It was a tough day for Republican state Representatives John Torbett and John Faircloth (of Gaston and Guilford counties, respectively), the guys who wanted to label some North Carolina protesters “economic terrorists” and charge them with felonies. Thankfully, House Bill 249 died today in a 6–5 vote.
Here’s what HB 249 would have done, from the INDY‘s Sarah Willets:
A bill introduced in the state House today could label some disruptive protesters as “economic terrorists” and criminalizes blocking streets while participating “in a riot or other unlawful assembly.” […]
The bill seems to fall in line with others filed recently by Republican legislators nationwide in an attempt to curb protesting.…