House Gives Final Approval to Bill to Rein in Governor’s Unilateral Emergency Powers

Yesterday, the North Carolina House gave final approval to the Emergency Powers Accountability Act (HB 264), which strengthens and clarifies current emergency management laws to restore checks and balances over the Governor’s executive powers during an extended emergency. Specifically, the legislation requires the Governor to get concurrence from the Council of State for an emergency declaration lasting more than seven days – and legislative approval for it to extend beyond 45 days.