North Carolina's "bathroom bill" repeal: who's satisfied?

Posted April 01, 2017

Roy Cooper signed a compromise bill Thursday to repeal elements of the so-called "bathroom bill" after passage by the state legislature earlier in the day, making that threat moot. "It wasn't a flawless deal or my preferred solution, but an important first step for our state", Cooper said in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

LGBT and human rights groups were quick to dismiss HB142, saying the new law does not do enough to protect transgender people from discrimination.

In protest of HB2, the ACC had moved championship events that were not held on campus sites out of North Carolina, following the leadership of entities like the NCAA, musical celebrities and New York State, which banned the use of state money to pay for non-essential travel to North Carolina.

The league already has relocated championship tournament games that would have been played in the state during this academic year, including the Division I men's basketball tournament. "And then they have to wait and see whether or not the Board of Governors will determine whether or not this bill that was recently passed today is a sufficient change in the law for the board to feel comfortable going back to North Carolina". It passed the House in the afternoon by a vote of 70-48 after fiery denunciations by some conservative and liberal members. This was a national embarrassment, courtesy of Republican leaders in the General Assembly amateurishly flexing their muscle to please their hard-right base. However, he said, "compromise sometimes is hard, and this bill represents that".

Regardless of the North Carolina vote, the fate of the Texas "bathroom bill" - which has been approved by the state Senate - depends on the Texas House, where it's unlikely to gain much traction.

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In the past one year, the state has taken financial hits such as PayPal's cancellation of plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte, which would have added about $2.66 billion to the state economy.

The governor said he would have preferred a bill that extended discrimination protections even further, but that wasn't possible while the GOP holds veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers.

Cooper was elected in November on a platform that called for repeal of the legislation.

Republican Rep. Scott Stone, who lives in Charlotte, urged his colleagues to vote for the new bill. "This was the best deal we could get". HB2 is gone and no longer the law of the land.

TIBERII: Well, the compromise measure includes three provisions.

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Cooper said he has had "a lot of contact" with NCAA officials and believes the partial repeal will be enough to satisfy their concerns.

SIMMONS: The replacement bill is coming from the same place of animus against LGBTQ people that HB2 was coming from, so I don't know that it sends any kind of message to trans people that we are any safer than before. "This new bill continues to stand in the way of that", McKinney CEO Brad Brinegar said.

"At worst it is a betrayal of principle", he said on the Senate floor. It's a state, obviously, that in many ways is synonymous with college sports. "Democracy isn't ideal. This is not the end". 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.

State Rep. Pricey Harrison, a Democrat from Greensboro, said she enjoys having basketball and other sports in North Carolina.

We should remind people this all did start when the city of Charlotte passed a local ordinance. It also keeps them from ever being able to pass laws that affect restrooms, showers or changing facilities for residents within their municipalities.

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