Top North Carolina GOP official fights to save bathroom bill

The tally of lost business - mostly from companies pulling out of planned events and growth into the state - is "likely an underestimation of the law's true costs", the news agency said, as it only includes current hard data.

North Carolina House Minority leader Darren Jackson accused GOP lawmakers of failing to compromise, citing Tuesday's flap and the death of a previous proposal, HB 186.

"We're not sure exactly where we are right now, quite frankly", Berger told reporters. He also said The Associated Press' analysis of a potential $3.7 billion economic impact over 12 years "has no basis in fact". Cooper's spokesman, Ford Porter, responded to the GOP news conference in a statement: "It's frustrating that Republican leaders are more interested in political stunts than negotiating a compromise to repeal HB2".

Dupree has said the loss of six years' worth of NCAA championship events would cost the state more than $250 million. "I have offered numerous compromises and remain open to any deal that will bring jobs and sports back to NC and begin to fix our reputation... legislative Republicans have been all too happy to use their supermajorities to pass damaging partisan laws".

North Carolina is projected to lose $3.76 billion in business thanks to its controversial "bathroom bill" that curbs LGBT rights, the Associated Press reported Monday. Because of HB2, however, those employment opportunities have moved elsewhere, ultimately costing numerous citizens the law is ostensibly meant to serve.

It remains unclear if the email provided by Berger's Office was the first time Cooper's staff communicated with legislative Republicans about the proposed compromise. That can't sit well with many North Carolina residents. "Now House Bill 2 might be a dark cloud but even the darkest clouds roll over and I believe we are a state of promise at our core", Cooper said in early March.

Last Thursday, Moore said the bipartisan compromise measure was "dead", but he said House and Senate Republicans were working on new legislation to change HB2.

Other state legislatures, including here in Virginia, have submitted legislation similar to HB2 but most have failed or are facing failure in the face of economic damage done to NC. 2 law. McCrory told the Raleigh News & Observer, "People are reluctant to hire me, because, "oh my gosh, he's a bigot" - which is the last thing I am".

"While the ACC will continue to consider North Carolina as a home, the NCAA doesn't have to come back, especially as it learns that other venues that had been behind North Carolina venues are just as viable and efficient, and don't carry the baggage our venues now do".

Forest said he's "deeply troubled" that lawmakers "seem to be reacting to the demands and timetables of an unaccountable, out-of-state organization (NCAA), not elected by the people, to enforce a radical policy change". "The answer all along has been a clean repeal of HB2".

"Last year, the NCAA Board of Governors relocated NCAA championships scheduled in North Carolina because of the cumulative impact HB2 had on local communities' ability to assure a safe, healthy, discrimination free atmosphere for all those watching and participating in our events".

  • Larry Hoffman