RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — At a hastily called news conference, NC GOP leaders said Tuesday evening that they had an agreement in principle with a proposal made by Gov. Roy Cooper over House Bill 2.
In a stunning development, they then accused Cooper of denying making such a proposal.
“He made a proposal,” Senate Leader Phil Berger said. “We’ve been in discussion with our folks, and with the governor’s people and with some folks in the business community.”
Republicans called a news conference Tuesday night to make a “major announcement” over HB2.
Berger said it was a four-point plan and that Republicans were prepared to agree to those points.
According to GOP leaders, the points were:
1. Repeals HB2;
2. Guarantees privacy in bathrooms and shower facilities by leaving regulation of multi-occupancy facilities to the state, returning to the status quo prior to passage of Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance that women and girls should not have to share bathrooms with men;
3. Authorizes local governments to pass employment and accommodation non-discrimination ordinances, provided they are consistent with federal employment and accommodation non-discrimination law; and
4. Protects the rights of conscience by allowing citizens to collect court costs and attorney fees if they successfully pursue legal action proving a violation of their constitutional rights, as protected by Article I Section 13 of the North Carolina Constitution and the First Amendment.