A House committee wants to “reassure” North Carolina residents that legislators support the Bill of Rights.
The House Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution in support of the constitutional rights. It says legislators “pledge to be faithful to the oath we all have taken to govern in accordance with the North Carolina Constitution and the United States Constitution, taking particular care to uphold the Bill of Rights.”
The resolution’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord, said he’s heard from constituents who worry that their leaders will ignore the Bill of Rights.
“There’s a growing concern that some members of the federal government may not feel bound by the Bill of Rights,” Pittman said. “Amidst this growing concern, I think the people do need some reassurance. We want to reassure people who think our government might be straying from that commitment.”
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Pittman’s resolution includes shout-outs to several figures in North Carolina history who refused to support the U.S. Constitution until the Bill of Rights was added, including Willie Jones of Halifax County and Guilford County pastor David Caldwell.
Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, an Apex Republican, got support from the committee to add the N.C. Declaration of Rights to the bill.
“I think we ought to be equally willing to uphold the North Carolina Declaration of Rights, since I’m a states rights person,” he said.
The resolution now heads to the House floor.