The state House ran out of time today to discuss the Wake County school board election district, but there's a compromise that could make both Republicans and Democrats a little happier.
State House Speaker Pro Temp Paul Stam said his amendment to Senate Bill 325 would move school board members Christine Kushner and Deborah Prickett into safe election districts.
The amendment moves Kushner, the Democratic board chairwoman, out of Republican-leaning District 2 into Democrat-leaning District 5. It does the opposite for Prickett, a Republican, by moving her from District 5 to District 2.
Both board members would have a much harder time running in 2016 in the lines originally proposed in the bill.
For instance, Stam's amendment sends Prickett back in the same district as the Leesville area, where she has her strongest support.
Stam's amendment means Kushner is no longer in a district that runs from Inside the Beltline up to Wake Forest.
Stam said the bill was pulled from Tuesday's calendar so that Democratic legislators could review the new lines. While Stam said Democrats still oppose the bill, he said they're okay with his amendment.
The bill is scheduled to be voted on Thursday.
Click here and here to view the bill as it now stands in the state House and the proposed amendments that would be voted on Thursday. Click here for a map of the new lines under Stam's amendment. Click here for the maps showing the current lines and the ones in the original version of Senate Bill 325.