NC leaders agree to Cooper's HB2 repeal proposal, Cooper denies

"We believe if the governor can get Democratic legislators to support the principles outlined in his proposal, we can pass a bipartisan bill that will put the distraction of HB2 behind us once and for all". "As the state knows, next week our various sports committees will begin making championship site selections for 2018-2022 based upon bids received from across the country". The NCAA is expected to announce selected venues by April 18.

Greensboro bid on 53 NCAA championship events "that amount to $118 million in economic impact", Henri Fourrier, president of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, has said.

Days later, the ACC said it would follow the NCAA's precedent and moved 17 championships, including four in Greensboro: women's basketball, women's golf, and men's and women's swimming and diving. This bill reflects North Carolina values, unlike HB2.

Rep. Debra Conrad, R-Forsyth, said, "I do not think pressure from the NCAA will be productive".

"It's frustrating that Republican leaders are more interested in political stunts than negotiating a compromise to repeal HB2".

"Republicans' preference is for maintaining a uniform, statewide anti-discrimination policy".

HB2 appears to be a winning Republican campaign issue in many rural counties in western and eastern North Carolina, communities that have not felt a direct economic impact from the law.

Moore and Majority Leader John Bell said the House Republicans did not agree to a compromise on HB186.

There are still other losses to consider as well, like tourism-because how many people want to visit a place that legalizes bigotry? The real cost-economically, culturally, or otherwise-is yet to be determined.

"The loss of NCAA and ACC events for the next six years could generate a backlash once the reality of it sets in", McFall said.

A clear outline of the financial consequences of discriminatory legislation is incredibly important in order to frame the law to other states now weighing copycat legislation - pass anti-trans laws, and you will feel it for years to come. "It's time for lawmakers to fully repeal HB2 once and for all, because the price of their inaction is simply too great".

North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore called a last minute March 28 news conference that at least one news outlet described as "bizarre".

Berger said the new HB2 proposal is not in "bill form" yet, which would make any vote in the next day or two unlikely.

Being in the business of being prejudiced is becoming expensive for North Carolina.

The growing partisan divide came up again for Governor Cooper, a Democrat, when the Republican controlled state senate pushed through legislation, now halted by courts, that stripped powers held by his predecessor, Republican Pat McCrory. "The answer all along has been a clean repeal of HB2". Efforts to compromise on repealing the law have failed. Yet, despite a dearth of anecdotal or statistical evidence to support HB2 proponents' contention that the law protects women and girls from sexual predators, Republican lawmakers have continued to defend the measure, claiming the almost $4 billion loss in business revenue constitutes merely a sliver of North Carolina's economy.

"The recent economic forecast reported by the Associated Press has no basis in fact and is another attempt to mislead and confuse the public through a bogus headline", Forest said.

  • Larry Hoffman