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Panel summarizing constitutional amendments makes progress

RALEIGH (AP) A panel tasked with writing summaries for the public describing six proposed amendments to North Carolina’s constitution on November ballots made progress while meeting the first time at full strength.

The Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission approved language Aug. 6 to describe two proposed amendments that would enshrine the right to hunt and fish and expand crime victims’ rights. Work on the other four amendments was delayed until lawsuits challenging whether those questions should be voted on this fall are resolved.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein attended last week’s first meeting but couldn’t officially conduct business because Legislative Building Administrator Paul Coble was absent. Coble wanted to wait until the General Assembly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation narrowing the panel’s work.

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