Governor Cooper Vetoes Bill Created to Prevent Executive Collusion

Today, Governor Cooper vetoed SB 360 “Prohibit Collusive Settlements by the AG.” This bill would have prohibited the N.C. Attorney General from excluding the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate from settlement agreements of lawsuits to which they were parties.

In September 2020, with only 41 days before the election and absentee ballots already being cast, the North Carolina Board of Elections, led by Governor Cooper, colluded with liberal, legal activists to wildly change election laws in North Carolina. The agreement included the following changes:

  • Rewriting the statutory deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots.
  • Subverting the absentee ballot witness requirement agreed to in the Bipartisan Elections Act of 2020.
  • Rewriting the statutory definition of “postmark”
  • Weakening protections against ballot harvesting

The executive branch, through Attorney General Josh Stein, excluded the legislative body from legal proceedings in which they were party to in court. This was an abuse of N.C.’s legal system to influence the outcome of the election in N.C.

Senate Bill 360 would have ensured that the legislative body could not be excluded in such a fashion again.

See Representative Hall’s debate on Senate Bill 360 below.

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