The North Carolina General Assembly has been more unpredictable than usual this year. The upcoming special session, which GOP leaders say will last only three days, has been especially hard to nail down with the exception of the constitutional amendment to limit who can marry. The range of other options left in the adjournment resolution in the last session left a lot of possibilities.
Via NC Policy Watch:
Hard as it might be to believe – especially in light of the much ballyhooed promises of the state GOP to bring all sorts of new openness and transparency to state government this year – no one in the House or Senate leadership has officially announced what’s on the agenda for next week.
In an article for the Indy, I tried to break down what can be brought up, but what will be brought up is a different matter. The only real clues have been in interviews with legislative leaders in both the House and Senate.
Since I filed that story there have further indications that eminent domain would not likely come up and the deal to allow gambling expansion at the Cherokee casino is not ripe.
Still, a lot can happen in three days. From the Indy article:
Under the adjournment resolution passed at the end of the previous special session, the ground rules for the upcoming session allow the General Assembly to consider bills that have been vetoed, legislation from conference committees, redistricting revisions, local bills and “any bills relating to election laws.”
Here’s the adjournment bill:
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 938
A JOINT RESOLUTION further adjourning the 2011 regular session of the general assembly to a date certain and limiting the matters that may be considered upon reconvening.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
SECTION 1. When the Senate and the House of Representatives adjourn on Thursday, July 28, 2011, they stand adjourned to reconvene on Monday, September 12, 2011, at 12:00 noon.
SECTION 2. During the regular session that reconvenes on Monday, September 12, 2011, only the following matters may be considered:
a. Revising the Senate districts and the apportionment of Senators among those districts.
b. Revising the Representative districts and the apportionment of Representatives among those districts.
c. Revising the districts for the election of members of the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States and the apportionment of Representatives among those districts.
d. Bills responding to actions related to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
e. Bills responding to actions related to litigation concerning Congressional, State House, or State Senate districts.
(2) Bills returned by the Governor with her objections under Section 22 of Article II of the Constitution of North Carolina, but solely for the purpose of considering overriding of the veto upon reconsideration of the bill.
(3) Bills in which the General Assembly makes an appointment or appointments to public office and which contain no other matter.
a. Proposing an amendment or amendments to the Constitution of North Carolina and containing no other matter.
b. Proposing an amendment or amendments to the Constitution of North Carolina and containing no other matter other than statutory conforming changes to implement such bills.
c. Bills that solely make statutory and transitional changes to implement bills under subâ€‘subdivision a. of this subdivision.
(5) Any bills relating to election laws.
(6) Adoption of conference reports for bills which were in conference as of Thursday, July 28, 2011.
(7) Joint resolutions proposing a joint session to consider confirmation of the Governor’s appointments to the State Board of Education pursuant to G.S. 115Câ€‘10.
(8) Joint resolutions confirming the Governor’s appointments to the State Board of Education pursuant to G.S. 115Câ€‘10.
(9) Local bills pending in the House Rules Committee on July 28, 2011.
(10) Bills to ratify and make statutory conforming changes pursuant to a Tribal Compact negotiated by the Governor.
(11) A joint resolution further adjourning the 2011 Regular Session to a date certain.
SECTION 3. This resolution is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 28th day of July, 2011.