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NC legislature looks to rein in Governor's near-limitless emergency power

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Published Mar 15, 2021, 4:13 PM
North Carolina Republican lawmakers say that before the pandemic, nobody thought the state's Emergency Management Act would be used by a governor to wield unilateral power for an entire year. They introduced a bill requiring the Governor to get concurrence from the nine other members of the Council of State in order to maintain a statewide declaration of emergency longer than thirty days. 'Statewide' is defined as covering 67 of the state's 100 counties.

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