NC House Will Appeal Trial Court Ruling in Redistricting Case

Today a three-judge panel ruled that while the legislature’s state house and state senate maps will be upheld by the court, the remedial congressional map drawn by the legislature must be tossed out and replaced with a congressional map drawn in an unknown, black-box manner.
 
The three-judge panel has changed our congressional map from one of the most competitive to one of the least competitive congressional maps in the country.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Today’s ruling is nothing short of egregious. The trial court’s decision to impose a map drawn by anyone other than the legislature is simply unconstitutional and an affront to every North Carolina voter whose representation would be determined by unelected, partisan activists.”
 
He continued, “Let me clear: this court has effectively taken a hammer to our state constitution and the rule of law, and I will appeal this ruling with respect to the congressional map immediately on behalf of the voters.”

North Carolina House Approves Congressional, State Senate Maps

Today the North Carolina House approved new Congressional and state Senate maps.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “The Congressional and state Senate maps we have passed today fully comply with the court’s guidelines, and I am confident that these maps will ultimately be upheld.”
 
He continued, “I look forward to the court’s approval of our maps and ultimately resuming the good work we are focused on in the General Assembly.”

NC House Passes Free the Smiles Act in Veto-Proof, Bipartisan Vote, Returning Student Masking Decisions to Parents

Today, the North Carolina House has passed the Free the Smiles Act in a veto-proof, bipartisan vote of 76-42. The bill will give parents the right to opt out of student mask mandates for their children.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “All health care decisions for our students belong with their parents, not with politicians or bureaucrats. No one cares about these children more than their parents, and no one is better-suited to make these decisions.”
 
He continued, “This action is long overdue. While politicians have failed to roll back these onerous restrictions that have resulted in learning loss, young children have paid the heaviest price for ongoing mandates and restrictions that are simply not based on science or current data.”

North Carolina House Passes State House Map in Bipartisan Vote

Today, in a vote of 115-5, following a mutual agreement between both Democrats and Republicans, the North Carolina House passed a new state map in a bipartisan vote.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am proud of the bipartisan vote today and that we have passed a State House map for North Carolina.”
 
He continued, “Furthermore, I am confident that the House has passed a map that complies with the court’s guidelines and will be upheld in court.”

House Republicans and Democrats Reach Agreement on State House Map

Joint statement from
House Speaker Tim Moore and House Minority Leader Robert Reives:
 
Today, House Leadership from both parties reached an agreement on a State House map. We are confident that this will result in a map that has bipartisan support. This agreement is the result of several days of good faith discussions between House leaders in both parties.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore: New Bill Will Return Student Masking Decisions to Parents

Today, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore announced a new bill that will give parents the right to opt out of student mask mandates for their children.
 
Although Governor Cooper said last week that the NC DHHS would be updating COVID guidelines for students, the only update to the toolkit was to contact tracing. Unfortunately, North Carolina students are still masked in the classroom.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Let me be clear: It’s parents, not politicians who should be making these decisions for their children. As other states across the country lift mask mandates and restrictions, North Carolina’s children will not be left behind.”
 
He continued, “Confusing guidance from politicians has kept student masking policies in place, despite the fact that children are the demographic with the lowest risk, cases are plummeting, and the data has shown the learning loss and delays that have resulted from ongoing restrictions. It is time to return this decision back to parents, where it belongs.”
 
Senate Bill 671 is scheduled to be heard tomorrow in House Education K-12 at 9:00 AM.

DHHS Refuses to Eliminate Student Mask Mandates, New Legislation Considered in NC House

Raleigh, NC— Yesterday, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper asking him to end the policies that effectively mandate masks in schools, as most governors across the country finally do the same.
 
Although Governor Cooper said yesterday that the DHHS would be updating COVID guidelines for students, the only update to the toolkit was to contact tracing. Unfortunately, North Carolina students will continue to be masked in the classroom.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “This failure by Governor Cooper and DHHS to roll back obsolete mask mandates will mean that many schools will leave those mandates in place. Yesterday’s updates were simply not strong enough. We must do more to protect our children from further learning setbacks and the other consequences of keeping these mandates in place.”
 
He continued, “As soon as redistricting is completed, we will be advancing legislation in the House to give parents the ability to opt-out of mask requirements. Virginia is already advancing a bipartisan bill just like this. It is parents, not politicians, who should decide whether or not to mask their children.”

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore Urges Governor: End Student Masking Policies

Today, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper asking to end the policies that have disrupted classrooms and hindered student achievement and repeal the guidelines that force healthy kids to stay home and effectively mandate masks in schools, as most governors across the country finally do the same.
 
NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Throughout the pandemic, it has been our young children who have paid the heaviest price for the Governor’s endless state of emergency and ongoing mandates and restrictions.”
 
He continued, “It is time to end the policies that have disrupted classrooms and hindered student achievement. The science does not support these onerous restrictions that continue to harm our children. I urge Governor Cooper to repeal the guidelines that force healthy kids to stay home and effectively mandate masks in schools.”

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.”