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Statewide Voters Casting Ballots November 6 To Decide Fate Of Constitutional Amendments Approved By Legislature

In the final days of the General Assembly’s 2018 short session, lawmakers focused on approving a slate of 6 proposed amendments to the N.C. Constitution that will now be put on the November 6 ballot for voters statewide to either support or reject. The following is a brief synopsis of those proposed amendments:

  1. H551, (Session Law 2018-110) Strengthening Victims’ Rights
    • Expands the rights of victims of certain crimes and acts of delinquency, such as crimes against the person, felony property crimes, delinquent acts against the person, and delinquent acts equivalent to felony property crimes to the following: to be treated with dignity and respect; reasonable, accurate, and timely notice, upon request; to be present at any proceeding; to be reasonably heard at certain proceedings; restitution in a reasonably timely manner; information, upon request; to reasonably confer with the prosecutor.
    • If adopted, SL2018-110 would direct the General Assembly to create a procedure for a victim to assert the rights provided; afford the district attorney an opportunity to resolve any alleged violation; and authorize the General Assembly to prescribe laws to implement the constitutional guarantees.
    • If adopted, SL2018-110 would not provide: relief in a criminal case; access to confidential juvenile records; or restrict the authority of the district attorney or the court.
  2. H913 (Session Law 2018-117) Bipartisan Ethics and Elections Enforcement
    • Establishes a Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement, consisting of eight members appointed by the General Assembly, to administer ethics and election laws, as prescribed by general law.
    • Clarifies the legislative powers to control the powers, duties, responsibilities, appointments, and terms of office of any board or commission prescribed by general law, and the powers of the Governor to faithfully execute those laws.
    • Clarifies that members of the General Assembly shall not serve on Executive or Judicial Branch boards or commission that exercise non-advisory powers.
  3. S814 (Session Law 2018-118) Judicial Vacancy Sunshine Amendment
    • Establishes a non-partisan, merit-based commissions judicial system for the nomination and recommendation of nominees to fill vacancies in the office of Justice or Judge of the General Court of Justice and that relies on professional qualifications instead of political influence when making nominations.
  4. S75, (Session Law 2018-119), Max. Income Tax Rate of 7%
    • Submits to the voters of North Carolina the question of whether to amend the State's Constitution to reduce the maximum allowable tax rate on incomes (both personal and corporate) from 10% to 7%.
    • Would make this new limit, if approved by a majority of voters statewide in the statewide General Election in November 2018, applicable with taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019.
  5. H1092, (Session Law 2018-128) Require Photo ID to Vote
    • Requires voters voting in person to provide a photo identification before voting.
  6. S677, (Session Law 2018-96) Protect Right to Hunt and Fish
    • Provides that the people of North Carolina have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject to certain limitations.
    • Provides that the people of the State can hunt using traditional methods.
    • Provides that people in North Carolina have the right to promote wildlife conservation and management and preserve the future of hunting and fishing.
    • Provides that public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.