After being subpoenaed, governor's cabinet pick nearing approval
RALEIGH (AP) -- A Republican-dominated Senate committee is approving one of new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's picks to run a state agency after the first confirmation hearing in living memory for a member of any governor's cabinet.
Military & Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Hall won committee approval Thursday after he obeyed a subpoena demanding his attendance. He had skipped three previous hearings.
Hall's earlier no-shows were part of Gov. Roy Cooper's resistance to a new law passed by GOP legislators that requires his Cabinet appointments to win Senate approval. It's one of a series of measures Republicans have taken to drain Cooper's powers.
A three-judge panel next week considers whether the law is constitutional.
Hall's confirmation faces two more levels of Senate approval unless courts knock down the law.