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RALEIGH, N.C. — Lt. Governor Dan Forest released the following statement on June 25:

“Today, I notified Governor Cooper that, as a member of the Council of State, I will be suing his administration for violating the Emergency Management Act. The Governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State. 

Before I officially file my suit, the Governor is required by law to approve the use of independent legal counsel. State agencies in North Carolina are required to use the Attorney General’s office to file lawsuits or else get an exception from the Governor. As the Attorney General has been responsible for drafting the unlawful Executive Orders I’m challenging, I have decided the only path forward is with independent counsel.”

According to WRAL.com, when asked about the pending lawsuit Cooper spokeswoman Dory MacMillan said, “There’s no room for politics during a pandemic. The governor will continue to be guided by science and the law as he works every day with public health experts to keep North Carolinians safe.”

Forest’s letter to Gov. Cooper can be viewed here.

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