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Report: Judicial redistricting picking up speed; deal could be reached next week

The Associated Press is reporting that a judicial redistricting deal could be reached by the end of next week.

House Speaker Tim Moore told colleagues to be prepared for full work sessions and votes starting Tuesday, according to the AP article.

The joint House and Senate Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting meets at 1 p.m. Monday in room 643 of the Legislative Office Building. It will be the committee’s second meeting.

Rep. Justin Burr (R-Stanly, Montgomery) introduced House Bill 717, which redraws all judicial and prosecutorial districts, at the end of the last regular session.

He has since released a number of maps, none of which were drawn collaboratively through a committee process. The Senate also recently released its own set of maps, also drawn in private. It’s unknown which maps would be voted on next week.

The Senate has shown more preference for “merit” selection over judicial redistricting, but Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke), a co-chair of the joint committee, was quoted in the AP article saying the chambers could strike a deal by the end of next week.

“Merit” selection would require a constitutional amendment to be approved by North Carolina voters.

Moore, Burr and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger did not return an email from NC Policy Watch seeking comment about possible votes next week.

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