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With hours to spare, legislative leaders pledge to vote Thursday on HB2 repeal

The bill to watch Thursday will be House Bill 142.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters Wednesday evening that they had an agreement with the governor to repeal the anti-LGBT law known to many as the “bathroom bill.”

Berger and Moore declined to take questions from the media,  but announced details would be outlined in the committee substitute for HB 142.

Their announcement comes one day after the legislative leaders said negotiations with the governor had broken down.

Thursday is reportedly the hard deadline for the General Assembly to repeal the discriminatory law or lose post-season NCAA events for the next six years.

Sen. Berger said this latest bill includes the following elements:

  • Repeals HB2;
  • Protects privacy in bathrooms and shower facilities by leaving regulation of multi-occupancy facilities to the state, returning to the status quo prior to passage of Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance;
  • Implements a temporary moratorium on local ordinances similar to Charlotte’s until December 1, 2020 to allow federal litigation to play out.

Governor Cooper issued a brief two-line statement on the proposed agreement:

“I support the House Bill 2 repeal compromise that will be introduced tomorrow. It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation.”

Equality NC’s executive director has said this ‘compromise’ is not full repeal and he is urging legislators with whom he served to reject the new bill:

Equality holds an 8:00 a.m. event this morning outside the governor’s mansion  to opposed the latest bill that they say doubles down on LGBT discrimination. Learn more about the ‘We Don’t Deal On Discrimination’ demonstration here.

The House and Senate go into session at 11:00 a.m.

Click below to watch a portion of the Wednesday press conference:

One Comment

  1. Shirley Rhyne

    March 30, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Do our NC Legislators really believe the United States Constitution? Do they care
    about the economic health of taxpayers in this state?

    We are watching as they vote in order to determine how we will vote in the next election.

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