NC Transgender Bathroom Law Repeal Part of GOP-Cooper Deal

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

"We have been dealing with varying philosophical differences on a wide range of points related to House Bill 2 itself and various compromise proposals", Blue said in a news release.

The bill now heads to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for signature.

Leaders of the Republican-dominated state Senate and House of Representatives said that they had reached a compromise with Democratic Governor Roy Cooper to scrap the year-old law.

The compromise plan, announced Wednesday night by the state's Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature, was worked out under mounting pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to take away more sporting events.

HB2, which was enacted in March 2016, has drawn nationwide attention because it targets transgender people by requiring them to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex, as opposed to their gender identity.

It would also effectively forbid cities from offering their own job and restroom protections to vulnerable groups for almost four years.

The passing of the law prompted some businesses and sports teams to boycott the state.

It's been a year since North Carolina passed its controversial bathroom bill, and it's projected to cost the state big.

The deal was announced late on Wednesday by Republican state lawmakers and the Democratic governor.

The announcement came as the NCAA said North Carolina sites won't be considered for championship events from 2018 to 2022 "absent any change" in House Bill 2, which it views as discrimination.

It's also unclear whether there were enough House and Senate votes to pass it. Cooper didn't immediately comment. If approved, the bill would then go to Cooper.

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R), who released the bill's text, said the measure would implement until December 2020 "a temporary moratorium" on nondiscrimination ordinances like the one Charlotte passed past year, which precipitated state lawmakers passing the bathroom bill. "It is something that I think satisfies some people, dissatisfies some people, but it's a good thing for North Carolina".

Though it would repeal HB2, the proposal would have banned local governments, universities and school boards from creating their own bathroom access policies. It prevents local governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances in employment or "public accommodations", like bathrooms. That temporary moratorium, according to GOP House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, would allow time for pending federal litigation over transgender issues to play out. The highly contentious bill struck down attempts to permit transgender individuals to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

Butler said Democrats were prepared to vote for a repeal "with heavy hearts".

Called for the sole reason of repealing HB2, the session descended into both sides accusing the other of reneging on the deal as the strongly partisan state fell to distrust. "We have not seen the language of the bill, but what we heard at the press conference sounds like it still allows discrimination against transgender people".

"It doesn't do anything to better the lives of LGBT North Carolinians", he continued.

"This "deal" does NOT repeal #HB2".

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