A House bill proposes to ask the public if access to government meetings and the ability to inspect and copy government records should be constitutional rights.
The North Carolina Press Association wants the constitutional amendment. The primary sponsors are Republican Reps. Stephen LaRoque and Tim Moore.
If it is approved, two-thirds majorities of the House and Senate would be needed to reduce public access to records or meetings.
“If this passes, the public will be guaranteed its rights and will be protected from any efforts to keep the business of government from the people," NCPA Executive Director Beth Grace said in a statement.