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Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Rights of Victims of Crime

House Bill 551 gives voters the opportunity to add the rights of victims of crime contained in the North Carolina Constitution

There are several proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution that will appear on the November 2018 ballot.

The House Bill 511 ballot will read as follows:

Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.

This amendment would add to the existing rights of victims of crime, including the right to attend “any court proceeding involving the plea, conviction, adjudication, sentencing, or release of the accused.”

The full text of House Bill 551 and the North Carolina Constitution are available on the Legislature’s website.

Six Constitutional Amendments will be on the ballot in November. They are:

1. Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife (Senate Bill 677)

2. Selection of Judicial Vacancies (Senate Bill 814)

3. Bipartisan State Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement (House Bill 913)

4. Rights of Victims of Crime (House Bill 551)

5. Seven Percent Cap on Income Tax Rate (Senate Bill 75)

6. Voter ID (House Bill 1092)

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