A House Bill Two repeal deal gets approval in the North Carolina General Assembly. The compromise, agreed to by Democratic leaders - including Governor Roy Cooper - repeals the controversial bathroom bill passed last year, which sparked economic boycotts from businesses like the NCAA, PayPal, and others. It includes a provision that state agencies cannot change bathroom access rules without an act from the General Assembly. It also places a moratorium on local government passing non-discrimination ordinances until December 1, 2020. The state Senate passed it 32-16. The state House took up debate less than an hour later...passing the measure 70 to 48.
Caucuses in both chambers were split in voting on the deal. Nine of the 15 Democrats in the Senate voted for the deal, 30 of 56 Democrats in the House voted “yes.” On the Republican side... 33 Republicans in the House opposed the repeal, and 10 voted against it in the Senate.
Of the mountain delegation: Senate votes for repeal came from Democrat Terry Van Duyn, and Republicans Chuck Edwards and Jim Davis. Republican Senator Ralph Hise voted “no.” In the House: voting for repeal were Democrat John Ager, and Republicans Mike Clampitt and Chuck McGrady. Voting against the deal were Democrats Susan Fisher and Brian Turner, and Republican Michelle Presnell.