North Carolina gov. signs bill to repeal 'bathroom law'

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections. HB 142 will now go to Cooper's desk to be signed. "Today, our laws are catching up with our people". It requires that - in schools and other government-run facilities - people must use public bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate.

Governor Cooper, who ran for election on a platform of repealing HB2, said: "It's not a flawless deal, but it repeals HB2 and begins to fix our reputation".

The revised bill was titled "Reset of S.L. 2016-3", referring to House Bill 2's formal session law number. There are a lot of folks that would express opinions that we should have done something else, whether they are in favor of the bill or opposed to the bill. "It is something that I think satisfies some people, dissatisfies some people, but I think it's a good thing for North Carolina".

HB2 was a Republican-written law, passed primarily by Republican supermajorities.

"This is not a flawless deal or my preferred solution". It also prohibited cities and towns from enacting anti-discrimination laws, or laws protecting workers (which is completely unrelated, but still awful).

The House debated the bill where several members expressed their desire to delay the vote on HB142 until Tuesday.

"Our lives are not compromises".

The NCAA, which boycotted the state over HB2, has not yet issued a statement on the bill. Citing the discriminatory nature of the law, the NCAA moved seven championship events out of the state this academic year, including first-round men's basketball tournament games that were moved from Greensboro, N.C., to Greenville, S.C. This week, it began making championship site selections for the years 2018 through 2022 and has threatened to maintain the North Carolina ban unless HB2 is repealed.


North Carolina is at it again. "That's a terrible precedent to set", said Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash.

North Carolina lawmakers rolled back North Carolina's "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments. Then the House will vote on it.

A compromise that would repeal North Carolina's contentious "bathroom law" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, which is meant to help stem the financial backlash from the law limiting LGBT protections.

"The initiative is not a repeal", Sgro said. "The law would prohibit any government entity, including any school, from permitting trans people to use restrooms that accord with who we are even though such a mandate directly conflicts with federal law".

They said the compromise would continue to target transgender people. According to several civil rights groups, it's the same old discrimination in a new package. It also bars localities from setting a minimum wage higher than the state's, and until Friday's change, revoked the right for employees to sue for discrimination in state court. But he says the transformation of North Carolina's image won't happen instantaneously. "We're not ok with compromising human rights, and you shouldn't be either".

"Let me be clear: this is not a repeal", said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Cooper has said he supports the repeal bill. This added deadline may have put more pressure on North Carolina's politicians to hammer out a last-minute deal on HB2.

"Lawmakers replaced a bad bill with another bad bill. Talk about the two bills", said Rep. Darren Jackson, D-Wake.

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