• 70°

Forest files lawsuit challenging N.C. governor’s orders

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has filed his lawsuit challenging Gov. Roy Cooper’s decisions to shutter businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic without getting the backing of other elected officials.

Forest officially sued the Democratic governor in Wake Superior Court on Wednesday, nearly a week after Forest signaled he’d do so. The Republican lieutenant governor, who is tryng to unseat Cooper in November, had to jump over legal hurdles to sue without using the Attorney General’s Office to represent him.

Forest wants voided six of Cooper’s executive orders issued since March because Cooper didn’t obtain “concurrence” from the Council of State for his actions. His latest order also mandated people wear face coverings in public.

Without addressing the lawsuit specifically, Cooper told reporters Wednesday his administration has followed the law while making health and safety decisions. Even if Cooper doesn’t believe council approval was necessary, Forest’s lawsuit says, the governor failed to follow other rules that give his state health director power to limit movement.

The lawsuit seeks a quick injunction barring enforcement of Cooper’s executive orders until he receives support from a majority of council members.

Other lawsuits filed by business owners challenging Cooper’s orders have been unsuccessful to date.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

RELATED:

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says impending lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t political

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to sue over COVID-19 orders

News

Object on Buxton beach determined to be live military ordnance

News

Dare County Finance Department receives award for excellence in financial reporting

News

Mascots stay the same at Manteo schools

News

Potential unexploded ordnance found on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Buxton

News

Kill Devil Hills approves rear yard setback change

News

North Carolina to remain in Phase 3

News

Five positive COVID-19 tests reported among Neuse River ferry staff

News

North Carolina resumes processing deficient absentee ballots

Crime

Police: Teen charged for Goldsboro shooting that wounded 2-year-old

News

Motz presented with Lifesaving Recognition Award

Lifestyles

Columbia officials leave Halloween decisions up to parents, community members

Crime

Sheriff Doughtie asks for help with campground vehicle break-ins

Business

Husband and wife team up to open studio and store in Currituck

News

Waves marsh fire started by fireworks

Business

Member event set at Cape Hatteras Electric

Lifestyles

COVID-19 diagnostic testing event set in Buxton

Business

Marshall H. Ellis joins Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP

News

Weekly gas price update for North Carolina

News

COVID-19 statistics are trending upward

Currituck

Group warns fishermen to remove lines to protect wild horses

News

Deficient North Carolina absentee ballots frozen pending further rulings

News

North Carolina unveils plan to deploy coronavirus vaccine

News

Oregon Inlet ocean bar hampers transit

Lifestyles

LWV to sponsor program on community policing