RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s five living ex-governors oppose to a pair of constitutional amendments on next month’s ballot. The “Five Governors Committee” organized last month to oppose referendums on the ballot that swing powers to the General Assembly from the governor.
One constitutional amendment limits the governor’s ability to fill judicial vacancies that occur between elections. Under the proposed change, the governor would have to choose between two nominees selected by lawmakers.
The five ex-governors also oppose another amendment that would let legislators appoint members of the state ethics and elections board, choosing from nominees submitted by North Carolina’s Republican and Democratic parties. Under current law, the governor makes those appointments. Under the proposed amendment, the governor would also lose the power to make hundreds of appointments to state boards and commissions.
Martin, Democrats Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory spoke against the changes.