Two North Carolina industry trade groups this week voiced their support for legislation introduced in the General Assembly to repeal HB2, which has cost the state thousands of jobs, millions in local tax revenue, and significant amounts of economic development opportunities.
NAIOP North Carolina, representing commercial real estate developers, brokers and other industry professionals in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, and the Triad, joined the North Carolina Association of Realtors® (NCAR) to strongly urge members of the North Carolina General Assembly to embrace HB 186 as a bipartisan solution that repeals HB2 and allows our state to recover from the economic damage suffered over the past year.
During a press conference at the General Assembly this past Tuesday morning, representatives from NAIOP and NCAR joined business leaders and trade associations from across the state, including the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, to speak in support of HB 186, which would repeal HB2 and give local governments the authority to adopt nondiscrimination ordinances in their communities. These ordinances could not regulate access to multi-occupancy bathrooms, shower rooms or changing rooms, and could be repealed through local referendum if a petition threshold is met.
With Democrats and Republicans at an impasse over the bill’s referendum provision, HB 186 did not gain any traction this week, and remained stuck in House Rules.