Lawmakers set aside $500,000 for HB2 litigation

Posted June 30

House Bill 2 (HB2)

— This year's budget technical corrections bill sets aside $500,000 to defend North Carolina against lawsuits over the controversial House Bill 2.

The Senate has already passed the $22.34 billion budget, and House members are poised to give their approval Thursday and Friday. However, every year, lawmakers write a "technical corrections" bill to clean up typos, fix bad legal references and pay for small, last-minute items that didn't make it into the main budget.

House Bill 2 Complete coverage: House Bill 2 Those budget technical corrections were tacked onto an unrelated bill, House Bill 805, Thursday morning in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Among the dozens of provisions, it transfers $500,000 from the state's Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund to Gov. Pat McCrory's office in order to handle litigation over House Bill 2.

"The governor asked for it," Senate Budget Chairman Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said.

Lawmakers, he said, didn't know exactly how much the state might have to spend defending the controversial law.

Lawmakers have spent time behind closed doors this week debating potential changes to the law but say they have not arrived at a plan to modify the measure that deals with LGBT rights and the use of bathrooms by transgender people.

The budget technical corrections bill next goes to the Senate floor and then must be approved by the House before going to McCrory for his signature.


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  • Sick Ofhollywood Jul 1, 2:22 a.m.
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    Unconstitutional. No court has overturned? Who's constitution? Not the U.S. No where in that document. Your Mesiah's anti American Exec Orders are not law. Sorry. Those people called voters got in the way. Now hurry, your check is waiting down town. Better catch um before the holiday.

  • Sick Ofhollywood Jul 1, 2:18 a.m.
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    Thanks Governor - a drop in the bucket now you have our fiscal house in order. Teachers raises and doing the right thing. Best Governor in NC ever!!!!

  • Abby Winter Jun 30, 3:45 p.m.
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    Adding insult to injury! But I'm sure that $500k won't be missed until about September/October when a major hurricane hits the coast. How much are they skimming from other funds to help McCrony and his lawyer pals line their pockets with taxpayer money? I guess that's what they mean when they say they are creating jobs in this state.

  • Sam Nada Jun 30, 12:58 p.m.
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    Another half-million $ of our tax money to defend a bill that is unconstitutional and clearly should never been passed in the first place. Not enough to take the hit to jobs and revenues from boycotting businesses, performers and conventions. Defense of discrimination, and we're all paying for it yet again, from our pockets to the GOP's hand picked lawyers. Please don't forget this in Nov.

  • Steve Faulkner Jun 30, 12:13 p.m.
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    Any bets that it will not be enough?

  • Jerry Johnson Jun 30, 11:27 a.m.
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    That's not even the worst part. It's $500k from the Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund to McCrory's own office. Let's hope we don't get hit by any major hurricanes this year. Heaven forbid we help people in need so we can defend lawsuits against an unconstitutional bill.

  • Xander Bogaerts Jun 30, 10:13 a.m.
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    Will the governor kindly specify which planet this logic makes sense on? $500k to defend a discriminatory, despicable piece of ... legislation?
    We can all think of at least 100 better ways that money could be spent elsewhere!!
    For crying out loud, what is he thinking???