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Supporters of abortion rights gather in Raleigh to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.

N.C. House passes bill to increase punishments for rioters, could overturn veto

On Feb. 8, the state House of Representatives passed House Bill 40, which increases the punishments for rioting or harming first responders and property during a protest.  H.B. 40, the Prevent Rioting and Civil Disorder bill, would punish those who participate in a riot while showing a weapon or using a dangerous substance with a Class H felony, which has a maximum sentence of 39 months in prison.

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A sign indicating where to submit ballots at First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

N.C. Republicans introduce bill to restrict mail-in voting return dates

Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly filed Senate Bill 88 on Feb. 9, proposing amendments that would restrict deadlines for mail-in ballots.  Currently, all mail-in ballots may be received by the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m., three days after Election Day, stipulating that the ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.  S.B. 88 would require all mail-in ballots must be received by the board of elections no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is located in Downtown Raleigh and houses the state Senate and House of Representatives.

N.C. Senate passes Parents' Bill of Rights, could impact LGTBQ+ students

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 49, the Parents' Bill of Rights in a 29-18 vote. The bill must now be heard on the state House's floor. The contentious bill outlines a set of rights parents should have over their children in public schools. These provisions include LGBTQ+ topics and require public schools to make policies to promote parent involvement in their child’s education, such as notifying a student’s parents prior to any changes to a student's name or pronouns used in school.

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The Every Child NC rally at Halifax Mall in Raleigh on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, ahead of the Leandro v. State of North Carolina hearing.

The Leandro case: A summary of the ongoing debate about educational funding

This November, after decades of debate over the adequacy and funding of North Carolina’s public school system, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled that hundreds of millions of dollars will be allocated for public schools. The decision in Hoke County Board of Education v. State of North Carolina is the latest development to an adjacent case from 1997, Leandro v. State of North Carolina — also known as "Leandro I." 

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