Monday Wrap: From here to there

Posted August 28

— Getting from Point A to Point B sometimes requires a map, and lawmakers are almost to Point B with their redraw of legislative voting district maps.

The House and the Senate gave final approval Monday to the respective maps for their chambers. Now, each will review and vote on the map for the other chamber as they try to meet a Friday deadline to submit new maps to federal judges for review.

The House districts in Wake County were tweaked, and a few other changes were made during the debates. By and large, however, the maps that will undergo judicial review will likely be very similar to those that have been sharply criticized by Democrats and the general public since last week.

The old maps, which federal courts tossed last year, were back before the state Supreme Court on Monday to determine whether the court needs to take any action after the U.S. Supreme Court asked for a review in light of the federal court rulings. The state high court also heard Gov. Roy Cooper's challenge to lawmakers' efforts to combine the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission.

Meanwhile, the House again put off votes on overriding three of Cooper's vetoes. The bills would allow landfills to spray leaking liquids into the air in hopes it will evaporate, would allow nonprofits to hold casino nights as fundraisers and would allow Guilford County governments to run legal notices online instead of in local newspapers.

Lawmakers are expected to leave Raleigh by the end of the week, but they already are laying plans to return in October, when they could take up redrawing the maps of the state's prosecutorial, Superior Court and District Court districts.


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