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?