constitutional amendment

ERA marchers in the 1970's

Revived push for Equal Rights Amendment blocked by U.S. Senate Republicans

BY: - April 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate failed to advance a symbolic measure to enshrine in the Constitution equal protection on the basis of sex, a century after the idea began circulating among lawmakers. Senators on Thursday voted 51-47 to go forward with a bill that would lift Congress’ self-imposed 1982 deadline for three-fourths of states to […]

NC Senate leader wants to ban consideration of race in UNC admissions and government contracting

BY: - July 14, 2021

Senate leader Phil Berger said the Senate will propose a state constitutional amendment similar to a California ballot initiative that triggered a decline in underrepresented minority students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees and resulted in fewer public contracts going to minority- and women-owned businesses. At news conference Wednesday centered on critical race theory in public […]

Bipartisan bill to remove Jim Crow-era literacy tests from NC constitution advances in state House

BY: - June 17, 2021

A bill in the N.C. House would put Jim-Crow era literacy tests, designed to disenfranchise Black voters, on the 2022 ballot, giving voters the chance to remove this provision from the state constitution.  The bill, H.B. 337, has bipartisan support, with two Democrats and two Republicans as its primary sponsors.  Article VI Section 4 of […]

Nevada, Virginia, Illinois sue to have ERA recognized as 28th amendment

BY: - January 31, 2020

Nevada is working alongside Virginia and Illinois to fight to ensure the Equal Rights Amendment becomes the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.  After Virginia recently voted to ratify the ERA, securing the required number of states needed for it to be adopted as a constitutional amendment, the National Archives and Records Administration said it would […]

Federal judge: Lawmakers had at least some ‘discriminatory intent’ passing voter ID law

BY: - January 1, 2020

A federal judge who temporarily halted the requirement of a photo ID to vote in North Carolina said lawmakers were at least partially motivated by racial discrimination when they implemented it, according to an injunction released Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs for the Middle District of North Carolina wrote in the 60-page […]

Virginia’s blue wave revives hope for the ERA in Washington

BY: - November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex. The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1923 and was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate in […]

Wake County judge: Voter ID challenge can move forward in courts

BY: - March 14, 2019

A state constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s new voter ID law can move forward, according to a Wednesday order from Wake County Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier Jr. Six plaintiffs filed the lawsuit alleging the voter ID law discriminates against and disproportionately impacts minority voters, creates separate classes of voters, imposes a cost and property […]

No public comment yet on voter ID? Here’s what NC Twitter users want

BY: - November 21, 2018

GOP legislative leaders released their draft bill yesterday on a photo identification mandate in North Carolina. They will meet Monday to discuss the measure and here from various stakeholders, but there is not yet a planned public comment period for North Carolinians — who voted to pass the constitutional amendment in the first place — […]

Confused about the judicial appointment constitutional amendment? Read this

BY: - August 2, 2018

A professor from the University of North Carolina School of Government has taken a stab at trying to decipher a constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot this November having to do with the appointment of judicial vacancies. Shea Denning, a professor of public law and government, wrote a blog post explaining the “constitutional […]

Senate passes victims’ rights, judicial vacancy selection constitutional amendments

BY: - June 26, 2018

The Senate passed two constitutional amendments Monday night — one to expand victims’ rights and another to give lawmakers more power over judicial vacancy appointments. Both amendments — Marsy’s Law for North Carolina and the “Judicial Vacancy Sunshine Amendment” — will be up for a vote in the House next. If they pass, they’ll be […]

General Assembly looking to settle board of elections appointments with constitutional amendment

BY: - June 25, 2018

A constitutional amendment restructuring the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is headed for a House vote Monday night. If passed by voters in November, the amendment would take appointments to quasi-judicial boards and commissions out of the hands of the  governor and put them in the hands of the leaders of the House and […]

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Artificial income tax cap would permanently hamstring our public schools

BY: - June 21, 2018

By all accounts, the biggest issue facing North Carolina’s public schools is the lack of adequate funding. Adjusted for inflation, 18 of the 24 biggest school funding allotments remain below their pre-Recession levels, or have been eliminated altogether. As a result, North Carolina’s per-student state funding remains 3 percent below pre-Recession levels after adjusting for […]