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The North Carolina House of Representatives accidentally passed an important constitutional amendment in April this year.

Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield, whose name is surely no accident, accidentally voted for the Bill instead of against it. She had originally opposed the Bill in two earlier votes.

The amendment introduces a term limit on the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore of four years. Democrats are opposing the measure, arguing it places the legislature at a disadvantage vis a vis the executive. Presumably the NC Governor has no term limits. I have no strong views either way, but I find the whole situation deeply amusing.

It reminds me of the story of how the law which originally enacted ‘habeus corpus’ (which literally translates to ‘having the body’) was passed by a single vote because the guy counting the votes counted a particularly fat MP twice. Having the body indeed.



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