Like Luke Maye's game winning shot to get UNC into the Final Four, the passage and signing of House Bill 142 saves the season, or rather many seasons, for North Carolina.
A recent Associated Press analysis found that the law would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over 12 years-a dramatic outflow of cash that lawmakers are frantic to stem. "Today, our laws are catching up with our people".
The repeal bill, known as HB142, now goes to Cooper, who is expected to sign it.
The compromise bill would repeal HB2, which prohibited local governments from passing non-discrimination ordinances to protect LGBT people and barred transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
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. Several potential deals appeared and quickly vanished during that time before this agreement.
North Carolina has repealed a bill that requires people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender they were born with - the controversial House Bill 2 (HB2).
Several LGBT activists decried the deal's provisions, including the bar on municipalities regulating employment practices and "public accommodations". There are a lot of folks that would express opinions that we should have done something else, whether they are in favor of the bill or opposed to the bill.
Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the ACLU, says the message that North Carolina is sending is clear: The rights of transgender people in the state are still being denied.
"This is not a flawless deal or my preferred solution".
Cooper acknowledges that it's not a ideal deal and stops short of many things the state needs to do.
House Bill 2 is set to be replaced in a compromise which activists criticized for using transgender people as a "bargaining chip".
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"Our lives are not compromises". The state usually hosts NCAA championships every year, which brings added revenue to the state.
The House took up debate on the measure around noon.
In an interview after remarks at the Charlotte Regional Partnership awards banquet, Copeland told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2odWhTH) he would contact companies that publicly canceled plans to expand in North Carolina. "That's a frightful precedent to set", said Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash.
Progressive groups came out against the compromise bill, arguing that it does not go far enough in repealing HB2.
Some House members tried to push the vote back to next Tuesday, but the motion failed 34-85.
It would repeal the law adopted in March 2016 but also says the state General Assembly will retain the ability to regulate access to "multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities".
HB2 drew vast criticism for its restrictions on the LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ and civil rights groups blasted the bill, labeling it a "license to discriminate".
Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, said lawmakers were approving continued discrimination statewide of the LGBT community. But he says the transformation of North Carolina's image won't happen instantaneously. Above all, any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values. "Just like we did with. North Carolinians want a clean repeal of HB2, and we urge our allies not to sell us out", said Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director. Pat McCrory in November's election, said he supports the bill.
HB2 supporters argued that the bathroom law was needed to preserve people's privacy and protect them from sexual predators.