North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law a measure that rolls back the state’s “bathroom bill.”
The Democratic governor signed the bill Thursday despite criticisms from the transgender rights community. The groups say the new measure still denies them protection from discrimination. They demanded nothing less than full repeal.
Cooper acknowledges that it’s not a perfect deal and stops short of many things the state needs to do.
Some conservatives also condemned the compromise, saying the current law should have been left in place.
The law known as House Bill 2 cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments.
After a year of backlash, the compromise plan was announced Wednesday night. It was worked out under mounting pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to take away more sporting events.
The NCAA plans to review a deal to roll back North Carolina’s bathroom bill before it makes a decision on whether to bring neutral-site championships back to the state.
NCAA President Mark Emmert told reporters Thursday that the association’s board of governors will have to discuss the new legislation before deciding whether they’re comfortable hosting neutral-site championships in the state again.
He said that process could take several days or more.
The NCAA previously said that it’s deciding on four years of neutral-site championship locations and wouldn’t put any in North Carolina if the law known as House Bill 2 were still on the books.
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