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Raleigh, NC - The North Carolina General Assembly is keeping Gov. Pat McCrory busy in his first few months as Governor, churning out bill after bill so quickly there are already four bills on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature, and there are more to follow soon.

Of the four bills on the Governor's desk, one would reject an expansion of Medicare in the state, something that was a result of President Obama's new healthcare law, a second bill would restrict protests at military service member's funerals, a third would fix funding for state group homes for the mentally ill, and a fourth allows the Possum drop to continue in Brasstown. 

On Monday, the state house passed a Senate bill that would fire more than 100 members of state boards and commissions and give Gov. McCrory the power to appoint all of the new members.

Gov. McCrory has expressed reservations of this bill, even saying he isn't seeking more power as Governor.

This House passed bill excludes firing members of the state utilities commission, avoiding a potential political headache for Gov. McCrory.

His 28-year career with Duke Energy has several Democrats saying his ability to appoint the members of the Utilities Commission would be a conflict of interest. 

The bill is now back in the state Senate where they will work on a compromise to reconcile the Senate and House versions. 

WFMY News 2

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