The N.C. General Assembly’s 2018 special session is ongoing, with even more promises and proposals to rig our justice system from political bullies working for their own partisan interests. The current focus is on gerrymandering our judicial voting districts (House Bill 717), slashing judicial terms (Senate Bill 698) and seizing the ability to choose judges themselves (legislative appointment under the so-called “purple plan”) — all of which would undermine the independence of our courts and make North Carolina’s judiciary more partisan.
Together, over the past several months, we have put intense pressure on lawmakers to end these schemes — and it’s working. What was once a short special session to pass sweeping judicial changes has turned into heated committee meetings and packed chamber debates that reveal our voices are being heard. But we can’t stop now.
Attend (or listen in) on Monday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. for the latest Joint Judicial Redistricting and Reform Committee Meeting (643 Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC). Here’s more about the committee and a link to their website. FYI — The agenda is not yet available and we are not aware of opportunities for public comment.
With a bill (House Bill 717) to severely gerrymander judicial district lines the NC Legislature seeks to undermine the independence of our courts and force North Carolina’s judges to become more partisan. The N.C. House has already approved the bill. The Senate will consider it in 2018. Read up on the dangers of House Bill 717 here. It’s time to demand your Senators stand up against judicial gerrymandering, oppose House Bill 717, and protect our courts.