Term limits, check-off fundraising debated in NC House
Lawmakers may put term limits for leadership positions up for a statewide vote
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House wants
voters to decide whether to limit how long people can serve as the General
Assembly's top leaders.
The House voted 84-35 on Wednesday for a proposed
constitutional amendment that says no one can serve more than two legislative
terms or a maximum of four years as House speaker and Senate president pro
tempore. Voters would decide whether to approve the amendment in November 2014.
The measure now goes to the Senate, which two years ago
passed its own version limiting leaders to eight consecutive years in office.
The House passed a four-year limit in 2011.
Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger are
currently in their second session at the posts. Tillis has announced his
current House term will be his last.
North Carolina's tax check-off program to help fund the
state Democratic and Republican parties could be on the way out.
The House Elections Committee voted Wednesday to
eliminate the state's "Political Parties Financing Fund." The fund
accumulates money through $3 a taxpayer can choose to earmark from their tax
payments to go to the Democratic or Republican party.
Republican bill sponsor Rep. Dennis Riddell of Alamance
County says he doesn't believe it is the proper role of government to solicit
money for political parties. The measure now goes to another committee.
The elections panel also voted to expand the information
third-party groups who spend on campaigns must provide to state regulator and
streamline when reports must be filed. Independent expenditures have grown in
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