Attorney General Roy Cooper has dodged a big bullet: the governor’s proposal to transfer half of his legal staff out from under his control.
In a technical corrections bill to the new budget, unveiled late Thursday in a Senate committee, only 19 positions would be transferred.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget would have moved 210 attorneys and support staff from the state Department of Justice to 14 different state agencies where they already specialize. The move would put them under the budgetary control and supervision of those agencies.