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Gov. McCrory signs 18 bills into law Monday

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Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed 18 bills into law including two on hot-button issues.

The state officially has expanded gun-holder rights.

The Health and Safey Act for Women, the restrictive abortion measure designed for women's safety, is now a law as well.

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Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday he will be signing the controversial voter ID and abortion bills ratified in the General Assembly.

McCrory called the voter ID (House Bill 589) a common sense bill, listing a slew of events and locations, including the Governor's Mansion, where an ID was needed to gain access.  McCrory made the announcement just hours after Attorney General Roy Cooper urged him to veto the bill, saying it would restrict access to the polls.  McCrory will sign the bill as early as next week.

As for the Health and Safety Act for Women (Senate Bill 353), commonly referred to as the abortion bill, McCrory said it would not limit access to abortion clinics but, rather, increase safety.  McCrory said he supported the bill over a similar House Bill 695 which he believed would limit women's rights.  Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos will be in charge of writing the regulation for the bill.  McCrory will also sign this bill as early as next week.

The Drug Screening Public Assistance (House Bill 932), called for drug testing of some welfare and Work First recipients.  McCrory was not quick to say he'll sign the bill after expressing concern for a lack of implementation guidelines.

"We have some major concerns despite the good intentions of this bill about it's fair applications an their could be some possible legal issues with regard to that also," said Gov. McCrory.

Officials with McCrory's press office say they're expecting around 50 bills to land on his desk by next week.  State law allows a 30 day window after the General Assembly adjourns for McCrory to sign, veto or do nothing for each bill.  If Gov. McCrory does nothing, the bills will automatically become law at the end of the 30 days.

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