North Carolina dials back transgender 'bathroom bill,' hopes business returns

The legislature passed the repeal Thursday and Cooper signed it into law.

Rep. Greg Murphy, R-Pitt: "I think, looking at it from a historical perspective, HB2 would have never been in place had not Charlotte passed an ordinance that was an overreach and really far surpassed anything as far as privacy in bathrooms".

LGBTQ advocates are unanimously opposed to HB 142, in spite of the bill being backed by Gov. Cooper and several NCGA Democrats.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has said he supports the measure. Opponents strongly disagreed with the notions.

FILE- In this December 15, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper holds a press conference in Raleigh, N.C. The Associated Press has determined that North Carolina's law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

"This proposal masquerading as a solution is really an extreme license to discriminate - the last thing that North Carolina needs", said Cathryn Oakley, the group's senior legislative counsel.

Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Family Research Council, said on Twitter the repeal bill "signals that elected officials are willing to yield to courts on matters of public policy".

"Fake repeal of HB2 leads to real lawsuit from us", the ACLU said on Twitter. "They've changed the law".

"I wish this were a complete, total repeal, and whenever I get the chance to do that I will do that".

RALEIGH, N.C. -North Carolina lawmakers rolled back North Carolina's "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments.

An Associated Press analysis this week found that the law would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

In April, Springsteen and the band canceled their show in Greensboro because of HB2, which Van Zandt described as an "evil virus". In a few minutes, we'll hear from a transgender rights advocate in North Carolina. But he said the NCAA's board, which consists mostly of college presidents and chancellors, still must decide whether the changes were "sufficient" for the NCAA to return events to the state.

SHAPIRO: And so will you urge businesses and sporting associations and others to continue boycotting the state as people did after HB2?

"It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you vote for this bill, you are not a friend of the LGBT community", Equality North Carolina executive director Chris Sgro said.

The governor told reporters the law was imperfect but said Thursday's action would help begin repairing North Carolina's damaged reputation. The conference has decisions to make on future sites soon as well and Commissioner John Swofford released a statement similar to Emmert's remarks earlier Thursday.

North Carolina's bathroom bill was the first of its kind, and it has hurt the state's bottom line.

In September, the ACC pulled all neutral-site title games that were set to be played in North Carolina in the 2016-17 school year, including its football title game from Charlotte, over HB2.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the proposed repeal this morning.

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