January 29, 2018 •
North Carolina Supreme Court Rules on Law Merging Ethics and Elections Board
The North Carolina Supreme Court struck down a 2017 law overhauling the state’s Elections Board and Ethics Commission. Session Law 2017-6 merged the existing state Board of Elections and state Ethics Commission and created the new Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
The court held provisions in the law concerning the membership of and appointments to new bipartisan state board constituted a separation of powers violation.
Although the office functions of the ethics commission and elections boards merged last year, Gov. Roy Cooper did not make any appointments to the new board while this lawsuit made its way through the courts.
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