Lawmakers drawing General Assembly lines gather next week
Jul. 18, 2017
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — General Assembly members tasked with soon drawing North Carolina's legislative districts after courts found some boundaries were drawn with unlawful racial bias will hold their first meeting next week.
A notice released Tuesday says the House and Senate redistricting committees will convene together July 26. That's the day before federal judges are hearing arguments about exactly when legislators should remap dozens of districts and whether an election under those maps should occur before the next scheduled election in November 2018.
The notice didn't include a meeting agenda. Before lawmakers adjourned June 30, Republican leaders appointed committee members and unveiled a plan whereby they would redraw districts as soon as September and by November at the latest. Voters who successfully sued over the 2011 maps want a special election this fall.