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Morning Memo: It's all in McCrory's hands now

Lawmakers have gone home but the protestors are still coming — and their focus is Gov. Pat McCrory.

Planned Parenthood has organized a "stand with women" veto vigil for Monday and Tuesday outside the Governor's mansion on Blount Street. McCrory has said he will sign a bill passed in the final days of the legislature that opponents say will restrict access to safe and legal abortions. McCrory says the bill provides safeguards, not restrictions.

Good morning and welcome to the "It's-all-over-but-the-shouting" version of Dome's Morning Memo.

TEACHING CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: Supporters of women's rights aren't the only ones upset with the happenings in Raleigh — as anyone who's been awake this session knows. Educators will take part in today's Moral Monday protest. The gathering starts at 5 p.m. at Halifax Mall and they'll be a march to the Capitol. Dome would like to tip its hat to the Oakwood entrepreneurs who are planning a Moral Monday bake sale today. Posters in the 'hood say it will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and include cupcakes. No word on whether the proceeds will go to pay for lawyer fees or the bakers' college fund.

WHAT WILL PAT DO? The governor has some 40 bills awaiting his signature. He's expected to sign them all or allow them to become law without his signature — although on Friday he did express some reservations about a bill with sweeping regulatory changes and another that requires drug testing of some Work First applicants.

GOT SOME READNG TO DO The governor has indicated that he will sign House Bill 589 which substantially changes the state's voting process, so Dome hopes he has finished reading it. When asked about the bill on Friday, McCrory seemed most familiar with the provision that requires voters show a photo ID at the poll. When asked about the provision ending pre-registration of high school students, he said he hasn't seen that part of the bill. Full story.

SHAMELESS PROMOTION There was a lot to keep track of this session for a quick review, we'd like to suggest The N&O's interactive end of session package. Read John Frank's report on the sweeping policy changes and Rob Christensen's take on the state's "sharp right turn."

TRANSPARENCY FOR SOME The next time you get billed for a hospital visit, it should be easier to see what you're paying for. Under laws passed by the General Assembly, hospital bills must be in plain, easy-to-understand language without obscure codes and medical jargon. Full story.

CALL THE LAWYERS At least one group should make out well after this session: lawyers. Various groups have already said they will take certain legislature to court if it became law. Among the possibilities:
— A budget provision that uses taxpayer money to allow low-income children to attend private schools may be in violation of church-state separation laws.
— The aforementioned abortion bill. Similar laws in other states are being challenged in the courts.
— And the aforementioned elections bill. The U.S. Supreme Court gutted part of the law in June, but Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that his department intends to take action against states that pass voting laws that disproportionately limit voting by minority groups. Read more here.


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