On Thursday, state lawmakers approved legislation repealing HB 2, the controversial law that banned cities and counties from passing nondiscrimination ordinances and barred transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
A bill to repeal North Carolina's House Bill 2 passed the state's Senate on Thursday as LGBT rights organizations voiced their disapproval of the measure. Details about the replacement weren't immediately available.
A compromise bill to repeal HB2 blasted by LGBTQ and civil rights groups has been passed by the North Carolina Senate ahead of a looming deadline from the NCAA and is headed to the House which is expected to take it up this afternoon. The NCAA, which is in the process of selecting host cities for its championships for 2018-2022, issued a March 23 statement that essentially warned the state that it had until March 30 to repeal the law or it won't be considered for the 133 bids submitted to the NCAA by North Carolina cities, colleges and universities over that five-year span.
North Carolina's bathroom bill was the first of its kind, and it has had an impact on local business, with major corporations, performers like Bruce Springsteen and sports leagues boycotting the state.
Social conservatives preferred keeping HB2 while gay rights groups want a complete repeal.
HB2 is estimated to have cost the state millions of dollars through the loss of jobs, businesses and consumer spending, though by one measure, the losses only amount to about 0.1% of the state's total GDP. They say only a complete repeal will do. "We would rather suffer HB2 than to have this body one more time deny us the full and unfettered protection of the law". "This new law is a compromise, but we stopped Republican leaders from adding provisions that permanently placed LGBT rights subject to referendum or allowed people to use religious beliefs to discriminate".
But fierce criticism remains from LGBTQ groups, which say the new bill - which eliminates rules about who can use which restroom but retains other features - still allows for discrimination against transgender people.
Update 11:45 a.m.: The North Carolina Senate has voted in favor of the so-called repeal bill.
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The senators also said they would like to see former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testify. Richard Burr of North Carolina, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Democratic Sen.
The House Democratic leader said later there had been no formal offer and called the Republican leaders' news conference a stunt because the GOP lacks the votes to pass a bill.
"But it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation", he said.
He says the department will try to get back every company that wouldn't locate or expand in North Carolina because of the bill known as HB2. And an angry queer mob chased transphobic ex-governor Pat McCrory down an alley chanting, "Shame!" "Instead, they're reinforcing the worst aspects of the law", James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT Project, said in the statement. "It is a backroom deal that shows no input from the community, that shows no leadership from lawmakers, that shows a callous disregard for the basic humanity of the trans and gender non-conforming people that call North Carolina home".
"Nobody should be fooled by this compromise bill to repeal HB2".
Carcano said the proposal replaces House Bill 2 with a "new form of violence" against LGBT people and is sacrificing "our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball".
N.C. Senate President pro tem Phil Berger (Rep.), right, and Senate Democratic leader Sen.
Legislative leaders and Cooper hope the version to be voted on Thursday will remove obstacles to expanding business and attracting sporting events.