Saturday, April 15, 2017

Justice Dept. drops ‘bathroom bill’ suit against North Carolina after HB2 repeal

Via Billy

An Associated Press determined that a much-publicized boycott over North Carolina's transgender bathroom law would cost the state $3.76 billion over the next 12 years, but it's not entirely clear that HB2 was the sole factor driving out companies. (Associated Press/File)

The Justice Department on Friday dropped its lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discrimination against transgender people following the state’s repeal of its controversial “bathroom bill.”

The move, overseen by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reverses action taken by his predecessor Loretta Lynch.

Lawyers for North Carolina and DOJ filed a joint notice to dismiss the lawsuit, citing recently adopted legislation that rolled back the controversial law. The agreement comes after Republican lawmakers and Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper agreed last month on a compromise that replaced House Bill 2 (HB2), which regulated access to public restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of biological sex.

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