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North Carolina governor: Repeal HB2 or we lose NCAA events for six years

North Carolina governor: Repeal HB2 or we lose NCAA events for six years

Roy Cooper defeated incumbent Pat McCrory to become governor of North Carolina.

By keeping its infamous HB2 ‘bathroom bill’ on the books, North Carolina is on the verge of losing all NCAA championship events through 2022.

‘Our contacts at the NCAA tell us that, due to their stance on HB2, all North Carolina bids will be pulled from the review process and removed from consideration,’ Scott Dupree, the executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, wrote in a letter to the State Assembly this week.

Dupree points out that this would include the NCAA Basketball Tournament (known as March Madness) in such North Carolina cities as Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte.

The NCAA had previously pulled all championship events in 2016 and 2017 from the state.

The six-year ban could result on loss of up to $250 million in revenue for state.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement of his own that ‘the NCAA news means there is no time to waste in repealing HB2. The bipartisan votes of both Democrats and Republicans are there for repeal if the Republican legislative leadership will just put it to a vote. There is an urgency to get House Bill 2 repealed.’

Cooper later expanded on the topic at a news conference in Raleigh on Tuesday (7 February): ‘If there was ever a time for bipartisanship it was now, a chance to get this stain off our state, a chance to end discrimination and a chance to bring these hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs back to our state.’

A plan by North Carolina Republicans to repeal the state’s sweeping anti-LGBTI measure ran afoul with Democrats in December.

Democrats charged that Republicans had reneged on a promise for a full appeal of HB2.

The law forces transgender people to use a bathroom matching their gender at birth and strips cities of the right to pass anti-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBTI people.

It has badly damaged the state’s reputation and hurt its economy.

Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory suffered politically for his staunch support and defense of HB2 and lost a close election to Cooper.