Raleigh, N.C. — Stop us if you've heard this one before, but rumors of a possible House Bill 2 repeal effort are swirling around the Legislative Building again.
They got stirred Wednesday afternoon as House Speaker Tim Moore warned members that Thursday could be a long day of lawmaking and that they may be in session on Friday. Shortly after that announcement, House Republicans repaired to a closed-door caucus meeting. Multiple members in that meeting confirmed they were discussing the latest House Bill 2 fix.
Wednesday Wrap: No veto for you Thursday happens to mark the law's first anniversary, and although there have been numerous attempts to repeal the measure over the past year, none have taken hold. On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper backed off demands that GOP lawmakers pass a "clean" repeal bill, saying he would accept a short, defined "cooling off" period on local nondiscrimination ordinances.
It's unclear whether Wednesday's hubbub will lead to any substantial action on House Bill 2, and Senate leaders say they're not planning to be in town on Friday. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Wednesday there was no pre-arranged deal between House and Senate leaders for a repeal effort.
House floor: The state House goes into session at noon. Bills on the calendar include a measure to revise the state's gang laws and another that would divest state investments from companies that boycott Israel. WRAL.com plans to carry the session live online.
Senate floor: The state Senate is poised to complete an override of Cooper's veto on a bill that would make trial court judges run for office under party labels.
Confirmation: The Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee meets at 10 a.m. to hold a confirmation hearing for Susi Hamilton, Cooper's pick to head the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. WRAL.com plans to carry this hearing live online.