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At noon on Thursday, August 1st, at the Reuter Terrace in Pack Plaza- midway between the Vance Monument and the city and county buildings, the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform and citizen activists from Buncombe and Henderson Counties will recognize the hard work of Rep. Chuck McGrady ( R- Henderson), Rep. Susan
Fisher (D- Buncombe) and Rep Nathan Ramsey (R-Buncombe) to promote NOnpartisan Redistricting in North Carolina. ( The three legislators will be present.)They will be honored by the citizens for their commitment. All three of the legislators are sponsors and cosponsors of House Bill 606, Nonpartisan Redistricting, which was introduced in the North Carolina House last spring with 61 sponsors and cosponsors. It is identical to a bill which passed the North Carolina House by a bi-partisan vote of 88 to 27 in 2011.
The three representative, the activists from Buncombe and Henderson County , and the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform are committed to seeing the bill passed in the 2014 short session. They are joined in that commitment by Speaker Thom Tillis and Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam who have said that they, too will continue to work for nonpartisan redistricting in North Carolina.
The bill provides for a criteria and data driven system to create legislative and Congressional districts. It disregards partisan factors in drawing those districts.
The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform is a nonpartisan organization made up of almost 40 organizations committed to open and accessible good government in North Carolina.