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Limits for speaker, pro tem OK'd by NC House panel

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina voters could decide whether to limit the top leaders of the state House and Senate to a maximum of four years in charge under a measure recommended by a legislative committee.

A House judiciary subcommittee agreed Wednesday on a proposed constitutional amendment to be put before voters in November 2012. The chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis spoke in favor of the bill, which was approved without public opposition.

Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger have said they would work to limit the number of years people could hold their jobs. Supporters say it would limit power consolidation in House and Senate.

Three-fifths of the members in the House and Senate would have to approve the bill before it could go to voters.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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