UPDATE: The Senate Rules Committee approved the measure, with some amendments, sending it to the floor for a vote. House Speaker Thom Tillis also told reporters he supports the bill -- meaning it is likely to become law if Gov. Pat McCrory doesn't object. McCrory didn't answer questions Tuesday.
Hours before a Senate panel considers a bill redefining how people vote, advocacy groups planted pink flamingos in the statehouse's front lawn to suggest the rewrite will lead to the same long voting lines and problems that plagued the 2012 election in Florida.
Senate Republican leaders are planning to take a voter ID bill and add provision that cut early voting by a week, repeal same-day registration, allows counties to limit Sunday voting, ends pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds and ends straight-ticket voting. (See bill below.)
Other provisions increase the maximum donation to political candidates from $4,000 to $5,000, with future increases indexed to inflation, and limit disclosure of money spent by outside political groups that air political TV ads and send mass mailings.