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Judge Strikes Down Dome Legislative Building Rules

Judge Strikes Down Dome Legislative Building Rules

RALEIGH — A Superior Court judge has struck down parts of new rules for the Legislative Building that were enacted after “Moral Monday” protests continued there.

Judge Carl Fox said Friday some of the rules adopted last month by the Legislative Services Commission 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.

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the NAACP, which contended the rules hampered protests.

Fox said he did not see how signs on sticks were disturbing and said the rules didn’t define a “normal tone of voice.” His ruling will be in effect until June 23, the last Monday before legislators hope to adjourn.

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