RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is already challenging Roy Cooper in this fall’s gubernatorial election. Now he’s preparing to challenge Cooper in court over the governor’s executive orders responding to COVID-19.
Forest scheduled a Monday news conference to discuss a lawsuit he told Cooper last week he wanted to file.
The Republican says Cooper is failing to follow state law by issuing orders closing businesses and limiting movement without receiving formal support from members of the Council of State. Cooper’s most recent order included a statewide face-mask mandate.
Cooper’s office has said the governor has other powers granted in state law that let him issue the directives without the council’s “concurrence.” The council is composed of Cooper, Forest and eight other statewide elected officials.
Republican legislators have passed bills that would allow businesses Cooper has kept closed to reopen, like bars and gyms. Cooper has vetoed two of those bills so far.
You can watch Forest’s press conference here.
More headlines from CBS17.com:
- Alabama students hold COVID-19 parties with prize for first sick person
- Walmart turning 160 of its parking lots into drive-in theaters
- NC reports record number of COVID-19 tests over last 24 hours
- Pastor of Charlotte’s largest Catholic Church kept on leave amid sex abuse claims
- Miami officer seen hitting woman in face relieved of duty
For more stories like this that matter to you, click here to download the CBS 17 News app for free.
Watch live newscasts, get breaking news and sign up for push alerts – download now