Proving that nothing is ever dead at the N.C. General Assembly, the Senate revived a measure to keep the Judicial Standards Commission's reprimands of judges secret.
The Senate voted down the measure a week ago, led by prominent Republicans who joined forces with Democrats, citing transparency concerns.
But 11 Republican senators switched votes Thursday when the bill resurfaced, approving it 28 to 14. The 11 who voted against it before they voted for it: Tom Apodaca, Chad Barefoot, Tamara Barringer, Kathy Harrington, Brent Jackson, Wesley Meredith, Louis Pate, Ron Rabon, Jeff Tarte, Tommy Tucker and Trudy Wade.
Now reprimands of judges won't be made public unless the N.C. Supreme Court concurs and makes it public. The measure (HB652) now goes back to the House, where a different version won unanimous approval earlier this year.