NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said he signed legislation that stripped governor-elect Roy Cooper of much of his power to "reorganize a broken election process, bringing stronger ethics and a fair and transparent system to ensure consistent application of rules and procedures across our state."
The Republican-led state legislature passed two bills last week. One merges the State Ethics Commission and State Board of Elections into one panel and prevents Cooper from putting a Democratic majority on the state elections board.
The second forces Cooper's Cabinet choices to get Senate confirmation.
McCrory's full statement on House Bill 17: