They also object to this language: "No local government in this state may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations" until December 2020.
The announcement followed a flurry of activity on repealing the law more commonly referred to as the "bathroom bill". One senator who supported the bill spoke during the Senate debate on Thursday, calling it "at best a punt; at worst, a betrayal of principle", Tiberii reports. "We will continue to fight in court for transgender people to access the restrooms that correspond to their gender identity and for equal protection for the entire LGBT community in North Carolina".
Lawmakers passed HB2 in March 2016 under McCrory.
"This is not a ideal deal or my preferred solution". An AP analysis this week found that HB2 already will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. Gay rights groups oppose the replacement measure because it would still restrict LGBT protections from discrimination.
Republican Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor, where it was approved 32-16, with nine of 15 Democrats among the yes votes.
"Our lives are not compromises". The NCAA is meeting this week to determine game schedules from 2018 to 2022 and was expected to exclude North Carolina from its list of possible places to hold tournament games if HB2 was not repealed.
The House took up debate on the measure around noon. "The NCAA gave North Carolina an opportunity to undo the damage of HB2 and they failed to do so. That's a disgusting precedent to set", said Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash.
Critics of the repeal bill say it doesn't go far enough.
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Speciale pushed to delay the vote until Tuesday, saying more time was need for House members to review the half-page bill, including going home to talk with their constituents.
"This is no repeal", Chase Strangio, an attorney for the ACLU, said in a statement. "The law would prohibit any government entity, including any school, from permitting trans people to use restrooms that accord with who we are even though such a mandate directly conflicts with federal law".
Meanwhile, on the other other end of the political spectrum, several Democrats said the compromise should be defeated because it isn't really a repeal of House Bill 2. According to several civil rights groups, it's the same old discrimination in a new package.
Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, said lawmakers were approving continued discrimination statewide of the LGBT community.
-North Carolina laws invalidate any local law that treats sexual orientation as a protected class or has a goal to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.
The two votes brought together odd bedfellows of legislators in support of, or opposition to, the HB2 repeal initiative. The bill heavily influenced North Carolina's gubernatorial race, and faced an attempted repeal in December. This requirement was never backed by criminal penalties or other teeth, but Thursday's change means transgressors would continue to be punished with the laws against trespassing, peeping and indecent exposure that were in effect before and after HB2.
"This is a good day for the state and a positive step forward - specifically for the students, faculty, and staff of the University of North Carolina - and we applaud our elected officials for the bipartisan manner in which they brokered this compromise".