NC justices scrutinize makeup of coal ash, other committees


Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A lawsuit pitting Gov. Pat McCrory against the General Assembly could change the balance of power between North Carolina’s legislative and executive branches.

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The state Supreme Court plans to hear oral arguments Tuesday about whether state lawmakers can make appointments to environmental boards they created that perform what look like executive branch duties. One panel’s job is to oversee the cleanup of leaking coal ash pits owned by Duke Energy.

A three-judge panel in March sided with McCrory and ruled that lawmakers violated the state Constitution. Republican legislative leaders say the General Assembly has appointment powers but lawmakers don’t control the actions of commissioners once they’re appointed.

It could be months before there’s a ruling following what’s expected to be an hour of oral arguments.

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