North Carolina lawmakers are set to vote on a ‘bathroom bill’ replacement measure that will ultimately still limit LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic governor Roy Cooper made the announcement on Wednesday.
The vote is set to take place on Thursday morning.
According to reports, Cooper supports the new bill saying, “It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation.”
Conversely, gay rights groups are fighting the proposed bill, claiming it still discriminates against the LGBT community.
The new proposal would repeal House Bill 2 but would still allow state legislatures to handle all policies on public restrooms. In addition, the new bill will not allow local governments to pass their own ordinances extending nondiscrimination policies.
Chris Sgro, the executive director of Equality NC told the Charlotte Observer that the deal “would continue to actively discriminate against the LGBT community.”
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) March 30, 2017
House Bill 2 has caused a lot of issues for the state of North Carolina, from a business perspective. The NCAA vowed to pull all championship events from North Carolina sites from 2018 to 2022 if changes are not made regarding the bill. Other businesses have had to put expansions on hold and a variety of entertainers have canceled events in the state.
A recent Associated Press report revealed the state could see as much as $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.
— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) March 30, 2017
“Compromise requires give and take from all sides, and we are pleased this proposal fully protects bathroom safety and privacy,” House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said in a joint statement.
Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin has made it clear the organization will only support a full repeal of the bill.
“At its core, it’s a statewide prohibition on equality,” Griffin told reporters on Wednesday. “Just like we did with … McCrory, we will hold all elected officials accountable — Democrats and Republicans — who target our community by advancing this statewide ban on nondiscrimination protections.”
The bill is expected to be voted on around 9:15 a.m. ET.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m. ET: CNN reported that the bill has passed the first voice vote and now moves on to the full vote in the Senate.
“An agreement to repeal North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” has passed its first test, clearing the state’s Senate Rules Committee by a voice vote that appeared to fall along party lines, according to CNN affiliates and local media. It now moves on to the Senate floor, where it must survive two additional votes before moving to the House for a final vote.”
H/T: Fox News
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