- While we had hoped to place this section on hiatus until the General Assembly returned on November 27, that has been delayed due to both chambers’ return over the past week to address two constitutional amendments which were found by a three-judge panel to be misleading to voters.
- Legislators passed modifications to the wording for the proposed constitutional amendments related to the creation of a Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections and the creation of a nonpartisan judicial merit commission.
- The original versions of both these amendments were challenged by Governor Roy Cooper. They were also opposed by all five living former Governors.
- The Governor has filed a separate legal challenge related to the new wording, but at the time of publication, no action has been taken by the courts.
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MAPS DEEMED UNCONSTITUTIONALLY GERRYMANDERED
On Monday (August 27), a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals found that the state’s Congressional district maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered based on partisan preference by the General Assembly. This is the second time that this court has found this to be the case. In January, this same group of judges found the maps to be in violation. That order was appealed to the US Supreme Court, but was remanded back to the lower court for further review. At the time of publication, both sides have been asked by the court to present remedies to the findings. Check out the #NCREALTORSVote2018 section for more information and please follow NC REALTORS® publications for additional updates.
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NOT A CAT VIDEO
Since many schools across the state were back in session, what better way to end the week than with tiny animals joining them.