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McCrory’s deadline for remaining bills is Friday

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory smiles after recognizing Sen. Ralph Hise, left, during the signing of the Medicaid privatization legislation in September. McCrory has until 11:59 p.m. Friday to sign remaining bills from the legislative session.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory smiles after recognizing Sen. Ralph Hise, left, during the signing of the Medicaid privatization legislation in September. McCrory has until 11:59 p.m. Friday to sign remaining bills from the legislative session. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Gov. Pat McCrory has until 11:59 p.m. Friday to sign or veto 11 remaining bills from this year’s legislative session, or they’ll become law without his signature.

The governor plans to sign three of them during an event Friday morning at the Charlotte Fire Department.

Senate Bill 37 would provide free public university and community college tuition to children of law enforcement officers, firefighters or rescue squad workers who are killed or become “totally disabled” in the line of duty.

The second bill on McCrory’s agenda will expand tuition assistance for N.C. National Guard members to include graduate certicate programs. And the third adds additional members to the N.C. Military Affairs Commission.

Here’s a few of the other bills left on McCrory’s desk as of Thursday evening:

Court of Appeals: House Bill 8 would add political party labels to N.C. Court of Appeals ballots, but candidates wouldn’t have to go through a party primary nomination process.

UNC Board of Governors: Senate Bill 670 would limit Board of Governors members from serving more than three four-year terms. It would also require the board to publicly name three finalists for UNC president – a provision that would become law too late to impact the current hiring process.

Jury trials: House Bill 215 would establish a procedure allowing defendants to waive their right to a jury trial in criminal cases and instead have a judge decide the case. Voters approved the change through a constitutional referendum last year.

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