Excerpt From: WRAL. Written By: Mark Binker.
House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, told reporters Thursday afternoon that he is continuing to talk with Senate counterparts about how to repeal and replace House Bill 2, the controversial measure dealing with LGBT rights and the use of bathrooms by transgender people.
Members of the House GOP caucus met behind closed doors for hours Wednesday night and Thursday morning but seemed no closer to agreement over what, if anything, they should do about the bill. In particular, sports organizations like the NCAA and some big businesses have moved away from holding events in the state or expanding operations here due to outcry over the bill.
Republicans are struggling to find a way to satisfy those business interests without abandoning what they see as protection for women and girls – and members of the LGBT community see as discriminatory. In the latest on-again-off-again HB2 revision effort, Moore had warned House members that they may have to work Friday, supposedly to accommodate work on a deal, but that prospect vanished by early afternoon, along with any thought a deal would be reached this week.
“There’s a bill that Sen. (Phil) Berger and I have been discussing,” Moore said. Berger, the Senate President Pro Temp, said Wednesday that while he and Moore had been talking, no single bill had garnered traction.
Over night, House Minority Leader Darren Jackson, D-Wake, suggested that those discussion had included a religious freedom bill that would give people the right to sue the state or local governments if they think their religious freedom is impinged. He distributed images of a bill that he said was in the mix.