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Attorney General Cooper: I Will Not Defend Bathroom Privacy Law In Court PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 05:17

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced at a news conference Tuesday that he and his office will not defend House Bill 2 in court, where it is being challenged by opponents who say its is discrminatory.

Cooper, the Democratic nominee for governor, echoed the sentiments of those who support Charlotte's recently passed ordinance -- set aside by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory -- that would have allowed men to use women's restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa.

 "We're talking about discrimination here," said Cooper. "Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina's economy back."

In response, N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger called on Cooper to resign his office immediately.

“Roy Cooper’s refusal to defend the law makes clear he wants the ACLU to win by default in federal court what they can’t win at the ballot box and allow men to walk into locker rooms at YMCAs across our country and undress in front of young girls,” said Berger.

“His zeal for pandering for the extreme left’s money and agenda in his race for governor is making it impossible for him to fulfill his duties as attorney general – and he should resign immediately."

 
Gov. Pat McCrory Responds To ACLU Lawsuit Over House Bill 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 05:15

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory's office has issued a statement in response to the lawsuit filed over House Bill 2 by the ACLU and several of its allies.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, which set aside Charlotte's ordinance that would have allowed men to use women's public restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa.

The ACLU says the law is disciminatory. Its suit names Gov. Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina. The news release describes its plaintiffs as two transgendered individuals and a lesbian NC Central professor.

Gov. McCrory's statement is below:

“The governor respects the right of any legal challenges; however, he does not respect the continued distortion of the facts by the groups challenging this law and by many members of the state and national media,” said Graham Wilson, the governor’s press secretary.
 
“To counter a coordinated national effort to mislead the public, intimidate our business community and slander our great state, the governor will continue to set the record straight on a common sense resolution to local government overreach that imposed new regulations on businesses that intruded into the personal lives of our citizens. The non-discrimination policies in place today in cities like Raleigh, Greensboro and Asheville and in every business in North Carolina are the same as they were last month and last year.
 
“Where was this coordinated outrage and media attention when the original bathroom ordinance was defeated in Charlotte just last year?   
 
“The governor looks forward to cheering for the UNC Tar Heels in the NCAA Final Four being played in Houston, a city that defeated a similar bathroom ordinance referendum last year with over 61% of the vote.”

 
ACLU and Allies File Lawsuit Against McCrory and Cooper Over House Bill 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 05:12

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, which set aside Charlotte's ordinance that would have allowed men to use women's public restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa.

The ACLU says the law is disciminatory. Its suit names Gov. Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina. The news release describes its plaintiffs as two transgendered individuals and a lesbian NC Central professor.

 “We’re challenging this extreme and discriminatory measure in order to ensure that everyone who lives in and visits North Carolina is protected under the law,” said Chris Brook, Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina in a news release announcing the suit. “This cruel, insulting, and unconstitutional law is an attack on fairness in employment, education, and local governance that encourages discrimination against thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home, and particularly targets transgender men and women. HB 2 aims to override local school board policies, local public accommodations laws, and more.”

House Bill 2 passed the legislature with bipartisan support. Eleven House Democrats voted with Republicans to approve the measure. The Senate vote was 32 to 0 with Democrats walking out as the vote was about to be taken.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law, calling it common sense.

 
Motor Fleet Management Reforms Save $2 Million On Latest Fleet Order PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 March 2016 05:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -- A new assessment of the vehicles needed by state agencies has saved taxpayers nearly $2 million on its latest fleet order.

The Division of Motor Fleet Management is  now assigning agencies the least expensive, most fuel efficient vehicles that still meet their needs.  
 
The 2016 vehicle order will also save an estimated $464,000 in fuel costs over the life of these vehicles.
 
“This is a really big win in two ways,” said Governor McCrory. “Not only have we reduced waste by creating more efficiencies, we have accomplished this by improving customer service in our state agencies.”  
 
Some agencies were able to justify needing a larger, more expensive vehicle. In most cases, however, the state says more efficient vehicles were put in place.

 
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