GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2018-102
HOUSE BILL 659
AN ACT to clarify the manner in which vacancies are filled in the office of united states senatOR.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 163A‑720 reads as rewritten:
"§ 163A‑720. Filling vacancy in United States Senate.
Whenever there shall be a vacancy
in the office of United States Senator from this State, whether caused by
death, resignation, or otherwise than by expiration of term, the Governor shall
appoint to fill the vacancy until an election shall be held to fill the office.
If the Senator was elected as the nominee of a political party,
appointed by the Governor shall be a person affiliated with that same political
party.the Governor shall appoint from a list of three persons
recommended by the State executive committee of the political party with which
the vacating member was affiliated when elected if that party executive
committee makes recommendations within 30 days of the occurrence of the
vacancy. The Governor shall issue a writ for the election of a Senator to
be held at the time of the first election for members of the General Assembly
that is held more than 60 days after the vacancy occurs. The person elected
shall hold the office for the remainder of the unexpired term. The election
shall take effect from the date of the canvassing of the returns."
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies to vacancies filled on or after that date.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 14th day of June, 2018.
s/ Bill Rabon
Presiding Officer of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
This bill having been presented to the Governor for signature on the 15th day of June, 2018 and the Governor having failed to approve it within the time prescribed by law, the same is hereby declared to have become a law. This 26th day of June, 2018.
s/ Karen Jenkins