More than two-thirds of the Senate's 50 members the bill, which now goes to the House for a vote. It is a bill.
North Carolina's legislature on Thursday passed a statute that modifies the highly controversial HB2 law, better known as the "bathroom bill".
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Tense negotiations over a deal to undo North Carolina's "bathroom bill" gave way Friday to uncertainty.
The Democratic governor signed the bill Thursday despite criticisms from the transgender rights community.
"North Carolina appears to be replacing their original law with a new measure that is similar to our state's SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act", Republican state Sen. Others were doubtful. Some entertainment industry leaders were scornful, and LGBT advocates expressed outrage.
Yet the Governor assures this new law is less restrictive than House Bill 2. It noted that the state "provides legal protections for government officials to refuse services to the LGBT community", a reference to a 2015 law allowing magistrates to opt out of performing marriages if they had a religious objection to same-sex marriage. She complained that transgender people were left out of the negotiations. That bill had required that people at a government-run facility must use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate, if the rooms in question are multiple-occupancy.
HB2 also invalidated any local ordinances protecting gay or transgender people from discrimination in the workplace or in public accommodations. One was that it overturned local nondiscrimination ordinances - something that the replacement law won't allow again until December 2020.
The NCAA has said it affirms the rights of LGBT people and wants to assure inclusivity.
The stakes are high. A recent Associated Press analysis suggested that the law cost North Carolina as much $3.76 billion in lost business. Instead, it institutes a statewide prohibition on equality by banning non-discrimination protections across North Carolina and fuels the flames of anti-transgender hate. We made clear that absent any change in the law we weren't going back to North Carolina.
IBM, which has a large Raleigh-area operation, also expressed reservations.
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In that review, the GAO estimated that an official speech in IL , followed by a golf weekend in Florida, cost about $3.6 million. Congressman Cummings says that raised concerns about security at the private club and who has access to the president.
Consultants who advise companies looking for a good place to build operations and create jobs were divided on whether North Carolina had turned a page. "I don't think it goes far enough to protect LGBT citizens".
Activists on both sides of the political aisle have spoken out against House Bill 142, which repeals H.B.
On Wednesday, Arkansas state Senator Linda Collins-Smith, a Republican, withdrew the bathroom bill she had proposed in that state. "The AP can print that!"
Money and politics aside, transgender people remained anxious about their safety.
Governor Cooper, who ran for election on a platform of repealing HB2, said: "It's not a flawless deal, but it repeals HB2 and begins to fix our reputation".
Whether it succeeds at that remains up in the air.
In basketball-crazed North Carolina, the withdrawal of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament games and the National Basketball Association All-Star game, which had been awarded to Charlotte, reverberated throughout the state. It passed the House by a 70-48 vote, despite a push by some conservative Republicans delay the vote to next week.
The NCAA's governing board will review North Carolina's law next week, President Mark Emmert said Thursday.
Neither supporters nor opponents of North Carolina's now-repealed transgender bathroom law, H.B.
"I believe with all my heart that this is the right thing to do", he said. "It's going to open the doors for corporations to take another look". The organization needs to begin selecting future host sites for 2018-22 - something it delayed while waiting on the outcome in North Carolina - and could lose potential bidding sites if it waits any longer.