Courts & the Law, News

Cooper, legislative leaders agree to extend order halting Election, Ethics merge until next hearing

Gov. Roy Cooper and legislative leaders agreed Monday to extend a temporary restraining order blocking the merging of the State Elections Board and the State Ethics Commission.

The parties were set to appear Wednesday at a hearing for a preliminary injunction, which would halt the merge until the conclusion of the case.

Cooper is suing Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore over Senate Bill 68, a re-worded measure similar to SB4 which combines the Elections Board and Ethics Commission into one new bipartisan board.

SB4 was struck down earlier this year, but legislative leaders say SB68 was written to address concerns from the judiciary.

Cooper argues that the new bill still violates the separation of powers clause of the Constitution.

You can read more about both sides’ argument here.

The parties will appear at a summary judgment hearing in front of the three-judge panel either May 31 or June 1, according to the Trial Court Administrator in Wake County.

Check Also

Tomorrow: House members hold hearing on NC voting rights, elections administration

The U.S. House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Elections ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration want to move on from Special Cou [...]

When a 19-year old Garrard Conley was sent to a “conversion therapy” program in 2004, it wasn’t some [...]

Kenneth Dodge, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on early childhood education, says North Caro [...]

The North Carolina General Assembly has spent the past few years making a concerted effort to impose [...]

North Carolina’s dubious ranking of having the 10th highest rate of uninsured people in the nation c [...]

There are a lot of important public policy issues right now in North Carolina on which right and lef [...]

We know Sen. Phil Berger, perhaps the most powerful lawmaker in North Carolina politics, can speak. [...]

Today is Tax Day. It’s a day that many Americans have come to instinctively dread, but here are a co [...]