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Lawmakers Divided Over Commissions Compromise

NC House
Jessica Jones

Legislators in Raleigh can't agree over a bill that would revamp several important state boards and commissions.

Members of the House and Senate have worked to reach a compromise for several weeks over Senate Bill 10. The measure would strip many boards and commissions of members so Governor McCrory could appoint new ones.

Lawmakers had agreed to a compromise that would allow special Superior Court judges appointed before April 1 to serve out their terms. After that the governor would not be able to appoint replacements.

The Senate approved the measure 32 to 18. But House lawmakers voted unanimously to reject it, because Governor McCrory has appointed two judges since April first, though they haven't taken their seats yet. It's not clear whether both houses will try to resolve their differences over the measure.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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