4-YEAR TERMS FOR GA/LIMIT CONSECUTIVE TERMS.

View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 817 (Public) Filed Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT AMENDING THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOUR-YEAR TERMS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND TO LIMIT MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FOUR CONSECUTIVE TERMS IN A HOUSE.
Intro. by Daniel, Tarte, Rabin.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate Action) (May 21 2014)

Bill History:

S 817

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 20 2014 - More information

    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 comprised 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 2016 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 memebrs 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).

    Enacts new Section 25 in Article II of the NC Constitution,  Limitation of consecutive terms, providing that no one can serve, in the NC House or Senate, for more than four consecutive terms. Person filling a vacancy within the first two years of the term will be considered to have been elected to a term for the purposes of consecutive terms. Applies to terms that begin after January 1, 2017. Persons that have served four consecutive terms are not eligible to fill vacancies in the body they are disqualified from.

    Provides for the changes presented here to be voted on by the people of NC in the November 2014 general election. Presents the language that will be placed on the ballot to be considered.

    If amendments are approved, changes in Part I (four year terms) of this act become effective with members elected in 2016 and changes in Part II (term limits) of the act become effective January 1, 2017.

     


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