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Charlotte Talks: General Assembly Term Highlights Power Debate Between Governor And Lawmakers

North Carolina General Assembly

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The book has closed on another short session of the North Carolina General Assembly. The six-week session saw lawmakers continue to try to chip away at the governor's power. Mike Collins examines what came out of the session, and the implications for the fall election.

The just-completed short session of the North Carolina General Assembly followed a familiar pattern of vetoes from the Democratic governor, and overrides from the Republican legislature. In fact, Gov. Roy Cooper has now logged record use of his veto stamp – nearly two dozen since taking office last January.

Republican lawmakers continued their effort to limit the governor’s power. The latest front is a constitutional amendment to strip the governor of the power to fill vacant judicial seats and appoint members to state boards

The session also saw the controversial approval of allowing Mecklenburg County towns to create their own charter schools, and a revamping of the way judges are elected.

We recap the General Assembly session and look at how it sets the stage for the fall election, when Democrats hope to chip away at the GOP supermajority.


Lauren Horsch, legislative reporter, The News and Observer and NC Insider (@LaurenHorsch)

Rep. Darren Jackson, North Carolina House Minority Leader (Democrat, District 39 - Wake) (@JacksonforNC)

Sen. Jeff Tarte, North Carolina Senate (Republican, District 41 - Mecklenburg)