RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue said Tuesday she had signed 11 more bills into law, including one that permits a judge to erase some nonviolent felony convictions and another directing lawmakers to come to Raleigh earlier than usual next year to elect their leaders.
Only nine remain on her desk from the General Assembly session that ended two weeks ago. She’s already signed 50 bills. She has until midnight Aug. 2 to sign the remaining bills into law, veto them or let them become law without her signature.
One new law signed by Perdue allows a person convicted of a low-grade felony to wait 15 years before asking a judge to expunge the conviction. Other legislation bars public workers convicted of employment-related felonies from collecting state retirement.
Another law tells lawmakers to convene in early January to elect the Senate leader and House speaker, then adjourn for a few weeks. Republican legislators said the provision, contained in a 35-page cleanup bill approved on the session’s final day, would make the session more efficient by picking leaders before bill-writing and debate begins.
Other newly-signed bills are designed to:
— create whistle-blower protections for people alleging fraud or other misconduct related to the health insurance plan for state employees and teachers.
— limit and streamline some business regulations.
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