Today, Representative Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), Rep. Marvin Lucas (D-Cumberland) Rep. Ken Goodman (D-Richmond), and Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) filed HB 186 [Repeal House Bill 2/State Nondiscrimination Policies] a bi-partisan, compromise bill to Repeal House Bill 2 and move North Carolina forward.
This compromise bill does the following:
- Repeals House Bill 2, Session Law 2016-3, from the 2016 2nd Extra Session
- This bill resets the regulation of bathrooms, showers and changing facilities to the law before House Bill 2 by pre-empting any legislation on the regulation these facilities.
- Creates a statewide floor for nondiscrimination ordinances by adopting all federally recognized categories, such as veteran status, genetic information, and pregnancy.
- This bill allows cities to pass ordinances to expand protected classes by referendum as long as there is 30 days notice of the vote to adopt the ordinance. This also allows a 90 day period for a referendum petition to be offered by the voters.
- Allows Universities and Community Colleges to exceed the statewide nondiscrimination law to add protected categories as long as there is an affirmative vote of the campus trustees. The Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges may also vote to expand the law to add protected classes for its employees.
- Increases penalties for bathroom related crimes after calls for more safety identified from both sides of the aisle
Rep. McGrady released the following statement about the House Bill 2 compromise:
“This bill represents a bipartisan fix to solve this contentious issue before us in North Carolina. This bi-partisan group calls on Governor Cooper to recognize that this bill repeals House Bill 2, creates a statewide floor for nondiscrimination categories, and allows North Carolina citizens to engage and determine the will of the people. I am proud to have the support of many of my colleagues who recognize that getting past this issue is necessary to stop the economic backlash and allows us to continue the positive work done by the General Assembly to grow our economy, increase investment in education, and reduce taxes for hardworking North Carolinians.”