• Kurt Ward

Governor Cooper Vetoes Bill

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has once again vetoed a bill designed to rein in his power. Monday, Governor Cooper, a Democrat, vetoed the Republican-led bill – a bill that would have limited our state governor to enforce a statewide emergency order for only seven days, unless that order receives support from a majority of the Council of State. Under terms of the bill, the Council of State could extend the state of emergency to 45 days. Longer than that would require the legislature to pass a new law. With the spread of COVID 19, Governor Cooper issued his first COVID-related emergency order in March 2020. Many Republicans have said the governor’s mandates have harmed our state’s small business and they want to see the governor’s powers limited.

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