Once again, the legislature has left Raleigh, if only for a few weeks, with plans to return in October for a third special session since leaving in June.
Under the adjournment resolution passed by the legislature the House and Senate will have a lot of leeway as to what the October session will address.
The adjournment resolution basically leaves the legislature free reign as to what will be considered in the October session, but likely there will be veto override vote attempts that were left unaddressed during the special session that adjourned Thursday.
The resolution will return the legislators to Raleigh on Oct. 4, at noon.
The legislature completed its business of passing new legislative districts, which will now go to the courts for consideration.
The House passed the adjournment resolution in a 60-40 vote and the Senate passed the resolution 32-8, an unusual division for an adjournment resolution.
Under the adjournment resolution the legislature can take up action related to:
- Revising the judicial divisions of the State, the superior court districts, the district court districts, and the prosecutorial districts and the apportionment of judges and district attorneys among those districts and containing no other matter.
- Revising districts for cities, counties, and other political subdivisions of the State and the apportionment of elected officials among those districts and containing no other matter.
- Revising the Senate districts and the apportionment of Senators among those districts and containing no other matter.
- Revising the Representative districts and the apportionment of Representatives among those districts and containing no other matter.
- Proposing an amendment or amendments to the North Carolina Constitution and containing no other matter.
- Proposing an amendment or amendments to the North Carolina Constitution and containing no other matter other than statutory conforming changes to implement such bills.
- Solely making statutory and transitional changes to implement bills under sub-subdivision a. of this subdivision.
- Bills returned by the Governor with his objections under Section 22 of Article II of the North Carolina Constitution, but solely for the purpose of considering overriding of the veto upon reconsideration of the bill.
- Bills providing for selection, appointment, or confirmation as required by law, including the filling of vacancies of positions, for which appointees are elected by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, or President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
- Bills providing for action on gubernatorial nominations or appointments.
- Bills providing for impeachment pursuant to Article IV of the North Carolina Constitution or Chapter 123 of the General Statutes.
- Bills responding to actions related to litigation concerning the districts for Congressional, State House, State Senate, judicial, municipal, county, and other elected officials’ actions and any other litigation challenging the legality of legislative enactments.
- Bills returned on or after Wednesday, June 28, 2017, to the house in which the bill originated for concurrence.
- Adoption of conference reports for bills, which were in conference on or after Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and conferees had been appointed by both houses on or after that date.
- Bills relating to election laws.
- Bills making technical corrections to S.L. 2017-57, S.L. 2017-119, or both.
- Local bills having passed third reading in the house in which introduced, received in the other house in accordance with Senate Rule 41 or House Rule 31.1(h), as appropriate, and not disposed of in the other house by tabling, unfavorable committee report, indefinite postponement, or failure to pass any reading, and which do not violate the rules of the receiving house.
- A joint resolution further adjourning the 2017 Regular Session or amending a joint resolution adjourning the 2017 Regular Session to a date certain.