The COVID-19 pandemic rattled the world. Upon its arrival in the United States, the virus resulted in governors across the country using broad emergency powers to deal with the pandemic. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s executive orders, beginning in March of 2020, pushed statutory and constitutional boundaries. This Comment assesses the limits of Governor Cooper’s emergency authority under the North Carolina Emergency Management Act and the North Carolina Constitution. Additionally, this Comment evaluates whether the North Carolina Emergency Management Act should be amended and whether Governor Cooper’s orders violated individuals’ rights under both the North Carolina Constitution and the Federal Constitution.



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