RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina General Assembly is planning to hold a series of public hearings to discuss the Congressional redistricting case.
State lawmakers are preparing to hold a special session to redraw congressional districts if the Supreme Court doesn’t issue a stay.
In a release, the General Assembly said the “State of North Carolina maintains that its Congressional maps are constitutional and remains confident the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately issue a stay.”
State lawmakers announced they will hold a series of public hearings Monday to discuss the Congressional redistricting case.
Last week, three federal judges ruled that North Carolina must re-draw the 1st and 12th Congressional districts.
The judges ruled state lawmakers used race as a predominant factor in drawing the lines.
Rep David Lewis of Harnett County said the court said race was a dominant factor in drawing two districts, which he said wasn’t true.”We know that not to have been the case.”
“We know that not to have been the case,” he said.
The judges set a deadline for Feb. 19 where the state must have the lines redrawn.
The problems, Lewis said, is that the federal court didn’t give the state any direction.
“The federal court decision essentially says, ‘We don’t like the districts,’ but provides no guidelines, no curative language for what they would accept,” he said.
State lawmakers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a delay on that.
They say it is too close right now to the May 15 primary election and they also have plans to appeal.
Lawmakers are still leaving open the possibility for a special session to redraw the lines next week if the Supreme Court does not intervene.
The Supreme Court has given the plaintiffs in the case until Tuesday to respond to the state’s request for a delay.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced on Friday they have appointed members to the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting.
The following locations will host public hearings:N.C. General Assembly – Legislative Office Building
300 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603Guilford Technical Community College
Medlin Campus Center
The Guilford Room, Room 360
Jamestown, North Carolina 27282Central Piedmont Community College
CPCC Central Campus
The Hall Building
1112 Charlottetown Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina 28235Fayetteville Technical Community College
Health-Tech Ed Building
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303Cape Fear Community College
The McKeithan Center
4500 Blue Clay Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401UNC Asheville
129 Steelcase Teleconference Center
Asheville, North CarolinaHalifax Community College
Dr. Phillip W. Taylor Complex, Room 108
100 College Drive
Weldon, North Carolina 27890
All public hearings will start at 10 a.m.