Raleigh, N.C. — 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 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.