UPDATED Here’s the schedule for today’s redistricting votes at the General Assembly. Caution: It is very fluid and likely to change.
Both chambers convened for the extra session at 10 a.m. After dealing with housekeeping issues, they embarked on a two-bill track.
The Senate’s redistricting committee began meeting a little after 11 a.m. to take up the bill that dramatically redraws the state’s 13 congressional districts. That bill is scheduled to go to the full Senate for a vote at 2 p.m.
The House has scheduled its redistricting committee meeting for 3:30 p.m. to take up a bill moving the congressional primary election from March 15 to a later date. That bill would then go to the full House, which is in recess until 5 p.m.
After that, the two chambers would swap those bills, send them to the committees, and take final votes on the floor. House Speaker Tim Moore said he didn’t know how late Thursday’s session would run.
If they need it, legislators can return Friday to finish the bills. That is the deadline that three federal judges gave the state to draw new maps, ruling this month that the map drawn in 2011 constituted illegal racial gerrymandering.
The state has asked U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts to stay the lower court’s deadline while it considers whether to take up an appeal of the order. That stay would bring this week’s process to a stop.