Raleigh, N.C. — A Monday night debate over requiring legislative approval to remove Confederate memorials and other "objects of remembrance" produced a heated debate, even though the proposal's backers said it would keep the flames of passion from any local removal efforts.
The House gave preliminary approval to the measure, which comes amid the national debate over the Confederate battle flags and similar symbols in the wake of a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine people dead. A final vote is expected Tuesday, which would send the bill to Gov. Pat McCrory.
A Senate committee approved a bill that would set next March 15 as the date for North Carolina's presidential primary. Lawmakers previously voted to separate the presidential primary from other primaries in May and move the contest to February to attract more attention, but the national Democratic and Republican parties vowed to take away some of the state's delegates unless the primary was pushed back into March.