Bill detailing how N Carolina must save for emergencies OK'd

Roy Cooper holds a press conference at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 30, 2017, to announce that he signed a HB142, a compromise replacement bill for HB2, that. "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". But it wasn't clear if that would satisfy the NCAA, which made no immediate decision on North Carolina's fate. Instead of the short drive up Interstate 85, Clemson fans pulled the long haul to Florida, caught a flight or stayed at home.

LGBT activists have condemned the legislation, which stops local authorities from passing anti-LGBT-discrimination laws until December 2020.

"It's not a ideal deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation", the governor said.

"There's a lot of people in the LGBTQIA community that are being discriminated against right now and can't wait three years to have someone stand up for their rights", says another protester. The NCAA had said that North Carolina would lose championship events through 2022 if the law was not repealed.

That doesn't go far enough, said LGBT rights supporters and E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt.

According to NBC, the new measure was quickly passed by the state House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper in a matter of hours.

"Why mince words? This is a fake repeal", said Ian Palmquist, Program Director of Equality Federation, "As a proud North Carolinian, I'm deeply disappointed that HB 2's shameful ban on local protections will continue". Basically, the new law sends a signal that it's just fine to marginalize LGBTQ folks at least for a few more years. "Any human being, regardless of who they are, should always come before a basketball game - but apparently the North Carolina state government still doesn't understand that concept".

Emmert said that North Carolina's history as a host for such events played a major role in the NCAA's patience in waiting for H.B.

"If we could have props in here, I would take a basketball covered in money and roll it down the middle aisle there, because that's what this is about - money and basketball", state Rep. Carl Ford, a Republican, said before voting no on the repeal. "I don't think it goes far enough to protect LGBT citizens".

"The board had four problems with that bill, they've removed some of those but not all of them", Emmert said.

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". Tracy cited a new Associated Press study that found North Carolina will lose almost $4 billion in revenue because of events cancelled by the NCAA, the National Basketball Association, entertainers and state government entities.

Sarah Gillooly, policy director of the ACLU of North Carolina, agrees, calling the measure a "disgraceful backroom deal".

"The legislature, [by] yielding to the NCAA and their threats and the corporate bullies, saying that they needed to repeal HB 2, actually took a step back", he said on Washington Watch on Thursday. Momentum had already slowed for most of the bills, and some of them had failed. This was the big flashpoint, to the point where the law was derided as the "bathroom bill".

After losing the NBA All-Star Game and this year's NCAA men's basketball games, lawmakers were feeling the pain. "Nobody made the decision to leave North Carolina casually".

But the American Civil Liberties Union, that NAACP and groups that support LGBT rights have panned the agreement.

  • Marlene Weaver