Partisan primaries, school budgets and GenX were up for discussion. With the 2018 session well underway, here’s what you might have missed from last week in the North Carolina General Assembly:
Partisan primaries back in court
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that partisan primaries must occur for North Carolina appellate court races in 2018, partially halting provisions of Senate Bill 656 that passed in October.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles extends only to appellate court races and not to all judicial elections, adding that there was justification for eliminating partisan primaries in local judicial elections.
SB 656, known as the Electoral Freedom Act of 2017, canceled all state judicial primaries for 2018 when it passed in the General Assembly in October. A veto of the bill by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper was overturned.
Appellate court candidates may now begin filing with other non-judicial candidates on Feb. 12. Primaries for the elections will be held on May 8.
School officials ask for budget flexibility
A group of North Carolina school leaders urged lawmakers Wednesday to give more flexibility in budget management and more funding for students with disabilities.
The General Assembly's Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform met with school superintendents and school finance officers to hear concerns about education funding. The task force is working to change how the state allocates education funding.