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Redistricting Fix Done, Lawmakers Adjourn Again

The General Assembly has completed its work restoring omissions to North Carolina's new redistricting laws that lawmakers attribute to a computer code error.

The House and Senate both voted largely along party lines Monday to add census block data that got left out of the laws when they were approved in July.

Republicans downplayed the omissions problem that failed to identify more than 200 sections of the state across three maps, calling them technical in nature.

Democrats opposed to the original maps in July used the error to say the Republicans' excessive use of split voting precincts in drawing boundaries made the problem worse. They also said it's unconstitutional to fix problems with another bill.

The Legislature adjourned its one-day meeting for redistricting law repairs Monday by voting to return the Sunday night after Thanksgiving.

Then they'll meet for two additional days and could consider a host of issues, including legislation to expand Cherokee casino gambling and for assistance following Hurricane Irene, veto overrides and other pending legislation.

Legislators also scheduled on Feb. 16 and April 23 to consider redistricting maps and election law changes in case proposed boundaries are struck down and elections must be delayed.

Democrats complained the dates are proof Republicans want a full-time Legislature. Republican Senate leader Phil Berger says the once-a-decade redistricting has made for an unusual two-year session.


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