Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 April 2013

254 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199915149

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The North Carolina State Constitution

Second Edition

John V. Orth and Paul M. Newby

Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States

  • Includes an account of North Carolina's constitutional evolution, allowing readers to see the progression of legislation in its historical context
  • Provides a provision-by-provision commentary of the state constitution of North Carolina and includes analysis on the state's current constitution, providing an essential reference guide to understanding this important document

New to this Edition:

  • Law Professor John V. Orth is joined on the second edition by co-author Justice Paul M. Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court. While maintaining the scholarly tone of the first edition, Justice Newby adds the valuable perspective of a seasoned jurist to the commentary on the words of the state constitution.
  • Since the first edition, North Carolina voters have approved eight constitutional amendments, adding over 2,000 words to the text and touching almost every article of the state constitution. Most significant was the grant of veto power to the governor, making North Carolina the last state to allow the governor a formal role in the legislative process.
  • As demonstrated in the updates in this second edition, the North Carolina Supreme Court has continued to perform its historic role as final interpreter of the state constitution, rendering significant decisions-particularly concerning the constitutional constraints on legislative redistricting and the state's constitutional duty to provide every school child in North Carolina a "sound, basic education."

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