North Carolina Supreme Court Directs General Assembly to Redraw Districts

In a 4-3 party-line vote, the North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered that North Carolina Congressional and legislative districts be redrawn.
 
NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “While we are still analyzing this order, I strongly disagree with the majority opinion. The majority opinion is not based in law, precedent, or the history of this state, but rather the political whims of 4 out of 7 justices.”
 
He continued, “As the Chief Justice eloquently wrote, this decision ‘…. violates separation of powers by effectively placing responsibility for redistricting with the judicial branch, not the legislative branch as expressly provided in our constitution.’”

Governor Cooper Vetoes Bill To Push Primaries in Light of Ongoing Redistricting Cases

Today, Governor Cooper vetoed House Bill 605, an act to “Set the date for the 2022 date for the 2022 primary as June 7, 2022; to allow the State Board of Elections to issue temporary rules for conducting the 2022 primaries and elections…”
 
According to the State Board of Elections, districts must be finalized by the week of February 14, just 12 days after the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in redistricting cases. This would give the courts a few days to make their decision before that deadline and would give the General Assembly little time to draw new maps if required.
 
North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore said, “House Bill 605 is a reasonable measure taken by the legislature to ensure a thorough and constitutional process. Unfortunately Governor Cooper’s veto undermines that process in the name of politics.”
 
He continued, “Furthermore, during his time as Senate Redistricting Chair, Cooper presided over some of the most tortured and gerrymandered maps in state history. Now, he wants to sow chaos and confusion in the hopes that the Supreme Court will usurp the constitutional duty of the General Assembly to the benefit of his Democrat allies.”

North Carolina House Passes Bill to Shift Primary to June

Today the North Carolina House passed House Bill 605, an act to “Set the date for the 2022 date for the 2022 primary as June 7, 2022; to allow the State Board of Elections to issue temporary rules for conducting the 2022 primaries and elections…”
 
According to the State Board of Elections, districts must be finalized by the week of February 14, just 12 days after the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in redistricting cases. This would give the courts a few days to make their decision before that deadline and would give the General Assembly little time to draw new maps if required.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “While redistricting cases play out in court, it is imperative that North Carolina voters maintain confidence in our elections process. House Bill 605 would eliminate the potential chaos of rushing a court decision and the process of redrawing maps if required by the court.”
 
He continued, “Furthermore, state law requires that the General Assembly have at least 14 days to draw new districts. House Bill 605 is a common sense bill that allows the General Assembly adequate time to fulfill our constitutional responsibility.”

House Speaker Tim Moore Announces Interim Committee Assignments

Today North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore announced interim committee appointments .
 
Interim committee appointments include:
 
Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee
 
  • Rep. Sarah Stevens, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Allison Dahle
  • Rep. Jon Hardister
  • Rep. Larry Strickland
  • Rep. Brian Turner
  • Rep. Robert Reives
  • Rep. Dennis Riddell, Vice-Chair
  • Rep. Timothy Moffitt 
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources
 
  • Rep. Jimmy Dixon, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Pat McElraft, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Kyle Hall
  • Rep. Chris Humphrey
  • Rep. Jeffrey C. McNeely
  • Rep. Karl E. Gillespie 
Advisory Members:
  • Rep. Pricey Harrison
  • Rep. Dennis Riddell
  • Rep. Phil Shepard
  • Rep. Jake Johnson
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Capital Improvements
 
  • Rep. Dean Arp, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Kelly Hastings, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Jon Hardister, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Robert Reives
  • Rep. Matthew Winslow
  • Rep. David Rogers
  • Rep. Billy Richardson
  • Rep. Abe Jones
Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee
 
  • Rep. Jason Saine, C0-chair
  • Rep. Ted Davis
  • Rep. Bobby Hanig
  • Rep. Howard Hunter
  • Rep. Garland Pierce
  • Rep. Shelly Willingham
  • Rep. Jake Johnson
  • Rep. Erin Pare
  • Rep. John Sauls
  • Rep. Mike Clampitt
  • Rep. Steve Tyson
Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
 
