By GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – New North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed two Republican bills – one that tries again to shift authority away from Cooper to administer elections and a second that would prevent him from filling upcoming appeals court vacancies.
The vetoes were received Friday by the General Assembly, where overrides appear likely. Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate and have been fighting Cooper on several fronts even before he took office.
The elections bill creates a combined elections and ethics panel of eight members split between Democrats and Republicans. The governor’s party has previously held a majority of elections board seats.
The other vetoed bill reduces the state Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12. Three seats would be eliminated as judges retire or resign.
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