The " Charters of Freedom" and The Constitution of North Carolina
"From time to time we should review the U. S. Constitution and subsequent Amendments as well as The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights. These documents are known as "The Charters of Freedom" and you may wish to follow their history and review them here. However, let's not forget our own North Carolina Constitution. After you review these precious documents you may want to share them with others." --T. Jerry Williams
North Carolina has adopted three Constitutions in her history as a State; the Constitution of 1776, the Constitution of 1868, and the Constitution of 1971. There are some who now say it is time to convene a Constitutional Convention and draft a new one while others feel it should not be amended. The present State Constitution has been in effect for 32 years. Individuals who work in the legislative arena also accept that a law enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly is constitutional until a member of the state judicial system determines it to be otherwise. However, a number of proposed laws are stopped before enactment because those who write the laws feel they would be found unconstitutional; yet, some enacted laws are only decisively found to be unconstitutional after being upheld as law for years. Just remember that a newly enacted statute could to be constitutional and upheld until such time as it is proved to be unconstitutional. Often the line between one and the other is a blur.