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House Schedules Veto Override Vote For Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:40
Speaker Tim Moore has scheduled a veto override vote before the full House of Representatives Wednesday. 
 
Governor Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 100 which would list party affiliations for North Carolina Superior and District courts. 
 
Senate Confirmation Of Cabinet Picks Ruled Constitutional PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 March 2017 08:59
A three judge panel has ruled Senate confirmation of Governor Roy Cooper's cabinet picks ia constitutional. 
 
In a December special session, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring Senate approval of cabinet appointees, a clearly recognized in the state constitution. However, Cooper challenged the law in court, saying the confirmation process was part of a strategy to dilute the powers of the Executive Branch 
 
The ruling from Superior Court Judges Jesse Caldwell, Todd Burke and Jeff Foster was not unanimous. 
 
Burke wrote that despite the power being in the constitution, the question should be put before voters because no previous legislature has exercised that power. 
 
Shelly Carver, a spokeperson for senate President Phil Berger, praised the decision.
 
“It is encouraging the court recognized the plain language in our state’s constitution providing for a transparent confirmation process for unelected cabinet secretaries who control multi-billion dollar budgets and make decisions affecting millions of everyday North Carolinians.”
 
Judges Rule Ethics And Elections Board Merger Is Unconstitutional PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 March 2017 08:37
A three judge panel ruled the General Assembly acted outside the bounds of the state constitution when it revamped the state elections board and ethics commission. . 
 
In a December special session, the General Assembly passed a measure merging the two boards into a single entity with legislative and gubernatorial appointments evenly divided. Previously, the governor had the majority of picks on both boards. However, the court found bothe boards fall under the purview of the Executive branch and having a single board with appointees evenlysplit would tilt the balance of power to the General Assembly. 
 
A spokeswoman for Senate leader Phil Berger said the senator’s office has yet to decide whether the decision will be appealed. In a statement, she wrote:
 
"...it is disappointing that two judges awarded Gov. Cooper – who has made several ethically questionable decisions recently – total control of the ethics oversight of elected officials, instead of upholding a bipartisan board that North Carolinians can trust to settle ethics decisions and election outcomes fairly."
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 March 2017 08:41
 
Public Safety And Transportation Secretaries Win Senate Confirmation PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 March 2017 11:10
The North Carolina Senate unanimously confirmed James Trogdon as Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Erik Hooks as Secretary of the Department of Public Safety.
 
“Leading the agencies responsible for keeping North Carolinians safe and building the roads and bridges needed to connect them to their jobs and families are critically important roles,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham). “I appreciate Secretary Hooks and Secretary Trogdon for committing to serve our state honorably, and for participating in this confirmation process.”
 
On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce and Nominations committees unanimously voted to recommend confirmation of both officials following a thorough and transparent hearing process where senators evaluated their qualifications, possible conflicts of interest and willingness to follow the law.
 
Nominations Committee Co-Chairman Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) praised the nominees’ willingness to come before the Senate, saying the process “…proves that we are truly trying to be more transparent than we have ever been, and that we are letting the people of North Carolina learn about and hear from people that they normally do not hear from or know very little about… and I am very proud of both of these individuals.”
 
 
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