North Carolina’s Republican leadership for their continued refusal to allow a clean up or down vote on the full repeal of HB2. Signed into law a year ago tomorrow by former Governor Pat McCrory — who lost his bid for re-election over that unconscionable decision — HB2 has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars and continues to inflict profound harm on North Carolina’s people, reputation, and economy.
HRC and Equality North Carolina also released a new video taking a look back over the past year and the very real harm HB2 has caused. The video makes clear that North Carolina cannot afford one more day of the deeply discriminatory law.
“It’s now a full year since HB2 was signed into law, and the shameful political gamesmanship we’re seeing from North Carolina’s GOP leadership is beyond the pale,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Instead of taking meaningful action, North Carolina’s Republican leadership has given excuse after excuse as to why they can’t allow a clean up or down vote. To be clear, their reckless obstructionism makes them directly responsible for the continued harm inflicted on the state. No more excuses. Republican leadership must immediately allow a clean vote on HB2 repeal.”
Over the past year, instead of repealing HB2, North Carolina politicians have passed legislation that is shamefully trivial and frivolous in comparison to the urgent need to repeal HB2. For example, North Carolina lawmakers:
- Passed HB 469, which altered the way the town of Sunset Beach could use money earned from on-street parking meters.
- Passed HB 292, “an act to require a license to operate a beach bingo game…”
- Passed SB 132, “an act to establish a season for trapping foxes in Carteret County.”
- Introduced SB 303, which increase the penalty of traveling under the speed limit when “operating a motor vehicle in the leftmost travel lane of a controlled-access or partially controlled-access highway”
- Filed SB 313, “an act to increase the number of barrels of malt beverages a small brewery may self-distribute.”