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3-judge panel deliberating Cooper constitutional challenges to laws reducing powers

A three-judge panel did not decide three constitutional challenges Tuesday to laws the General Assembly passed during a special session in December that was devoted to reducing incoming Gov. Roy Cooper’s powers.

Attorneys for Cooper and legislative leaders argued at the trial over three laws — the Senate’s new advice and consent process; the dissolution of the State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission to combine their powers and duties into one new board; and a law reducing the number of state employees who serve at the pleasure of the governor that also allowed hundreds of exempt employees to become non-exempt.

The panel told the parties after the hearing that they planned to deliberate and would notify everyone when a decision was made.

For a more in-depth examination of the arguments at trial, read NC Policy Watch on Wednesday morning.

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