Bill to repeal HB2

- North Carolina state lawmakers go back into session next Monday. One of them plans to introduce legislation to fully repeal HB2.

"From the minimum wage to the discrimination piece, it's impacting so many jobs," said Rep. Tricia Cotham who represents Mecklenburg County in the House of Representatives.

Cotham says her bill has been in the works for about a month and would completely obliterate House Bill Two.

Her republican counterpart, Charles Jeter, says part of the law has to go.

"In my ideal world, I would want to repeal section two and section three of the bill. Those include not being able to sue in state courts, not allowing municipalities to create non-discrimination ordinances that don't exceed state or federal law, and the minimum wage portion," said Jeter.

He says he'd still want to keep the bathroom portion of the bill intact which says a person must use the bathroom of their biological sex.

For democrat Carla Cunningham, her top priority is helping the working poor.

"The main part that I want to go away is the authority over the city and county to raise the minimum wage. I want that to completely go away," said Cunningham.

We asked representatives on both sides what - if anything - they'd be willing to give up for the sake of compromise.

"I'm not going to settle for discrimination. I'm not going to settle for taking away jobs from Mecklenburg County. That's not going to happen," said Cotham.

"Is it four bathrooms we're talking about? Is it three? I don't know the answer. Can you imagine the cost if we went to every building and every business and say you have to have four bathrooms and not two?" said Jeter.

Finding middle ground may prove a difficult task for the legislature.

Cotham says her bill to repeal HB2 may not be ready to go by next Monday, but she does plan to propose the legislation as soon as staffers finish up the draft.

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