RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Leaders of the state Senate and House say they have enough support to call for a special session of the General Assembly to address a non-discrimination ordinance passed by city leaders in Charlotte.
The ordinance allows transgender individuals to use the public restroom of the sex they identify with, which opponents say could create a public safety issue. The ordinance is set to take effect April 1.
Without the special session, lawmakers would have returned for the "short session" on April 25.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and state House Speaker Tim Moore released a joint statement earlier this evening.
"The Senate and House have received the necessary number of signatures from members of the General Assembly to call themselves back into session. In accordance with the State Constitution, we will so call for a special session.
We aim to repeal this ordinance before it goes into effect to provide for the privacy and protection of the women and children of our state."
The special session will begin Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m.