Phil Berger

Special session arguments focus on notice, instruction

Arguments over the legitimacy of a December 2016 special legislative session called by North Carolina Republicans centered Wednesday on what "adequate notice" and the constitutional right for state residents to "instruct" their legislators mean.

A panel of three Superior Court judges heard from lawyers for government reform group Common Cause and 10 state residents who argue the session was illegal. The judges also heard from state attorneys who said GOP legislative leaders followed the rules in calling themselves to work.

The panel didn't immediately rule after a two-hour hearing on a request to declare the session unconstitutional, voiding the...