The Republican-led General Assembly won't take up the redistricting of North Carolina's Congressional and legislative districts until July, but some proposed maps of the new GOP-drawn districts were released late Friday afternoon.
The proposed state House map of districts intended to comply with the federal Voting Rights Act to ensure representation for racial minorities is available for download here, along with supporting data.
The proposed Senate map of districts is available here, along with supporting data.
In a joint letter from House redistricting chairs Rep. David Lewis of Dunn and Sen Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville, the Republicans announced that a public hearing on the proposed districts will be held next week in some of the affected areas.
On June 23 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., public hearing on the proposed VRA districts and four other districts proposed by the GOP chairs will be held simutaniously at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, East Carolina University and Roanoke-Chowan Community College.
Those wishing to speak are instructed to call the General Assembly at 919-733-7928 or consult the legislature's web site for signup procedures.
The proposed lines for the state's Congressional districts are not expected to be released until July 1.
There was enough data released today to keep a cruise ship full of lawyers, lobbyists and party analysts busy for a couple weeks.
But at first blush, Dome can safely declare that the era of district lines drawn to resemble the shapes of rare deep-sea creatures didn't die with Democratic control of the legislature.