The package of proposals North Carolina Republican lawmakers are pushing in the surprise special session would drastically weaken the power of the governor, compared not just to what previous governors enjoyed but also compared to governors in other states, according to political experts.
"This would be a dramatic reversal of what trends have been, and it would make the governor of North Carolina probably the weakest governor, at least on paper, in the United States," Thomas Eamon, a political science professor at East Carolina University, told TPM.
The GOP gambit in the short term would deny the governor certain powers right before Democrat Roy Cooper is sworn in, tilting the political playing field to the advantage of the GOP legislature. But the move also defied recent trends toward a stronger governor in North Carolina.
"The trend, over the last, I would say, several decades, has been for the office of governor to get stronger," Eamon told TPM, adding that if passed, the new proposals would mark a big reversal.
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