NC Gov. Roy Cooper floats HB2 'compromise'

NC Gov. Roy Cooper floats HB2 'compromise'

RALEIGH, N.C. — Even before Gov. Roy Cooper‘s 'compromise' plan for repealing HB2 became legislation, it ran into staunch opposition from Republican leaders.

Cooper unveiled his plan at a news conference Tuesday morning.

It calls for a full repeal of the controversial HB2, tougher penalties on people who commit crimes in restrooms, plus a requirement that local governments notify the legislature at least 30 days before passing the nondiscrimination ordinance.

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Cooper claimed it would appease those who opposed a 'clean' repeal of House Bill 2.

"I hear you and I have a proposal that specifically addresses your concerns," Cooper said.

Republican leaders did not welcome it with open arms. They issued statements criticizing the so-called compromise.

"It will create a state-sanctioned 'Look, But Don't Touch' policy in our bathrooms," said Lt. Gov Dan Forest.

"Gov. Cooper's press conference is the first we've heard of his so-called compromise," said Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham.