This afternoon, Speaker of the North Carolina House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), issued a statement calling for a special session of the N.C. General Assembly to address the highly controversial ordinance changes recently approved by the Charlotte City Council. In the March 3 press release, Rep. Moore stated:
“The vast majority of my fellow colleagues in the House and I believe the ordinance passed by the Charlotte City Council poses an imminent threat to public safety. We believe it prudent to consider immediate action because the Charlotte City Council decided to make its ordinance effective prior to the convening of our short session. We understand that special sessions have a cost, but the North Carolina House is unwilling to put a price tag on public safety.”
According to the N.C. Constitution, a three-fifths majority is required in both the State House and State Senate to call for a special session. Speaker Moore indicated that he “has received requests from more than three-fifths of House members to call a special session” demonstrating broad support for legislative action. However, before the special session can be convened, the North Carolina Senate must do the same.
This means we need you to continue calling Senate Leader Phil Berger and Governor Pat McCrory to urge them to support the call for a special session!
For more information on why a special session is necessary, please see our March 2 article, and read NC Family president John L. Rustin’s letter to Governor McCrory, Senator Berger and Speaker Moore, which was delivered yesterday.
Thank you to all those who have already called these state leaders in response to our request yesterday!