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Several arrests after protests at General Assembly during special session

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Police have made several arrests after a series of protests at the General Assembly during today's special session, according to WTVD.

Officials say 16 people were arrested and Capitol Police have called Raleigh Police for backup.

The bill that is drawing the most ire from Democrats at the surprise special session in North Carolina's General Assembly, Senate Bill 4, has been passed in the Senate.

The Republican proposal dramatically reshapes the governor's power in election oversight.

Currently, the governor appoints a majority of state election board officials on the five-person panel. SB4 would expand the board to eight members. Cooper could appoint four. Republicans would select the other four. Republicans call it bipartisan good governance. Democrats call it a power grab.

The Senate adjourned for the day after passing Senate Bill 4 and will resume work at 8:30 Friday morning. The bill now moves on to the House for discussion.