Raleigh, N.C. — A hastily called committee voted Thursday to pass new rules for citizens’ use of the Legislative Building – just in time for planned protests next week.
The rules haven’t been updated since 1987. The Legislative Services Commission, which sets the rules, hasn’t even met since 1999. Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, said he and other commission members weren’t officially appointed until Wednesday.
Democrats say the rule changes are a blatant attempt to keep protesters in the "Moral Monday" movement out of the building. Republicans say the update was needed because of recent court rulings in Moral Monday arrest cases from last year. (Source: Read more)