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UNC BOG calls special session to discuss implications of House Bill 2

Posted May 10

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— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will meet in special session on Tuesday to discuss the implications of House Bill 2 one day after the federal government sued to block the state from enforcing the law.

On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory announced his own lawsuit against the federal government accusing the Obama administration of overstepping its authority when it gave North Carolina a deadline to say whether or not it would enforce the law, which dictates what bathrooms transgender people can use.

Hours after McCrory's announcement, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called HB2 "state-sponsored discrimination" in announcing the Justice Department's lawsuit against McCrory, the state and the UNC system.

If federal courts do find House Bill 2 to be discriminatory, Lynch and her deputies could ask for federal funding to be withheld from the state. Billions of dollars flow from the federal government for education, law enforcement and other needs.

The UNC system received $1.4 billion in federal funds last year, which could be at risk if a federal judge decides the state is not in compliance with federal law.

The special session will begin a 4:30 p.m. via teleconference, according to the meeting agenda.

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  • Russ Bullock May 10, 4:50 p.m.
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    Enough shots across each other bow already! Get this into a courtroom and decide whether it's legal or not. If not, we all know those numb-skulls in charge of the General Assembly will have to back down.

  • Fanny Chmelar May 10, 10:46 a.m.
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    This law does nothing to prevent predators from attacking people.

    It keeps transgender people out of the bathrooms in which they are safest. A first attempt at blocking equal rights for the trans community.

    Oh, and it limits local government rights, squashes fair wage initiatives, and prevents you from suing employers for discrimination at the State level. Very pro-business.

    Also very pro-discrimination - if you look at McCrory's track record on LGBT issues you'll understand just how deeply anti-LGBT he has been at every single turn.

    US AG Lynch nailed the issue right on the head and properly called him and the legislature out on it.