Democratic senator introduces HB2 repeal with moratorium

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sen. Joel Ford, a Charlotte Democrat, introduced a bill that would repeal House Bill 2, but also establish a moratorium for non-discrimination ordinances.

The “cool down” period would last for 30 days after the General Assembly adjourns.

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, introduced a similar, if not the same, bill at the end of 2016 during a special session to repeal House Bill 2. The vote failed 16-32 with senate Republicans split and senate Democrats unanimously voting against because of the attached moratorium, citing it was similar to a continuation of a portion of House Bill 2.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s spokesperson Ford Porter released this statement to FOX8:

“Any compromise must achieve the basic goal of bringing jobs and sporting events back to North Carolina. Governor Cooper will continue to work to bring legislators and business leaders to the table to get this done.”