GOP amendment would pull governor from elections board loop

June 22, 2018 - 5:31 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina Republican legislators are determined to remove Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and future governors from involvement with a state panel administering elections and ethics laws.

House Republicans unveiled late Friday a proposed constitutional amendment that would put all appointments for the state elections and ethics board in the hands of the General Assembly. Right now, Cooper picks all members.

Like the current board, no party would comprise a majority of the membership of the board the amendment envisions.

The proposal will be heard Monday in a House committee. It's one of several amendments GOP lawmakers want to submit to voters in November.

GOP legislators and Cooper have been fighting over the board's composition and powers since just after Cooper was elected in late 2016.

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