If you are reading this, there is little chance you don’t already know all about House Bill 2 – the Public Facilities Privacy & Securities Act.
The bill was passed in response to a Charlotte city ordinance that overstepped powers granted to municipalities in North Carolina and would have ordered private businesses to eliminate bathrooms that restrict use based upon biological sex.
HB 2, among other things, allows private businesses to establish their own bathroom usage policies and allow public schools to make reasonable accommodations for transgender students not wanting to use multi-person restrooms of their biological sex.
A significant majority of likely North Carolina voters feel that the Charlotte ordinance was unreasonable.
But several legislators, however, would like to see HB 2 repealed.
HB 946, Repeal HB 2, Fund Human Relations Commission is sponsored by Reps. Darren Jackson (D-Wake), Graig Meyer (D-Orange), Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover), and Grier Martin (D-Wake). The Senate has introduced an equivalent bill, SB 784, which is sponsored by Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe), Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) and Mike Woodard (D-Durham).
To be frank, not much more needs to be said about this issue at this point. Camps on both sides have stated their case for weeks, including dueling protests at the state capitol on the first day of the legislative session.
Suffice it to say, the Civitas Institute has supported HB 2 and stands with the majority of North Carolinians who believe the Charlotte ordinance was inappropriate. HB 2 may not be a perfect bill, but it does include important common-sense protections for the privacy of people using the restroom and respects the property rights of private businesses by allowing them to enforce the restroom policy of their choice.