Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Health Care | By Jan Bell

North Carolina hopes 'bathroom bill' deal saves NCAA events

Ironically, the Senate vote was 32-16 against the first of a two-part vote on repealing HB2 - also featuring a moratorium component - during the December 21 special session. And some social conservatives preferred to have House Bill 2 stay on the books. It has stained our reputation.

Similarly Chad Griffin, president of the LGBTQ advocacy organization Human Rights Campaign, said in a late Wednesday statement that "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".

Carcano says this proposal doesn't repeal House Bill 2 but only replaces it with a "new form of violence" against LGBT people and is sacrificing "our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball". It curbs legal protections for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people and, in perhaps its most contentious measure, requires transgender people in public buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

The new law also makes more explicit than before that state legislators will make the rules on using bathrooms - not agencies, municipalities or universities. And earlier this week, the Associated Press released analysis that North Carolina would lose an estimated $3.76 billion over 12 years as a result of lost business.

North Carolina lawmakers and the governor reached an agreement to repeal the state's controversial "bathroom bill", called HB2.

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Cooper said in a statement Wednesday that he backed the bill, although he added it was not "a ideal deal".

Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor. He says if the General Assembly's Republican majority and the Democratic governor enact their negotiated deal, it will postpone LGBT protections for four years until local governments could be allowed to tackle changes.

The organization joined the boycott of North Carolina past year in response to widespread outrage over HB2.

He said the bill puts North Carolina in line with federal guidelines and 30 other states.

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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Governor Cooper, who ran for election on a platform of repealing HB2, said: "It's not a ideal deal, but it repeals HB2 and begins to fix our reputation". According to several civil rights groups, it's the same old discrimination in a new package.

The two votes brought together odd bedfellows of legislators in support of, or opposition to, the HB2 repeal initiative.

Critics of the repeal bill say it doesn't go far enough.

The new bill would repeal House Bill 2, create a moratorium on local nondiscrimination ordinances through 2020 and leave regulation of bathrooms to state lawmakers.

HB2 supporters argued that the bathroom law was needed to preserve people's privacy and protect them from sexual predators. This should guarantee that entities such as the National Basketball Association and NCAA don't treat North Carolina differently than they would any other state, he said. "Consider what kind of signal this sends about our state to the rest of the country, but also consider what signal it sends to the next generation of North Carolinians". The state usually hosts NCAA championships every year, which brings added revenue to the state. Fisher asked. "I don't vote to discriminate against other citizens of North Carolina".

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