North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo 'bathroom bill'

Posted March 31, 2017

North Carolina legislators said at a late Wednesday night news conference that they have reached an agreement with Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal HB2.

If Cooper signs the repeal bill, it would, for now, return North Carolina to how it was before Charlotte passed its ordinance and the legislature responded with HB2.

Supporters consider the bill a "reset" after a year-long national campaign against N.C.'s bathroom law by groups who consider transgender access to multi-stalled public restrooms a civil rights issue. "Today, our laws are catching up with our people".

- It repeals last year's House Bill 2.

HB2 required transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. Charlotte's City Council had passed a rule that expressly permitted transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender they identify with.

Governor Roy Cooper, elected in November, supports the compromise and is expected to sign the bill into law but acknowledged "it's not a flawless deal". In addition to the bathroom restrictions, the law also limits localities' ability to pass nondiscrimination protections and minimum wage measures.

The revised bill was titled "Reset of S.L. 2016-3", referring to House Bill 2's formal session law number. One senator who supported the bill spoke during the Senate debate on Thursday, calling it "at best a punt; at worst, a betrayal of principle", Tiberii reports.

"It is something that I think satisfies some people, dissatisfies some people, but it's a good thing for North Carolina", Berger said.

However, the repeal bill that was ultimately decided on by Democrats and Republicans in the state is still damaging to the LGBTQ community in North Carolina.

"This is not a flawless deal or my preferred solution". HB2 will be replaced by House Bill 142, which has been deemed a "compromise" by its authors yet still deemed discriminatory by LGBT and human rights organizations.

"Our lives are not compromises".

The House vote came about 75 minutes after an apparent noon Thursday deadline from the NCAAto repeal HB2 in order for N.C. venues to be considered for the 2018-22 cycle of neutral-site championship events.

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The measure later passed 70-48 in the state House. "The NCAA gave North Carolina an opportunity to undo the damage of HB2 and they failed to do so".

"As a Democrat, and as a member of North Carolina's LGBTQIA community, I know how hard this bill is for my fellow progressives and my community".

Speciale pushed to delay the vote until Tuesday, saying more time was need for House members to review the half-page bill, including going home to talk with their constituents.

Update 11:45 a.m.: The North Carolina Senate has voted in favor of the so-called repeal bill.

"The initiative is not a repeal", he said.

HB2 drew enormous criticism for its restrictions on the LGBTQ community.

Cohen, who was student manager under legendary UNC coach Dean Smith in the late 1970s, said he is disappointed that GOP and Democratic leaders haven't found a compromise to save the state's college sports events.

LGBT groups have decried the compromise, and say it would still allow for discrimination.

It is also unknown whether businesses, entertainers, associations and state and local governments elsewhere that shunned the state over HB2 will reverse course as a result of the compromise. Fisher asked. "I don't vote to discriminate against other citizens of North Carolina".

But some rights groups are wary of the terms of compromise.

Republican leaders Rep. Tim Moore and Sen.

"We don't want special rights". "[With HB142] we're just kind of backing out of it halfway".