North Carolina Senate passes repeal of transgender bathroom law
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 19:15
"This is not a ideal deal and it is not my preferred solution", he explains.
Leading Republican supporters of the Texas transgender bathroom bill said North Carolina's compromise on a similar law should have no impact on the Lone Star State.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said the board of governors will determine whether or not to allow North Carolina to host championships after the repealing of HB2, per Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated.
The compromise plan was worked out under pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to withhold sporting events from the basketball-obsessed state until at least 2023.
The Associated Press calculated that the state made $71.4 million from 28 neutral-site NCAA events in the five academic years ending last spring.
The rollback measure cleared the House and Senate in a matter of hours and was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper for his expected signature. It passed the House in the afternoon by a vote of 70-48 after fiery denunciations by some conservative and liberal members.
Republican leaders Rep. Tim Moore and Sen.
He said he supported the compromise.
It was the Charlotte's decision to expand protections for gays and transgender individuals that prompted GOP lawmakers to rush House Bill 2 through the legislature and on to the desk of then-Gov.
HB2 was enacted previous year in response to a Charlotte ordinance that, among other things, allowed transgender people to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.
Governor Cooper, who ran for election on a platform of repealing HB2, said: "It's not a ideal deal, but it repeals HB2 and begins to fix our reputation". "This is not a ideal deal, and this is not my preferred solution", he said. In fact, the compromise angered many of Cooper's political allies. "You can't go anywhere on the planet without someone knowing about HB 2". Others held placards and pleaded with lawmakers to oppose the measure. "So we'll wait and see where it goes", Emmert said.
The good outweighs the bad, as national headlines will proclaim the demise of the infamous HB 2. I have found myself that I think twice before I drink water with my lunch, for example, so that I just don't have to worry about using public restrooms. However, new provisions in the legislation would still ban local municipalities, public schools and others from regulating bathroom access. Opponents say the measures are unenforceable and promote discrimination against an already marginalized group of people. Under the new measure, local governments can't enact any new such protections until December 2020. That temporary moratorium would allow time for pending federal litigation over transgender issues to play out, according to Moore and Berger.
"The actions in North Carolina do not affect what we have done in Texas", Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said in a statement. Nobody made the decision to leave North Carolina casually.
Gay rights activists blasted the proposal, saying it was not a true repeal.
The town "will continue to advocate for nondiscrimination and equality for all", she said.
"Everybody loves being in North Carolina for our games", he said. "She should not lose her privacy and dignity to a boy in a locker room".
"I'm personally very pleased that they have a bill to debate and discuss", he said.
The legislation will be debated and voted on Thursday. Stay on top of the latest HB2 news with the ABC11 News AppThe Associated Press estimates that HB2 will have cost the state almost $4 billion in lost business revenue over a span of 12 years.