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North Carolina panels retooled in bill heading to governor

June 11, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly has cleaned up the composition of six boards and commissions that North Carolina judges ruled were unconstitutional because the governor lacked enough control over them.

The legislature gave final approval on Tuesday to legislation that began when judges last summer declared the panels didn’t comply with state Supreme Court opinions. Legislative leaders previously could select a majority of members, and the governor could neither easily remove them nor overturn panel actions.

Gov. Roy Cooper sued to challenge the boards’ makeup. The bill headed to his desk now gives the majority of seats on each board to him.

The reconstituted boards are the Private Protective Services Board, Child Care Commission, Clean Water Management Trust Fund board, State Building Commission, Parks and Recreation Authority and Rural Infrastructure Authority.

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