The repeal bill, known as HB142, now goes to Cooper, who is expected to sign it.
The repeal bill only removes the bathroom portion of HB2, leaving the rest of it in place. Cooper narrowly defeated GOP Gov. North Carolina cities and universities submitted 133 bids for tournaments through 2022, with an estimated economic impact of $250 million. Those companies include PayPal, which had planned a 400-job expansion. "We call on the NCAA, ACC, and other businesses and corporations to only stand for a full repeal of HB2".
Cooper acknowledges that it's not a flawless deal and stops short of many things the state needs to do.
After a year of backlash, the compromise plan was announced Wednesday night.
The event was ostensibly to honor the winners of the annual Jerry Awards handed out by the Charlotte Regional Partnership - Bissell Cos. and Rodgers Builders took the prize - but much of the attention from attendees at the Charlotte Convention Center was focused on the action in Raleigh.
North Carolina lawmakers have reached a deal to scrap the state's controversial "bathroom law", which led to widespread boycotts.
The new law eliminates a rule on transgender bathroom use. He vowed to continue fighting North Carolina in court and in the public sphere if the new measure passes and is signed by Cooper.
This was the first real test of leadership for Gov. Cooper, a Democrat, and he failed spectacularly by inexplicably discarding his earlier promise not to accept any deal that left people vulnerable to discrimination.
Not everyone is pleased with the deal between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic governor. Social conservatives would prefer to have House Bill 2 stay on the books.
LGBTQ and civil rights groups blasted the bill, labeling it a "license to discriminate". The new North Carolina law advanced out of a State Senate committee on Thursday morning, with the full Senate and then House of Representatives voting on it after that.
HB2 also prohibited any local government from providing additional anti-discrimination protections. Whether the new law meets this criteria remains to be seen, though numerous discriminatory measures listed below would remain in place under the new law.
The announcement followed a flurry of activity on repealing the law more commonly referred to as the "bathroom bill".
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"For years, a reckless supermajority of Republicans in the General Assembly has imposed their extreme vision on North Carolina".
One of the sponsors of House Bill 2, Sen.
The compromise deal was announced late on Wednesday by Cooper and Republican state lawmakers.
The current law requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. It now moves on to the Senate floor, where it must survive two additional votes before moving to the House for a final vote.
Speciale pushed to delay the vote until Tuesday, saying more time was need for House members to review the half-page bill, including going home to talk with their constituents.
But it remained unclear whether the compromise would be acceptable to those who believe North Carolina was unfriendly to the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Carcano said the proposal replaces House Bill 2 with a "new form of violence" against LGBT people and is sacrificing "our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball".
"At its core, it's a statewide prohibition on equality", Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin told reporters, adding that consequences could fall on Cooper, whom gay rights activists backed in the election, for backing a "dirty deal".
But LGBT activists quickly denounced the proposed bill, which would limit the ability of local officials to extend protections to transgender people for at least four years. And it stipulates that local governments can't pass their own anti-discrimination laws until December 2020.
However, the repeal bill that was ultimately decided on by Democrats and Republicans in the state is still damaging to the LGBTQ community in North Carolina.
The year-old law effectively forbids transgender people from using restrooms at government facilities that match the gender they identify with.
In addition to sporting events being withdrawn in reaction to the law, businesses have shelved projects and entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen have canceled shows. Decisions would be made starting this week.