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Lobbying group: HB2 repeal likely if Charlotte repeals bathroom ordinance

Friday, September 16, 2016  
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Legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory could act as soon as next week to hold a special session and repeal House Bill 2 – but only if the Charlotte City Council first repeals its controversial bathroom ordinance, the state’s lobbying group for restaurants and hotels announced Friday afternoon.

North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association said HB2 has meant that the “hospitality industry has become collateral damage in a fight it did not start or ask for,” so it’s been working to broker a compromise deal to stop the economic damage, which included the loss this week of NCAA and ACC sporting events.

“NCRLA has received assurances this week from legislative leadership, that if the Charlotte City Council repeals (its nondiscrimination ordinance) at their meeting on Monday, the General Assembly is prepared to meet in special session as early as next week to repeal House Bill 2,” NCRLA president and CEO Lynn Minges said in a news release. Read more from The News & Observer

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