Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Medical | By Sammy Miller

North Carolina politicians vote to undo 'bathroom bill'


Republican leaders said late Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with Gov. Roy Cooper on repealing House Bill 2 but gave no details until a joint statement could be released later that evening.

By comparison, the five-page HB2 bill was moved through both chambers with limited public comment, and signed by former Republican Gov.

An Associated Press analysis estimates the law will lose the state $3.79 billion in business over the next 12 years. "Today, our laws are catching up with our people". It now goes to Cooper, who is expected to sign the bill into law. It requires transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate in government buildings.

HB2 has prompted businesses to halt expansions and entertainers and sports organizations to cancel or move events, including the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte. In a statement following the late-night negotiation, Governor Cooper said he supports the compromise, adding: "It's not a ideal deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation". It also prohibits local governments from enacting or amending ordinances regulating private employment practices or public accommodations until December 1, 2020.

"I am happy to have HB2 behind us". There are a lot of folks that would express opinions that we should have done something else, whether they are in favor of the bill or opposed to the bill. "It's a cynical ploy that will continue to hurt North Carolina and transgender people".

"This is not a ideal deal or my preferred solution".

HB2 also prohibited any local government from providing additional anti-discrimination protections.

A compromise to end North Carolina's "bathroom bill" has crossed an early hurdle when it was approved by the state Senate rules committee.

"Our lives are not compromises".

As for transgender people who need to use a bathroom, they are basically back where things started in North Carolina.

The GOP-controlled legislature and Cooper have been trying to find a way to repeal HB2 before the NCAA decides to leave the state out of hosting championship events through 2022.

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The House took up debate on the measure around noon.

The organization joined the boycott of North Carolina a year ago in response to widespread outrage over HB2.

"This is great news for the State of North Carolina's business recruitment efforts and will go a long way in restoring the perception of our Region as a competitive place to do business", said Bryant, after the vote". Then the House will vote on it.

The state's House passed the bill 70-48 on Thursday afternoon after almost two hours of heated debate.

"The initiative is not a repeal", Sgro said. "Stand strong with the LGBTQ community".

Cohen, who was student manager under legendary UNC coach Dean Smith in the late 1970s, said he is disappointed that GOP and Democratic leaders haven't found a compromise to save the state's college sports events. "Consider what kind of signal this sends about our state to the rest of the country, but also consider what signal it sends to the next generation of North Carolinians".

-North Carolina laws invalidate any local law that treats sexual orientation as a protected class or has a objective to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. "We don't compromise on civil rights".

Republican leaders Rep. Tim Moore and Sen.

Charlotte Regional Partnership CEO Ronnie Bryant said repealing HB2 was one of the most important economic development issues facing the state. Pat McCrory in November's election, said he supports the bill. My constituents have told me for some time they wanted a way forward on repealing HB2, and they wanted to protect privacy rights for women and children.

"Lawmakers replaced a bad bill with another bad bill".

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