North Carolina Lawmakers, Governor Announce 'Compromise' To Repeal 'Bathroom Bill'

Posted March 31, 2017

Legislators voted on repealing House Bill 2, which has seen boycotts against the state, including concerts and sports events being cancelled over concerns for LGBT rights.

An Associated Press analysis (http://apne.ws/2ocOSnu) this week found that the law would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

"This is not a repeal of HB2 if we are telling city and counties they can't regulate restrooms".

The proposal is expected to pass the N.C. House and Senate Thursday, making its way to Cooper's desk by the end of the week.

The collegiate sports conference, which is headquartered in Greensboro, had moved neutral site championships out of the state because of House Bill 2. Backers say the bill preserves the privacy and safety of people in restrooms and changing rooms.

The NCAA deadline looming over the debate and the rush to vote on the repeal legislation angered several conservative House members.

"It's not a ideal deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation", Cooper said. The NCAA said decisions would be made starting this week on events. The proposal would also prevent cities in North Carolina from establishing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people for at least three years, undermining efforts by cities like Charlotte to attract top talent, major businesses, and other economic opportunities.

North Carolina's house bill two was crafted previous year to counter a Charlotte city ordinance making it illegal to prevent a transgendered person from using a public restroom of their new gender identity. Businesses scrapped expansion plans, conventions were moved elsewhere, concerts were canceled and the National Basketball Association, the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference all shifted events out of North Carolina.

"It stops short of many things we need to do as a state", he said, calling for a "clean repeal" of HB2 and statewide LGBT protections in the future.

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They also object to this language: "No local government in this state may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations" until December 2020. Phil Berger and House of Representatives Speaker Tim Moore.

It's not clear whether the NCAA would be satisfied by the changes.

Gay rights activists are across the street from the Executive Mansion, protesting a deal to repeal a North Carolina law known as the "bathroom bill".

The American Civil Liberties Union released a statement opposing the repeal of HB 2.

"This is a dirty deal", said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

"I was excited to hear about a repeal, but then I read the details", said Jennifer Holt, a mother of a transgender student-Vinny-who has been in a battle with her son's school in Charlotte, North Carolina since HB 2 was passed. GOP lawmakers and Cooper have been grappling for months over what to do about HB2, which the Republican-controlled legislature passed in response to a Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use restroom aligned with their gender identity.

How lawmakers voted on HB2 repeal Cooper likewise appealed to people to accept the deal because nothing better was available. The ACLU also says Cooper should veto the measure if the Republican-dominated legislature approves it. 2, up for a vote this morning, are coming forward urging lawmakers and the governor to support it, while opponents say they feel like they've been sold out.

A potential compromise failed during a special session in December, when Cooper was governor-elect.