ACC to reconsider North Carolina for events after HB2 repeal
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 23:29
The new provisions would still ban local municipalities, schools and others from regulating bathroom access.
That's been the worst part of dealing with HB2 fallout from the beginning: When you focus on the economic costs, whether it's business or basketball, you forget those costs are imposed on North Carolina because the state hasn't shown it respects people those organizations respect.
The new bill drops the rule on transgender bathroom use.
HB2 overturned a Charlotte ordinance extending nondiscrimination protection to the LGBT community and, among other things, required transgender people in government-run buildings to use the bathrooms or locker rooms matching the gender on their birth certificate.
Next year's Final Four is slated for San Antonio. That could make it hard for the NCAA to retreat from their boycott, even though they didn't raise that issue when using other facilities before the passage of HB2.
Head over to CharlotteObserver.com for much more about the HB2 repeal, reaction and what's next.
"This compromise was a first step to repairing our state's reputation and economy, and it's encouraging to see the ACC put North Carolina back on its list", Cooper said in a statement Friday. "That's not leadership, Gov. Cooper". Asked if HB142 does enough to bring them back, the band's guitarist Steven Van Zandt tweeted: "There is nothing I would like more", but he called the repeal "phony". But he said it got HB2 repealed and restored some local LGBT protections for workers and contracts.
"This is not a flawless deal, and it is not my ideal solution".
Earlier this week, the NCAA gave N.C. a 48-hour deadline to get rid of HB2 or lose out on NCAA championship events through 2022.
In response to HB2, the NCAA relocated seven of its sanctioned championship events out of North Carolina over the past year, including first-round games of this men's basketball tournament being moved from Greensboro to Greenville, South Carolina.
The ACC pulled games from North Carolina past year and threatened to remove its 2017 football championship from Charlotte as well if HB2 remained on the books.
The NCAA made a bold and commendable decision last March when it chose to pull championship events from the state of North Carolina because of a discriminatory law against transgender people. The money's going out of pockets from people now.
One of the protesters, the Rev. Jimmy Creech, a longtime pro-LGBT activist, said the bill was just a repackaging of House Bill 2 and would still hurt gays, lesbian and bisexual and transgender people. Think women's bodies and civil rights. But numerous same people who spent past year protesting Republican Gov.
Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said that he hadn't spoken directly to the NCAA but that he had been told by business leaders who served as intermediaries that the bill should prove acceptable to the NCAA. Gov. Cooper signed the bill Thursday.
Twenty-one Democrats in the legislature voted against the compromise Cooper asked them to support. And lawmakers from those areas - they had concerns about answering to their constituencies as well as potential political blowback - think about primary challengers - if they were to vote to rescind this measure.
The next gubernatorial election isn't until 2020.
After the committee's approval, it will face a full vote Thursday by the Senate.
"This is a significant compromise from all sides on an issue that has been discussed and discussed and discussed in North Carolina for a long period of time", Senate leader Phil Berger said. The electorate won't turn on Cooper if businesses consider the state again, he said. "It's more of a stopgap than anything else", Mohan said.