Politics & Government

NC legislature appeals ruling over appointment powers

Lawyers for the General Assembly on Thursday formally appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court this week’s landmark ruling over state appointment powers.

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office joined the appeal filed by private attorneys representing Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore.

The lawmakers are appealing a ruling by a three-judge panel that the governor, not the legislature, has the power to appoint members of boards such as the Coal Ash Commission which are “administrative or executive in character.”

The ruling made an appeal automatic.

Though the long-term impact of the ruling remains unclear, the short-term effect has been a freeze on most appointments to most state boards and commissions.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory called the panel’s ruling “historic.”

“I’m proud to stand up for our constitution and the citizens of North Carolina,” he said in a statement earlier this week. “I’d like to thank former Governors Jim Martin and Jim Hunt for joining me in this effort.”

Berger and Moore, both Republicans, said the decision “disregards a century of rulings from our state Supreme Court.”

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