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Top GOP lawmakers can’t agree on Governor’s place in HB2 negotiations

Last night N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) vented his frustration with HB2 repeal talks to WBTV.

Most interesting in Moore’s assessment of the ongoing stalemate over the controversial law’s repeal: he thinks newly elected Gov. Roy Cooper should stay out of the negotiations.

From the story:

Moore accused Cooper of violating the separation of powers doctrine, which contemplates three co-equal branches of government. In North Carolina, Cooper runs the Executive Branch while Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger run the Legislative Branch.

Moore said his caucus is unwilling to agree to Cooper’s demand that the referendum provision be taken out.

“That seems to be the sticking point where the Governor seems to have drawn some kind of line in the sand. But, in all candor, the Governor should not be involved. This should be members of the legislature doing this,” Moore said. “I think the Governor knows the referendum provision is something that’s very important to a number of members of the House; to, not only some Republicans but some Democrats. Because there are a number of members who believe there needs to be a check against a runaway city council.”

While Moore and GOP legislators did not did not always have the warmest of relationships with Cooper’s Republican predecessor, Pat McCrory, the assertion that the governor talking with lawmakers about legislation he will ultimately have to sign or veto in some ways violates the separation of powers is…a  new one.

It’s also the opposite of what Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) said in a press conference held just yesterday.

McGrady, sponsor of House Bill 186, called on the governor to become more involved – to rally Democrats to get the votes needed to pass the compromise bill and to come to the table for further negotiations.

“You can’t negotiate with yourself,” McGrady said. “And right now I haven’t heard from the governor.”

To clarify:

The head of the House GOP is saying the governor should not be involved and his involvement is a violation of state government principles.

The GOP sponsor of a compromise bill is calling on the governor to roll up his sleeves, begin negotiating and whipping votes on the proposed compromise bill.


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