The Wrap @NCCapitol (May 13): Crossover Monday

Posted May 14, 2013

— It was a busy day at the North Carolina General Assembly – both inside and outside of chambers.

Inside, House lawmakers gave tentative approval to ask voters to amend the constitution in 2014 to do away with literacy tests, which were commonly used to turn away African-American voters from the polls during the first half of the 20th century.

The Wrap @NCCapitol (May 13); Crossover Monday The Wrap @NCCapitol (May 13): Crossover Monday

The House Commerce Committee also approved a repeal of the state's 2012 energy conservation building codes and to return them to less-stringent codes from 2009.

And the House Judiciary Committee rewrote a bill that would allow prosecutors to convene grand juries to investigate white collar crimes, including public corruption cases.

One of the biggest stories outside the legislature building was the arrest of 49 people taking part in an NAACP protest that's been dubbed "Moral Mondays."

On Tuesday, there's more action, including a controversial Senate bill limiting local smoking bans. There's also a debate on a measure to raise the state dropout rate from 16 to 17 years old.

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  • Tax Man May 14, 2013

    Good to see the NAACP back in jail - since they threaten to do it all again can't we just keep them there indefinitely until they promise NOT to come back and criminally trespass again? How about a judge holding them in contempt and keeping them locked up without any visitation or phone calls for thirty days? These racists need to be shut down and kept off our state property until they agree to play by the rules and quit violating the law. Each repeat should escalate their crimes to felonies and they should pay big fines, spend at least a year in prison and then about five years on probation. Of course while in jail and on probation they could not vote and then a term of the probation could be to stay away from any NC government property. What a bunch of irrelevant losers. And Barber is the biggest loser of them all as his job has no relevance anymore and he just makes the good folks of NC mad.