BREAKING: NC House Approves “Compromise” HB2 Repeal, Bill Now Goes To Dem Gov. Roy Cooper

The Raleigh News & Observer reports:

The General Assembly on Thursday approved a compromise bill that repeals House Bill 2 but restricts anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.

Opposition and support for the bill did not fall along party lines in the 32-16 Senate vote. Several Triangle Democrats banded together to oppose it; they included Sen. Jay Chaudhuri of Raleigh, Sen. Mike Woodard of Durham, Sen. Floyd McKissick of Durham, and Sen. Valerie Foushee of Hillsborough, as well Sen. Jeff Jackson of Charlotte and Sen. Don Davis of Greenville.

In the House, the bill passed 70-48. Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue of Raleigh and Senate leader Phil Berger, a Republican, asked the Senate to approve the compromise, as House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson of Knightdale did. “It is a step forward from this terrible piece of legislation that was passed in March of 2016,” Jackson said on the House floor.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement overnight that he supported the compromise. Whether the repeal and attached provisions will be sufficient to put the state back in contention to host NCAA sports championships remains to be seen.