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NC Legislature Bill Drafting Chief Shifting Role

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A fixture at the North Carolina Legislature for more than 30 years is taking on new responsibilities within the General Assembly while leaving his current job as bill drafting office director.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis announced Tuesday that Gerry Cohen will hold the new title of special counsel but will remain a member of the Legislature’s nonpartisan staff.

Tillis and Berger said Cohen will focus on special projects for legislative leaders and answer legal questions on the state constitution, the budget and legislative powers. He’ll also conduct research and negotiate policy agreements with government agencies.

Cohen has been bill drafting director for 31 years and is considered the Legislature’s expert on the constitution.

Cohen will remain at his current post until there’s a replacement.

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