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Larry Hall heads to confirmation hearing

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RALEIGH - The Senate considers information of Gov. Roy Cooper's appointed Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs during its session Monday night, according to ABC affiliate, WTVD.

Sec. Larry Hall appeared at Thursday's hearing under subpoena. The subpoena was issued after he skipped three confirmation hearings held by the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee.

The former Marine and house Democratic leader from Durham answered questions about his qualifications, conflicts of interests, and whether he intends to follow the law.

Some Republicans argue he defied the law by not coming to be confirmed.

The new vetting process for the governor's cabinet secretaries was voted into law during a special session of the legislature soon after Cooper was elected; something never done before in N.C.

Democrats called the process a power grab while Republicans argue it's an effort to promote transparency and accountability.

According to Channel Nine, Hall told committee members he doesn't want to be a pawn in the process.

The constitutionality of the law is set to go to trial next week.

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