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September 02, 2014
NCGA Protest Rulings Could Ripple Downward
By Dan Way
RALEIGH — A legal challenge to the General Assembly’s new rules on public use and behavior at the legislative complex could reshape public access and speech rights on public property all the way down to local governments. Plaintiffs say North Carolina’s protections of free speech at the legislative complex are sufficiently expansive to allow the sorts of raucous rallies that have taken place over the past two General Assembly sessions.