State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and members Jean Woolard of Plymouth and Tom Speed of Boone are working on terms that expired March 31, 2011.
Gov. Bev Perdue asked the Senate back in May 2011 confirm reappointments for Harrison and Woolard and to appoint William Woltz to take over for Speed.
Senate Leader Phil Berger said Monday that the legislature will not act to confirm those appointments.
"Gov. Perdue is a lame duck," Berger said. "We would prefer to have whoever the new governor is fill in long-term appointments on various state boards and commissions. We may make some limited exceptions to that, but that would be the general rule."
The state Utilities Commission will be short-handed when it considers the Duke/Progress Energy merger. The legislature is sitting on a Perdue recommendation to appoint Linda Cheatham to fill a vacancy.