RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded Thursday to Governor Cooper’s veto of legislation requiring agreement from a majority of the Council of State for business closures and bills allowing thousands of small businesses to safely operate.

Senate Bill 105 would require Governor Cooper to obtain concurrence from a majority of the 10-member Council of State before imposing emergency business closures on North Carolinians.  

According to a release from the Speakers office, Governor Cooper originally sought concurrence from the Council of State to close businesses, but then switched legal theories when some members of the Council of State objected to his plan.House Bill 806 would authorize exercise and fitness facilities, gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers to resume operations under a prescribed 15 point safety plan.  

Governor Cooper previously vetoed similar legislation allowing gyms to safely operate. Subsequently, House Democrats blocked an attempt by Republicans to override Cooper’s veto.   Senate Bill 599 would allow skating rinks and bowling alleys to operate in North Carolina under a prescribed 12-point safety plan.  

House Bill 258 would allow venues for receptions and parties, amusement parks, arcades, fairs, carnivals, as well as dining and beverage establishments at outdoor stadiums to operate while safeguarding public health.  

Speaker Moore released the following statement in response to Governor Cooper’s vetoes of Senate Bill 105, House Bill 806, Senate Bill 599, and House Bill 258:   “Governor Cooper’s scattershot executive orders are picking winners and losers instead of delivering real results for the people of North Carolina. Families and individuals are desperate for a balanced approach to recovery that protects the public’s health without permanently devastating small businesses across our state.”“Actions always speak louder than words and it is clear Governor Cooper is unwilling to prioritize struggling North Carolinians over his own power.”

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