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HB2 Fix - Legislature Restores Right To Sue In State Court For Discrimination PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 July 2016 06:26

 

Raleigh - North Carolina lawmakers have reinstated the right to sue for wrongful termination based on discrimination in state court, but they left intact the measure dealing forcing transgenders to use public restrooms that correspond to their birth gender. 
 
Members of the House voted 82-18 in favor of the fix. Senators voted 26-14. The measure heads to the desk of Governor Pat McCrory who sought this change prior to this year's legislative session. 
 
Governor McCrory is pleased the General Assembly has acted on his request and restored non-discrimination protections in state courts. This action reinstates all statewide non-discrimination protections that were previously in place," McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said in a statement.
 
The law was passed to overrule a Charlotte ordinance that required businesses allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice.
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 06:37
 
Speaker Says Partial HB2 Fix In The Works PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2016 15:25
Raleigh - North Carolina lawmakers will likely repeal a small piece of House Bill 2 dealing with the right to sue for wrongful termination. 
 
WRAL reports that House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters Friday that a technical corrections bill would likely carry the change to House Bill 2, a measure passed in March that curtails LGBT rights and deals with bathroom use by transgender individuals.
 
Part of that bill removed the right to sue in state court for wrongful termination due to age, sex, race or other forms of discrimination. The proposed fix, Moore said, would restore that right.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory has pressed for that change since the law first passed, and it appears to be the only piece upon which lawmakers in the state House can reach broad agreement.
 
Lawmakers passed one other House Bill 2-related measure Friday. The bill, which is now on its way to McCrory's desk, would set aside $500,000 of disaster relief money to pay for litigation related to the law.
 
Moore acknowledge having conversations with the NBA. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league might look to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte if the law remains on the books.
 
Budget Heads To Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2016 15:21
Raleigh - House lawmakers gave final approval to the state budget and sent it to the governor for his signature and enactment. 
The budget passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 91-22. 
Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 15:25
 
American Flag Display Kicks Off Independence Day Celebrations at State Capitol PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2016 14:54
Raleigh - A new American flag displayed at the State Capitol Building today begins several days of events celebrating Independence Day. Governor McCrory was joined by Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, members of the North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina State Park rangers and others to begin the celebrations and unveil the 20 x 38 ft. American flag recently discovered by the Department of Administration. A flag of similar size was once displayed at the Capitol each Fourth of July however the tradition was discontinued. 
 
"We are proud to restart this tradition and display this flag in honor of our nation's 240th birthday, the 175th anniversary of our State Capitol Building and the 100th anniversary of our State Parks System," said Governor McCrory. "Today kicks off several events at our State Capitol and we hope it is also a reminder for people to visit our many historic sites and state parks throughout North Carolina this weekend."
 
In addition to viewing the large American flag, visitors are invited to tour the State Capitol and view a document signed by the three signers of the Declaration of Independence on display for a limited time from the State Archives.
 
Fourth of July events happening at the State Capitol include a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon on the Capitol’s south grounds. Following the ceremony, a variety of musical performances and activities for children will be offered until 6 p.m.
 
 
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