The following is a column by Mark Shiver, host of the “What Matters in North Carolina” podcast.
Some on the Left are continuing to remain entangled in the web of repealing HB 2. For others however, the issue may have taken a place on the back burner.
Sen. Joyce Krawiec, (R-Forsyth) was a guest on the “What Matters in North Carolina” podcast on Feb. 17. When asked about HB 2 Krawiec said, “Frankly, many of us in the General Assembly, we’re working on other things, we’re trying to move North Carolina forward. We don’t have time to think about HB 2 anymore. We don’t have time to go back every single day and rehash that.”
Last week on Feb. 14, however, Gov. Roy Cooper presented his latest proposal to repeal HB 2. His plan would start with a repeal of the law, add increased penalties for those who commit crimes in public restrooms and changing areas, and require municipalities seeking to adopt nondiscrimination ordinances to provide the General Assembly with 30 days’ notice before voting on such ordinances.
Cooper’s proposal came on the heels of Democrat legislators filing three separate bills that would repeal HB 2. Cooper had not commented publicly on any of the proposed bills.
The leadership in the General Assembly was not impressed with Cooper’s proposal, or his silence. For example, Amy Auth, spokeswoman for President Pro Temp of the NC Senate, Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said in a statement, “This proposal does nothing to address the basic privacy concerns of women and young girls who do not feel comfortable using the bathroom, undressing and showering in the presence of men.”
The statement also repeated a call Berger made prior to the start of this legislative session for Cooper to address privacy concerns: “Gov. Cooper continues to dodge the question, but North Carolinians deserve to know his position on the key HB2 issue: does he believe men should be able to go into women’s bathrooms and shower facilities?”
The Charlotte Observer reported that the Speaker of the NC House, Tim Moore, (R-King’s Mountain) told the News & Observer, “I don’t think that proposal is something that would see passage in the House. It’s really not anything new from what we’ve seen before.”
He also reiterated that privacy and protection are still top concerns regarding the issue of HB 2. Moore said, “The thing we’ve made clear from day one is that we need to maintain the privacy and the protection of individuals when it comes to showers, changing rooms and locker rooms. We’re going to safeguard that.”
Krawiec said, “I never cease to be amazed at House Bill 2. It was a very common sense bill; men should not go in women’s bathrooms. And it has gotten so blown out of proportion.”
She also said, “We gave the Democrats an opportunity to vote up or down on HB 2, and they voted against repealing HB 2. So my thoughts are, they just want the issue. They want to keep bringing the issue back, they want to keep stirring the pot. They are willing to hurt North Carolina’s economy to get that issue at the front and they just will not let it go. We looked at it, we gave them an opportunity. They still want to talk about it. My guess is if we came back and gave them the same opportunity, they’d do the same thing again. It’s time to move on.”
To listen to the full interview with Sen. Joyce Krawiec, click here: