NC’s GOP governor signs law weakening Dem successor’s role

Gov. Pat McCrory, left, and his gubernatorial opponent Attorney General Roy Cooper

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation that strips his Democratic successor of significant powers over his upcoming administration that McCrory enjoyed.

McCrory issued a statement Monday saying he would sign the legislation passed last week despite misgivings that it requires Democrat Roy Cooper to have his top agency heads confirmed by lawmakers.

Republicans hold a veto-proof majority in both chambers of the state’s General Assembly.

McCrory spokesman Graham H. Wilson said Monday evening that the bill had been signed by McCrory.

The legislation McCrory said he would sign also cuts the number of political appointees Cooper could hire to help run his agencies. The Democrat will be able to pick up to 425 state employees, compared with a cap of 1,500 for McCrory.

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