GOP Lawmaker Calls For Special Session Over Amendments Language

GOP Lawmaker Calls For Special Session Over Amendments Language

10:09am Jul 23, 2018
Rep. David Lewis. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome,File)

State Representative David Lewis (R-Harnett) is calling for a special session of the legislature, saying he’s concerned about how a series of proposed constitutional amendments is being explained to voters.

Summaries of the amendments are being written by a three-member panel called the Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission. Two members are Democrats, and the other is a Republican.

Lewis says he’s worried the commission could put its own spin on the measures when they write the titles that briefly explain them.

In a letter to House Speaker Tim Moore, Lewis says lawmakers should write the captions themselves in a new legislative session.

A spokeswoman for for Gov. Roy Cooper says he’s opposed to the idea.

The amendments commission meets July 31 and is accepting proposed language for the titles and voter summaries through Wednesday.

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