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House, Senate pass redistricting plans

CJ file photo
CJ file photo

New redistricting maps passed the House and Senate during a special session, but both chambers postponed voting on veto overrides.

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the General Assembly to redraw legislative district maps after ruling nine Senate districts and 19 House districts were racially gerrymandered. A three-judge U.S. District Court panel gave the legislature a Sept. 1 deadline to approve new, legal maps.

House Bill 927 passed 65-47 largely along party lines in the House. The only Republicans voting against the plan were Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, and Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus. Rep. William Brisson, D-Bladen, was the only Democrat who supported it.

Pittman proposed an amendment to avoid sharing a district with Rep. Carl Ford, R-Rowan. Under the amendment, Ford would have been double-bunked with Rep. Linda Johnson, R-Cabarrus. His proposal was voted down 102-7.

Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, proposed an amendment changing Wake County’s district lines, which passed 64-46.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 691 passed in the Senate after two amendments proposed by Democrats failed. The bill passed along party lines, 31-15.

The House redistricting committee will consider S.B. 691 Tuesday at 1 p.m. while the Senate redistricting committee will hear H.B. 927 at 10 a.m. the same day.

Four House bills and one Senate bill await potential override votes from the legislature.