Following court ruling, N Carolina governor revives 6 boards
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has decided to revive six government boards and commissions struck down by a state court as unconstitutional without waiting for legislative action because he says their work must continue, particularly in Hurricane Florence’s aftermath.
Cooper signed executive orders Monday re-establishing the panels so he controls a majority of the appointments. Judges ruled in August the makeup of the original panels failed to meet recently developed constitutional standards.
Cooper’s orders say he acted because lawmakers wouldn’t act on retooling the boards in state law until at least late November. General Assembly action likely would override his orders.
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.