NC lawmakers come back to edit ballot questions
Republican state lawmakers are re-writing two constitutional amendments, so they can appear on the ballot in November and comply with two judges' opinions that they were not clear.
From the News & Observer:
A far-reaching proposal that would have stripped governors of their power to appoint members to hundreds of boards and commissions was whittled down to include changes only to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
The second proposed amendment, which will limit governors’ powers in appointing judges and justices to vacant seats, remains largely unchanged. But the legislature added a clause that would make it clear that the legislature cannot avoid a governor’s veto by attaching unrelated legislation to a bill on judicial appointments. The rewritten ballot language has a much more expansive explanation of the proposed changes.
The Republican-controlled legislature is working under a tight deadline to get ballot language to the state elections office in a week. The House is expected to vote today and the Senate is expected to vote Monday.
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By the way, here is how the Democrats wrote up the ballot language: LINK
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