- Last week, Senators Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus), Warren Daniel (R-Burke), and Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) introduced Senate Bill 360, "Prohibit Collusive Settlements by the Attorney General."
- This bill would require the sign-off from legislative leaders on any deal settling a lawsuit to which the legislature is a party.
- Elections Director Karen Brinson Bell and Attorney General Josh Stein have behaved so egregiously and improperly that they've lost the trust of voters and legislators.
- Director Brinson Bell wouldn't even acknowledge that she changed state law last year, a fact that federal judges and reports have upheld for months.
- The bill ensures no elections director ever has the power to secretly execute a mid-election law change via secret settlement with political allies.
- SB 360 simply prevents state agencies from circumventing the lawmaking process and changing laws through settlements with friendly plaintiffs.
Last year, after voting had already begun, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party-controlled NCSBE, Karen Brinson Bell, and Democrat Attorney General Josh Stein secretly negotiated with the national Democratic Party's top lawyer, Marc Elias, to reach a "settlement" deal that changed election laws after voting began.
- The negotiations among allied parties took place in secret and cut out the North Carolina General Assembly, which was a co-defendant in the case.
- Multiple federal judges criticized Director Brinson Bell and Attorney General Stein for their conduct and concluded that the pair had changed state law through their secretive settlement.
- Earlier last week, Director Brinson Bell refused to even acknowledge that reality and explained her conduct by saying, "The rules were changed, but the laws were not changed."
- Director Bell has lost the trust of many voters, and legislators have no confidence in Director Brinson Bell's ability to remain impartial in her role as elections director.