NC: “Lawmakers will return to write constitutional amendment ballot descriptions”

News & Observer:

The state legislature will return to Raleigh on Tuesday to write short introductions to six constitutional amendments after a high-ranking House Republican voiced suspicions about a special three-member commission responsible for writing them.

The legislature “must prevent outside attempt to politicize what should be a quick and straightforward administrative process by the commission,” House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement Monday announcing the special session.

The Republican-led legislature moved to put six constitutional amendments on the fall ballot, and some are controversial. For example, one proposed change would strip the governor of appointment powers, while another would require voters show photo ID when they go to the polls.

Two of the three members of the Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission are Democrats — Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein. Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble rounds out the group.


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