Aug 25, 2017
NCGA Week in Review
The legislature has been in town this week to take on legislative
redistricting and consider several vetoes from Governor Roy Cooper. This
week, members heard public comment from individuals across the state and
considered the new maps in committees, and the Senate voted to approve the
proposed Senate maps on Friday, the House is expected to vote on the
proposed House maps next Monday. Additionally, two of Gov. Cooper’s vetoes
were overridden by the House and have been sent to the Senate for
Redistricting Moves Forward
Over the weekend House and Senate lawmakers released their proposed maps
for new legislative districts in preparation to approve the maps in time
for the September 1 court ordered redistricting deadline. During the week,
political data was released by the legislature and members of the House and
Senate Redistricting Committees heard comments from North Carolinians
across the state.
The Senate Committee on Redistricting reviewed
SB 691: 2017 Senate Redistricting Comm Plan
and the proposed Senate
on Thursday. During their meeting, five amendments were considered and two
were adopted. The bill passed on the Senate floor by a 27-16 vote and will
be considered by the Senate again on Monday before heading to the House.
Redistricting bills are not subject to the Governor’s signature.
Today the House Committee on Redistricting heard
HB 927: 2017 House Districts
and the proposed House map. Four amendments were considered by the
committee and two were adopted. The bill now heads to the House floor and
is scheduled to be heard on Monday. After the bill clears the House, it
must also be heard by the Senate.
Sixteen incumbents have been double bunked under the proposed map, which
means that two incumbents will have to run against one another unless one
drops out or moves to another district. There are also a total of eight
open districts under the proposed maps, which could provide opportunities
for political newcomers.
In the Senate:
Democrat Erica Smith-Ingram and Republican Bill Cook both fall in
proposed District 3, which leans Democratic and includes Tyrell,
Washington, Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.
Republicans John Alexander and Chad Barefoot live in proposed District
18, which encompasses Franklin County and portions of Wake County. Over the
weekend, Sen. Barefoot announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018.
Republicans Deanna Ballard and Shirley Randleman are double bunked in
District 45, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga, and Wilkes
Joyce Krawiec and newly-appointed Dan Barrett are double bunked in a
district that spans across Davie and portions of Forsyth County, District
This also means that there are four open districts in the Senate:
- District 1, which includes a number of counties in the Outer Banks -
Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Pasquotank,
Perquimans, Tyrell and Washington, and leans Republican.
District 33, which includes Rowan and Stanly County and favors Republican
District 34, a district composed of Iredell and Yadkin counties, favors
District 16 in Wake County, which favors Democratic candidates.
to view all incumbency data and other statistics used to draw the Senate
On the House side:
Republican Susan Martin is double bunked with Democrat Jean
Farmer-Butterfield in Democratic leaning District 24 in Wilson County.
Republican John Sauls is double bunked with Democrat Robert Reives in
District 51, which includes Harnett and Lee Counties. Rep. Reives informed
the House that he will be moving to District 54, which includes Chatham and
portions of Durham County, today.
Republicans John Faircloth and Jon Hardister both live in the proposed
District 61 in Guilford County.
Republicans Larry Pittman and Carl Ford are double bunked in District 83,
which includes Cabarrus and Rowan Counties.
There are three open House districts:
District 8, in Pitt County, which favors Democratic candidates.
District 54, which includes Chatham and portions of Durham County, and
leans in favor of Democrats.
District 59, in Guilford County, which favors Republican candidates.
District 79, which includes Beaufort and Craven Counties, and leans in
favor of Republicans.
to view all incumbency data and other statistics used to draw the House
Based on past political data, the House and Senate proposals favor the GOP
– President Trump would have won 33 of the 50 proposed Senate districts and
76 of the proposed 120 House districts, and nine other races from 2010-2016
were considering in the drawing of the districts. Additionally, many
districts will likely be uncompetitive – 19 of the 120 House districts and
10 of the 50 Senate districts are considered competitive.
Consideration of Racial Data:
Race was not used as a factor in drawing either the House or Senate maps.
When this criteria was adopted, several Democrats questioned how the maps
would satisfy the Voting Rights Act, which is intended to ensure
that minority voters are able to elect the candidate of their choice,
without considering race when drawing the new maps.
Two bills that were vetoed by Gov. Cooper were reconsidered on the House
floor on Thursday afternoon. The Senate has scheduled to vote on these
bills next Tuesday.
HB 140: Dental Plans Provider Contracts/ Transparency
removes an exemption for stand-alone dental insurance plans, which now
requires them to disclose to medical providers the insurer’s fee schedules
for the 20 most commonly billed procedures, and holds dental insurance
plans to other transparency requirements. Additionally, a provision which
the Governor objected to, expands the ability for lenders to require credit
property insurance on a loan, which protects the creditor if the borrower
cannot pay. The bill allows creditors to require this insurance on items
such as ATVs and jet skis. The motion to override the Governor’s veto
passed by a vote of 72-43 and the bill now heads to the Senate for
HB 770: Various Clarifying Changes
makes a number of changes to state law including:
Makes clarifying changes to ensure compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Allows the Department of Health and Human Services to retain up to 10% of
the funds appropriated to the Health Food Small Retailer Program for
administrative costs associated with the program.
Clarifies single-stream funding for LME/MCOs.
Gov. Cooper vetoed HB 770 due to two provisions: one that would allow a
specific state employee to serve in a paid commission role while taking
vacation pay from a state job, and a provision that reduces the number of
gubernatorial appointments to the Medical Board by transferring two of the
appointments to the General Assembly. The House voted 71-44 to override the
veto and the bill has been sent to the Senate.