Senate Democrats file HB2 repeal bill

Posted February 1

House Bill 2 (HB2)

— Senate Democrats on Wednesday filed a "clean bill" to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial measure dealing with LGBT rights and the use of bathrooms by transgender individuals.

"This should be a top priority, and it really shouldn't be a lot of work," Sen. Jeff Jackson, D-Mecklenburg, said. "It's obvious we need to repeal HB2. If we do, it'll be the biggest economic development deal of the year."

Sens. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, and Joyce Waddell, D-Mecklenburg, are also primary sponsors of the measure.

Although Jackson did his best to exude optimism after filing the bill, in reality, it faces an uphill battle in the General Assembly. A December effort to repeal the measure ultimately collapsed amid accusations and counter accusations, and top Republican leaders say that any repeal effort this year would likely involve a compromise of some sort.

"I think it's possible for there to be some arrangement to address that issue. I think it's going to take compromise on both sides," Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said last week.

A compromise would likely involve a cooling-off period during which the law would be repealed but no local government could move forward with its own LGBT protections. Democrats, including Jackson, voted down such a deal in December, a fact that Berger pointed to as a sticking point. It was unlikely, he said, that lawmakers would get the sort of clean bill Jackson is seeking.

"I think, under the circumstances that we have now, what we're going to have to see is some willingness on all sides to compromise to get the point where we've got a resolution there," Berger said.

Berger pointed out that Democrats voted in a block against repealing HB2 in December. Democrats say they voted that bill down because it was attached to a moratorium that would have blunted the repeal's impact.

Gov. Roy Cooper has repeatedly called on lawmakers to repeal House Bill 2 and repeated on Wednesday that the votes exist to pass an unfettered repeal bill.

"I think there is a growing urgency in the legislature to know that we’ve got to do this. I still believe that there are the votes on the floor of the House and the Senate to repeal this law if it can ever get there," Cooper said.


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  • Jason Merrill Feb 2, 2017
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    I do not agree with any tenant of HB2, including the bathroom issue. That being said what gives you the right to label Andy's children as demon spawn? Have you met them? What do you base your characterization of them on, their father? No wonder Dem's feel it is okay to single out Barron Trump...at least you are consistent in labelling children based on what their father says or does, I'll grant you that...of course if Andy were to ever meet you on the street I feel he would be justified in smacking you in the mouth for attacking his children...that would assume you ever came out of mommy's basement errr your "safe space" that is....

  • Ken Schwartz Feb 1, 2017
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    You still seem to think that HB2 was about bathrooms and protecting your demon spawn from a threat that doesn't exist.

    Have you read the bill? The majority of HB2 is stripping the rights of local governments to govern. Period. Ironically, local government is best government is a very conservative ideal.

    "Save the children" was a clever diversion to divide. Please, read the bill.

  • Tom Baker Feb 1, 2017
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    Yes, this is a maneuver, a maneuver to further humiliate the Republicans in the GA. It is a bait that would create an ulcer in the Republican's stomachs should they swallow it. On the other hand, they lose further respect should they ignore it. I hope the Democrats come up with such a bill on a monthly basis until this pointless HB2 bill is off the books.

  • Thomas Williams Feb 1, 2017
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    Another maneuver by Dems to make it look like they are the ones who saved NC from HB2 side effects such as NCAA moving games out if state, etc. Always trying to manipulate something to hopefully gain a little ground in the political arena. I would be willing to bet they don't care one bit about LGBTQ community except for their votes.

  • Andy Jackson Feb 1, 2017
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    I have many LGBT friends, and support all of them. However, people born with, and still have, male genitalia have NO right to use the women's restroom, and vice versa. And Why should the rights of few be more important than MY children's rights???? No replies needed, this is an opinion board.