The Charlotte City Council just voted unanimously to repeal it’s non-discrimination ordinance (often referred to as ‘the bathroom bill), which sparked state republicans to pass HB2.
Since HB2 was passed earlier this year, numerous companies decided not to bring jobs to North Carolina, and at least a dozen major concerts canceled their shows due to the controversial law.
Charlotte leaders stated that their reasoning for repealing the city ordinance today was due to the negative economic impact the law (and subsequent HB2) has had on our state:
City removes Non-Discrimination Ordinance, Cable TV Ordinance, and Business Privilege License Tax from City Code. #CLTCC #HB2 #NCGA pic.twitter.com/rltoJnxFkU
— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) December 19, 2016
Governor McCrory’s Press Secretary, Graham Wilson, released a statement earlier today about Charlotte’s decision. “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.”
“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.”
Soon after the city’s repeal of their ordinance, the governor announced that a special session will be held this coming Wednesday to discuss repealing HB2:
VIDEO: Governor McCrory calls Special Session for December 21. pic.twitter.com/w0f7JScKM6
— NC Governor's Office (@GovOfficeNC) December 19, 2016
What do you think about Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance and North Carolina’s HB2?