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McCrory says he will sign bill he believes is unconstitutional; seems to contradict previous approval of anti-choice legislation
Posted By Rob Schofield On August 25, 2014 @ 11:52 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
In case you missed it over the weekend, Gov. Pat McCrory told an interviewer that he plans to sign the coal ash clean-up bill even though he believes that part of it is unconstitutional. This is from a story on WRAL.com :
McCrory said the bill’s creation of an independent coal ash oversight commission, appointed by House and Senate leaders and the governor, blurs the separation of powers of different branches of the government – just one example, he added, among several such proposals lawmakers advanced this year.
“I’m going to have to fight them from a constitutional standpoint, including even the coal ash commission,” he told Campbell. “I think this concept of creating commissions that are appointed by the legislature – or a majority by the legislature – is unconstitutional, regardless of the subject. Because that means the legislature is doing the operations of state government, which is not their responsibility. I think there’s a constitutional issue there.
How such a position squares with the Governor’s sworn duty to support the Constitution  is hard to figure. Of course, when you’re listening to the rather unique policy observations of North Carolina’s current chief executive, you always have to take things with a grain of salt. In the same interview, the Guv expressed his approval for the General Assembly’s rejection of another bill during the waning hours of session last week because it contained multiple, unrelated topics. Again, this is from the WRAL story :
“There were parts of the bill that had no relevance to the other part of the bill, and that’s not the way you should do legislation,” he said.
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 a story on WRAL.com: http://www.wral.com/mccrory-threatens-fight-over-coal-ash-commission-/13918958/
 the Governor’s sworn duty to support the Constitution: http://www.ncleg.net/Legislation/constitution/article3.html
 the infamous SB 353 from just last year: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S353v5.pdf
 No break in tension between McCrory and Senate leaders : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/09/02/no-break-in-tension-between-mccrory-and-senate-leaders/
 Environmental advocates react to Senate coal ash plan : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/17/environmental-advocates-react-to-senate-coal-ash-plan/
 The coal ash mess: Here to stay for the foreseeable future? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/17/the-coal-ash-mess-here-to-stay-for-the-foreseeable-future/
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