NCGA back after Labor Day break

State lawmakers have returned to Raleigh after taking off the week of Labor Day, but they’ll primarily focus this week on redistricting work ordered by a state court. Legislators are tasked with redrawing many N.C. House and Senate legislative districts after they were found unconstitutional. The new districts will be implemented for the 2020 state legislative elections.

Meanwhile, a number of other legislative items we’ve been following haven’t moved. It’s been two weeks since the N.C. House passed its version of SB 315, the N.C. Farm of Act of 2019, and the N.C. Senate has yet to vote on whether or not to concur with the House draft. And with no movement on a budget for the next two years, Gov. Cooper has signed several smaller budget bills that have mostly been related to pay raises for state employees.