Phil Berger

NC appeals court: Lawmakers can OK governor's top aides

North Carolina lawmakers have the power to give themselves the last word on confirming Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet secretaries, a state appeals court agreed Tuesday.

The state Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court properly rejected Cooper's challenge to a new law passed weeks after his election last year. The new Democratic governor had argued that the Republican-dominated General Assembly was violating the state Constitution's separation of powers between the two government institutions.

The appeals court agreed that legislators have the power of "advice and consent" over the governor's picks to head state agencies under his control, which is similar to...