North Carolina's controversial law, which restricted the use of public restrooms by transgender people to the sex specified on their birth certificates, was repealed by the state's lawmakers Thursday after a year of debate over it.
Roy Cooper says he has signed into law a measure that rolls back the state's "bathroom bill". Levi criticized the repeal-and-replace vote, and Dow re-tweeted statements from the Human Rights Campaign pushing for a full, "clean" repeal. "It stops short of many things we need to do as a state".
"For over a year now, House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud hanging over our great state".
The NCAA, following the lead of the NBA and other organizations, announced last September 13 that it had made a decision to relocate seven championship events - including the first and second rounds of its men's basketball tournament scheduled for Greensboro - out of the state in response to H.B. 2.
NCAA President Mark Emmert told reporters Thursday that the association's board of governors will have to discuss the new legislation before deciding whether they're comfortable hosting neutral-site championships in the state again. The measure next moves to the state House for a vote.
Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, said no compromise is flawless.
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The new law also bans local governments from enacting ordinances that regulate private employment practices or public accommodations, ike bathrooms, until 2020.
College athletics' governing body said that it is deciding this week on locations for tournaments through the spring of 2022 and that it won't award any to North Carolina if the law known as House Bill 2 is on the books.
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. He unseated former Republican Governor Pat McCrory a year ago in large part because of the law's political and economic fallout, political analysts say.
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Rep. Yvonne Holley, D-Wake, who eventually voted for the bill, called the vote gut-wrenching. "We're about the future", he said. We are able to spotlight assets like Charlotte Douglas International Airport - and that's exciting. The groups say the new measure still denies them protection from discrimination.
Rep. Bert Jones, a Republican, also opposed the compromise, citing his belief that God "created us male and female", and arguing that it was not discriminatory for him to hold that belief. "I think the controversy of the bill and the publicity it was getting, these companies - they don't want to get into the political crossfire of the issue", he said.
"The speaker of the house in Texas has opined he doesn't think this is a good bill".
"At worst it is a betrayal of principle", he said on the Senate floor. This cloaked compromise only gives the NAACP more to consider as we deliberate on whether to boycott the state. "Democracy isn't flawless. This is not the end". But it says local governments can not pass new nondiscrimination protections for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020. The site selection committees began meeting this week and are scheduled to announce their decisions on April 18. He said provisions such as the moratorium on local anti-discrimination ordinances "mirror provisions we've already sued over".
Deadline pressure from the NCAA - a leading sports event recruiter said Tuesday that the legislature needed to act within 48 hours - helped speed passage of the HB2 replacement, lawmakers said.
But at least one council member isn't happy about it. "She should not lose her privacy and dignity to a boy in a locker room".
But he added: "I'm personally very pleased that they have a bill to debate and discuss".
"HB2 was a direct attack on the transgender community", Sgro said in a statement. According to one estimate, that could cost the state $3.76 billion in lost revenue over the next dozen years.
Contributors include Associated Press writers Emery P. Dalesio and Allen G. Breed in Raleigh.