Bitcoin, innocence panel among topics of bills McCrory signs

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’s news release focused on bills that provide a free state identification card for someone with a development disability and change insurance laws.

McCrory has until July 31 to act on more than 35 other bills, with the budget and coal ash legislation among them.

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