“Why the Sudden Spark of Optimism Among HB2 Opponents?” Charlotte Business Journal
January 18, 2017
A month ago, N.C. lawmakers failed to repeal House Bill 2 during a one-day special session called by then-Gov. Pat McCrory to do just that. With the arrival of Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat and HB2 opponent, and power still in the hands of the Republican majorities in the state legislature, many viewed the lack of a successful repeal as a last gasp.
So why are politicians, particularly Democrats, suddenly optimistic about abolishing the controversial law when the General Assembly starts its long session next week?
During a 90-minute conference call Tuesday afternoon organized by law firm Cohen Milstein, past and present state lawmakers espoused their belief that pressure from business executives and nearly a year of lost sporting events, concerts and job expansions will lead to an end to HB2. The legislature drafted and passed the law in response to an ordinance that added lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as protected from discrimination and was approved by Charlotte City Council.
Half the call was devoted to repercussions from the law and its chances of repeal; the rest of the session dealt with court cases stemming from HB2.