Tired of waiting, Cooper wants appointees to 3 boards OK’d
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says it’s “disrespectful” to North Carolina residents and “inexcusable” that the Republican-controlled legislature hasn’t yet confirmed 10 of his nominees to three state boards and wants them to vote this week.
Cooper wrote Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore on Monday to complain about inaction on his nominees from April, May and June to the Utilities Commission, State Board of Education and state employee and teacher pension system board. He says the delay for Utilities Commission positions is particularly troublesome because they are full-time jobs.
Lawmakers were returning to Raleigh briefly starting Monday night for a veto override, but Moore spokesman Joseph Kyzer says the House doesn’t plan to consider Cooper’s appointment until January and will communicate those plans to the governor.
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Bill Rabon also said earlier this month confirmations for the education and utilities boards wouldn’t occur until January. Rabon said then it was common to take some time before confirming a governor’s appointees.