North Carolina Democrats introduce HB2 repeal bills

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12 February, 2017

The bill also reserves the right to pass nondiscrimination legislation to the state government, saying state laws preempt any local ordinances.

In total, North Carolina has submitted 133 bids for hosting NCAA championship events beginning academic year 2018-19 through academic year 2021-22.

The NCAA might move all championship events through 2022 out of North Carolina if the state doesn't repeal its "bathroom bill", the North Carolina Sports Association says in a letter sent to state legislators.

House Bill 78 was filed by N.C. state Rep. Cecil Brockman, a Democrat that represents District 60.

"My hometown of Greensboro has suffered enormously from economic losses because of HB2, and the potential economic harm from the NCAA pull-out for the next 6 years is even greater." said Representative Pricey Harrison, one of the sponsors of the House legislation. "These added protections will apply to housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, insurance and education".

The GOP-controlled General Assembly previous year approved the law prohibiting broad anti-discrimination ordinances covering sexual orientation or gender identity.

The proposal has support from the two LGBT advocacy groups active in fighting HB2: Equality North Carolina and Human Rights Campaign.

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"The NCAA is watching us closely to see what North Carolina stands for".

House Speaker Tim Moore couldn't be reached for comment, but a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Republican legislative leaders still demand some sort of compromise that would ensure the safety of women and girls in public bathrooms before they agree to a repeal. HB2 requires transgender individuals to use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex, which is defined by the legislature as "the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person's birth certificate".

The president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council condemned the bill as risky and a threat to the religious community.

"The only law in the nation that mandates discrimination against transgender people, HB2 is an unprecedented attack on LGBTQ North Carolinians and visitors to the state", Rouse said.

A spokesman for Cooper declined to say whether the governor supports expanding the state's anti-discrimination law, but North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes said he thinks legal protections for LGBT people are unnecessary. Where do you stop?

Brockman said he hopes his bill will appeal to Republicans as well as Democrats. Similar legislation was filed previous year.


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