BREAKING: NC Democrats and Republicans Put Forth Competing Bills to Repeal HB2

FILE- In this Aug. 23, 2007, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to a gender-neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Nearly all of the nation's 20 largest cities, including New York City, have local or state nondiscrimination laws that allow transgender people to use whatever bathroom they identify with, though a debate has raged around the topic nationwide. Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday, March 7, 2016, that guarantees people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, pools and recreation centers, without the need to show identification or any other proof of gender. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

After no less than three recesses, North Carolina House Republicans have finally put forth a bill intended to repeal the HB2 “bathroom bill.”

Democrats had early proposed SB3, calling for a full repeal. Republicans, however, could not seem to agree on the language they felt necessary to include in any bill talking of repeal. The multiple recesses, presumably, were to try and get the votes necessary to move forward with a bill of repeal.

At approximately 2:50pm EST, State Republicans filed SB4, their own version of a repeal bill. It calls for a full repeal, but also, adds a six month “cooling off” period, to keep other cities (looking at you, Durham) from enacting similar ordinances as the Charlotte ordinance that began this whole mess.

That part of the bill reads:

“Six Month Cooling-Off Period. – No local government in this State may enact or amend an ordinance regulating employment practices or regulating public accommodations or access to restrooms, showers, or changing facilities.”

The bill can be viewed here.

Democrat lawmakers are, so far, calling the proposal unacceptable.

Could it be because their hope is to stab Republican lawmakers and North Carolina families in the back before the ink is even dry on the paperwork?