There has been a lot of attention focused on the slate of six constitutional amendments that North Carolina voters will consider on November 6. Partisan controversy has swirled around the package - but one of the amendments deserves consideration outside of the group. Victims’ rights should not be dragged into the partisan rancor.
North Carolina's General Assembly passed Marsy's Law - the constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights to victims of crime during the last week of the legislative session. The amendment needed to pass 3/5 of both chambers of the General Assembly to be placed on the November ballot for voters to decide. Marsy's Law gained significantly more votes than needed in both chambers - with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 45-1 in the Senate and 107-9 in the House.
Bipartisan Victims' Rights Legislation Passes North Carolina General Assembly - Statewide Vote This Fall
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June 27, 2018
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Bipartisan Victims’ Rights Legislation Passes North Carolina General Assembly -
Statewide Vote this Fall
Constitutional Amendment to Strengthen Rights for Crime Victims will be on November 6 Ballot
Members of the North Carolina General Assembly are working through the 2018 legislative session, wrapping up work on various budget issues and taking up policy issues facing the state. One important policy issue the legislature is considering includes a constitutional amendment to strengthen victims’ rights - called Marsy’s Law.
The daily barrage of polling data during an intense election cycle can leave voters weary of the process. But along with the daily drum of data and numbers telling us what different groups of people are thinking about every topic imaginable, there is an underlying truth and science to this field. And while 2016 showed that polling is by no stretch an exact science, an issue that is supported by 8 out of 10 polled voters is in overwhelmingly solid territory.
The Marsy’s Law for North Carolina campaign continues to build a following statewide - including with its active social and digital media networks. From Facebook to Twitter and Instagram, the MLNC team has covered the state with images of elected officials, law enforcement, and voters supporting the need to strengthen victims’ rights in the state constitution to give victims of crime equal rights that the accused and convicted already have.
Momentum in support of victims’ rights continues to build in our state, as four additional North Carolina communities—Kinston, New Bern, Nags Head, and Middlesex all passed resolutions to support Marsy’s Law last month.
On Capital Tonight: Victims' rights advocates are pushing state lawmakers to add a constitutional amendment to this year's ballot. We talk with Sen. Tamara Barringer, (R) Wake County, and Rep. Darren Jackson, (D) Wake County, about Marsy's Law and why greater protections for crime victims should be in the state constitution.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Victims' rights advocates gathered Wednesday in downtown Raleigh to honor the survivors and family members of those killed while also pushing for action to help them.
The group met at the Crime Victims Memorial Garden on East Lane Street, across from the Legislative Building, to talk about proposed changes to state law to better protect victims and their families.
They plan to lobby lawmakers for House Bill 551, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would outline basic rights for crime victims, including requiring courts to notify victims' families of hearings and allowing victims to protect the disclosure of private information and get restitution from defendants.
The legislation, often called Marsy's Law after a California student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983, passed the North Carolina House a year ago but remains bottled up in the Senate.