Tag:constitutional amendment

  • House passes right-to-work constitutional amendment

    State Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, characterized North Carolinians’ right to work as a freedom so cherished that it was vital to strengthen it from a state law to inclusion in the state constitution. By a 75-44 vote Tuesday night, House Bill 819…

  • House members give term limits amendment another shot

    State Rep. Dennis Riddell, R-Alamance, is under no illusion a constitutional amendment to impose legislative term limits will be an easy sell, even though the earliest anyone would be barred from running for re-election is 2035. After all, in 2013 U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis — the then-popular Republican…

  • Eminent domain amendment breezes through House, heads to Senate

    State House members continue to push for a constitutional amendment to protect private landowners’ from eminent domain seizures for economic development projects. Similar measures introduced as far back as 2006 have died in the Senate. Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, on Thursday ushered…

  • Eminent domain amendment back in play

    A bipartisan group of House members this morning filed a bill to amend the state constitution to prevent government taking private property. House Bill 3, the first proposed legislation filed as lawmakers returned to Raleigh today, states: “Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a…

  • Amendment needed to put brakes on spending

    The following editorial was published in the November 2016 print edition of Carolina Journal: North Carolina’s office of state controller reported a General Fund surplus of nearly $1 billion in its final report on the 2015-16 fiscal year. As we’ve noted earlier, this surplus is a direct consequence of growth-oriented…

  • Amendment Would Cap State Income Tax Rate

    One of the architects of North Carolina’s recent tax reforms wants to lower the maximum rate of personal income tax allowed by the state constitution. Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced Senate Bill 817, a proposed amendment to the N.C. Constitution that would…

  • Proposed Amendment Would Allow Younger Officeholders

    Younger North Carolinians would be able to run for office under a proposed constitutional amendment filed in the state House. Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanley, has proposed an amendment to the N.C. Constitution lowering the eligibility age for many elected offices from 21 to 18. House Bill 990, if passed…

  • Build on Constitution Avenue

    We now have a system in which politicians, judges, activists, and many average Americans believe that unless a right is specifically protected in the constitution, it doesn’t exist.

  • JLF: Property Rights Weakest in N.C.

    RALEIGH —The N.C. Constitution has the nation’s weakest property rights protection, even after state lawmakers addressed the topic in 2006, according to a new John Locke Foundation policy report.