RALEIGH — A ruling that threw out two state constitutional amendments was stayed by the N.C. Court of Appeals, pending a review, on March 6.

The ruling keeps state constitutional amendments establishing photo ID requirements to vote and a 7 percent maximum allowable state income tax rate (previously 10 percent) that voters approved in the November election.

The case, N.C. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Clean Air N.C. against N.C. House and Senate leaders Tim Moore and Phil Berger, ended on Feb. 22 with Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins ruling that the NCGA did not have the power to pass the amendments due to a previous decision that declared the body an illegal racial gerrymander.

The appeal was filed March 4 by Berger and Moore for a writ of supersedeas, which would suspend the authority of the trial court to execute a ruling.

“This court will rule on the petition for writ of supersedeas upon the filing of a response to the petition or the expiration of the time for a response if no response is filed,” the March 6 ruling stated.

A response from the plaintiffs is due by March 19.


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