The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 last year, a bill that among many things, requires people to use restrooms of the sex on their birth certificate. Past efforts to repeal HB2 and find a compromise between Democrats and Republicans have been unsuccessful, leading some lawmakers to take it upon themselves to search for solutions. On Wednesday, two Democrats and two Republicans introduced House Bill 186 in an effort to protect transgender rights and create tougher penalties for bathroom crimes. Colin Campbell of the Raleigh News & Observer broke the story Wednesday evening in a tweet and wrote an article shortly thereafter.
— Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) February 22, 2017
The bill has generated bipartisan support with several co-sponsors, but many LGBT advocacy groups oppose it. Chris Sgro, director of Equality North Carolina, fears the compromise will not “bring back business or sporting events, and only serves to reinforce the damage,” according to an article from WRAL.
The biggest question right now seems to be whether HB186 will have enough votes to pass through the House and Senate. If it does pass through both chambers, there is still a possibility Gov. Roy Cooper would not sign it into law. Cooper has expressed his concerns with the proposed repeal, saying in a tweet that the bill “fails the basic test of restoring our reputation.” Those who introduced the bill, including Republican co-sponsor Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville, are defending the bill as “a bipartisan fix to solve this contentious issue.”