Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is already suing Governor Cooper over the same issue.
Impeachment would have to begin in the NC House. Republican House Speaker Tim Moore "did not return requests for comment on the petition. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's office said it would be out of turn for Berger to comment, given that any impeachment proceedings would have to start in the House."
In other words, don't hold your breath, Ashley Smith.