RALEIGH, N.C. — Protesters, lobbyists and lawmakers alike should soon be free to put signs on sticks and talk, shout, or sing as loud as they’d like in the halls of the Legislative Building.
A Superior Court judge in Wake County on Friday struck down some of the new rules for the Legislative Building that were enacted last month following dozens of "Moral Monday" protests that resulted in the arrests of more than 900 people.
Judge Carl Fox said some of the rules the Legislative Services Commission adopted last month for the building where the General Assembly meets are overly broad and vague, including one that prohibited sounds that hindered someone’s ability to have a conversation in a "normal tone of voice" and one that banned signs attached to sticks. It’s uncertain when Fox will sign the ruling and whether it will apply to next week’s "Moral Monday" rally. (Source: Read more)