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NC GOP, Democratic leaders at odds over repealing HB2

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- As the November election inches closer, the debate over House Bill 2 continues to heat up.

Both Democrats and Republicans are at odds with how to go about repealing the controversial bathroom law.

Tuesday, representatives from both the North Carolina GOP along with the state’s Democratic Party held separate press conferences to address the issue.

"Since House Bill 2 passed, it has been a disaster for our state,” said State Sen. Gladys Robinson.

“I’m extremely disappointed. We had a solution in hand that would’ve cured the economic problems that we have been suffering,” North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in an earlier press conference.

In recent months, HB2 has garnered a lot of attention. It's a law requires people in publicly owned buildings to use restrooms that corresponds with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

It was passed by the general assembly after Charlotte enacted an ordinance that allowed transgendered people to use the bathroom or locker room of their gender identity.

Last week, after the NCAA and ACC decided to pull its championship games out of the state -- costing cities like Greensboro millions of dollars -- there were new efforts by some state lawmakers to repeal it. However, if Charlotte also were to repeal its ordinance.

Charlotte City Council ultimately decided to take that discussion off the table. It’s a move Hayes says was a bad one.

“The city council, folks in Charlotte including the chamber, the general assembly, the governor, they were ready to solve the problem, bring the game back, reset the whole procedure and move on. Roy Cooper, Betty Carney... they scuttled the deal,” he explained.

"I think one doesn't have to do with the other. The state of North Carolina decided that it would enforce a law, put a law in place in North Carolina that has hurt our entire state. We are responsible,” Robinson responded.

An Elon University poll released Monday found nearly 50 percent oppose HB2, while almost 40 percent support it.

Nearly 60 percent say the law has damaged the state's reputation.

“They [Charlotte] never should've passed the ordinance to begin with. So for them to try and flip it now and place the blame on us is ridiculous,” Hayes stated.

"We don't have the right in the general assembly, and the governor certainly doesn't have the right to tell Charlotte what to do,” said Robinson.