The Latest: Business groups support 'bathroom bill' repeal

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the effort at the North Carolina legislature to repeal the state's "bathroom bill," also known as House Bill 2 (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Several business groups are supporting a bipartisan effort to take North Carolina's "bathroom bill" off the books.

Their executives came to the state's Legislative Building for a Tuesday news conference to back a House measure they hope will gain enough support to repeal the law known as House Bill 2.

The law requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. The law prompted the NBA to move its All-Star game out of Charlotte. Will Webb with the Charlotte Sports Foundation says the new proposal provides a "glimmer of hope" to get rid of HB2.

The House proposal's chief sponsor, Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville, says the bill will remain stuck unless Gov. Roy Cooper helps him get votes from House Democrats.


11:30 a.m.

A new proposal to repeal North Carolina's "bathroom bill" appears stuck as Republican lawmakers and the new Democratic governor disagree about empowering local governments to expand LGBT rights.

The impasse worries state boosters because time is running out before the NCAA decides whether to prevent North Carolina sites from hosting championship events through 2022. The law, which requires transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, has cost North Carolina some conventions, concerts and business expansions.

Gov. Roy Cooper and GOP leaders disagree about what a replacement bill should look like. Gay rights groups told reporters Tuesday only a complete HB2 repeal will satisfy them. Supporters of a bipartisan compromise scheduled their own news conference.

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