RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A second Republican state lawmaker from Wake County is joining the call to hold a special session over House Bill 2.
Rep. Gary Pendleton, who represents District 49, says he hopes lawmakers will be back in Raleigh as soon as next week.
“There’s three things I want to do,” he said. “I want to repeal it, then immediately enact a law for the bathrooms and shower protections. And then, at the same time, file suit in state court against the city of Charlotte for violating for the North Carolina state constitution.”
Tamara Barringer, a Republican state senator from Wake County, has also said lawmakers should consider repealing HB2.
Pendleton said he’s taken that plan to the governor.
Pendleton is also facing two challengers in a re-election bid.
Cynthia Ball, the Democratic candidate for his seat, blasted HB2.
“It’s a destructive piece of legislation that is hurting North Carolina, families in North Carolina, people that we love, our economy,” she said. “Businesses are leaving.”
David Ulmer, the Libertarian candidate, also sharply criticized the law.
“I’d be delighted if he supported and voted for repeal of HB2. It doesn’t need to be there,” he said. “It was a law that was passed during an emergency session that simply didn’t need to be.”