- Associated Press - Monday, August 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A second-term North Carolina Republican legislator is moving up the state House leadership ladder by taking some of the reins of the powerful House Rules Committee.

Speaker Tim Moore announced on Monday that Rep. Destin Hall of Caldwell County will co-chair the committee with veteran Rep. David Lewis, who announced last month he’s not seeking reelection this fall after 18 years in the House. The rules committee manages the flow of legislation in the chamber. Lewis has been considered Moore’s top lieutenant since he became speaker in 2015. The legislature reconvenes in early September.

Hall’s elevation sends a signal that he would be Moore’s choice to succeed Lewis should Republicans retain control of the chamber following the November elections. Moore was previously rules chairman under then-Speaker Thom Tillis.

Hall, an attorney, already is a co-chairman of the House election committee. He’s shepherded legislation that addressed the rights of crime victims, improved access to absentee balloting this fall and mandated sheriffs comply with requests by federal immigration agents to hold inmates they believe are in the country unlawfully.

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