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Council of State

by John V. Orth, 2006

The Council of State comprises North Carolina's executive branch of government. Under the North Carolina Constitution, it is composed of ten elected officers: the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, attorney general, and commissioners of agriculture, labor, and insurance. The locus of considerable power in the antebellum period, the modern Council of State is assigned little power directly by the state constitution. It is given an important role by statute in certain decisions, particularly in the purchase of property by the state.

Update from N.C. Government & Heritage Library staff: 

Article III of North Carolina's State Constitution enumerates the composition and powers of the state's Executive Branch, as well as the function and powers of the Council of State.  To learn more, visit Article III online: https://www.ncleg.gov/Laws/Constitution/Article3

Additional Resources:

Website for the Office of the Governor of North Carolina: http://governor.nc.gov/

Website for the Executive Branch of the State of North Carolina: http://www.nc.gov/government/nc-government (includes listing of Council of State)

State of North Carolina. Constitution of 1971: Article III. https://www.ncleg.gov/Laws/Constitution/Article3

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Comments

Comment: 

Was the council of state formed to reduce the power of the governor by taking away his cabinet?

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Was the council of state established to take the governor's cabinet away to reduce his power by a majority vote of an opposing party?

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Is NC unique in having a somewhat functioning Council?

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Hello, 

I did some research to see if other states have a Council of State. It does seem to be the only one with that name, but there also seems to be what is called a Council of Government. I have not been able to find out if they interact in the same way as a Council of State. 

Hope that helps; 

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

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Is the governor required by law to convene the Council of State before he can sign any executive order?

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Hello!

Thank you for your question.  I am connecting you with Reference Services at the NC Government & Heritage Library via the email you included with your post.  A reference librarian will contact you shortly to help suggest resources and collections you may want to consult, if you are still looking for this information.

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

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Could you send me the answer to the above person's question please?

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Hello, 

I will. Thank you. 

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

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Please send me that answer as well...Thanks

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Please send ME the answer as well and WE would also appreciate a public response on this forum. Thanks You.

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