Subject to approval by voters at the statewide election in November 2016, makes the following changes to the North Carolina Constitution; if approved, effective with the members elected in 2016. Amends Section 8 of Article II of the North Carolina Constitution to require that the terms of members of the General Assembly be staggered so that in 2016 the President Pro Tempore of the Senate selects 25 members and the Speaker of the House selects 60 members to remain in office for an additional two-year term. The remaining members of the Senate and House are to be chosen by ballot and serve four-year terms. In 2018, the members who were chosen to remain in office in 2016 will be elected to four-year terms; in 2020 the members who were chosen by ballot in 2016 will be elected to four-year terms. Specifies that after establishing staggered terms, members serve four-year terms thereafter. Makes conforming changes to Sections 2 and 4.
Subject to approval by voters at the statewide election in November 2016, makes the following changes to the North Carolina Constitution; if approved, effective January 1, 2017. Adds new Section 25 to Article II of the North Carolina Constitution prohibiting a person from being elected to more than four consecutive terms as a member of the General Assembly. Specifies provisions for those filling vacancies. Specifies that terms of office beginning before January 1, 2017, are not considered.
Bill S 271 (2015-2016)Summary date: Mar 11 2015 - View summary