fbpx

Court of Appeals overturns lower court order that halted Elections, Ethics Commission merge

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has said that the General Assembly’s bill overhauling the State Board of Elections can move forward, overturning the lower court’s preliminary injunction.

The first part of Senate Bill 4 would eradicate the current State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission and merge their powers and duties into one new Board. Cooper is challenging the law in court and a three-judge panel had ruled that the board would be prevented from merging until the conclusion of the case.

In light of the Court of Appeals decision overturning that order, Cooper’s attorneys filed an emergency motion with the state Supreme Court.

State Ethics Commission Chairman John Branch said Friday morning that the agency’s 9 a.m. meeting was recessed until 11 a.m. “due to the unsettled nature of what’s going on.”

It’s unknown if the Commission is supposed to continue business or move into the newly created bipartisan Elections and Ethics Commission, under the guidance of Senate Bill 4.

Branch said if the Supreme Court steps in, the Ethics Commission will proceed as if nothing happened, but if the court hasn’t reached a decision by 11 a.m., the agency will call an emergency meeting to meet with attorneys.

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Melissa Boughton
Load More In Courts & the Law

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Senate Judiciary Committee questions Todd Ishee before voting on his appointment later today. As state senators… [...]

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill Friday to force the White House to make more federal… [...]

When a federal District Court judge ruled last year the North Carolina State Health Plan’s exclusion… [...]

Last week, Policy Watch examined the UNC System's $16.8 million 2023 budget request of the General… [...]

January has been yet another warm month in North Carolina and across much of the rest… [...]

Read the story that inspired this John Cole cartoon. The post Emissions. appeared first on NC… [...]

The United States has averaged more than one mass shooting per day since January 2022, but… [...]

There are many factors that go into building and sustaining a strong and healthy democracy: free,… [...]

REPUBLISHING TERMS

You may republish this article online or in print under our Creative Commons license. You may not edit or shorten the text, you must attribute the article to The Pulse and you must include the author’s name in your republication.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

License

Creative Commons License AttributionCreative Commons Attribution
Court of Appeals overturns lower court order that halted Elections, Ethics Commission merge