North Carolina lawmakers struck a deal late Wednesday night with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper that could repeal House Bill 2. Earlier this week, the NCAA reported a Thursday deadline for the state to make changes to the controversial law or lose its ability to host sports championships through 2022, according to Business Insider. HB2 is a law passed by the state legislature in March 2016 that, among many things, requires people to use the restrooms of the gender on their birth certificates.
Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement Wednesday night, saying House Bill 142 would repeal HB2, leave the issue of bathroom regulation to the state and enact a moratorium on local ordinances similar to Charlotte’s until Dec. 1, 2020. Berger and Moore said in their statement: “We are pleased this proposal fully protects bathroom safety and privacy.” Cooper said in a statement that he supports the compromise. “It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeal House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation,” he said in the statement.
The bill is expected to go to a vote in the Senate at about 9:15 a.m. and then go to the House shortly thereafter. The question going forward is whether there are enough legislators in both houses who will support the compromise. Since its passage, HB2 has cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue. The Associated Press published a report on Monday, which found that HB2 will cost North Carolina more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a decade.