This Week In NC Politics: Confirmation Powers And New HB2 Repeal Bill

Feb 24, 2017

The week in North Carolina politics, lawmakers and Governor Roy Cooper continued their spat over confirmation powers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to issue a subpoena for Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs Larry Hall after he failed to show up at three confirmation hearings. The Legislature passed a contested law in December that requires Senate confirmation of the governor’s cabinet picks.

Gov. Cooper and fellow Democrats have argued those hearings should be put on hold until the court rules on whether the law can stay in place.

And lawmakers filed a bipartisan bill to repeal House Bill 2, with some conditions. The proposal got immediate backlash this week from other Democrats and LGBT rights groups who want a clean repeal of HB2. It's not clear whether the proposal has enough votes to pass.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, join WUNC's Jeff Tiberii to discuss the week's news.