As the N.C. House opens the fourth special session of of 2016, Democratic representatives are lodging a constitutional protest against the session.
Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County lodged the protest, joined in by the rest of the House’s Democrats. His argument: The N.C. constitution states that when the House speaker receives the signatures necessary – 3/5 of the House and Senate – to call a special session, he shall call the session. All the signatures gathered were dated December 12 or 13. Moore did not call the session until Dec. 14.
Jackson also questioned the need for the session and said it was obvious that the session will be an attempt to rein in the powers of incoming governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, because he defeated Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
“We all know what happens next. Changes are coming because you lost an election by 10,000 votes,” Jackson said. “This is why people don’t trust us. This is why they hate us. This is why politicians have a 10% approval rating.”
Rep. Michael Speciale countered that the General Assembly can call itself into session any time 3/5 of both bodies wishes. When asked why they did it this time, he said because 3/5 wanted to.
Rep. Larry Hall (D-Durham), the minority leader, reiterated Jackson’s complaints.
“In these troubled times we seem to be continuing to go down the road to dissuade people so that they will not have confidence in us,” Halls aid.
“This ain’t right,” Hall said. “You can’t make it right. The people of North Carolina aren’t being treated right.”
The House adjourned shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday to reconvene at 5 p.m.
The deadline for filing bills will be Wednesday at 7 p.m.