Special session Wrap: Warp-speed legislating

Posted March 23, 2016

— The General Assembly took less than nine hours Wednesday to pass what the Republican leadership called a nondiscrimination bill. Gov. Pat McCrory was expected to sign it before the end of the night.

The bill overturns a Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance, including a provision that would allow transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity; enacts a statewide policy on nondiscrimination in employment and public accommodations that doesn't include protections for gays and lesbians; and prohibits North Carolina cities and counties from enacting stricter nondiscrimination guidelines.

The measure brought out impassioned pleas on both sides of the debate, produced some blowback from large corporations with LGBT policies and included some political posturing from lawmakers.

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  • New Holland Mar 25, 2016
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    From what i heard in some of the video from the representatives some of them had no idea of what they were even voting on, and certainly not the legality of some of the wording. I've i did my job with that kind of slip-shot results, i get fired. I think some of these folks are going to be surprised by the results come November.