UPDATED: North Carolina’s legislature may adjourn without reconsidering the anti-LGBT law known as HB2/ repeal has failed
December 21, 2016
UPDATE: The NC House has voted to adjourn without passing HB2 repeal. The Senate may vote soon on adjournment. Since there’s only been a vote to adjourn from one part of the legislature, they could come back into session if the Senate fails to pass the adjournment resolution.
UPDATE 2: The Senate came back into session and introduced an amendment to extend the so-called “cooling off period” – the time between HB2’s repeal and when cities can pass nondiscrimination ordinances – essentially indefinitely, 30 days after the end of the 2017 long session of the legislature. The amendment passed. The full repeal bill has still not passed either chamber.
UPDATE 3 (7:05PM ET): Repeal of HB2 has just failed in the NC senate. The bill will be referred to a committee.
UPDATE 4: 7:15PM ET: The Senate voted against reconsidering repeal of HB2 and then voted to adjourn.
This week, it was reported that North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature would repeal the anti-LGBT law, HB2, which included, among other things, a section restricting the use of public bathrooms by people who are transgender. The repeal was expected due to a deal with the city of Charlotte: if Charlotte repealed their pro-transgender “bathroom ordinance” the legislature would repeal HB2. Yesterday morning, Charlotte held up its end of the deal.
Now, it looks like the legislature was being dishonest. A bill has been introduced to repeal HB2, but it contains a clause barring cities and municipalities from introducing antidiscrimination ordinances for six months. This effectively means HB2 isn’t repealed totally for at least half a year.
And now it’s being reported that the legislature may adjourn without passing any version of the repeal bill:
— Jonah Kaplan (@KaplanABC11) December 21, 2016
When we know more, we’ll report back.