Republican Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor, where it was approved 32-16, with nine of 15 Democrats among the yes votes. It has stained our reputation.
I will continue to stand on principle over politics, and I will never sell out the rights of my constituents to the bullying tactics of the NCAA or any other organization who are intolerant of the rights of the citizens I have the privilege to serve.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
The so-called "bathroom bill", which has drawn intense controversy since it was debated in 2015 and narrowly passed by the state last March, is slated Thursday for a series of repeal votes in the state legislature.
The bill, assuming Cooper signs it, appears likely to end up in court.
The NCAA hasn't commented yet, but recently it noted in a statement and on Twitter that "The NCAA Board of Governors relocated NCAA championships because of the cumulative impact HB2 had on local communities' ability to ensure a safe, healthy, discrimination-free atmosphere for all those watching and participating in our events".
"Nobody is 100% happy, but I will say I'm 95% happy", said House Speaker Tim Moore, a Republican who backed the compromise.
The measure later passed 70-48 in the state House. It requires transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate in government buildings.
But the compromise bill being considered Thursday also effectively maintains a feature of HB2 by leaving regulation of bathroom access exclusively in control of the state legislature.
State lawmakers introduced HB2 a month later, in part to wipe out the Charlotte ordinance.
Faced with the threat of an extended NCAA boycott, North Carolina voted on Thursday to repeal and replace the state's infamous "bathroom bill", also known as House Bill 2.
Previous deals to repeal HB2 have fallen apart. The repeal compromise comes a few days after the NCAA gave the state an ultimatum to repeal the law by noon today or be excluded from consideration for championship sites from 2018 to 2022.
The NCAA already removed championship events this year from North Carolina.
"The initiative is not a repeal", Sgro said.
It is also unknown whether businesses, entertainers, associations and state and local governments elsewhere that shunned the state over HB2 will reverse course as a result of the compromise. "It does nothing but reinforce discrimination toward LGBT people, particularly transgender people", Windmeyer said. Texas' Senate Bill 6, similarly criticized by LGBT activists as discriminatory like North Carolina's bathroom bill, requires bathroom usage according to individual's "biological sex".
"What we have in North Carolina is an economy with a gross domestic product on the state level of about $510 billion", he said.
"This is a significant compromise from all sides on an issue that has been discussed and discussed and discussed in North Carolina for a long period of time", Senate leader Phil Berger told the Senate Rules Committee Thursday. "We've got less than 24 hours before the NCAA deadline". Update: The bill has passed both houses of the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Cooper.
The deal came after several other failed attempts over the past year. The NCAA accounted for $51M in lost business when it pulled its championship from the state this year.