- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Another fight over appointment powers of North Carolina’s new Democratic governor is playing out in Republican legislation eliminating his ability to choose board members at more than a dozen community colleges.

The House passed along party lines Thursday two bills shifting appointments of college trustees from the governor to General Assembly leaders. Local lawmakers would have input.

GOP Rep. Justin Burr of Albemarle says bureaucrats in the governor’s office shouldn’t make the decisions and legislators can better do so.

House Minority Leader Darren Jackson of Raleigh said the bills are all about stripping away more of Gov. Roy Cooper’s powers, like laws passed in December now being challenged in court.

The measures now go to the Senate. Final legislation wouldn’t be subject to Cooper’s veto because they are “local” bills.

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