Legislature bans advocacy group events from indoor courtyards

Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble has changed the rules that governing the tables used by advocacy groups in the Legislative Building's four courtyards.

By Lynn Bonner, The News & Observer

The carnival atmosphere at the Legislative Building where visitors could get their blood pressure checked, grab a doughnut, and learn about state forests from displays in the indoor courtyards has ended.

“Tabling” will no longer be allowed in the Legislative Building. People have been directed to use the legislative dining room instead. Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble said the courtyards become congested, and it gets too noisy for legislators to work.

The Legislative Building is not a meeting hall, he said. “We’ve had some legitimate complaints from members and staff that it’s getting out of hand,” Coble said.