State lawmakers returned to Raleigh on Thursday, greeted by 50 demonstrators, but took no action before adjourning.
The House and Senate will reconvene at 9 a.m. Saturday -- as required by the adjournment resolution -- but no votes are expected.
House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger told lawmakers not to attend because the chambers wouldn't take any official action. The legislative mini-session was scheduled in November to allow for adjustments to the new redistricting maps, if needed.
Democrats and liberal groups didn't trust Tillis' pledge not to take action after Republicans engineered a midnight special session on short notice in January. About two-thirds of the House and half the Senate attended the noon session, with many being Democrats. A cadre of liberal groups protested outside the legislative building before the session to demonstrate against the midnight session and Republican efforts to enact various legislation, such as a voter ID bill.
After the session, Tillis said he kept his word.