Mecklenburg County commissioners debate HB2

Mecklenburg County commissioners had a heated discussion about the controversial House Bill 2. There was a unanimous vote not to include a repeal petition in their legislative agenda.

This is their first time as a group discussing the controversial law and what action they want to take.

Commissioners tell FOX46 they were not expecting to go into a lengthy discussion or to even talk about the law.

Tuesday night's meeting was meant to introduce the newly hired lobbyist who will work for the county's agenda at the state level.

During the meeting,  a commissioner brought up the idea to add one more item to the legislative agenda: a petition that would ask the state to repeal HB2.

"It was a good lively conversation. Everybody had a chance to weigh in on their thoughts - what the city did and what the state did,” commissioner Jim Puckett said.

After a long discussion and several motions on the table, the commissioners unanimously decided to not include that in their legislative agenda.

"The first words out of my mouth was do we really want to jump into this fray?” commissioner Matthew Ridenhour said.

Ridenhour says it's best to let the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina fight this out.

"We take a risk of causing legislators to turn their ears off not only to what we have to say about HB2, but our entire legislative agenda."

This passionate debate happened the same day PayPal cancelled their plans to bring a new facility and hundreds of jobs to charlotte in response to house bill two.

County commissioners tell us if the petition was added in the legislative agenda. It would mean paying the lobbyist money to advocate efforts to repeal the law.

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