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The North Carolina General Assembly will hold six public hearings Monday across the state for comments on what congressional maps should look like if they're forced to redraw them


RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina legislative leaders have scheduled six public hearings across the state to determine what new congressional maps should look like as they await a decision on whether those maps must be redrawn by next week.

Monday's meetings are taking place because federal judges last week struck down the 1st and 12th Districts as illegal racial gerrymanders. The judges want new maps by Feb. 19. State attorneys say the maps are legal and should be used in next month's primary, but they needed a plan if the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't step in.

Rep. David Lewis says Gov. Pat McCrory could call the entire legislature to Raleigh next Thursday to vote on boundaries if necessary.

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