Two more HB2 Repeal bills filed in General Assembly

Including a state-wide non-discrimination policy similar to Charlotte’s:

Democrats filed the bill in both the House and Senate Thursday. In addition to a “clean repeal” of HB2, the bill will include a broad statewide nondiscrimination law that would include sexual orientation, gender identity, military veteran status and other categories, according to Rep. Pricey Harrison of Greensboro.

“It’s long overdue,” Harrison said. “We will do our hardest to enact this legislation.” The nondiscrimination provision would ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations – including bathroom access for transgender people.

I’m probably going to get tarred and feathered (and maybe rode out of town on a rail) for the following commentary, but I choked back these words last week, and now I’m thinking that was a mistake. There has not been a “clean” HB2 repeal bill filed by either party, and regardless of how much you value the additional language or policy initiatives inserted in said bills, they are simply not viable. As in, they will never escape from a Committee to earn a vote on the floor, much less pass that vote. Even Jeff Jackson’s bill, which is virtually identical to the one filed back in December, has additional (and in my mind unnecessary) language that killed it upon birth:

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