McCrory refuses to sign bill that funds coal ash commission

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Gov. Pat McCrory has refused to sign a bill that includes funding for a commission overseeing the cleanup of coal ash dumps, noting that a three-judge panel sided with him in declaring the commission unconstitutional.

But the spending bill still becomes law Sunday without his signature.

McCrory’s office said he supports most of the bill but can’t endorse it because of the provision that funds a commission legally barred from taking any official action.

Last month, three Superior Court judges struck down the Legislature’s appointment process for the Coal Ash Management Commission, in which six of nine members are appointed by legislative leaders. The judges cited required separation of legislative and executive powers.

Legislators appealed the decision. The state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this summer.

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