Gov. Pat McCrory is ready to sign a handful of bills, including a measure that prevents the state for now from participating in parts of the federal health care overhaul.
McCrory's office said the governor would sign four bills late Wednesday afternoon, including the legislation that would block the state from expanding Medicaid to cover more lower-income people and from operating an online health care marketplace. The federal government will run the exchange instead.
McCrory also planned to sign a bill that ensures group homes and Alzheimer's care units can access state funds to deal with Medicaid coverage changes. There's also legislation to allow a live possum drop to continue on New Year's Eve in Brasstown. Another would increase penalties for protests at funerals.
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