Legislators from the House and Senate, on Wednesday, will meet to begin work on legislative redistricting after a three-judge panel ruled some districts were illegally drawn based on racial bias.
No official agenda has been released for the meeting, set to take place in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building at 1:30 p.m.
Also coming this week is a hearing on when the redrawn maps must be completed, and whether a special election will be held this fall, or the new maps will be used for the coming election in 2018.
Originally 28 legislative districts were ruled unconstitutional by the panel and a new election ordered for the fall of 2017, but the Supreme Court vacated that decision and directed the court to review its findings in light of the outcome of a related case, North Carolina v. Covington.
The Supreme Court vacated the lower court order that the state holds new elections in 2017, directing the court to undertake a process to equitably weigh the pros and cons of ordering the new elections in light of what is necessary, fair and workable.
The order said that the lower court only gave a cursory examination to these factors and, while it is not commenting on the merit of the original order to hold new elections, the justices are telling the lower court to give deeper consideration to the question of whether a special election is necessary in all or any of the 28 districts that were found to be unconstitutional.
In its order the Supreme Court said, “We cannot have confidence that the court adequately grappled with the interests on both sides of the remedial question before us. And because the District Court’s discretion ‘was barely exercised here,’ its order provides no meaningful basis for even deferential review… For these reasons, we vacate the District Court’s remedial order and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”
The court originally directed the state to redraw the districts back in August, seemingly building on the decision to throw out some of the state’s Congressional voting districts along the same lines, saying that some districts were packed with African American voters for political advantage.
Included on the committee from the House are:
|Vice Chairman||Rep. J. Bell|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Jackson|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Stevens|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Szoka|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Torbett|
|Members||Rep. Brawley, Rep. Brockman, Rep. Burr, Rep. Davis, Rep. Dixon, Rep. Dobson, Rep. Dollar, Rep. Dulin, Rep. Farmer-Butterfield, Rep. Floyd, Rep. Garrison, Rep. Gill, Rep. Grange, Rep. Destin Hall, Rep. Hanes, Rep. Hardister, Rep. Harrison, Rep. Hastings, Rep. Howard, Rep. Hunter, Rep. Hurley, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Bert Jones, Rep. Jordan, Rep. Malone, Rep. Michaux, Rep. R. Moore, Rep. Pierce, Rep. Reives, Rep. Rogers, Rep. Saine, Rep. Speciale, Rep. Willingham, Rep. Wray, Rep. Yarborough|
Included on the committee from the Senate are: