Raleigh, N.C. — Forty years after North Carolina lawmakers gave the Equal Rights Amendment the thumbs-down, backers are renewing their effort to get another hearing.
The Nevada legislature ratified the ERA last week, so only two more states are needed to approve the amendment to make it law. It's unlikely North Carolina will be one of them, however, since previous efforts to have the proposed amendment reheard have fallen on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, the House made quick work Monday night of a bill allowing concealed weapons on school grounds if the property is being used for a religious service and no educational or school extracurricular activities are being held. The bill was tweaked on the floor to exclude public schools.
The Senate was likewise swift in its approval of legislation beefing up the state's rainy day reserve fund.
Finally, the House Bill 2 item du jour: The Associated Press calculated that the law limiting LGBT right would cost North Carolina more than $3.6 billion over the next 12 years. House Bill 2 backers scoffed at the estimate, while Gov. Roy Cooper said it just demonstrates the need for the General Assembly to repeal the law.