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Topic of law or provisionwhen it passedwhat the law didmost recent court to rulewhen court ruledwhat the court didnotes
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voter ID2013Required voters to have photo ID, eliminated same-day registration and shortened the early voting period4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals2016Ruled the law unconstitutionally discriminates against African Americans, overturning U.S. District Court ruling. A state case is pending in Wake County Superior Court.
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abortion ultrasounds2011
Required physicians performing abortions to do an ultrasound at least 4 hours before an abortion and describe the images
4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals2014
Ruled the law requires doctors to deliver politically motivated communications to a patient even over the patient's objection, upholding U.S. District Court. U.S. Supreme Court declined review.
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preschool cap2011Capped enrollment in a program providing pre-kindergarten to low-income 4-year-oldsN.C. Court of Appeals2012Ruled denying access to poor children violated a previous state commitment, upholding a Wake County Superior Court decision
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retention elections2015Established that incumbent N.C. Supreme Court candidates run to retain their seats before facing challengersN.C. Supreme Court2016Split 3 to 3, allowing a ruling by a panel of Superior Court judges to stand that the change would require a state constitutional amendment
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congressional districts2011Redrew NC's 13 congressional districts
Federal panel: A 4th circuit judge and two district judges
2016Declared two districts unconstitutional racial gerrymanders; the N.C. Supreme Court had approved the districts
Lawmakers responded by drawing a new district map, which is now being challenged as a partisan gerrymander
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state House and Senate districts2011Redrew NC's 170 state legislative districts
Federal panel: A 4th circuit judge and two district judges
2016Declared 28 districts unconstitutional racial gerrymanders; the N.C. Supreme Court had approved the districts
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Wake school board districts2013Redrew Wake County's nine school board districts, creating regional districts covering about half the county4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals2016Ruled the maps violated “one person, one vote” principles in the U.S. Constitution and gave unfair advantages to voters in suburban districts
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Wake county commissioner districts
2015Redrew Wake County's county commissioner districts to match the school board districts4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals2016Ruled the maps violated “one person, one vote” principles in the U.S. Constitution and gave unfair advantages to voters in suburban districts
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teacher tenure2013Phased out job protections for teachers who had already earned themN.C. Supreme Court2016Ruled the change violated the contracts clause of the U.S. Constitution. The state still can withhold employment protections from teachers hired since the law passed.
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annexation2011Made involuntary annexations possible only if most affected landowners agreedWake County Superior Court2012Ruled election process violated the NC constitution because it allowed only property owners to cast ballotsThe legislature responded by allowing a referendum requiring a simple majority vote
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same-sex marriage2012Sent a constitutional amendment to the voters to limit marriage to a man and a woman; voters approvedU.S. District Court2014Ruled the law violated 14th Amendment rights of equal protection under law, after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not review marriage rulings in five states
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Planned Parenthood cuts2011Cut off funding to a Planned Parenthood affiliateU.S. District Court2011Ruled NC must honor its contract with the affiliate pending the outcome of the lawsuit the organization filed
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coal ash panel2014Created the Coal Ash Management Commission and two other commissionsN.C. Supreme Court2016Ruled the governor, not the legislature, has the authority to create an executive branch commission
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school vouchers2013Provides as much as $4,200 a year in vouchers for low-income families wanting to send their kids to private schoolsN.C. Supreme Court2015Upheld the vouchers, overturning a Superior Court judge
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Choose Life license plates2011Allows the state to issue license plates that read "Choose Life"4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals2016
Originally ruled it unconstitutional to issue the plates and reject an an abortion rights plate, but reversed after Supreme Court ordered reconsideration in light of a ruling in a Texas case.
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Greensboro city council districts2015Redrew districts for Greensboro city council-A trial is scheduled for 2017 after a U.S. District Court injunction kept the districts from taking effect in the 2015 election.
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magistrate recusal2015Allows magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples, passing the duties to a different magistrate-A U.S. District Court judge is considering whether to let a lawsuit continue.
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transgender bathrooms2016
Prevents local anti-discrimination laws stricter than state law; directs who should use which bathrooms in government facilities
-A U.S. District Court judge is considering whether to halt the law while legal cases are pending.
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workplace conditions2015
Allows employers to sue anyone who intentionally is hired to publicize unsafe or inhumane conditions or to steal records
-A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court.
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