Hours before the state was would have lost the possibility of hosting prestigious national college basketball matches, Republican lawmakers and Democratic Governor Roy Cooper announced a deal last night.
After the law's approval, Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan, who traveled to Raleigh on Thursday, called the measure a "bipartisan compromise repeal" and praised leaders of both parties who backed the deal. Among other things, this law restricts local governments from being able to put into law protections for their residents in private employment practices or public accommodations.
"And that's really a tragedy, truthfully", she said. "In fact, it allows the harm to maintain in the law".
"The board had four problems with that bill, they've removed some of those but not all of them", Emmert said. "And then they have to wait and see whether or not the board of governors will determine whether or not this bill that was recently passed is a sufficient change in the law for the board to feel comfortable going back to North Carolina". However, he said, "compromise sometimes is hard, and this bill represents that". But this time, even with a longer moratorium period, Blue said the issue was too urgent to vote against.
"We're trying hard not to second-guess where states are going to go and not go", NCAA president Mark Emmert said.
"From an economic development perspective, we have spent too much time over the previous year talking to our clients about bathrooms", Morgan said. Second, it gives the state authority over public bathrooms moving forward.
"This isn't a question about who's right", Cohen said. "I thought about it; I prayed about it; I talked to many people about it". So I don't want those families to continue to be hurt.
But support for the governor did not similarly dictate Butler's vote. This compromise that pleases hardly anyone is an airball, and should be labeled as such by a passionate crowd that just saw a bad misfire in a packed arena. After the bill's passage in March 2016, more than 100 companies signed a letter urging the state to repeal the law.
Andrew Reynolds, a UNC political science professor, said the vote was explicitly driven by the deadline. There were two teams - Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders - between them. Those games were moved to Greenville, South Carolina, which was allowed to host again after removing a Confederate flag from state capitol grounds in 2015.
"The turmoil of the past year, coupled with today's action by North Carolina lawmakers, should send a loud and clear message to our own Texas Legislature: reject Senate Bill 6, a discriminatory and unnecessary bill that does nothing to address safety", Texas Association of Business president Chris Wallace said in a statement.
Discussion of championship sites can reopen; John Swofford, ACC commissioner, said in a statement.
"This discussion will take place in the near future, and following any decisions by the ACC Council of Presidents, announcements will be forthcoming".
Guitarist Steven Van Zandt tweeted Thursday that "It ain't over until the LGBT community and the ACLU say it's over". "Each and every lawmaker who supported this bill has betrayed the LGBTQ community", he wrote. "Their rights, on their behalf, are to be compromised away".
House Bill 142 went before the Senate Rules Committee around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
"Our lives are not to be bargained with", he said.
This is a state that mirrors much of the country when we think about rapidly growing, progressive urban centers and these conservative, large, rural swaths of land. "To say otherwise would be untruthful".
But the boycotters shouldn't be fooled, and it's unlikely the courts will be - HB2's replacement is still harmful and unconstitutional. Transgender kids were getting bullied, attempting suicide, he said.