The Latest: Session to repeal HB2 will be held on Wednesday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on plans to repeal the North Carolina law known as HB2 (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

North Carolina's outgoing Republican governor says that he will call legislators for a special session Wednesday so they can repeal the law known as HB2, which limits LGBT protections.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a video statement Monday. Earlier in the day, he confirmed he would call a special session.

Republican legislative leaders say they'll take up the repeal.

The statewide law known as HB2 requires people to use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates and excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper first gave word that the special session was happening.

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1:30 p.m.

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders are taking some jabs at Gov.-elect Roy Cooper even as they say they'll go along with a plan for a special session to repeal the state's HB2 law.

Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement Monday saying that they will be ready to act when outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory calls them into a special session. McCrory said he would call a special session.

But Berger and Moore also accused Cooper, a Democrat, of taking too much credit in announcing that a repeal was in the works.

They said that they've been amenable for months to repealing HB2 if Charlotte acted first to undo a local anti-discrimination ordinance. The Charlotte City Council did so on Monday.

Berger and Moore say Democrats used the debate over HB2 in past months "as a political stunt to drive out-of-state money into the governor's race."

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11:15 a.m.

North Carolina's outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says he will call a special session so that legislators can repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

McCrory issued a statement Monday not long after the state's incoming governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, said that legislators plan to come back Tuesday for a special session to repeal the law.

The statement criticizes the Charlotte law that Republicans have blamed for the need to pass HB2. Charlotte voted Monday to repeal its local ordinance.

The governor's statement says: "As promised, Gov. McCrory will call a special session."

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10:35 a.m.

Roy Coopers says that legislators are planning to hold a special session to repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Governor-elect Roy Cooper issued a statement Monday. Cooper says legislators plan to hold the session on the law known as HB2 on Tuesday because Charlotte repealed a local nondiscrimination ordinance that Republicans blamed for the statewide law.

The Charlotte City Council met Monday to repeal the ordinance enacted in early 2016.

However, the Council's move is contingent on North Carolina legislators fully repealing HB2 by December 31.

The statewide law known as HB2 requires people to use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates and excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.


The City of Charlotte made the following statement: 

"The City of Charlotte continues its commitment to be a welcoming community that honors and respects all people. 

The Charlotte City Council recognizes the ongoing negative economic impact resulting from the passage of the City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance and the State’s House Bill 2.  The Council acknowledges that North Carolina House Bill 2 “supersede(s) and preempt(s)” the City’s Ordinance.  In order to continue thriving as an inclusive community and compete for high paying jobs and world-class events, the City and State must take action together to restore our collective reputation. 

During this morning’s Legislative Briefing with the State Delegation representing Mecklenburg County, the Charlotte City Council voted to remove the Non-Discrimination Ordinance from the City Code.  The City urges the State to follow immediately with a repeal of House Bill 2. 

The City of Charlotte is deeply dedicated to protecting the rights of all people from discrimination and, with House Bill 2 repealed, will be able to pursue that priority for our community.  There are many issues that require a positive and collaborative relationship between the City and State. The City pledges commitment to that partnership.     

In addition to removal of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance, the City Council also removed from the City Code the Cable TV Ordinance (invalidated by the State in 2006) and the Business Privilege License Tax (invalidated by the State in 2014)."

Roy Cooper made the following statement: 

"Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte's vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB 2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full.

"Full repeal will help to bring jobs, sports and entertainment events back and will provide the opportunity for strong LGBT protections in our state."

Governor Pat McCrory's press office issued the following statement: 

"Now that the Charlotte ordinance has been repealed, the expectation of privacy in our showers, bathrooms and locker rooms is restored and protected under previous state law. Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists," said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary. "This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state. As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session."

The NC Association of Educators released the following statement: 

“NCAE supports Governor-elect Cooper’s call for an immediate and full repeal of House Bill 2 during a special session. This short-sighted discriminatory law set North Carolina back decades and had a negative impact on our state’s reputation.  More importantly it had a devastating impact on students who face a greater chance of violence and bullying.  As educators we must make sure our schools are welcoming and safe for everyone. Our state’s leaders must ensure that as well. Today we stand with Governor-elect Cooper for a swift and full repeal to protect our students and to start repairing our state’s damaged reputation.”

Charlotte Chamber made the following statement: 

“We commend the Charlotte City Council for taking action to bring about a solution to the controversy surrounding the passage of the City of Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance and the subsequent passage of House Bill 2. We encourage the North Carolina General Assembly to act promptly. “

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