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Wednesday Wrap: Amendment season is open

Posted June 20, 2018 7:35 p.m. EDT

— The Senate on Wednesday passed what is expected to be the first of a series of proposed constitutional amendments lawmakers are taking up in the coming days.

An amendment guaranteeing the right to fish and hunt in the state passed 44-4 and heads to the House. If it gets a three-fifths majority there next week, it will go on the November ballot for voter approval.

Meanwhile, a proposed amendment capping personal and corporate income taxes at 5.5 percent cleared another House committee and will also go to the House floor next week.

Three other possible amendments were referenced in committee notices and a news release from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger: requiring photo identification to vote, guaranteeing certain rights to crime victims and shifting to an appointment system for judges.

Also Wednesday, the House completed the override of Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes of bills redrawing judicial districts in Wake and Mecklenburg counties and making various changes to state elections laws.