Raleigh, N.C. — Just as it was on Wednesday, an aborted confirmation hearing and a House Bill 2 repeal effort dominated Thursday discussion at the Legislative Building.
More House members signed on to a bill that would repeal House Bill 2, the 2016 state law limiting LGBT rights, but advocates on both sides of the issue criticized the proposal to allow local referenda on nondiscrimination ordinances that include protections for gay and transgender people. Major business groups, including the North Carolina Chamber, praised the legislation as a way to get past the economic black eye House Bill 2 has given the state.
In the Senate, Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs Larry Hall didn't show up for his confirmation hearing for a third time, prompting Republican senators to issue a subpoena to try to compel him to appear next week. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has challenged a new law calling for Senate confirmation of his cabinet secretaries and says the process should wait until the court's determine the legality of the law.