Bill Summary for H 180 (2015-2016)

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Mar 9 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 180 (Public) Filed Monday, March 9, 2015
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR FOUR-YEAR TERMS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Intro. by Warren, Hardister, Malone, Glazier.

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Amends Section 2 of Article II of the NC Constitution to provide that the NC Senate will be composed of 50 Senators elected by ballot every four years. Also provides in Section 4 that the NC House will be composed of 120 Representatives elected by ballot every four years. Amends Section 8 of Article II of the NC Constitution to provide that the election for respective districts will occur in 2020 and after that every four years. Amends Section 7(3) of Article III of the NC Constitution to provide that office vacancies by any of the officers specified in this section will be filled by election at the first statewide election for members of the US House of Representatives (was, when members of the General Assembly are elected). Amends Section 9(3) of Article IV of the NC Constitution to provide that elections for the office of the clerk of the superior court for each county will be at the same time and places as statewide elections for the US House of Representatives (was, when members of the General Assembly are elected). Amends Section 18(1) of Article IV of the NC Constitution to provide elections for the office of district attorney for each district across North Carolina will be at the same time and places as statewide elections for the US House of Representatives (was, when members of the General Assembly are elected). Amends Section 19 of Article IV of the NC Constitution to provide that vacancies in the NC Judicial Branch will be filled by appointment by the Governor and those appointed will hold their offices until the next statewide election for members of the US House of Representatives (was, until the next election for members of the General Assembly). Amends Section 2 of Article VII of the NC Constitution to provide that in each county a sheriff will be elected at the same time and place as members of the US House of Representatives (was, when members of the General Assembly are elected). Provides for the changes presented here to be voted on by the people of North Carolina in the November 2016 general election. Presents the language that will be placed on the ballot to be considered. If amendments are approved, changes become effective with members elected in 2020.

Amends Sections 15 and 14 of Article II of the NC Constitution to limit service as speaker of the House of Representatives and president pro tempore to no more than two consecutive regular sessions of the General Assembly. Directs that both of the proposed amendments be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the November 2016 general election with a "for" or "against" question presented on the ballot regarding the constitutional amendments providing that the speaker and the president pro tem may not serve more than two terms. Provides that if the majority vote is in favor of the proposed amendments that (1) the State Board of Elections is to certify the amendments to the secretary of state and (2) the amendments become effective upon the convening of the next General Assembly on or after January 1, 2021. Prohibits service as speaker or president pro tem prior to January 1, 2021, from being considered for purposes of the proposed amendments. 

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