North Carolina Senate passes repeal of transgender bathroom law

The new proposal would repeal HB2 and leave state legislators in charge of policy on public multi-stall restrooms.

It also would impose a moratorium against local governments adopting or changing any ordinances regulating private employment or public accommodations.

"Compromise sometimes is hard, and this bill represents a compromise", Berger said Thursday morning in urging Senate passage.

In April, Springsteen and the band canceled their show in Greensboro because of HB2, which Van Zandt described as an "evil virus". And an angry queer mob chased transphobic ex-governor Pat McCrory down an alley chanting, "Shame!"

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.

GOP leaders announced Wednesday night that the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday.

Not everyone is pleased with the deal.

Social conservatives in the General Assembly would prefer to have HB2 stay on the books.

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"I can not in good conscience vote for something that I believe takes us backward on civil rights", said Rep. Chaz Beasley, D-Mecklenburg.

LGBT and civil rights activists in North Carolina are decrying a deal they say replaces one discriminatory law with another.

North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to roll back North Carolina's "bathroom bill" in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments.

Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally - an LGBT organization dedicated to defeating homophobia and transphobia through sports - viewed the compromised HB142 as more of a PR stunt and said the bill was the equivalent of legislatures "punting the ball" until 2020.

The revised bill was titled "Reset of S.L. 2016-3", referring to House Bill 2's formal session law number.

"This bill is anti-worker, anti-access to the courts, and anti-LGBTQ", Barber said in a Thursday statement.

Butler she could not vote for the repeal in good conscience because it was not a "full, clean repeal", and did not extend explicit protection to LGBT and trans-people.

Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said that he hadn't spoken directly to the NCAA but that he had been told by business leaders who served as intermediaries that the bill should prove acceptable to the NCAA.

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"All lawmakers, D and R, must reject #HB2 'deal, ' he wrote on Twitter". It now moves on to the Senate floor, where it must survive two additional votes before moving to the House for a final vote.

The new bill drops the rule on transgender bathroom use. Members of the House soundly voted down that motion 85-34.

Chad Griffin, president of the LGBT group Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said "the rumored HB2 "deal" does nothing more than double-down on discrimination and would ensure North Carolina remains the worst state in the nation for LGBTQ people".

Under the repeal agreement, regulation of multi-occupancy facilities falls under state's control and local governments can not pass their own ordinance regarding bathroom regulations.

Gay rights activists blasted the proposal, saying it was not a true repeal. Others held placards and pleaded with lawmakers to oppose the measure.

The new law would prevent local governments from passing new nondiscrimination protections for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020.

Leaders of the state's House and Senate today (30 March) said they had reached a compromise with Democrat governor Roy Cooper to change the law, which was brought in past year.

Republican lawmakers and Cooper have sought an agreement by this week because the NCAA was poised to deny championship events to the state unless changes were made to the law known as House Bill 2. The North Carolina Sports Association previously sent a letter to the state's legislature estimating a loss of $250 million in economic impact on top of the millions already lost from the relocation of NCAA events in 2017 as well as the NBA's All-Star game.

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