North Carolina legislature likely to end session by tweaking but not repealing HB2

House leadership says only one change to HB2 appears likely to be voted on before the session ends

North Carolina and the federal government exchanged lawsuits Monday as the battle over House Bill 2 took on a national scope. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday afternoon that the Justice Department will sue North Carolina. The lawsuit says North Carolina’s House Bill 2 violates Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Law by denying transgender people access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – With the N.C. General Assembly poised to end its session as early as tonight, repeal of House Bill Two, which has come to be called “the bathroom bill,” is unlikely.

House leadership says only one change to HB2 appears likely to be voted on before the session ends.

RELATED: NC weighs tweaks to House Bill 2

Without full repeal, opponents to the law say they are troubled about what it would mean to North Carolina.

“It will be an incredible disappointment, not just to me, not just to the gay and transgender community, but to all of us as North Carolinian,” said Rep. Chris Sgro (D – Guilford County).

Rep. Sgro, the only openly gay member of the General Assembly, remains hopeful repeal of HB2 will still happen.

But House Speaker Tim Moore (R – Cleveland County) says the only likely change to be voted on is the part that impacts the ability for employees to sue in state court for discrimination.

“There was never an intent to limit the right of anybody to seek redress in the state court so we have some language we’re looking at to clarify that,” Rep. Moore said.

Nationally, groups, including the NBA, are keeping watch.

The NBA and the Charlotte Hornets said last night no new decision has been made regarding the All Star Game, which set to be held in Charlotte in February.

“I hope that they, and frankly any other business that had concerns about the discrimination arguments, see this issue with the access to state courts as addressing that,” Rep. Moore said.

Lawmakers are talking about ending their session Friday night or Saturday.

“I am certain that if this legislature is not able to get HB2 repealed and we start to have things happen like losing the all-star game, and losing more businesses, there will be deep consequences for members of this legislature and the governor come November,” Rep. Sgro said.

A survey released in May by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling showed that 44 percent of those surveyed opposed HB2 while 35 percent supported it. On the other hand, a survey released in May by the right-leaning Civitas Institute showed that 56 percent of the public supported HB2 while 34 percent opposed it.

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