RALEIGH – State Rep. Garland Pierce has been appointed to the National Law, Justice and Ethics Policy committee.
Pierce is serving his 7th term in the North Carolina General Assembly and has been named Democratic Whip. He is also the primary sponsor of 14 bills being heard in the House this session.
“I look forward to serving on such an important national committee,” said Pierce who lives in Wagram.
As part of the committee, Pierce said he will work to maintain an ethical and equitable court system.
The Law, Justice and Ethics Policy Committee addresses issues related to affirmative action, criminal justice, including mandatory sentencing laws, alternatives to incarceration, ex-offend re-entry services, state and federal initiatives to eradicate illegal drug trafficking, crime victims’ assistance programs, attempts to erode Constitutional rights, and racial profiling.
The committee monitors judicial and U.S. Attorney appointments, studies the disparate treatment of African Americans in policing and the judicial system − including the death penalty and formulates policy to effect remediation.
The committee also monitors redistricting plans and the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.