NC House rejects latest HB2 repeal effort

Posted March 14


— Members of the Republican-controlled state House turned back the latest attempt by Democrats to repeal the controversial House Bill 2.

House Minority Leader Darren Jackson tried to amend a bill dealing with Banking Commission membership to include the three-line repeal measure. Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, who was serving in the role of House speaker for the day, ruled the amendment out of order because it wasn't related to the underlying bill. Jackson appealed that ruling to his fellow House members.

"This is the week to repeal House Bill 2 or let it stand until after the next election," Jackson, D-Wake, told his colleagues.

All Republicans voted against Jackson's appeal. All Democrats, except Rep. William Brisson, D-Bladen, voted in favor of allowing the amendment.

While there's no legal deadline on repealing the measure, lawmakers will lose the incentive to compromise if and when the NCAA refuses to place championship games in the state over the next several years because of the law. That's expected to happen sometime this month.

House Bill 2 Complete coverage: House Bill 2 House Bill 2 passed nearly a year ago. It most famously deals with the use of bathrooms in government facilities by transgender individuals. But other measures affect the rights of LGBT people in communities across the state and the ability of cities to set their own minimum wage.

Twice during his remarks, Jackson was interrupted by Republican members who argued he wasn't speaking to whether the amendment was or was not germane to the bill.

"I don't believe there is any issue more germane to the people of North Carolina than repealing HB2," Jackson said.

His effort came the day after Gov. Roy Cooper used his State of the State speech to call for repeal.

Ultimately, Jackson's bid to attach the amendment failed 44-72.

During a news conference afterward, Jackson and Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, pointed out that several Republicans, including Rep. Chris Malone, R-Wake, had pledged to repeal HB2 during last year's campaign.


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  • William James Mar 15, 1:37 p.m.
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    Fake News and Fake House Bills specifically tailored to distract voters from the real issues. If NC passed this bill knowing full well it was in-compliant with federal law and no practical way to enforce it. So, its basically a bill designed to stir up the liberals and rubs who like the idea of harassing transsexuals. This entire topic is total non-sense.

  • Kelly Thornburg Mar 15, 8:29 a.m.
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    The hypocrisy of either side shooting down something solely on the purpose it is not related to the bill at hand is astounding. I agree, every bill should be considered solely on that specific issue. But Republicans mix apples and orangutans all the time too. Both parties adopt the exact same intolerance and Rottweiler attacking behaviors. They are not FOR anyone, they are AGAINST each other. Pot. Kettle. Black.

  • Marlene Watson Mar 14, 11:02 p.m.
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    Lol we see if he can be bought hb2 stands yesssd

  • Jim Smith Mar 14, 8:20 p.m.
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    Maybe the Koch Bros can pay Barber enough to join their side. Are the Koch Bros or their paid lackeys too inept to perform such a feat, or can Rev. Barber just not be bought?

  • Bubba Smith Mar 14, 6:37 p.m.
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    enough already... who really cares about hb2.. get over it

  • Tom Baker Mar 14, 5:19 p.m.
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    My thanks to the members of the house for the continued digging of their hole. May they follow in Mc Crory's footstep.