  • Rep. Hugh Blackwell, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Pat Hurley, Vice Chair
  • Rep. John Torbett, Vice Chair 
  • Rep. Jon Hardister, Vice Chair 
  • Rep. Cecil Brockman
  • Rep. Ashton Wheeler Clemmons
  • Rep. Howard Hunter
  • Rep. Marvin Lucas
  • Rep. David Willis 
  • Rep. Diane Wheatley 
Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee
 
  • Rep. Destin Hall, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Grey Mills, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Dennis Riddell, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Jon Hardister
  • Rep. John Szoka
  • Rep. Allison Dahle 
  • Rep. Shelly Willingham 
  • Rep. Pricey Harrison 
  • Rep. Jeff Zenger 
Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee
 
  • Rep. John Faircloth, Co-Chair
  • Rep. John Bell, Co-Chair
  • Rep. James Boles, Vice-Chair
  • Rep. Brenden Jones
  • Rep. Grier Martin
  • Rep. Garland Pierce
Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy
 
  • Rep. John Szoka, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Dean Arp, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Pricey Harrison
  • Rep. Brenden Jones
  • Rep. Charles Miller
Environmental Review Commission
 
  • Rep. Jimmy Dixon, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Edward Goodwin, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Pat McElraft, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Larry Yarborough, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Kyle Hall
  • Rep. William Brisson
  • Rep. Ted Davis
  • Rep. Pricey Harrison
Legislative Ethics Committee
 
  • Rep. Grey Mills, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Pricey Harrison
  • Rep. Joe John
  • Rep. Garland E. Pierce
  • Rep. Jason Saine
  • Rep. Mitchell S. Setzer
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government
 
  • Rep. Dennis Riddell, Co-Chair
  • Rep. George Cleveland, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Mark Brody, Vice-Chair
  • Rep. Howard Penny
  • Rep. Erin Pare
  • Rep. Carolyn Logan
Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations
 
  • Rep. Jamie Boles, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Dean Arp
  • Rep. John Torbett
  • Rep. Hugh Blackwell
  • Rep. Erin Pare
  • Rep. Harry Warren
  • Rep. Matthew Winslow
  • Rep. Mark Brody
  • Rep. Michael Wray
  • Rep. William Richardson
  • Rep. Amos Quick
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services
 
  • Rep. Donny Lambeth, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Larry Potts, Co-Chair
  • Rep. William Brisson
  • Rep. Becky Carney
  • Rep. Carla Cunningham
  • Rep. Wayne Sasser
  • Rep. Donna M. White
  • Rep. Gale Adcock
  • Rep. Hugh Blackwell
  • Rep. Mark Pless 
  • Rep. Kristin Baker, MD
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology
 
  • Rep. Jason Saine, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Jake Johnson, Vice-Chair
  • Rep. Dean Arp
  • Rep. Kyle Hall
  • Rep. Brenden Jones
  • Rep. David Willis 
  • Rep. Reece Pyrtle 
  • Rep. Brian Farkas
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety
 
  • Rep. Jamie Boles, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Ted Davis, Co-Chair
  • Rep. John Faircloth
  • Rep. Charles Graham
  • Rep. Allen McNeill
  • Rep. William Richardson
  • Rep. David Rogers
  • Rep. Carson Smith
  • Rep. Sarah Stevens
  • Rep. Dudley Greene
  • Rep. Garland Pierce
Legislative Research Commission
 
  • Rep. Destin Hall, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Becky Carney
  • Rep.Ted Davis, Jr.
  • Rep. Grey Mills
  • Rep. Jason Saine
Legislative Services Commission
 
  • Rep. Tim Moore, Co-Chair
  • Rep. John Bell
  • Rep. Destin Hall
  • Rep. Robert T. Reives, II
  • Rep. Jason Saine
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Local Government
 
  • Rep. Harry Warren, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Jay Adams
  • Rep. Shelly Willingham
  • Rep. Mitchell Setzer
  • Rep. Amos Quick
  • Rep. Mark Brody
  • Rep. Sam Watford 
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery
 
  • Rep. Jason Saine, Co-Chair
  • Rep. John Bell
  • Rep. Rosa Gill
  • Rep. Jon Hardister
  • Rep. Pat Hurley
  • Rep. Harry Warren
  • Rep. Lee Zachary
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and Health Choice
 
