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.”