Today@NCCapitol (March 30): Let's make a deal

Posted March 30

NC Legislative Building

— Could this be the day a deal to repeal House Bill 2 final makes it through the General Assembly?

Republican legislative leaders said late Wednesday that they had reached a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on a "reset" of the state law that limits LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access.

The proposal, which must traverse a Senate committee hearing, two floor votes in the Senate and one in the House before getting to Cooper, calls for repealing House Bill 2, prohibiting any state or local agency from setting access rules for public bathrooms or locker rooms and blocking the passage of any local nondiscrimination ordinance until December 2020.

LGBT advocates criticized the compromise and are expected to stage protests Thursday at the Legislative Building.

The building also will be the site of another Senate confirmation hearing, where Secretary of Environmental Quality Michael Regan will be questioned at 10 a.m. A second Senate committee is expected to discuss the so-called "brunch bill," which would allow restaurants to serve alcohol before noon on Sundays.

Meanwhile, the House is expected to vote on measures boosting the state's rainy day reserve fund and splitting annual school report cards into two grades to reflect student growth and achievement on tests.

Looking for something else? Check out the daily legislative calendar published by the General Assembly.


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