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Crime victims’ rights amendment going to voters

RALEIGH (AP) Voters will be asked this fall to decide whether to change the North Carolina Constitution to rework a current section that lays out the rights of crime victims.

The House voted overwhelmingly June 26 to accept changes in the proposed constitutional amendment made by the Senate. Now the item will be placed on all ballots in the state this November in an up-or-down referendum.

Supporters say the amendment known as “Marsy’s Law” would expand rights already in the state constitution approved by voters two decades ago. The changes make clear victims can go to court and seek redress when they feel their rights aren’t being satisfied.

Chief sponsor Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary says the proposed changes won’t cost the state any additional money for court officials to comply with in the near future. Some House members questioned why the changes couldn’t just be altered using conventional legislation.

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