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Lawmakers could vote on proposed changes to NC constitution

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The General Assembly could take up proposed
changes to the North Carolina constitution before they leave town
this week.

House Majority Leader Paul Stam of Apex said Tuesday it's
unclear what amendments would be heard if rule changes for the
session are approved. He said they could include amendments barring
gay marriage, restricting government land condemnations and capping
how long someone can serve as House speaker or Senate leader.

This week's session has been limited largely to redistricting
and veto overrides. A bill filed late Tuesday would allow the
Legislature to consider constitutional changes starting Thursday.
The bill will be heard Wednesday morning in a House committee.

Three-fifths of the members of each chamber would have to
approve an amendment for it to get on statewide ballots for a vote.

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

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