Courts & the Law, News

Special sessions taking toll on House Democrats, taxpayers as they prepare for new battles

House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson

House Democrats are tired of coming to Raleigh for special sessions.

“It’s very tough to come back here over and over again,” said House Minority Leader Darren Jackson, adding that it’s tough on their careers, families and taxpayers, who have to pay roughly $50,000 per day for lawmakers to meet.

The North Carolina General Assembly met Wednesday for its third special session since the conclusion of the regular long session at the end of June. They voted earlier today to override House Bill 56, an environmental measure, and plan to take up judicial redistricting tomorrow.

Jackson said Democrats are also preparing to take up principal pay and gubernatorial nominees to boards and commissions.

He added that in the wake of the recent Las Vegas mass shooting he wished lawmakers would take up good gun control measures North Carolina Democrats had already filed.

“Gun violence is around us all the time,” he said. “We are all here; we’re all getting paid; why not start talking about it?”

Jackson and other lawmakers spoke about their opposition to House Bill 717, a measure House Republicans are pushing that remakes North Carolina’s judicial and prosecutorial maps. He said North Carolinians expect their judges to be nonpartisan and that the maps are an attempt to rig the courts in Republicans’ favor.

Rep. Joe John (D-Wake), Rep. Duane Hall (D-Wake) and Rep. Marcia Morey (D-Durham) also spoke against HB717, which will be taken up in a rules committee this evening.

“Everything we need has not been provided with this bill,” Morey said.

She called the legislature’s attempts this session to change the courts “a systematic attack on our independent judiciary.”

Check Also

Organizations file motion challenging constitutionality of court costs

North Carolina lawmakers decided earlier this year that ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Congress has just a few days left this month to enact legislation that would address the immigration [...]

12.2 million - the number of people nationally who signed up for health care coverage using HealthCa [...]

Frenches Creek Finishing lies in the watery lowlands of Bladen County, near Lion Swamp, Conkill and [...]

Historical commission member weighs in on monuments, free speech Valerie Johnson is the Mott Disting [...]

The post That’s how ‘Humbug’ is done appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

The solid citizens of Johnston County, N.C. – in a fateful quirk of geography – for several years ha [...]

Why North Carolina’s coal ash and mental health crises have a lot in common Two of the biggest stori [...]

The post Tax Cuts & Jobs Act for the 1% appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more