Bill overturning bar closures by Cooper clears both Senate & House
North Carolina legislators are wading into Gov. Roy Cooper's business reopening decisions.
Both the state Senate and state House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to let bars serve customers outdoors, despite his recent executive order keeping them closed due to COVID-19.
The Democratic governor says his decision shuttering bars until at least late June is based on data and science.
Republicans and some business owners have questioned his orders, calling them uneven and devastating to the state economy.
The legislation now goes to Cooper for his signature or veto.
State health officials say the number of positive virus cases exceed 25,000.