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N Carolina legislature finalizes 4 ethics commission spots

February 6, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized its appointments to a State Ethics Commission revived after two years of litigation.

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to fill four of the commission’s eight spots with the picks of the House speaker and Senate leader. The Senate approved those appointments earlier this week. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper chooses the other four commissioners.

A separate ethics commission was in place for decades until the legislature tried in 2016 to combine duties with the elections board. Courts struck down the combined panel’s composition, leading to separate panels starting Jan. 31.

The legislature’s choices are former Speaker Carl Stewart, recent Sen. Shirley Randleman, ex-Rep. Roger West and former Shaw University President Clarence Newsome.

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