North Carolina Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for failing to repeal the state’s transgender bathroom law Tuesday night.
The state’s lawmakers remain unable to come to an agreement over the repeal, reports CNN. Republican leaders claimed they had “agreed in principle” to a repeal, only to have Gov. Roy Cooper renege on the deal.
The bathroom law, HB2, prevents transgenders from using the bathroom of their choice.
“We called the governor on the way down here to let him know we agreed, but he now denies that he ever made the proposal, and so we’ve got to figure out exactly where we are,” Sen. Phil Berger, a Republican leader, said at a news conference.
Republicans claimed that Cooper’s plan included a complete repeal of HB2, and having the state regulate multi-stall bathrooms, among other things.
Democrats denied that there was ever a proposal on the table, claiming that Republicans were pulling a “political stunt.”
“While Governor Cooper continues to work for a compromise, there are still issues to be worked out, and Republican leaders’ insistence on including an Indiana-style RFRA provision remains a deal-breaker,” Cooper’s spokesman, Ford Porter said.
He added that Cooper’s team had written up certain provisions with the intent to revise some of the proposals.
“Republicans dismissed our suggestions, and it ultimately became clear that more drastic revisions would be needed to prevent HB2 from being replaced with another bad law,” Porter went on.
Many businesses and celebrities boycotted the state over its bathroom law. The Associated Press released an analysis Monday claiming the state could lose almost $4 billion over 12 years because of the law.
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