McCrory to sign bill curbing his successors' powers

Posted December 19, 2016
Updated December 20, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory, left, and Attorney General Roy Cooper debate the issues in the gubernatorial campaign on Oct. 11, 2016.

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday he will sign a bill that will curb the ability of his successors to make certain appointments throughout the state bureaucracy and to boards of trustees at University of North Carolina campuses.

"This bill enhances state employee policies, transfers school safety programs to the education department, allows our state legislature to make university trustee appointments and clarifies the roles and organizational structure of the superintendent of public instruction and board of education – hardly extreme changes," McCrory said in a statement.

Roy Cooper Cooper: GOP proposals 'more ominous' than power grab The governor, a Republican, lost his re-election bid in November to Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat set to take office in January. Cooper has called House Bill 17 "ominous" and hinted that he might challenge it in court. Critics say the measure will hamstring the new governor's ability to put his stamp on state government.

McCrory said the changes were not as extreme as either Cooper or protestors at the General Assembly said. But he did say there was one major flaw in the bill.

"My major disagreement with this bill is requiring confirmation of cabinet secretaries. This is wrong and short-sighted and needs to be resolved through the leadership skills of the governor-elect working with the legislature beginning in January," McCrory said.

He and former Govs. Jim Hunt, a Democrat, and Jim Martin, a Republican, sued the state legislature during the past two years over a law that took control of certain executive branch functions away from governor's control and handed them over to boards appointed by lawmakers. In particular, those boards would have over seen coal ash cleanup and natural gas drilling.

McCrory won that lawsuit.

On Monday, he used the news release to once again tout a $200 million disaster recovery bill and take credit for keeping other, more sweeping changes from being heard.

"During the past week, as the legislature called themselves back into session, I was actively working as your governor to protect the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government," McCrory said. "Examples include discouraging proposed legislation moving major departments, including Information Technology and Commerce, outside of the governor’s authority. I also successfully worked to deter any efforts to expand the composition of our Supreme Court."

Lawmakers have long denied they had any plans to expand the court, so it's unclear what the governor might have done.


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  • James Mcintyre Dec 27, 2016
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    Cooper can't be fall guy for a government run by the Republican mob bosses

  • Jim Frei Dec 20, 2016
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    What a weasily little mofo.

  • Nicolle Leney Dec 20, 2016
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    Plus just noticed, when they passed House Bill 834 / S.L. 2013-382 (= S18) for McCrory to increase the number of appointees to 1500, they also added two additional departments where those people could be appointed -- Office of State Budget and Management and Office of State Human Resources.

    Those last two lines, specifically added for McCrory were specifically deleted in this bill.

  • Cynthia Vinson Dec 20, 2016
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    If this has really left a bad taste in your mouth, please remember this when voting comes around again for our state and local governments. It is obvious this is where the real power is. These folks got voted in. Now if it doesn't feel good after your vote, next time vote them out! Simple

  • Nicolle Leney Dec 20, 2016
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    MCCRORY is the one who asked the General Assembly to increase the number of appointments. The fact that he is now signing legislation that reverses it for his successor (in fact puts it at less than the 500 that wasn't enough for him) is the most blatant hypocrisy I've ever seen.

  • Raleigh Rose Dec 20, 2016
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    And the Republicans say Democrats are whiners and sore-losers? This has to be one of the most pathetic reactions to a lost election I've ever seen and shows a lack of maturity and clearly shows the Republicans are more than willing to ignore the will of the people. The people voted, in a clear majority, for Cooper and wanted McCrory to leave. So what do Republicans do? They have a temper tantrum and decided to pass a law to circumvent the will of the people that they also know will have to go through the court system and cost the state even more money. How many more of these laws are they going to pass? How many have been overturned by the courts? How much revenue and jobs have they cost the state? We know we've lost thousands of jobs and millions of revenue already, and that isn't counting court costs, and now upcoming special election because they keep passing un-Constitutional laws. We are rid of McCrory, now we need to vote the rest of these jokers out!

  • George Brown Dec 20, 2016
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    This is democracy withering because of so many concealed concerns and demonstrates the unacceptable level of dishonesty. He should not give a hoot so long as Cooper respects democratics.

  • Ken Ackerman Dec 20, 2016
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    Anything that goes wrong during Cooper's tenure as governor will not be his fault. He can't single-handedly fight the general assembly.

  • Carrie Hurrelbrink Dec 19, 2016
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    Cooper is horrible and is going to ruin the economy of this great state. Just another sorry dem.

  • Stacie Hagwood Dec 19, 2016
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    Just plain sorry to the very end.