North Carolina's "bathroom bill" repeal: who's satisfied?
- Author: Michelle Webb Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 2:10
"Instead, they're reinforcing the worst aspects of the law", he said in a statement.
Texas has a similar bill that is being proposed. It will say that radical liberal city councils like Charlotte can not pass laws that regulate our restrooms and changing facilities.
"This is important as the restroom provision of HB2 will remain, and safety will be protected in our restrooms and changing facilities". "We can't control what states' laws are, nor should we".
"Roy Cooper forfeited the chance to make a principled stand against a new bill that essentially is window-dressing", said Grayson Haver Currin of Raleigh, a registered Democrat who a year ago led weekly blastings of air horns and noisemakers near the Executive Mansion in protest of HB2.
This puts the NCAA in a very interesting position: Is it "truly intolerant of an anti-gay environment and of a state that codifies discrimination", or is it simply only intolerant of egregiously obvious violations of human rights? Or tell lawmakers the repeal bill isn't good enough?
After a long-fought battle, the governor and Republican lawmakers came to an agreement that would repeal HB2, but still maintain one of its most crucial parts. Opponents say that's nonsense and the danger is imagined.
An Associated Press analysis this week found that the law would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.
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Roy Cooper on Thursday signed a bill overturning the state's controversial "Bathroom Bill" after it passed the state House and Senate on the same day.
That criticism cast doubt on whether boycotting businesses will return to the state.
Companies seeking to avoid business risks and costs generally avoid places embroiled in turbulent social issues, said Paige Webster, a site selection consultant in Phoenix, Arizona. "And then they have to wait and see whether or not the Board of Governors will determine whether or not this bill that was recently passed today is a sufficient change in the law for the board to feel comfortable going back to North Carolina". It also says state legislators - not local government or school officials - are in charge of policy on public restrooms. But Cooper said House Bill 142 allows employers and organizations like the NCAA and ACC to demand whatever LGBT protections they desire from arenas and from contractors, which HB2 prohibited.
"I think it's far from a panacea".
"In actual practice, there were many trans folks for whom bathroom choices are a challenge because they're not clearly protected", she said Thursday. "North Carolina has always had a great national reputation for being a progressive state".
It was worked out under mounting pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to take away more sporting events.
Ironically, the proposed solution only comes forward due to attempts to avoid the deadline imposed upon the state by the NCAA which threatens to ban championship games through 2022, and not due to a honest commitment to eliminating discriminatory laws.
John Swofford, commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, said Thursday that the repeal "allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion with the ACC Council of Presidents regarding neutral-site conference championships being held in the state of North Carolina". The faux repeal already has been lauded by his predecessor, former North Carolina Gov.