Roy Cooper says he has signed into law a measure that rolls back the state's "bathroom bill". "Today's bill doubles down on HB 2's harmful ban on local protections, but we will double down our efforts to create a more fair & equal North Carolina".
The state's Chamber of Commerce offered support of the bill before the vote Thursday. It is a bill.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Tense negotiations over a deal to undo North Carolina's "bathroom bill" gave way Friday to uncertainty.
Roy Cooper signed a bill Thursday afternoon that will effectively repeal House Bill 2. Others were doubtful. Some entertainment industry leaders were scornful, and LGBT advocates expressed outrage.
House Bill 2 was approved previous year during a one-day special session. Why are we allowing them to dictate to us, laws that govern the protection of our people? "So we'll wait and see where it goes", Emmert said. The case concerned an amendment to Colorado's state constitution that prohibited local governments from enacting measures protecting "homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships", which invalidated anti-discrimination ordinances in Denver, Boulder, and Aspen.
James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT Project, said lawmakers "should be ashamed of this backroom deal".
Cathryn Oakley, senior legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, said that it would leave discrimination victims with no statewide anti-discrimination ordinance and no ability to seek such protections from local government for a number of years.
The stakes are high.
The Associated Press estimated the law would cost the state $3.76 billion in economic activity over a dozen years, from the cancellation of corporate expansions to lost conventions, concerts and sporting events. The tally was based on companies and events that already backed out, meaning that money won't likely return even with the 2016 law gone.
"I'm not going to let the NCAA run the state of Texas". We made clear that absent any change in the law we weren't going back to North Carolina.
"This bill is at best a punt".
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IBM, which has a large Raleigh-area operation, also expressed reservations.
This not-that-clever attempt to get around Romer by writing a facially neutral law should have been enough for a court to find it unconstitutional. The NCAA had not issued comment on the repeal as of Thursday evening. The compromise reached yesterday had the usual effect of not entirely pleasing anyone, but it did perform the explicit task of repealing the specific bathroom access policy that prompted the boycotts. "The AP can print that!"
The deal repeals the portion of the law that ties public bathroom use to gender.
Money and politics aside, transgender people remained anxious about their safety.
Whether it succeeds at that remains up in the air.
The ACC moved its championship games out of state, and Duke and SC were forced to play an NCAA tournament game in Greenville, S.C., instead of Greensboro, N.C., this year. It passed the House by a 70-48 vote, despite a push by some conservative Republicans delay the vote to next week.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the association will soon decide whether its replacement represents "a sufficient change in the law".
After Montana's own lawmakers turned down their own "bathroom bill" on Monday, North Carolina follows suit by repealing their own bill of the same name.
"I believe with all my heart that this is the right thing to do", he said.
"This is a significant compromise from all sides on an issue that has been discussed and discussed and discussed in North Carolina for a long period of time", Berger said. "As trans people come into focus, people will have their visceral response which is "Yay" or 'No, ' and our hope here is that more people will come out and say 'Trans..." "The whole situation has sort of soured the broader national desire to locate in North Carolina".