Lt. Gov. Forest sues Gov. Cooper over state's handling of COVID-19

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said he is suing Gov. Roy Cooper for the handling of the coronavirus epidemic in the state. 

"Today, I notified Governor Cooper that, as a member of the Council of State, I will be suing his administration for violating the Emergency Management Act," Lt. Gov. Forest said, "The Governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State."

Lt. Gov. Forest said he is specifically challenging aspects of the governor's Executive Order. It comes one day after Gov. Cooper mandated face masks for North Carolinians and an extension of Phase 2 of the "Safer At Home" reopening plan. 

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