The Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee is a standing committee of the North Carolina State Senate.
Per Section 31 of the Senate Rules, committees of the North Carolina State Senate are assigned by the President Pro Tempore. The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. The President Pro Tempore shall have the right and the authority to appoint the chair and vice-chair of each standing committee. The President Pro Tempore and the Deputy President Pro Tempore shall serve as ex officio members of each standing committee and subcommittee.
See rules: Senate Resolution 1
Voting Rights Bill
Committee Chair Tom Apodaca moved an "omnibus voting rights bill" to the North Carolina State Senate. Included in the bill were the removal of the state's early voting period, Sunday voting, and same-day registration provisions. Some critics of the bill said it will hurt Democrats, who cast nearly 50% more early voting ballots than Republicans in 2012, and African-Americans, who accounted for almost 30% of all early voting in 2012. Apodaca, however, stated his belief that the law would improve the integrity of the voting process. Because of the Supreme Court's action on the Voting Rights Ac, the state would not require U.S. Department of Justice approval before the bill is signed into law.
- ↑ North Carolina State Legislature, "Senate Resolution 1," accessed January 27, 2014(Rule 31)
- ↑ North Carolina State Legislature, "Senate Resolution 1," accessed January 27, 2014(Rule 34(b))
- ↑ slate.com, "North Carolina's Coming Voter Law Apocalypse," July 2, 2013
- ↑ latimes.com, "In North Carolina, voting procedure changes loom," June 29, 2013