The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened Wednesday for another extra work session ahead of the planned April Short Session.
Republican leaders say they plan to act quickly on a focused agenda, taking up nomination confirmations, possibly addressing judicial reform, and more.
While state leaders had indicated a single day session was possible now state leaders are planning to hold additional sessions going into next week.
Already a number of Gov. Roy Cooper’s appointees have been confirmed in the Senate, including Cooper’s picks for the state Board of Agriculture and the state Utilities Commission.
The Senate unanimously confirmed Cooper’s nominees Wednesday.
The approved nominees included Franklin “Ray” Allen, a lumber business owner from Montgomery County. Allen was confirmed to fill a vacancy created by a resignation on the North Carolina Board of Agriculture.
The Board of Agriculture is the rule-making body for the department and is charged with promoting the state’s largest industry and conserving farmland and natural resources.
The Senate also confirmed two attorneys, ToNola Brown-Bland from Alamance County and Charlotte Mitchell from Wake County, to serve six-year terms on the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which regulates public utilities in the state.
“Our senators take seriously their duty under the law to evaluate the governor’s nominees for state government roles with the power to affect the lives of millions of North Carolinians,” Senate Leader Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said. “Upon review, we believe Gov. Cooper’s nominees are capable and well-qualified to serve in their respective capacities, and all have indicated they intend to follow the law. I thank Mr. Allen, Ms. Brown-Bland and Ms. Mitchell for their willingness to serve our state and wish them well as they perform their duties.”
The House and Senate both also passed a House appointments bill naming various people to public offices within the state.
The bill named:
· Haywood Edwin White III of New Hanover County to the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for a term expiring on June 30, 2019, to fill the unexpired term of Christopher J. Leonard.
· Harvey “Keith” Purvis of Pitt County is appointed to the North Carolina Agriculture Finance Authority for a term expiring on June 30, 2019, to fill the unexpired term of Anthony L. Gordon.
· Heather S. Vuncannon of Randolph County is appointed to the Charter School Advisory for a term expiring on June 30, 2019, to fill the unexpired term of Anthony Helton.
· Frank A. Stewart of Gaston County is appointed to the North Carolina State Ports Authority for a term expiring on June 30, 2018, to fill the unexpired term of Daniel L. Gurley.
· Susan D. Neeley of Gaston County is appointed to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine for a term expiring January 1, 2020, to fill the unexpired term of Kevin Sowers.
· Effective July 1, 2017, Bradford T. Smith of Brunswick County is appointed to the Ferry Transportation Authority Board of Trustees for a term expiring on June 30, 2020.”