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Panelists discuss effects of House Bill 2 on local business

Panelists at TekMountain said HB2 will be bad for business across the state. (Source: WECT) Panelists at TekMountain said HB2 will be bad for business across the state. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Dozens of people came together Thursday to listen to a panel on the effects of House Bill 2.

TekMountain hosted the panel, which included business, law and education leaders from the Wilmington area.

Panelists talked about the potential effects of HB2 on local economy and social life.

Brett Martin, TekMountain CEO, said a lot of people in the area wanted to talk about the bill and Thursday’s panel was a necessary push to do so.

Martin said HB2 is bad for business across the state and locally.

“Already hundreds of companies nationally have spoken out against it,” Martin said. “Companies have left Charlotte and we will be left in the same scenario if we don’t speak up and say that we support our community. We support all members of our community. It’ll be horrible for business.”

One member of the audience said he has transgender family and doesn’t agree with the bill.

“It just feels like the bill was created in terms to discriminate and they added in all these provisions that is making it almost like a spectacle in a way,” Thomas Metz said. “It’s not necessary. It’s not necessary. North Carolina isn’t about this. We’re not about hate. We’re not about discrimination.”

Martin said he hopes discussions about HB2 will continue in the future.

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