The panel found that the General Assembly does have the authority to establish a confirmation process for the governor’s cabinet picks.
But the judges ruled that it was unconstitutional for state lawmakers to pass legislation combining the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission.
The ruling also blocks the Republican-controlled legislature from trimming exempt positions from 1,500 jobs (under the McCrory administration) to just 425 positions for Cooper.
Noelle Talley, Deputy Communications Director for Gov. Cooper, praised two of the decisions and predicted the third would eventually fall in their favor.
“We’re pleased the trial court ruled two of these three laws unconstitutional, and we believe strongly that the Supreme Court ultimately will agree with us on all three.”
Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger’s office issued the following reaction to the court order on Twitter: