Legislators forwent taking up veto override votes on Thursday, instead taking up several bills from the Long Session instead, as well as planning for an Aug. 18 session to take up redistricting reform, in accordance with federal court orders handed down earlier this week.
A three-judge panel directed the state to complete its redistricting by Sep. 1, pushing forward the state’s timeline to return for redistricting reform Sep. 6.
According to discussion in the Senate no votes are expected until at least Aug. 21.
Legislators returned to session, at the call of Gov. Roy Cooper, to receive his four additional vetoes that the legislators had not been able to take up yet, though no votes were taken on those and they were sent to committee and that session was adjourned in favor of a second special session called by the legislators themselves.
Legislators from the House and Senate took up some measures that they had failed to bring to concurrence over the Long Session
One of the more notable bills was SB16, a regulatory reform bill.
Legislative leaders say the bill will reduce “burden of excessive state guidelines on the public and private sectors while increasing notice requirements and citizens’ access to judicial review of new agency rules and regulations.”
The bill passed in a 79-29 vote in the House and a 30-10 vote in the Senate.
“The North Carolina House continues to identify regulatory reforms that remove barriers to economic growth and reduce the cost of doing business in our state,” said House Speaker Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said. “These reforms enhance transparency and improve public input on the state’s rule-making process, empowering North Carolina taxpayers with a louder voice in the government process.”
The bill is a combination of recommendations from the Joint Administrative Procedures Oversight Committee, the Department of Labor, other legislative proposals and suggestions from state policy stakeholders, Moore said, and is part of a continued effort by House Republicans to streamline regulation in the state to free up the economy.
The bill made adjustments to state law regarding objections as public comment, public notice requirements, judicial review of regulations, and updates stormwater requirements.
Looking forward the legislature will come back into session Aug. 18, displacing the already planned Sep. 6 session, though most everything going on the first few days will be behind the scenes without any votes happening for the first few days.
On Aug, 22 legislators have planned a public hearing for their proposed legislative maps and hope to hold floor votes in the days soon after the hearing.
Though legislators have only been directed to redraw 28 legislative districts redrawing those will have an effect on most, if not all, of the 170 legislative districts in the state.