Bill Summary for S 271 (2015-2016)

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Mar 11 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 271 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 11, 2015
AN ACT AMENDING THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOUR-YEAR TERMS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND STAGGER THOSE TERMS SUCH THAT, IN 2016, TWENTY-FIVE MEMBERS IN THE SENATE AND SIXTY MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REMAIN IN OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL TWO-YEAR TERMS AND THE REMAINING TWENTY-FIVE MEMBERS IN THE SENATE AND SIXTY MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE CHOSEN BY BALLOT TO SERVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS, AND LIMITING MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FOUR CONSECUTIVE TERMS IN A LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER.
Intro. by Rabin, Tarte, Daniel.

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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. 

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