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Wednesday wrap: Wild day at legislature

Posted April 3, 2013

— A wild day at the General Assembly included bills on sweepstakes games, the death penalty, charter schools and renewable energy, along with discussion of voter ID and religion. 

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The Senate passed legislation that repeals the last vestiges of the landmark Racial Justice Act in an effort to resume capital punishment in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, a Senate committee approved a bill that would set up a separate state board to oversee charter schools, and a House committee approved another bill that would roll back state requirements for utilities to obtain some power from renewable sources.

A second House committee heard how voter identification requirements work in Georgia and Florida, and two House members filed a bill seeking to legalize and regulate video sweepstakes games.

Finally, a House resolution calling on North Carolina to establish a state religion had people buzzing, but Republican leadership said it's unlikely ever to come up for a vote.*

(* Correction: The second sponsor of the religion bill is Rep. Carl Ford, R-Rowan, not Rowe. )

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