RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) - House Republicans filed a flurry of bills Wednesday during a new special session of the General Assembly, with many trying to weaken the powers of incoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.
House Bill 17 would make Cooper's cabinet appointments subject to approval by the state Senate. The bill also cuts the number of Cooper's potential designated "exempt positions" in cabinet departments and offices from 1,500 to 300.
House Bill 6 turns the Department of Information Technology from a cabinet office appointed by the governor, into an independent Chief Information Officer nominated by the Lieutenant Governor, an office currently held by Republican Dan Forest. The CIO would also need approval of the state Senate.
To see the list of bills filed Wednesday in the state House of Representatives click here: http://bit.ly/2gCCrd2.
Senate Bill 4 would merge the State Board of Elections with the State Ethics Commission. The bill envisions creating a new eight-member board, with four appointees picked by the governor and the General Assembly. There would be four Democrats and four Republicans. Current law gives a majority of the state elections board's five members to the governor's party.
County election boards would become four-member panels, compared to three today.
The legislation would make elections for the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals seats officially partisan again, with party primaries. It also would direct the Court of Appeals to meet "en banc" with up to 15 judges to rehear cases heard by three-judge panels.
Senate Bill 6 would allow the General Assembly to approve Andrew Heath as a new Special Superior Court Judge. Heath is currently the Budget Director for Governor Pat McCrory.
To see a list of the bills filed Wednesday in the state Senate, click here: http://bit.ly/2gMQHD2
Both the House and Senate have committee hearings scheduled for Thursday morning to debate several of the bills.