Thirteen NC Bills Passed, Later Overturned by the Courts

Many of these bills/laws hurt women

Here are thirteen major bills that were overturned via lawsuits that North Carolina lost in recent years. NC NOW VP of Legislation Robin Davis referred to this information in her part of the “How NC Laws Have Impacted Women” panel at the NC NOW Conference, “Women Making History NOW.” The information came from WRAL’s fact check of what Candidate for Attorney General Josh Stein said in a debate. The truth is that Stein was right! WRAL found 13 bad laws that have been struck down!

NC NOW PAC endorsed Candidate for Attorney General, Josh Stein

These bills that became laws attacked Planned Parenthood, interfered with women’s doctors’ visits, banned gay marriage, took away teachers tenure rights, and more.

  1. The 2011 budget bill stripped Planned Parenthood of state funding. A federal judge ruled against the state in 2011. Funding for the women’s health provider has continued to be an issue at the General Assembly.
  2. Lawmakers used a midnight veto override session in 2012 to take away the North Carolina Association of Educators’ ability to charge dues through payroll deductions. A state judge ruled that bill unconstitutional.
  3. A 2011 bill required abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before she can have an abortion. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down that law.
  4. Voters passed an amendment to the state constitution in 2012 banning gay marriage. Federal courts ruled that measure invalid in 2014.
  5. Lawmakers crafted a sweeping rewrite of state election laws in 2013. A federal appeals court found much of that law, including a voter ID provision, to be unconstitutional. This case is still on appeal, but the 4th Circuit ruling governs the 2016 elections. 
  6. The state Supreme Court sided with Gov. Pat McCrory over lawmakers in a disagreement over who ought to control certain environmental functions, including coal ash cleanup.
  7. State courts ruled that a plan to have state Supreme Court justices elected in retention elections was invalid under the state constitution.
  8. The state Supreme Court struck down an effort to strip veteran teachers of their tenure rights this year.
  9. Federal courts have also struck down redistricting plans passed by lawmakers for Congress,
  10. the state House,
  11. the state Senate,
  12. the Wake County Board of Education
  13. and the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

Source: WRAL Fact Check.

Note: Josh Stein is one of the candidates endorsed by the NC NOW PAC.

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