Archive: 2016 December Special Sessions

  • Three-judge panel blocks overhaul of elections board

    RALEIGH — A three-judge Superior Court panel has blocked the overhaul of the State Board of Elections until the case can go to trial or unless a higher court overturns a preliminary injunction. Kellie Myers, Wake County’s trial court administrator, notified the state elections board staff Thursday afternoon. The…

  • Court halts revamp of elections board

    Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens issued a temporary restraining order on Friday preventing a revamp of the State Board of Elections enacted earlier this month from taking effect. Gov.-elect Roy Cooper charged that the new law violates separation of powers. Under Senate Bill 4, the State Board of Elections…

  • H.B. 2 alive as special session can’t agree on repeal

    After a day of repeated pauses and extended recesses, just before 8 p.m. Wednesday the General Assembly adjourned its fifth special session of the term without accomplishing its intended purpose: repealing House Bill 2. The Senate rejected a proposal from Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, to combine a repeal of…

  • State education board silent on fate of H.B. 17

    The State Board of Education on Tuesday convened a special meeting to discuss the constitutionality of House Bill 17, but members adjourned without saying what they talked about or revealing their next move, if they have one. The substance of the meeting was held in…

  • UPDATE: McCrory signs House Bill 17

    UPDATED, Dec. 20, 11:40 a.m.: Gov. McCrory signed the measure and it is now Session Law 2016-126. In a press release, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday evening he would sign House Bill 17, the measure reorganizing the executive branch and limiting the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper.