Special Session Wrap Up

What really happened in the North Carolina General Assembly this week: changes to law based on constitutional prescription, a bi-partisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, and most importantly a much needed relief package to be combined with Federal Aid to assist our neighbors hurt by both Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires in Western North Carolina.

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We clearly defined a path for Governor-Elect Cooper to be able to appoint his cabinet secretaries the same way President Elect Trump will seek to obtain confirmation of his appointments from the United States Senate. Exactly as in prescribed in the North Carolina State Constitution.

We codified a procedure to name Trustees in our University System exactly as our constitution prescribes the legislature to do.

We made the board that administers elections bi-partisan. Instead of one party domination, both parties have an equal voice.  And quite frankly, we will explore options for the expansion of the board to include unaffiliated voters in the near future.

We clarified that is it the legislature that draws its own districts.

We gave Governor Elect Cooper more control over his hires than Governor McCrory had in 2013 and 5 times as many as then Senator Cooper voted to give Governor Hunt in the 1990s.

We provided a method that the public understands while providing them with more information when selecting their judges. We also adopted the same standard used by our federal judicial system to allow cases to be heard by the full state Court of Appeals. 

We confirmed 3 of Governor McCrory’s appointments, which even the Democratic leader in the House vouched for their character.

We clarified that the person elected to the lead the Department of Public Instruction has the authority to do so, restoring powers that then Senator Cooper stripped from that office in 1994. 

And most importantly, we passed a much needed relief package to be combined for Federal Aid to assist our neighbors hurt by both Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires in Western North Carolina.

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  • commented 2016-12-18 16:10:19 -0800
    Excellent and accurate summary David; their lies may have speed but our truth will have endurance. You did a great job!!
    Rep. Jimmy Dixon

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