Courts & the Law, Defending Democracy, News

GOP judicial changes: Trouble in paradise?

House Rules Chairman David Lewis (R-Harnett) said last week that lawmakers may not reach an agreement to pass any judicial reforms in January, according to a WRAL story.

Lawmakers will meet for a special session Jan. 10, at which time they were expected to take up both judicial reform and constitutional amendments, including a new voter identification measure.

However, WRAL reports:

Lewis, R-Harnett, a key leader in the House, said legislators haven’t coalesced behind proposals to redraw election districts for judges or to move instead to an appointments system. There has been a divide between the House and the Senate on this, but there also are indications House Republicans aren’t all on board with proposed new districts for judges, which could prove important given the possibility of veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

“If we can’t get agreement, and that was one of the main things we were going to do, it may be a very short session,” Lewis said.

He also said there’s no plan, at the moment, to approve potential constitutional amendments during the coming session. That would include a voter ID proposal.

Lewis told the TV station that the special session could last a day or it could last a week, and that there was a planned leadership conference in which the details would be worked out.

Rep. Justin Burr (R-Montgomery, Stanly) introduced new judicial maps earlier this year, which the House passed. The Senate expressed preference for a merit selection process and created a committee to review all potential judicial reform plans.

That committee last week introduced its own maps, which were changed somewhat from Burr’s to address constitutional issues.

Lewis told WRAL he hoped discussions about judicial reform would be further along. You can read the full story here.

Check Also

UPDATE: State Board orders new 9th congressional district election after candidate Harris concedes

Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris called Thursday for ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris had no idea Wednesday that his son would would take t [...]

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson on Tuesday released a lengthy list of educat [...]

President Trump’s national emergency declaration, long teased, is in effect. Let the lawsuits begin. [...]

The EPA today announced it has issued a Notice of Violation to Chemours for failing to comply, on mu [...]

There was much talk this week and last about state Superintendent Mark Johnson’s Tuesday night limel [...]

Many of us may remember the often very implausible notions we had of “where babies come from” when w [...]

Just about anything can happen in American politics. Those who doubt this oft-demonstrated truism ne [...]

Editor's note: Kim Mackey is a social studies teacher with Wake County Public Schools. She rece [...]