Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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other states our Constitution does not restrict the authority of the General Assembly when it convenes in extraordinary session to the issues presented to it by the governor when it is convened. Our state government is more nearly a pure democracy and our General Assembly is more nearly supreme when in session than is true of any other state in the American Republic. When the North Carolina General Assembly is convened, it is absolute and sovereign without restrictions or ties from any source except the courts on any action it may take.

If conditions should warrant and demand that I, with the consent and approval of the Council of State, should convene the General Assembly in special session for any purpose, I would not undertake to bind and fetter the members by personal pledges to limit their Constitutional and inherent powers to legislate. To undertake to do this would, in my opinion, indicate a lack of faith and confidence in the patriotism of the General Assembly itself.

There is no pressure and no power which can force me to call a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly unless I am convinced that it would be in the interest of the public good. By the same token there is no power and no pressure which can prevent me from calling it if my sense of duty and conscientious conviction directs that it should be called. At no time during this critical period have I lost sight of the fact that I am the servant of North Carolina.


WE MUST CARRY ON IN NORTH CAROLINA

OCTOBER 28, 1931

The most constructive and hopeful event in this period of uncertainty and lack of confidence was the

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