NC Gov. Roy Cooper offers new compromise for HB2 repeal

HRC exec JoDee Winterhof said: "Back in December, Governor Cooper tried to engage HB2 backers in a repeal agreement, and the General Assembly completely failed to follow through with their end of that bargain".

But Sadie Weiner, a spokesperson for Cooper, argued that a compromise of some sort is necessary to broker a repeal. "I've proposed a common sense compromise that will get HB2 off the books and address concerns on both sides", Cooper said in a statement.

Republican leaders, looking at the loss of more and more jobs and and millions of dollars in economic benefit in light of previous decisions from the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference to move championship games from North Carolina, called a special session supposedly to repeal HB2.

House Bill 2, passed by the legislature in March 2016 and signed into law by then Gov.

The state lost a string of big investment ventures after Republicans pushed through HB2, which voided all local ordinances protecting LGBT rights, banned transgender people from using their preferred bathroom, and permitted businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the grounds of religious belief.




Following Republican claims that repealing HB2 would make bathrooms unsafe, Cooper is calling their bluff - with a new bill that would repeal HB2 but tackle crime in bathrooms.

A panel of three judges ruled Tuesday that the North Carolina Senate can hold confirmation hearings on Governor Roy Cooper's cabinet picks. It also would force local governments to give 30 days' notice before votes on nondiscrimination ordinances.

House Bill 2 was passed past year by Republicans in response to Charlotte passing its non-discrimination ordinance. The city of Charlotte was supposed to host multimillion-dollar event, but the National Basketball Association moved the game after the law was passed. LGBTQ people are the ones at risk every day HB2 remains on the books, and transgender people especially continue to bear the brunt of this shameful politicking. Groups in North Carolina submitted more than 130 bids for NCAA events, but in Dupree's letter he wrote the NCAA is expected to reject those bids because of HB2.

It does "nothing to address the basic privacy concerns of women and young girls who do not feel comfortable using the bathroom, undressing and showering in the presence of men", said Amy Auth, a spokeswoman for Senate leader Phil Berger. When that happens, it will only be the beginning of steps needed to restore the state's deeply tarnished reputation and economy.

That's when the deal between Charlotte and the state came to fruition.

 

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