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Neighbors on Call's Weekly Policy Update for 8/16/21

Fair Representation

  • On Thursday the NC General Assembly set criteria for the redistricting process. Criteria created by Republican leadership, who mostly ignored input from Democrats, included the banning of use of data from previous elections, partisan registration data, and data about race in the redrawing process. Democrats pointed out that even if these data sets are not directly loaded onto the redistricting systems, outside groups will run such analyses and provide input to legislators outside of the official, nominally transparent process, and they advocated for conducting analyses using race data after the initial draw to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

Voting Rights

Economic Policy

Gun Violence Prevention

  • On Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee passed HB 398, which would make handguns easier to buy. The bill would repeal North Carolina’s pistol purchase permit law, which currently requires people wishing to buy handguns to get permits from county sheriffs. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association supports the repeal of the permit law, but advocates for gun violence prevention condemned the bill, since the permit requirement is often the only check on people purchasing handguns from unlicensed dealers.

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