A perpetual state of emergency: NC governor’s unilateral power must be limited

North Carolina has now been under Gov. Roy Cooper’s unilateral statewide state of emergency for over 33% of his entire tenure in office – or nearly 600 days. The current order was impressed upon the citizens of North Carolina on March 10, 2020, without following statutory mandates to consult with the Council of State. In...

Rep. John Bell

Cooper vetoes at a record high, reshaping political strategy

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed more legislation than all other North Carolina governors combined. With the past three vetoes stamped over the past three weeks, Cooper’s total comes to 57 vetoes, and the session isn’t over. The next closest was Democrat Gov. Bev Perdue, with 20 vetoes during her tenure from 2009 to 2013. Her...

Donna King

Bill curbing a governor’s powers moves from Senate Judiciary Committee to Rules

A bill to curtail a governor’s power during a state emergency has easily passed a Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure, Senate Bill 346, now heads to the Senate’s Rules Committee. Republican Sens. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County, Jim Burgin of Harnett, and Carl Ford of Stanley are primary sponsors. The bill allows an executive order...

John Trump

Two critical reforms to N.C.’s Emergency Management Act 

 Looking into January, state legislative sessions will begin across the nation. For many states, a critical focus point will be on the emergency powers those states’ governments have exercised in the wake of COVID-19.  North Carolina is no exception. Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 executive orders have been controversial and provocative. These orders have led to...

Donald Bryson

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