The Latest: Another redistricting case slows judicial remap
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina legislators debating possible changes to judicial election districts (all times local):
Movement by the General Assembly on redrawing North Carolina’s judicial election map is slowing down because of pending redistricting litigation on the legislature’s own districts.
House and Senate negotiators had been hopeful they could reach an agreement on boundaries for trial court judgeships and local prosecutors sometimes this week.
But legislative leaders said Monday that wasn’t going to happen in part because they are awaiting resolution in a court case involving legislative districts. A three-judge panel last week ordered changes to two dozen House and Senate districts drawn by a court-appointed expert.
Republican lawmakers want a court to block that order, or at least allow them to make the changes themselves. If they are successful, they’d have to work quickly because candidate filing begins in three weeks.
House and Senate members are again debating changes to North Carolina’s judicial election districts and whether selecting judges should be revamped completely.
A joint judicial redistricting and reform committee is to meet Monday, when legislators are supposed to review new proposed election boundaries for trial court judgeships. Republicans have been negotiating privately to work out differences between Senate and House versions.
Some GOP legislative leaders hope they can finalize the maps this week.
The House has scaled back slightly the chances for a quick resolution since Speaker Tim Moore last week signaled floor votes on the legislation would occur Tuesday and Wednesday.
But House Majority Leader John Bell wrote GOP colleagues over the weekend that there would be no voting session Tuesday. A House elections committee was also canceled Tuesday.