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Gov. Easley signs 25 bills hours after shoulder surgery

Posted July 29, 2008
Updated August 3, 2008

— Gov. Mike Easley's shoulder surgery was a success, his doctor's reported Tuesday morning.

Easley had surgery Tuesday at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Bill Garrett and Dr. Dean Taylor “removed spurs, excised a bursa, and debrided the cuff tendons,” according to information released by the governor's office.

The governor was conscious during the procedure, doctors said, and joked with his surgeons.

Easley will have to wear a sling for a while and restrict activity for several months.

The governor on Monday signed 25 bills passed during the recent legislative session. Among the bills signed into law are:

  • Requirements for uninsured/undersinsured motorist coverage
  • A limit on parole reviews for those convicted of murder
  • Making leaving the scene of a serious accident a felony
  • A provision for the public funding for funerals of Highway Patrol troopers killed in the line of duty.

Easley must sign or veto the remaining 87 bills by Aug. 17, or they automatically become law.

Asked if wearing a sling would affect the governor's handwriting, Garrett said Easley's "signature will not be any worse."


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  • NoToIllegals Jul 30, 2008

    He should have had a colonoscopy and cleaned himself out before leaving office.

    Then we would care.

  • davidgnews Jul 30, 2008

    Probably more tax hikes, nothing will stop him.

  • Karmageddon Jul 30, 2008

    This isn't newsworthy. It was newsworthy when he crashed a race car into the wall.

  • gercohen Jul 30, 2008


    "Gov. Easley signs 25 bills hours after shoulder surgery" is not correct, he signed them Monday, surgery was Tuesday

  • Alert5 Jul 30, 2008

    Doctor Dataclerk

    Great comments!!!!!

  • Doctor Dataclerk Jul 30, 2008

    Unlisted bills include the bill for his Mercedes in Italy, his wife's trips, her salary increase, his personal use of state aircraft for pleasure, and anything else he wanted to pass on to taxpayers that he didn't want to pay for himself.

  • bluewind Jul 29, 2008

    Too bad it didn't take him out of commission for "just a little while". Crook...

  • Fun Jul 29, 2008

    Hours after surgery...whata man!!

  • da_man Jul 29, 2008

    Well at least he hasn't done like Hunt did - pretend to do something important while making sure to take care of his good old boys...then leaving office after running the state into a huge deficit.

    Sounds to me like "EXACTLY" what he's done. Pretended to work on education (including spending money on it like there is no tomorrow) while getting little to no results. Taking his cronies on European Vations...getting his wife an 80% raise, then leaving the budget with parts unreconciled.

    I'd need surgery too if I stuck my hand in the till that often!

  • canes017 Jul 29, 2008

    Yay... he'll right back at finding new ways to burn through our money for him and his family in no time... hooray...