by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Carolina Journal reports on a key ruling in a legal battle between Gov. Cooper and lawmakers.
A three-judge Superior Court panel has dismissed the lawsuit between Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly over the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
The panel unanimously ruled it did not have jurisdiction to address the lawsuit between the governor and state lawmakers — but even if it did, it would have ruled in favor of legislators.
“The text of the Constitution makes clear that the power to alter the functions and duties of state agencies is reserved to the legislature through its lawmaking ability and to the governor through executive order subject to review by the legislature,” the court order reads.
What’s next in this dispute? It’s on to the Supreme Court.