Raleigh, N.C. — With all signs showing that the legislative session may soon come to an end, Gov. Roy Cooper and Republicans continue to squabble over voting maps.
On Friday, a message was sent by the three-judge federal panel telling all parties to prepare pleadings for hearings on legislative voting maps that were ruled unconstitutional. The panel will soon start taking up questions about when maps will need to be redrawn and if a special election will be held.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Cooper released a statement calling for special elections to be held, saying no more legislative sessions should be held and no new laws should be passed under the legislature that has been ruled unconstitutional.
In the Senate, final approval was given to a proposal to make changes to the state foster care system. The final version includes a work group who will come up with proposals to reform the system and will deliver those ideas to lawmakers during the next long session in 2019. That bill now makes its way back to the House.