- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory has signed nearly a third of the bills the North Carolina legislature sent him before its annual session ended last weekend, including legislation addressing Bitcoin and how a special judicial panel examines innocence claims.

McCrory’s office announced Wednesday he’d signed 16 bills into law.

One measure gives more tools to the state banking commissioner to better regulate virtual currencies like Bitcoin, considered online money swapped with cash at internet exchanges. Another signed bill changes practices involving the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.

McCrory issued a news release that focused on bills that provide a free state identification card for someone with a development disability and change insurance laws. Other bills he signed set monetary liability limits on contractors who perform information technology work for the state and seek to ensure dependents of military members can continue to receive certain Medicaid services if the military member is assigned out of state.

More than 35 other bills await McCrory, including the budget and coal ash clean-up legislation. McCrory has until midnight July 31 to sign or veto them. Bills not acted upon become law without his signature.

The governor and his wife headed out of state Tuesday for a long-scheduled trip and was expected back next week, spokesman Graham Wilson said Wednesday.

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