A three-judge panel has temporarily blocked legislation restricting the governor’s authority and requiring Senate confirmation hearings for his appointees — now six weeks into N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration.
“The immediate and irreparable harm caused by the challenged legislation outweighs any possible harm in preserving the status quo prior to the challenged legislation being implemented,” the judges’ Wednesday decision said.
Cooper, whose appointees were scheduled by the N.C. General Assembly to appear for confirmation hearings beginning this week, said he agreed with the decision.
“We need to put these partisan confirmation games behind us and get on with repealing HB2, raising teacher pay and getting better jobs for North Carolinians," Cooper said in a statement. "The court is absolutely correct in their decision and should not be intimidated by threats from legislative leaders."
Cooper's first appointee, Durham Democrat Larry Hall, was scheduled for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday.