As expected North Carolina’s House and Senate are set to take up plans to end the state’s publicly financed judicial campaign system for the appellate courts and return the state to partisan judicial races.
HB 451, entitled “Election Omnibus” simply deletes Article 22D of Chapter 163, the public financing system and returns state judicial races to the list of races to be held on a partisan basis. It joins the previously filed HB 65 / SB 39 which focuses solely on the judicial races/public financing portions of the state’s election law.
The House bills are both in the House Elections Committee. Senate Bills SB 39 and SB 495 are in the Senate Rules Committee while SB 541 was only filed yesterday (March 28) and is not yet in a committee.