  • Rep. Donny Lambeth, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Hugh Blackwell
  • Rep. William Brisson
  • Rep. Michael Wray
  • Rep. Carla Cunningham
  • Rep. Larry Potts
  • Rep. Wayne Sasser
Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion
 
  • Rep. Donny Lambeth, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Larry Potts, Vice-Chair
  • Rep. Kristin Baker
  • Rep. Wayne Sasser
  • Rep. Donna White
  • Rep. Keith Kidwell
  • Rep. William Richardson
  • Rep. Brian Farkas
  • Rep. Charles Graham
Municipal Incorporations Subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Committee on Local Government
 
  • Rep. Harry Warren, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Jay Adams
  • Rep. Shelly Willingham
  • Rep. Mitchell Setzer
  • Rep. Amos Quick
  • Rep. Mark Brody
  • Rep. Sam Watford 
Revenue Laws Study Committee
 
  • Rep. Julia Howard, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Keith Kidwell, Vice-Chair
  • Rep. Chris Humphrey
  • Rep. Kelly Alexander
  • Rep. Becky Carney
  • Rep. Mitchell Setzer
  • Rep. Robert Reives
  • Rep. John Szoka
  • Rep. Harry Warren
  • Rep. Jon Hardister
Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee
 
  • Rep. Frank Iler, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Brenden Jones, Co-Chair 
  • Rep. Phil Shepard, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Dean Arp
  • Rep. Becky Carney
  • Rep Edward Goodwin
  • Rep. Charles Graham
  • Rep. Jake Johnson
  • Rep. Garland Pierce
  • Rep. Donnie Loftis 
  • Rep. Ben Moss 
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance
 
  • Rep. Julia Howard, Co-Chair
  • Rep. Harry Warren, Vice-Chair
  • Rep. Mark Brody
  • Rep. John Bradford 

NC Lawmakers File Motion to Recuse Justice Anita Earls in Redistricting Case

On Wednesday, attorneys for the North Carolina General Assembly filed a motion asking State Supreme Court Anita Earls to recuse herself from presiding over the redistricting cases.
 
In order to support recusal, a litigant must show “that there exists such a personal bias, prejudice or interest on the part of the judge that he would be unable to rule impartially.”
 
In the motion filed in court yesterday, attorneys for the General Assembly noted the following as justification for the recusal of Justice Earls.
 
NC State Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls
 
  • “(In) 2018, when Justice Earls was campaigning for a seat on this Court, her campaign committee—Earls For Justice Committee—accepted the maximum amount of individual funds from the National Democratic Redistricting PAC: then $5,200.00.”
 
  • “The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (“NDRC”) also endorsed Justice Earls for election.”
 
  • “Upon information and belief, on the same day the National Democratic Redistricting PAC gave Justice Earls $5,200.00 (20 September 2018) it gave $250,000.00 to the North Carolina Democratic Party’s ‘judicial coordination fund.'”
 
  • The $250,000 was funneled directly to elect Anita Earls by Eric Holder, who is now directly funding this ongoing litigation over which Justice Earls could preside.
 
  • “Defendants do not highlight these contributions to argue that they are necessarily unlawful. Rather, these contributions highlight influence—the very concern that as an advocate before joining the bench, Justice Earls argued to the federal court.”
 
  • At the time, Justice Earls argued:
 
“… If supposedly independent political committees are allowed to receive unlimited contributions, donors will use those contributions to buy access to and influence with those candidates aided by the committee. Such unlimited contributions, even if given to supposedly independent committees, create the potential for the same kind of corruption that was at the heart of the Supreme Court’s analysis in McConnell upholding restrictions on donations to party committees.”

Trial Court Upholds General Assembly Maps in Unanimous Ruling

Today a three-judge panel has ruled to uphold the North Carolina General Assembly’s maps, dismissing plaintiff’s claims of unconstitutional gerrymandering.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am pleased the trial court has ruled in our favor, upholding the maps drawn by the General Assembly in the most transparent process in North Carolina history.”

