Power To The People!

It wasn't long ago that I posted a blog asking if people were in favor of term limits for lawmakers. Several of you responded.


It wasn't long ago that I posted a blog asking if people were in favor of term limits for lawmakers. Several of you responded.

One poster wanted to know how voters could go about putting such an initiative on the statewide ballot. I started to investigate and found North Carolina voters don't have any such powers like that right now. I also discovered that Guilford County Republican Representative John Blust has introduced legislation to change that.

House Bill 47, "Power of Initiative," would give voters the chance to propose any initiative they want and get it placed the statewide ballot. A petition would need signatures equal to at least twenty-percent of the votes for all candidates for governor in the most recent election to be placed on the ballot.

Right now the bill is in the House Rules Committee. Blust thinks it would take a scandal or outside events to get it before the full House of Representatives for a vote.

That outside event just might be you. If you're serious about wanting to take back government, now is your chance. Let state house members know what you think of this legislation.

I've posted the full story on our homepage along with a link to the N.C. House of Representatives for you to call and email your feedback.

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  • by Rick Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    this needs to happen, and soon
  • by Fred Location: Albertson NC on Jun 18, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    Mr Jordan Yes there should be limits. Does anyone ever ponder the idea, if they spent the time wasted on devising new taxes and used it on attracting viable business to NC this would be a great place to live. And also steer away from empty promises like what has occured around Kinston over the past twenty years. This State needs leglislators and lawmakers that are good for the PEOPLE and future of NC, not warm bodies that draw a paycheck. Everyone should be held accountable for their performance.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    Term limits may, or may not be a good thing. It is my opinion that it is more important to change our laws so that we force our leaders at all levels out of office and make them pay for their crimes WITHOUT all the red tape. When we KNOW that it will cost us if we screw up...it kind of gives us a tad more incentive to steer down the straight and narrow path.
  • by Carolyn Location: Ayden on May 15, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Yes, reps and senators get in office and think they should be there for their life time. They would be much more accountable if the knew they would only be for a limited amount of time. I think it would do away with so much tax abuse.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 10, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    I agree with termn limits. Lets go one step further. As with every job, require the officials to be on the job a specified number of years, earn the money they are making. Where else can you work for 4 years and draw full benefits?
  • by william Location: seven springs on May 8, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    Do you think these theves are going to vote themselves out of office? Where do I sign up, I'll help get the signatures. This limit should go all the way to Washington DC.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    Lets assume the Bill passes (doubt it) we've all seen how the liberal courts in California constantly overturn propositions that were approved by the voters, I see no reason to think they wouldn't do the same here.

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