North Carolina Senate wants three amendments on ballot

FILE - Mamie Lee holds a sticker she received after voting at Forest Park Academy in Roanoke, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Senate Republicans want three constitutional amendments on the November ballot that could motivate some voters to go to the polls.

The Senate tentatively approved legislation Monday that would let voters decide on many changes to the state constitution.

One amendment would cap the state’s individual income tax rate at 5.5 percent and mandate lawmakers set aside money annually for emergencies. A second would reinforce limits on state and local government taking private property through eminent domain for “public use” only. The third would protect the right to hunt and fish.

The 32 “yes” votes exceeded the 30 required to get constitutional referenda on the ballot. The bill also ultimately would have to get approved by 72 members in the House, which has approved eminent domain amendments several times.

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