HB2 repeal likely if Charlotte repeals bathroom ordinance, lobbying group says
RALEIGH, N.C. — Legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory could act as soon as next week to repeal House Bill 2, according to the state’s lobbying group for restaurants and hotels.
The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association said Friday in a news release, “The unintended consequences of Charlotte City Ordinance #7056 and House Bill 2 have taken a considerable toll on our state as a whole. The hospitality industry has become collateral damage in a fight it did not start or ask for.”
“NCRLA has received assurances this week from legislative leadership, that if the Charlotte City Council repeals Ordinance #7056 at their meeting on Monday, the General Assembly is prepared to meet in special session as early as next week to repeal House Bill 2,” said Lynn Minges, NCRLA president and CEO, in the release.
“Furthermore, Governor Pat McCrory has assured NCRLA that he is willing to call legislators into a special session next week for this purpose if both the city and legislators have the votes for repeal,” she said.
HB2 was prompted by Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance, which would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice at places of “public accommodation.”
Josh Ellis, director of communications for McCrory, released the following statement:
“For the last nine months, the governor has consistently said state legislation is only needed if the Charlotte ordinance remains in place. If the Charlotte City Council totally repeals the ordinance and then we can confirm there is support to repeal among the majority of state lawmakers in the House and Senate, the governor will call a special session. It is the governor’s understanding that legislative leaders and the lieutenant governor agree with that assessment.”