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House judicial redistricting bill getting a Senate makeover

It looks like the Senate wants to move forward with some form of judicial redistricting — in addition to its bill splitting up Mecklenburg County judicial districts.

On Friday morning, Senators on the Select Committee on Elections were sent a proposed committee substitute (PCS) to House Bill 717, the judicial redistricting bill that was originally sponsored by Rep. Justin Burr (R-Stanly, Montgomery).

The PCS would reduce judicial divisions from eight to five, redistricts and changes the number of district court and superior court judges in some areas and makes some changes to prosecutorial districts.

The bill also includes a provision that judicial seat vacancies not be identified by incumbents “but shall be designated as determined by the State Board [of Elections and Ethics Enforcement].”

The State Board did not return requests for comment about the PCS.

Sharon Gladwell, spokeswoman for the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, said they were aware of the PCS but had no position on it.

The Senate committee is scheduled to discuss the PCS at 4 p.m. Monday in room 1027 of the Legislative Building. You can read the bill in full below.

PCS to House Bill 717, judicial redistricting by NC Policy Watch on Scribd

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