North Carolina House Approves Revised Constitutional Amendments

North Carolina House Approves Revised Constitutional Amendments

2:48pm Aug 24, 2018
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore pictured during the General Assembly's previous special session in July. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The North Carolina House has made quick work of two proposed revised amendments to the state constitution that would go before voters in November.

The chamber voted Friday for alterations that the legislature's Republican leaders decided to make after a court this week blocked two similar referendums from the ballot. Now the measures head to the Senate for likely passage early next week.

Constitutional amendments aren't subject to gubernatorial vetoes, but Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit challenging two amendments approved in June. Judges this week decided those amendments contained ballot questions that were ambiguous or misleading.

One amendment updated Friday retains a proposal that would give lawmakers input in filling judicial vacancies.

The other creates an eight-member state elections and ethics board whose appointments are determined by legislators.

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