North Carolina lawmakers could hold a special session to work on changes to HB2. The reason for this extra work is fear the NBA will move its 2017 All-Star Game elsewhere unless the anti-LBGTI legislation is modified.
‘I think there’s a really good chance of a special session,’ state Representative Pricey Harrison said to the Winston-Salem Journal. ‘You really can’t avoid how much it has hurt the state, and everyone knows there’s more fallout to come.’
The General Assembly finished business last week. The next session starts this upcoming January. The league’s mid-season game if scheduled for 2017 February in Charlotte (home city of the Hornets).
‘I don’t think the NBA can wait until January,’ state Representative Chris Sgro said to the newspaper. ‘If they’re going to move the game, they need to make that decision well before then. Given that, I would not be surprised if we ended up in a special session well before the end of the year.’
Last week the league, with the Charlotte Hornets, released a statement expressing disappointment the General Assembly closed session without many amendments.
‘We remain committed to our guiding principles of inclusion, mutual respect and equal protections for all,’ the NBA’s statement said. ‘We continue to believe that constructive engagement with all sides is the right path forward. There has been no new decision made regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.’
Passed earlier this year HB2 diminishes workplace protections for LGBTI people, including blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination laws. In addtion, it requires transgender citizens to use public restrooms according to their birth certificate gender. This is why the statute is often called the ‘bathroom bill’.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the legislative session ended without enough votes for full repeal or compromises.
North Carolina and the federal government are facing each other in court over HB2.
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