The governor said Tuesday morning that he intends to deal with the coal ash bill and the other legislation that is on his desk soon. But he wouldn’t tip his hand on what he’s going to do, particularly with the coal ash regulation proposal, with which he has said he has concerns.
“I’m going to respond to that in the very near future,” was pretty much Gov. Pat McCrory’s response to a series of questions from reporters after the Council of State meeting in Raleigh on Tuesday.
He declined to elaborate on his previous comments that there could be a legal challenge of some sort to a provision in the coal ash bill that he believes usurps the governor’s authority to appoint the majority of an oversight commission.
McCrory has until Sept. 19 to sign or veto the bill, after which it would become law without his signature.
The governor told members of the Council of State that he would be making the final decision on bills this week. There are five bills on his desk, including a regulatory overhaul bill and an economic stimulus bill.