Governor Cooper wins another challenge to law passed by NCGA

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in Raleigh.

RALEIGH — A North Carolina trial court has struck down more legislation passed by the General Assembly in a special session in 2016 prior to Gov. Roy Cooper taking over for outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory.

A Wake County judge ruled that legislation passed by the General Assembly unconstitutionally allowed outgoing McCrory, not Cooper, to pick the leadership of the Industrial Commission, which rules in workers’ compensation cases. The legislation also let McCrory’s appointment to a commission vacancy be extended until 2025. McCrory appointed his chief of staff’s wife, Yolanda Stith, and named her vice chairman.

The judge’s Monday ruling ends her appointment next year instead. Cooper’s office named a new chairman and vice chairman Tuesday from the board’s membership.

Cooper is challenging many of the laws passed by the General Assembly in the wake of his election in 2016.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.