Bill Summary for H 1173 (2021-2022)
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AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NORTH CAROLINA TO ELECT MEMBERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, TO MAKE THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION THE CHAIR OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AS AN EX OFFICIO MEMBER, AND TO REQUIRE THAT VACANCY APPOINTMENTS BY THE GOVERNOR SHALL BE SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.Intro. by Blackwell, Torbett, Hardister, Zachary.
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Subject to voter approval at the November 2022 general election, amends Section 4, Article IX of the NC Constitution, changing membership of the State Board of Education (State Board), effective January 1, 2024. Currently, the State Board includes the Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, and eleven gubernatorially-appointed members, with eight members appointed from education districts across the State, and three members appointed from the State at large, subject to confirmation by the NCGA in joint session. Additionally, current members serve eight-year terms, with vacancy appointments not subject to NCGA confirmation. Revises State Board membership to include the Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a number of elected members equal to the membership of the US House of Representatives apportioned to the State by federal law. Requires election from the districts established for members of the US House of Representatives by the voters of those districts in the manner prescribed by law. Provides for staggered four-year terms in the manner prescribed by law. Requires that appointments to fill vacancies be made by the Governor for the remainder of the unexpired term, subject to confirmation by the NCGA in joint session in the manner prescribed by law. Deems the Superintendent the State Board's chair rather than secretary. Provides ballot language. Applies to terms of office beginning January 1, 2025.