A couple of proposed constitutional amendments are on today’s House calendar. Most likely, neither will be considered today.
By the way, “calendar” is legislative-speak for “agenda.” House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said earlier today that the two bills would likely get “recalendared.” Translation: They’ll be postponed.
One of the proposals would limit the House speaker or Senate president pro-tem to two terms. The other would etch open government principles in the N.C. Constitution.
Supporters of the open government bill, dubbed the “Sunshine Amendment,” are having trouble getting the requisite three-fifths majority of votes needed to send it over to the Senate. Last week, one of the sponsors of the bill said that while it wasn’t dead, it was on life support.
Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Tillis, said slowing the term-limit bill down doesn’t mean that it’s having any problems. He said one of the questions that has arisen deals with whether the limit should be a constitutional restriction or a statutory restraint.
“They’re just trying to make sure all the questions are settled,” Shaw said.