Effort resumes to rein in N.C. governor’s emergency powers

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — General Assembly Republicans are redoubling their efforts to curb broad powers of North Carolina’s governor during an extensive emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Senate committee voted on Wednesday for a measure that would require governors to get specific support from other elected leaders if they wish to extend an emergency order. GOP leaders have been critical of how Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper extended coronavirus emergency declarations and restrictions without support from the Council of State.

Democrats say state lawmakers already have the power to supersede executive orders with legislation and note that nearly all of Cooper’s actions that were challenged in court were upheld.

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