The Latest: North Carolina Senate completes map's OK
Posted August 28
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly debating redistricting proposals drawn by Republicans (all times local):
The North Carolina Senate has completed its debate on a proposed redistricting map with partisan statistics that appear to still give Republicans the upper hand in the chamber.
Senators voted on mostly party lines Monday evening to approve the boundaries. The Senate already gave its preliminary OK late last week after robust debate. The House approved the map of its districts early Monday.
Now, there's very little standing in the way of the legislature giving final approval to both maps before a judicial deadline Friday. All that's left is for each chamber to approve the map drawn by the other chamber.
Senators gave final approval to their proposed boundaries after defeating two Democratic amendments — one covering Guilford County districts and another with the boundaries for Cumberland and Hoke counties.
The North Carolina House has approved a redrawing of dozens of district boundaries in response to federal court rulings throwing out nearly 20 districts approved in 2011 as unlawfully relying too heavily on race.
The House voted 65-47 on Monday for the lines after slightly more than an hour of debate. The Senate is expected later Monday to give final approval to its own Senate redistricting map. Each chamber also must pass the other chamber's map as well. The legislature has been ordered by a three-judge panel to complete their work by Friday.
Republicans drew the map and it appears it would keep the GOP in charge of the chamber. House redistricting chairman Rep. David Lewis says the boundary changes comply with the court order, but Democrats disagree, particularly since the criterion for drawing the map left out the racial data of voters.
Federal judges want North Carolina redistricting completed by later this week, so the General Assembly is back to work voting on legislative boundaries.
The state House and Senate scheduled Monday floor sessions to debate and vote on their respective district maps. The Senate already gave tentative approval to its plan late last week on a largely party-line vote. Each chamber also will have to vote on the other chamber's plans before the two maps are approved.
A three-judge panel ordered last month that the final boundaries be sent to them by Friday for review. The judges previously threw out nearly 30 districts from the 2011 maps for relying too heavily on race.
The Republican-controlled House on Monday also could hold override votes on three of Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes.