The legislature will consider whether to allow hunting and liquor sales on Sundays.
A bill, filed by Democratic Sen. Julia Boseman, would remove a prohibition set into law in the 19th century, presumably to keep the traditional Christian Sabbath holy. Another bill would allow alcohol sales.
As a Southern state within the Bible Belt, North Carolina has more than a few so-called blue laws that restrict activities on Sundays:
ALCOHOL SALES: It is illegal to sell alcoholic beverages before noon, and counties may further restrict rural sales until 7 a.m. Monday.
ABC STORES: No state-run alcohol store can be open on Sunday, New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas day.
COURT SUMMONS: Sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers may not deliver court summons on Sundays.
SCHOOL: No public school classes can be held on Sunday.
LOCAL OPTION: With proper public notice, local government can regulate or prohibit other types of business on Sundays.