The N&O headline said “Bill would give McCrory, legislature control of some state boards.” Democrats and environmentalists howled “power grab.”
But Governor McCrory might not be so happy with the bill. Because the legislature is taking appointments away from him and increasing its own.
Exhibit A: the bill cuts the Coastal Resources Commission from 15 to 11 members. But the Governor used to appoint all the members. Now he would appoint seven and the legislature four.
Exhibit B: The Environmental Management Commission is cut from 19 to 13. The Governor’s appointments go from 13 to seven. The legislature keeps the other six.
Exhibit C: The bill takes two appointments away from the Governor and gives them to the legislature.
Republicans in the legislature may be glad to have a Republican governor. But they’re also glad to show him who’s boss.