RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – There are new rumblings from the North Carolina General Assembly surrounding a new bill that could make some interesting changes to House Bill 2.
Speaker Tim Moore confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the General Assembly is considering tweaks to the bill and having talks with business leaders from around the state and nation. Gov. Pat McCrory visited the General Assembly for closed meetings Wednesday with the Republican House and Senate caucus. After the 50-minute meeting, McCrory did not take questions from reporters but said the meetings had a “very positive dialogue.”
Moore, in speaking to reporters, said he did not expect the draft proposal that was reported by CBS station WBTV in Charlotte on Tuesday, and also reported by CBS North Carolina, would make it to the floor.
That proposal, WBTV reported, would create an official document that would recognize a person’s gender re-assignment. Members of the transgender community are calling the new proposal “dangerous.”
Among the draft bill’s biggest changes, WBTV reported, is the creation of a document that would recognize a person’s gender reassignment. The new document, to be treated as the equivalent as a birth certificate, is called a certificate of sex reassignment.
That proposal drew a sharp rebuke from the LGBT community Wednesday.
“The requirement in order to receive that is that you have to have undergone sexual reassignment surgery,” said transgender woman Candis Cox. “That is very dangerous for transgender people because that’s very expensive of a procedure and it is not a requirement in any other way for a transgender person to exercise who they are.”
The campaign for Attorney General Roy Cooper, who will face McCrory in the November election, criticized Wednesday’s actions.
“After signing HB2 in the dark of night, it’s no surprise that Gov. McCrory is again pushing his extreme partisan political agenda behind closed doors,” Cooper spokesman Jamal Little said. “… We need to repeal House Bill 2 so we can repair the damage to our reputation and bring back the thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars we have lost because of this law.”
The LGBT community says the clock is ticking on getting a repeal of the law as session will soon come to a close.
Republican lawmakers have indicated they are not on board with a full repeal of HB2.
A press conference with those against HB2 is schedule for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.