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HeadLocke No. 103: Cooper’s COVID-19 orders generate legal, constitutional concerns

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HeadLocke No. 103: Cooper’s COVID-19 orders generate legal, constitutional concerns

 
 
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Gov. Roy Cooper has produced multiple executive orders connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those orders have raised concerns among state legal experts. This edition highlights two challenges to Cooper’s actions. First, Jeanette Doran of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law questions enforcement of Cooper’s statewide order requiring North Carolinians to wear face masks. Second, Jon Guze, John Locke Foundation director of legal studies, analyzes Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s lawsuit against Cooper. Forest challenges the process the governor has used in developing his orders.

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