Governor-elect Cooper says state legislators will meet Tuesday to repeal HB2
RALEIGH, N.C. (WLOS) —
UPDATED: 11:15 a.m.--North Carolina's outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says he will call a special session so that legislators can repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people.
McCrory issued a statement Monday not long after the state's incoming governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, said that legislators plan to come back Tuesday for a special session to repeal the law.
The statement criticizes the Charlotte law that Republicans have blamed for the need to pass HB2. Charlotte voted Monday to repeal its local ordinance.
The governor's statement says: "As promised, Gov. McCrory will call a special session."
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory's Press Office issued the following statement from Press Secretary Graham Wilson:
"Now that the Charlotte ordinance has been repealed, the expectation of privacy in our showers, bathrooms and locker rooms is restored and protected under previous state law. Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists," said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary. "This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state. As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session."
North Carolina's incoming governor says that legislators are planning to hold a special session to repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people.
Gov.-elect Roy Cooper issued a statement Monday. Cooper says legislators plan to hold the session on HB2 on Tuesday because Charlotte City Council repealed a local nondiscrimination ordinance that Republicans blamed for the statewide law.
The Charlotte City Council met Monday to repeal the ordinance enacted in early 2016.
However, the Council's move is contingent on North Carolina legislators fully repealing HB2 by December 31.
The statewide law known as HB2 requires people to use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates and excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.
Cooper's full stately on the Charlotte vote is below:
"Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte's vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB 2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full.
"Full repeal will help to bring jobs, sports and entertainment events back and will provide the opportunity for strong LGBT protections in our state."