North Carolina's 'bathroom law' is headed for repeal
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 3:09
The measure later passed 70-48 in the state House.
Moore and Berger said a statement is coming out later with details of the forthcoming bill.
GOP leaders announced Wednesday night that the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday.
The current law requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. Pat McCrory (R) past year. But it would be replaced with new legislation that LGBT rights advocates say is just as bad.
There are three provisions in the new bill: Repeal of HB2, leaving regulation of restrooms to the state, and a moratorium on local ordinances regulating public accommodations or private employment practices until December 1, 2020.
- It prevents local governments, until December 2020, from passing or amending their own nondiscrimination ordinances relating to private employment and public accommodation.
A "compromise" deal to repeal House Bill 2 was reached on March 29, North Carolina Republican lawmakers said. Republican lawmakers have downplayed the financial impact of conferences and events avoiding North Carolina in response to HB 2, but the Associated Press reported earlier this week that the state lost $3.76 billion in just one year. And some social conservatives preferred to have House Bill 2 stay on the books.
The House Bill 2 repeal bill passed in both the House and Senate and has now been signed by Gov. Roy Cooper.
"I remain committed to full protection of LGBT people".
"The initiative is not a repeal", Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, said in a statement to CNN.
The new proposal would repeal HB2 and leave state legislators in charge of policy on public multi-stall restrooms.
That moratorium, according to GOP leaders, would allow time for pending federal litigation over transgender rights to play out.
That section effectively would stop, for the next three years, a repeat of Charlotte's ordinance.
The standoff over LGBT rights began early past year when Charlotte, the state's largest city, approved an ordinance that expanded nondiscrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity and allowed people to choose restrooms according to the gender with which they identify.
Rep. Cecil Brockman, D-Guilford, and one of two LGBTQ legislators, said he can respect the repeal effort and the reasoning behind it. "This law doubles down on precisely the type of discrimination against trans people that the country rejected", he said. "It doesn't allow municipalities to protect people from discrimination to 2020". No public notice or comment was allowed, proving once again that North Carolina Republicans have no interest in governing, but are exclusively focused on ruling. "If you vote for this bill, you won't be a friend to the LGBT or civil rights community". Opponents said that was nonsense and that the danger was imaginary. "And Cooper looked me right in the eye and told me he was committed to statewide protection of LGBT people".
Charlotte officials estimated the city lost almost $100 million when the National Basketball Association moved its 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans.
Fourrier says the City of Greensboro has already missed out on $35 million dollars worth of NCAA events due to HB2.
This week, an NCAA sports committee is due to start deciding where the 2018-2022 championships will be held. "North Carolinians want a clean repeal of HB2, and we urge our allies not to sell us out".
It remains to be seen how the NCAA will view North Carolina's attempt at repealing HB2. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory immediately signed the bill, and it appeared to cost him re-election in November.
HB2 also prohibited any local government from providing additional anti-discrimination protections. Tellingly, last night former North Carolina Gov.
"No state loves its college sports more than North Carolina".