A bill filed on March 11th would alter the length of a term for legislators and includes language to change upcoming elections.
The bill appears to change terms from 2 to 4 years. SB 271 also appears to implement a term limit for legislators of no more than 4 consecutive terms.
SB 271 (Four-Year Term for GA/Limit Consecutive Terms) opening language reads:
AN ACT AMENDING THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOUR‑YEAR TERMS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND STAGGER THOSE TERMS SUCH THAT, IN 2016, TWENTY-FIVE MEMBERS IN THE SENATE AND SIXTY MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REMAIN IN OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL TWO‑YEAR TERMS AND THE REMAINING TWENTY-FIVE MEMBERS IN THE SENATE AND SIXTY MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE CHOSEN BY BALLOT TO SERVE FOUR‑YEAR TERMS, AND LIMITING MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FOUR CONSECUTIVE TERMS IN A LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER.
As of March 12, this bill has been referred to the Operations and Rules committee in the Senate. Let’s hope it dies there.