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Lawmakers call special session on amendment language

Legislative leaders are calling the General Assembly back into a special session Friday.

It will be the second special session called to deal with proposed amendments to the state constitution. A three judge panel ruled earlier this week that the ballot descriptions for two of the amendments didn’t give a fair explanation of them to voters. The panel suggested lawmakers re-write them and declined to supervise the process.

Five separate lawsuits have to be resolved before the ballots can go before voters.

On Thursday,  all six living former N.C. Supreme Court Justices added their name to a statement  opposing the amendments. The justices – Rhoda B. Billings, James G. Exum, Henry E. Frye, I. Beverly Lake, Burley B. Mitchell, Jr. and Sarah E. Parker – join all five living former N.C. governors in their opposition.

The statement  criticizes the amendments as overly partisan and a threat to separation of powers.

Policy Watch will update this post as more news of the session unfolds.

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