NORTH CAROLINA: Senate Leader Phil Berger Declares That HB2 Won’t Be Repealed Anytime Soon [VIDEO]

The Raleigh News & Observer reports:

Legislators won’t be moving quickly to change House Bill 2 this year, and an “outright repeal” doesn’t have enough support, N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger said this week. Berger spoke in detail about the controversial LGBT law in an interview with Tim Boyum of Time Warner Cable News that aired Thursday night.

During a special session last month, the Senate considered repealing HB2 while also stopping local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances similar to one in Charlotte that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Berger says he won’t be bringing back the compromise bill he proposed during the special session as legislators get to work in Raleigh this month. “I think the window for that compromise may not be open at this point, and I certainly don’t believe that the votes exist for an outright repeal without anything else,” Berger told TWC News.

That statement puts Berger at odds with Gov. Roy Cooper, who said earlier this month that he sees an opening for another deal to repeal HB2.

In the clip at the link, Berger claims that Democrats don’t really want to see HB2 repealed: “They want to keep using it as an issue like they did in the campaign.”

Berger goes on to declare that activists will attempt to install pro-transgender “bathroom bills” in every North Carolina municipality if HB2 does ever get repealed.