The North Carolina General Assembly continued their long session on Wednesday — their first legislative session after new members were sworn in on Jan. 11.
A total of 26 bills were filed in the N.C. House of Representatives on Wednesday and Thursday. Between Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 34 bills were filed in the Senate.
“Thousands of bills get introduced per session, and only a small minority of those bills are actually heard in committee, much less introduced on to the house board,” Rep. Allen Buansi (D-Orange)said. “It's hard to say which bills are going to actually be heard and which bills are actually going to be voted on.”
Here are some of the bills to keep an eye on this session so far.
House Bill 9
Also known as the Fair Maps Act, this bill seeks to amend Article II of the N.C. Constitution by adding a section that would set clear requirements for revising electoral districts.
Rep. Renée A. Price (D-Caswell, Orange) and Buansi are co-sponsoring this bill. Price said one of her priorities is to promote and defend communities of color's right to representation.
“We want fair redistricting maps — maps that are drawn by a nonpartisan group,” Price said.
This bill was filed Wednesday and passed its first reading on Thursday.