Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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. )