Along with a repeal of HB2, the bill calls for a 30-day "cooling off period" in which no local government can "enact or amend an ordinance regulating public accommodations or access to restrooms, showers, or changing facilities".
"We are running out of time," Sen. Ford said in an email news release. "I believe this is one last effort in the State Senate to build a consensus to repeal HB-2. I know some people want an all-or-nothing repeal; however, we have witnessed time and time again the political reality of that happening. If we truly want to repeal HB-2, stop the economic bleeding and work to repair the state's reputation, I strongly urge all stakeholders to come to the table and agree on an acceptable solution."
Previous bills filed in the General Assembly seeking to repeal HB2 have not moved since being sent to committees. Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) said he would not move his bill (HB186) until it had enough votes to pass. McGrady's bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship, was filed on Feb. 22, and sent to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House five days later. No action has been taken since then on the bill.
"I do not know what type of hearing we will get in the State Senate," the third-term Democrat from Mecklenberg County said in a news release. "However, I am willing to reach out to Senate Leadership for an open discussion and action process to get a resolution on HB-2. At this point, I believe our focus should be on the repeal and not about scoring political points."