He continued, “Free and fair elections are the result of an open and honest process. The General Assembly’s maps were drawn in the light of day, after months of public comment and feedback. Unfortunately Democrat plaintiffs refuse to hold themselves to this standard. Their own proposed maps were drawn in secret, implementing feedback not from voters themselves, but from political consultants paid for by Eric Holder.”

NC Lawmakers File Motion to Recuse Justice Ervin in Redistricting Cases

On Thursday, attorneys for the North Carolina General Assembly filed a motion asking State Supreme Court Justice Samuel Ervin IV to recuse himself from presiding over the redistricting cases.
 
In order to support recusal, a litigant must show “that there exists such a personal bias, prejudice or interest on the part of the judge that he would be unable to rule impartially.”
 
In the motion filed in court yesterday, attorneys for the General Assembly noted the following as justification for the recusal of Justice Ervin.
 
State Supreme Court Samuel Ervin IV
 
  • “Justice Samuel J. Ervin IV is the only sitting justice on this Court who is currently up for reelection in November 2022 and, therefore, the only sitting justice on this Court who may face a primary if another Democratic candidate files for his seat.”
  • “Justice Ervin participated in a decision that halts candidates from filing for office against him, moves his opponents’ primary election back two months, and authorizes a truncated filing period for any more opponents when, and only when, this Court enters its final order on the proceedings…” effectively freezing out primary opponents.
  • “Decisions that he makes on redistricting may impact voter turnout or other factors of the general election.”
  • “Decisions Justice Ervin makes directly about the election process could impact his own electability and creates a situation where his own impartiality may reasonably be questioned.”
  • “Justice Ervin’s perfectly natural desire to continue public service as a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court is an interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of this proceeding.”
  • “Accordingly, Justice Ervin should follow the examples of other jurists and recuse himself from consideration of these matters.”

House Speaker Tim Moore Awarded Top Conservative Ranking Among NC Legislators

Today the American Conservative Union (ACU) released their Scorecard of North Carolina Lawmakers, ranking House Speaker Tim Moore as the top conservative legislator in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
 
ACU’s North Carolina ratings can be found in their entirety here.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am honored to have earned the American Conservative Union’s top conservative ranking in the North Carolina House. Businesses and families alike continue to flock to North Carolina to escape over regulation and higher taxes in other states.”
 
He continued, “There is no question that the conservative policies we have enacted have driven the immense growth we have experienced in North Carolina in recent years.”

Speaker Moore Announces Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion

Today House Speaker Tim Moore announces the formation of the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion.
 
The purpose of the Committee as identified in the 2021 State Budget is to consider various ways in which access to health care and health insurance can be improved for North Carolinians.
 
Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion:
 
Rep. Donny Lambeth (Co-Chairman)
Rep. Larry Potts (Vice Chairman)
Rep. Kristin Baker
Rep. Wayne Sasser
Rep. Donna White
Rep. Keith Kidwell
Rep. William Richardson
Rep. Brian Farkas
Rep. Charles Graham
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion will thoroughly investigate the healthcare needs in our state and explore all options to improve upon the state of healthcare in North Carolina. I have every confidence that the result of this committee’s work will benefit all North Carolinians.”
 
Chairman Lambeth said, “Our committee will explore and seek solutions to critical healthcare issues with the goals of broadening access to quality health care for working people, lowering health insurance premiums for everyone, addressing the cost of uncompensated care especially for rural hospitals, and providing more affordable healthcare options to help small businesses retain employees.”

NC Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Farm Act

This week the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the Right to Farm Act. The three-judge panel unanimously dismissed a challenge to the law brought by the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, North Carolina Environmental Justice Community Action Network and Waterkeeper Alliance in 2019.
 
Rep. Jimmy Dixon, Senior Chair of House Agriculture Committee said, “I am pleased with the recent ruling by the NC Court of Appeals upholding our Right To Farm laws. It is essential that our hard working family farmers be able to continue feeding a hungry world without unwarranted lawsuits.”
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “This is a great victory for farm communities across this state. North Carolina agriculture sustains our communities, provides a source of wellness and good health to North Carolina families, and is an essential driver to the economic health of our state.”