would be appointed by the chief District Court judge

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